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July 11th, 2011

So, who's running for mayor?

July 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET — In this era of scant resources and shrinking government, being mayor of the state's seventh largest city isn't as glamorous as it used to be. But it looks like Mayor Leo T. Fontaine will get to keep the job for another two years without a fight, if he wants it.
And he does.
“I never really had any doubts about it,” said Fontaine. “I'm not going to be one of these guys that's around for 20 years, but clearly we've started some things I think need to be continued.”

July 10th

Falcons come home to roost

July 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — With R.I. Environmental Police Officer Mark Saunders giving careful watch on the fifth-floor roof of City Hall, wildlife intern Ashley Hopkins slowly opened the lid to the special cardboard box.
Perhaps four seconds later, one female falcon appeared, began flapping her wings and coasted west towards The Pawtucket Times building.
A split second later, her kid brother followed suit, but headed east, eventually landing on top of an Armory tower.

To honor Union soldier, historical group will repair his gravestone

July 10, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — First Lieutenant Stephen Hopkins of 12th Regiment Rhode Island Infantry had only served four months in the Union Army when he was wounded at Fredericksburg, Va. in December of 1862. Less than two weeks later, Hopkins died of his wounds at the age of 25. Today, his headstone lies broken in a cemetery in Burrillville. A newly formed group is about to change that.

EXTREME MAKEOVER -- Among its renovations, The Pines adds 39-seat pub

July 10, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Pines Restaurant, a dining institution for the past 46 years, has undergone a serious makeover with the addition of the "Pines Pub," a 39-seat pub boasting six big-screen plasma televisions, a fully-stocked horseshoe bar and an exclusive pub menu offering everything from cheeseburgers to lobster rolls.
The new pub tops a long list of renovation and remodeling improvements that have either been completed or are in the process of getting started under the new management that came on board in March.

July 9th

City man faces drug, firearms charges

July 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The bouncer was already thinking about ejecting the drunk before the man showed the stripper a gun. Then he called the cops.
Derek Barron, 30, of Woonsocket, allegedly reached for the .357 Magnum in his pocket when police confronted him inside the Rhode Island Dolls lounge on Front Street shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday. Patrolmen Gregory Klocek and Anthony Conetta restrained Barron and took him into custody without further incident.

Dad: Son's survival of 4-story fall a 'miracle'

July 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The father of an award-winning cheerleader says his son's training may be the only reason he's still alive after falling four stories from the studio where he teaches Thursday.
Dylan Smith, 19, told his father he instinctively did a backflip in mid-air, which enabled him to land on his feet behind the old Harris Mill on Main Street.
“He's alive and it's basically a miracle,” said Hugh Smith of North Smithfield. “He should be dead. It's a 44-foot drop.”

July 7th

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.

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