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July 7th, 2011

Fed court stays Pleau transfer

July 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The custody battle for the man accused of murdering gas station manager David Main swerved toward uncharted legal territory yesterday as an appeals court postponed his transfer to federal authorities for arraignment on charges that carry the death penalty.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston granted the motion of defense lawyers for Jason Wayne Pleau to stay his surrender to federal authorities for arraignment — originally set for today — on charges stemming from Main's robbery and shooting death on Sept. 20.

Man falls five stories

July 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — An unidentified man plummeted from a fifth-floor window at the rear of 65 Main St. in Woonsocket Thursday at about 4:30 in the afternoon.
Woonsocket rescue personnel took the victim to Landmark Medical Center. The window is located at Superior Cheers All Stars gymnasium.

July 5th

Man arrested for animal cruelty

July 5, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE —The man suspected of leaving a dog in deplorable health at the front door of the R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sometime Monday afternoon has been arrested by East Providence police, Lt. Michael David confirmed Wednesday.
Carlos Alvarez, 46, of Rehoboth, turned himself in at the East Providence Police Department late Wednesday morning, then was asked to meet with Dr. E.J. Finocchio, RISPCA President.

July 4th

Valley celebrates the Fourth

July 4, 2011

GLOCESTER — The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.

Lighting up the skies

July 4, 2011

Fireworks light up the night sky in Woonsocket Sunday during the city's Fourth of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park.

July 3rd

Woonsocket Teachers Guild president retires

July 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Richard A. DiPardo's working life has come full circle. He started out in teaching during turbulent times in the early 1970s and has remained involved with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild long enough to see those difficult times crop up once again.
This time, however, DiPardo will be counting on others to work though the new challenges as he accepts 40 years as an endpoint for his working career.
“It is a decision I made with mixed emotions to be honest with you,” DiPardo said while talking about his years with the Guild at its Cumberland Street office last week.

July 2nd

Central Falls teen apparently drowns in Lincoln quarry

July 2, 2011

LINCOLN — At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, the State Police Dive Team recovered the body of a missing teenager in the Old Jointa Lock Quarry off Rte 246, the Old Louisquisset Pike, according to a press release from the Lincoln Police Department.
The body was located in 75 feet of water and is that of an 18-year-old male from Central Falls, police said.
At the request of the victim’s family, the teen’s name is being withheld until out-of-state relatives are notified. The body has been turned over to the state Medical Examiner’s officer, according to police.

City tobacco sting results in citations for store clerks

July 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A police sting conducted around the city this week found a list of local stores illegally selling cigarettes to minors without conducting identification checks.
The compliance checks conducted Thursday involved teenagers working with city detectives entering local convenience stores and pharmacies and attempting to purchase a package of cigarettes without being checked for their IDs.

Budget revision lowers the tax rate

July 2, 2011

BURRILLVILLE - The Town Council Wednesday adopted a revised town operating budget for fiscal 2012, which now reflects a slightly lower tax rate than the one approved by the council on June 13.
When the council adopted the budget on June 13, the panel set a tax rate of $16.16 per $1,000 assessed valuation, which would have resulted in a 50-cent net increase per $1,000 of valuation over this year's $15.65 tax rate, and which would have equated to a roughly $250 annual tax bill increase on a home valued at $200,000.

Woman on bike injured after struck by alleged drunk driver

July 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A Pawtucket man was charged with drunken driving after the car he was operating allegedly struck a woman riding a bicycle on Bernon Street early Friday morning.
Peter J. Major, 41, of 10 Exchange Court, is charged with duty to stop, an accident resulting with injury, driving while intoxicated involving bodily injury, a first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test, police said.

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