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June 24th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ A city man was indicted Thursday on charges of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 25-year-old pregnant woman and then trying to persuade a witness to lie about the attack.
The Providence County grand jury charged Jason Nickerson, 30, with four counts of domestic first-degree sexual assault and attempting to procure perjury.
Nickerson is also charged with one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault with intent to commit sexual assault.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee has tapped retired Connecticut and Lincoln Superintendent of Schools, Colette B. Trailor, to fill the local districtâ€™s available interim superintendent post.
On Wednesday night, the committee voted 4 to 1, with member Vimala Phongsavanh opposed, to name Trailor as departing Supt. Robert J. Gerardiâ€™s temporary replacement.
MILLVILLE â€” Voters in the special election Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected two Proposition 2-1/2 override ballot questions.
By a vote of 415 to 126, voters defeated Question 1, which had asked residents to act on a $300,000 override to fund general government for fiscal 2012, which begins July 1.
By a vote of 382 to 157, voters also rejected Question 2, which asked residents to act on a $100,000 override for the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city has begun seizing the trash carts of property owners who have ignored repeated requests to make good on overdue curbside collection fees.
It's all part of a new effort to recoup roughly $250,000 in delinquent trash fees, said Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran.
â€śIt's a last resort,â€ť she said. â€śWe don't want to be doing it. We want people to pay their bills.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Amid the buzzing grind of power saws and wood chippers, two state lawmakers proclaimed the on-again, off-again makeover of neglected World War II Veterans Memorial State Park on â€“ is on again.
The work began with the thinning of the dense canopy of trees that clogs parts of the 13-acre park, said State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket). In the months ahead, she said, other contractors would be hired to build two basketball courts, a splash park and a baseball field to replace the existing tennis courts.
WOONSOCKET â€” An apparent accident at the former St. Francis House apartment building at 167 Blackstone St. claimed the life of a relative of the buildingâ€™s owner Tuesday afternoon.
Alan Fernandes, 49, of Woonsocket, stepped on a glass skylight in the floor of the buildingâ€™s attic and fell four flights down the open stairwell below to the buildingâ€™s basement, according to Woonsocket Police Lt. Eugene Jalette.
Fernandes, brother of the buildingâ€™s owner Gary Fernandes, was transported by city rescue personnel to Landmark Medical Center where he later died, according to Jalette.
CUMBERLAND â€” It was a class that endured bomb threats, evacuation drills, a school construction renovation project and the wrath of Hurricane Earl.
But through it all, the Class of 2011 stuck together through the good times and the bad. It was a class described by Senior Class President Ylva T. Duke as a group of graduates bound for certain success in their future endeavors.
WOONSOCKET â€” Paul and Lorraine Jacob lost just about everything they owned when a Feb. 4 fire swept through their 49 Hillsdale Street home.
It will be a long journey back for Jacob, a well-known local video and sound company owner and his wife, but the first steps have been taken on that path with the help of the coupleâ€™s family members and friends.
The Jacobâ€™s heavily-damaged home has been razed and work is now set to begin on putting a new home on its foundation.
LINCOLN â€” Troop 711 Albion Scouts Timothy W. Oâ€™Reilly and Nickolai K. Morin were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at a High Court of Honor on May 28 at St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
Oâ€™Reilly is the son of John and Mary Oâ€™Reilly of Lord Fox Run. He is a senior at LaSalle Academy. Timâ€™s scouting career started as a Bear Scout in 2001. He earned his Arrow of Light and became a Scout in 2004. He earned the rank of Life Scout in 2009.
Children rush onto the brand new Globe Park Elementary School playground following a ribbon-cutting ceremony there Saturday morning. The new facility welcomes all children, regardless of oneâ€™s individual abilities, and provides a higher level of inclusive play. The construction of the playground was a community-wide effort. The equipment was paid for in part through funds from the America Reinvestment and Recovery Act.