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June 25th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was a day to say goodbye to another school year at Woonsocket High School Thursday but unlike his students, school psychologist Mark Kurtzman wonâ€™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.
CUMBERLAND â€“ 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 â€śmischaracterizedâ€ť the reasons for the dismissal of charges against Pineâ€™s client, Christopher Pascale, about two weeks ago.
GLOCESTER â€“ Members of Ponaganset High Schoolâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
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.