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July 2nd, 2011

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.

Sewage flows into Blackstone River

July 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island health and environmental officials are asking residents to stay away temporarily from the Blackstone River after as much as 162,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage was discharged into it.
Officials say said Friday that sewage from the Woonsocket Wastewater Treatment Facility was discharged into the river on Thursday.
Officials say an electrical failure at the plant triggered the discharge between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Congratulations, cooks!

July 2, 2011

Connecting for Children and Families Center for Financial Success hosted its first ever Culinary Arts Graduation Recognition following a 13-week skills training program for adults interested in persuing employment opportunities in the food service industry. U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a strong supporter of the program, was guest speaker, in a ceremony held at Woonsocket Harris Public Library Friday afternoon.

Firefighter contract extended for 30 days

July 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Representatives of the fire department union and the city administration have more time to complete work on a new contract following votes by the City Council Thursday night.
Four members of the council participating in a brief special session voted unanimously to approve agreements extending provisions of the existing contract with Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters so that ongoing talks between the two sides can continue. Attending were City Council President John F. Ward, and Council members Suzanne Vadenais, Daniel Gendron, and Roger Jalette.

July 1st

Central Falls councilman charged with embezzlement

July 1, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Central Falls City Councilor Richard G. Aubin, Jr. was arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling vehicles belonging to the police department and keeping the proceeds.

Judge orders Pleau turned over to the feds

July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A federal judge ordered Rhode Island officials Thursday to hand a suspect in a fatal robbery over to federal authorities after the governor, a death penalty opponent, refused to do so because the man could face execution if convicted.
U.S. District Judge William E. Smith says that independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee's refusal, under an interstate custody-transfer agreement, to turn over Jason Pleau so he can stand trial on federal murder charges does not mean the state can refuse a federal court order.

North Smithfield among top places to live in R.I.

July 1, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD - North Smithfield was recently named the 12th Best Community in Rhode Island, according to Go Local Prov.com.
The town is listed in the Top 15 rankings of the Go Local Prov.com best communities to live in, giving testimony, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton says, to the enduring power of mill towns and their legacies in Rhode Island.
"Our town has great people with big hearts, and represents a safe place to learn, play and live," Hamilton said this week. "We will continue to work toward a goal of improving the great foundation that we have."

June 29th

Chafee pardons man executed in 1845

June 29, 2011

PROVIDENCE — With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.

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