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June 19th, 2015

Four shot in Woonsocket; suspect in custody

June 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET — A 19-year-old Woonsocket man wanted for allegedly wounding four people in a fusillade of gunfire outside a River Street bar early Friday morning turned himself into police late yesterday afternoon and now faces several charges, including four counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, police said.

Zackary Alvarado turned himself in at the Woonsocket police station around 4 p.m. and was charged with four counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, firing in a compact area, disorderly conduct, and license or permit required for carrying pistol.

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June 19, 2015

Arrest warrant issued for alleged shooter who injured four in Market Square

June 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET - Police issued a warrant for the arrest of a 19-year-old city man who allegedly wounded four people in a fusillade of gunfire outside a River Street bar early Friday.

The victims were not identified, but Detective Jamie Chamberland said they were transported to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Zackary Alvarado fired at least nine rounds in the parking lot across the street from Aly's Bar, 80 River St., shortly before 1:16 a.m., Chamberland said.

June 18th

Free ride from RIPTA now requires some work

June 18, 2015

In recent years, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority offered free bus service on Air Quality Alert days, giving riders the opportunity to take the bus at no cost on days when extra-high concentrations of ground-level ozone were predicted.

While that program has been discontinued this year, RIPTA will soon offer an alternative for riders – a new program that is designed to encourage Rhode Islanders to improve air quality by leaving their cars at home and opt instead for public transportation.

June 17th

Council, union plan suit to halt RISE opening

June 17, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The City Council and the Woonsocket Teachers Guild could jointly file suit in Superior Court as early as next week in attempts to prevent RISE Mayoral Academy from opening later this summer.

Council President Albert G. Brien and Jeffrey Partington, president of the WTG, said the council and the teachers union will be co-plaintiffs in the suit because the city and the teachers’ union have a shared interest in preventing the school from opening.

State budget moves to Senate following House approval

June 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island House on Tuesday unanimously approved an $8.67 billion state budget proposal.
"We put out a pro-jobs, pro-economy budget," Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said. "The members rallied around it."
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican, voted for a budget for the first time since being elected in 2008. He praised the tax cuts, changes to the Medicaid system and other initiatives to help businesses.
"This budget is as good as you're going to get in a Democratic state," he said.

June 16th

Group lobbies for control of charter schools

June 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island School Superintendents and members of local School Committees assembled at the Statehouse on Tuesday to voice support for General Assembly legislation that would give the cities and towns more say on whether a new charter school should serve their community.

June 15th

Chan receives Pell Award for contributions to region's arts scene

June 15, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Anyone who has stopped in at Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, at 267 Main St., Woonsocket, can tell you how much its owner, John Chan, loves jazz and blues music.

Photographs and paintings of the greats of jazz and blues cover the walls of the restaurant, and also of the adjoining dinner theater that has helped build Chan’s reputation as an advocate and promoter of the music genres.

His reputation in that role was recognized in a very special way Monday night as Chan received the 2015 Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts at Trinity Repertory Co. in Providence.

WEB EXTRA: Showdown over city budget tonight

June 15, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and the City Council square off in Harris Hall tonight as the mayor vetoed the panel’s cuts in health care and a contingency account that allowed the council to deliver an FY 2016 spending plan of $134.9 million, more than $800,000 less than Baldelli-Hunt's.

The question is, will the council, after unanimously approving the cuts two weeks ago, override the mayor’s veto?

Five of its seven members must reaffirm their original votes to do so.

June 14th

Route 146 traffic stop nets major heroin bust

June 14, 2015

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A motor vehicle stop by R.I. State Police units on Route 146 in North Smithfield Friday night led to the arrest of two men on charges of possessing 850 grams of heroin.

As a result of an investigation by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) task force, approximately $55,000 worth of heroin was seized, according to Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

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