Archive - News Article
April 8th, 2011
(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE â€“ A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending â€” the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.
WOONSOCKET â€” The other shoe dropped for embattled undertaker Todd W. Lauzon as the State Police arrested him for embezzling over $27,000 clients had given him for â€śpre-needâ€ť funeral contracts.
The charges come nearly five months after the director of the now-defunct T. Lauzon Funeral Home had his license suspended by the state Department of Health â€” allegedly for cremating a body and burying the ashes in a cemetery without obtaining the necessary permits.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.
WOONSOCKET â€” The city has teamed up with a private startup company from Grafton, Mass., in an effort to increase recycling in the downtown business district.
Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent, said the city has replaced a half-dozen traditional garbage cans between Market and Depot squares with specialized recycling bins provided by Go Green Solutions.
The bins, which cost the city nothing, are designed with three color-coded deposit slots â€” green for paper, blue for cans and bottles, black for non-recyclable waste.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tears streamed down the man's cheeks as he stood on the railing of the Hamlet Avenue Bridge, thinking about the end.
Patrolman Kevin Sanford saw the dog leash looped around the man's neck. The hasp was clipped on so that if he jumped the leash would cinch around the man's neck from his body weight. The other end of the leash was tied around the lower rung of the bridge railing.
MILLVILLE â€” Police say excessive speed was a factor in the crash of a motor vehicle that left a 20-year-old local man dead Sunday.
Christopher Mitrano of 9 Allard Court was pronounced dead at the scene about 1 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle, said Police Clerk Blaine Sheppard.
Sheppard said Mitrano's 2002 Camry swerved off Chestnut Hill Road and slammed into â€śmultiple treesâ€ť with such force the car was severed.
PROVIDENCE â€” The sale of Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center and its subsidiary, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield â€” possibly to different buyers â€” could be a done deal by April 13.
Though the identities of some of the bidders vying for Landmark's assets has started to leak out, the special master in charge of the financially struggling hospital said he would release the full text of all the bids after a Superior Court hearing tomorrow.
WOONSOCKET -- There can be no greater moment during war time than when parents are reunited with sons and daughters who are serving in the military.
The Picard family had such a moment in the photo above as sons Raymond and James, took a picture in front of their Jenkes Street home with their parents, Anna and Patrick.
James Picardâ€™s daughter, Linda Fontaine, sent these photos from the family scrapbook in to The Call.
Here is part of what she wrote:
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Location of tours:
By TERRY NAU
PAWTUCKET -- It seems like every person who lived through World War II has a story to tell. The war impacted everyone in the country back in the 1940s. Young men were drafted or enlisted in the military. Some able-bodied men worked in essential jobs and were required to continue in those jobs to help produce war materials for use by our armed services.
Women moved into the work force, too, gaining a foothold in the working world that they would never lose.