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June 29th, 2011

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.

June 28th

Cumberland names school chief

June 28, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The School Committee voted Tuesday night to select North Kingstown School Superintendent Phillip Thornton for its vacant superintendent position.
Thornton will be offered a salary of $150,000, nearly $3,000 more than his current salary.
When asked for comment following Tuesday evening's North Kingstown School Committee meeting, Thornton told the North Kingstown Standard Times he needed more time to process the news and talk it over with his family before he could comment, one way or another, on when he might be ready to make a decision.

Fireworks stands popping up everywhere

June 28, 2011

WOONSOCKET — It used to take a trip to New Hampshire or some other state if a Rhode Islander wanted to legally buy fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Not anymore.
Thanks to the state’s approval of a fireworks sales law last year, you don’t have to go any farther than the Diamond Hill Road business district to pick up legal Fourth of July firework display products.

June 27th

Pension reform group assembles

June 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s biggest pension problem is in the past.
Devising a plan to take care of the retirement needs of current and future state employees is a relatively simple, do-able and affordable matter. It is filling in the massive hole of unfunded pension liability — estimated at somewhere between $7 billion and $9 billion — that the state’s elected officials have been digging over the last several decades that is going to take back-breaking work and bank-breaking amounts of money.

June 26th

Burrillville police officers promoted

June 26, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — A swearing-in ceremony was held Wednesday for four police officers promoted as part of a major reorganization of the Burrillville Police Department, according to Police Chief Bernard E. Gannon.
The officers were sworn-in before the Burrillville Town Council by Municipal Court Judge Joseph Carroll.
Promoted were:
• Lieutenant Lareto P. Guglietta Sr. to the rank of major. He will also serve as the department's executive officer and commander of field operations.

June 25th

N.S. Town Council to take action on FY ’12 budget

June 25, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Now that residents have had the opportunity to offer input on the proposed FY 2012 $33.9 million town operating budget, it's time for the town council to take action.
The council is slated to adopt the spending plan at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Dean School auditorium on Green Street. The council will review the proposal and will either accept or make changes for final adoption.

Kurtzman retires after 33 years in school system

June 25, 2011

WOONSOCKET – It was a day to say goodbye to another school year at Woonsocket High School Thursday but unlike his students, school psychologist Mark Kurtzman won’t be returning when school resumes in the fall.
After 33 years with the local department, Kurtzman has made that often-difficult decision to put an endpoint on a career in education. He is among a class of 24 retirees district-wide, but is the only staff member leaving the high school this year as a result of retirement.

Pine disputes AG's version of home invasion case

June 25, 2011

CUMBERLAND – A former attorney general took issue with the current AG over the handling of charges stemming from a home invasion at the former town building inspector's residence.
Jeffrey Pine, now a lawyer in private practice, said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's press aide “mischaracterized” the reasons for the dismissal of charges against Pine’s client, Christopher Pascale, about two weeks ago.

Ponaganset High School awards 192 diplomas

June 25, 2011

GLOCESTER – Members of Ponaganset High School’s Class of 2011 are setting out in life with a good understanding of what will face them in the years ahead.
There will be many successes and high points of happiness and also difficult times and feelings of loss.

AG: No state case against Pleau in Main death

June 25, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A day after the governor vowed to protect accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau from a possible federal death penalty by holding him for prosecution on state charges, the attorney general released this bit of news: there are no state charges.
The state dismissed the murder case against Pleau after he was sentenced to 18 years for being in violation of his probation by allegedly shooting to death 49-year-old gas station manager David D. Main on Sept. 20, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said in a statement released yesterday.

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