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February 11th, 2015
UXBRIDGE â An Uxbridge police officer Tuesday was injured in a crash police say was caused by a drunk driver on Douglas Street.
Officer Kevin Sullivan was on routine patrol just before 11 p.m. at the intersection of Douglas Street and Route 146 when his cruiser was cut off by another driver, causing the cruiser to crash into the car.
The crash left the cruiser disabled, but the driver of the car that cut Sullivan off, Roger Fournier, 34, of Woonsocket, fled the scene. He was apprehended a short distance away by Uxbridge Police Sgt. David Bergeron, who determined that Fournier was impaired.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â This winterâs record-setting stretch of snow is not only weighing on the patience of snow-weary Northern Rhode Islanders, itâs weighing down roofs where heavy loads of snow and ice have many fearing snow-related building collapses.
âIâve been in the roofing business for 20 years and the only other winter I can remember being this bad was the one we had four years ago,â says Shaun Reilly, president of Above All Roofing on Eddie Dowling Highway, a roofing and home improvement company that also provides local roof snow removal.
WOONSOCKET â Is Mother Nature and all her fury winning the war against the Division of Public Works?
It sure looks like she dropped a bomb on an old city pickup truck in the midst of a snow-clearing detail in Oak Grove on Sunday.
Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said the truck spontaneously burst into flames after it became overheated and flammable fluids leaked onto the manifold. The driver, who was not identified, escaped without injury.
WOONSOCKET â A gathering of more than 200 revelers attending the 21st annual Mardi Gras celebration, benefiting the Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts, learned the identity of King Jace Saturday night in what turned out to be a pretty hot surprise for the Cajun-flavored evening.
Woonsocket Fire Chief Paul Shatraw was the person under the Kingâs heavy black beard, black wig, Mardi Gras crown and several layers of robes, and was revealed to the crowd by Mardi Gras Queen Tracey Parenteau during the eveningâs festivities.
When responding to fires, lost minutes can lead to lost lives. With recent storms dumping nearly three feet of snow on the region, and with many fire hydrants throughout the state still caked in a frosty coating of powder, area fire officials are looking to inform the public on just how crucial it is to have cleared hydrants in the event of an emergency.
On Jan. 26 and 27, a blizzard dropped nearly two feet of snow in portions of Rhode Island. As if that wasnât enough, a second storm barraged the Ocean State a week later, dumping almost a foot of additional snow on the area.
With more than 3 feet of snow on the ground and more on the way, the recent battery of storms has wreaked havoc on municipal trash collection with cities and towns either postponing trash pickup by one day or canceling it altogether.
Trash collection has been pushed back for the past two weeks because of two norâeasters in consecutive weeks that have pummeled the area with heavy snow, forcing nearly all cities and towns to suspend and delay pickup by one day.
And it hasnât been pretty.
WOONSOCKET âAn elderly man was injured Tuesday morning after he was struck by a car while walking along Clinton Street, police told The Call.
According to police, the man, who was not identified on Wednesday, was struck at 8:52 a.m. near 464 Clinton St. by a car driven by woman who also has not been identified by police.
The driver told police she swerved her car to get around a snow plow that was clearing snow in a nearby parking lot when she struck the man, who was walking in the street. The driver told police she did not see the man and was unable to stop in time.
PROVIDENCE â Lawyers sketched a map for a weeks-long Superior Court hearing that could rewrite a troubling chapter from Woonsocketâs past as they delivered opening statements Tuesday in convicted murderer Raymond D. Tempest Jr.âs bid to clear his name after 23 years.
The double-barrel blast of wintry weather thatâs left around 3 feet of snow in the region in the span of a week has officials in the Blackstone Valleyâs biggest cities asking themselves the same question: Where are we supposed to put all this white stuff?
âIt not as much snow as Juno but itâs a tough storm,â Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said. âWhen youâve already got a lot of snow on the ground, it complicates things.â
WOONSOCKET â A Superior Court hearing on Raymond D. Tempest Jr.âs bid to void his 1992 conviction in the grisly murder of a 22-year-old prom queen from Bellingham is scheduled to begin on Monday and could last three weeks.
Craig Berke, spokesman for the judiciary, said via email that Associate Justice Daniel Procaccini generally plans on convening the hearing on Tempestâs motion for post-conviction relief on a daily basis without interruption, until itâs completed. The only known off-day so far is next Wednesday.