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March 6th, 2011
CUMBERLAND - The Town Council this past week adopted resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment agreements with Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson, and Water Superintend-ent J. Christopher Champi.
Before the pacts were approved, the council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the contract agreements and forward them to the council as resolutions.
BELLINGHAM - When civil engineering professor Dr. Aaron S. Bradshaw got a late-night phone call recently from his friend and former doctoral co-adviser, Russell Green, Bradshaw thought Green was calling to congratulate him for recently being named to the faculty of the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Department of Civil Engineering.
Bradshaw, 37, who lives with his wife and two children in Bellingham, couldn't have been more wrong.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It went from a motor vehicle chase to a foot chase â€“ down the steep, rocky banks of the Blackstone River. And by the time it was over, two police officers were injured, one seriously, and two suspects were in custody, including one man who leaped into the frigid river in a short-lived attempt to escape.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A gathering of about 80 members of the local school community received an informal state of the district overview on local student achievement during a forum with Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist on Thursday.
The community meeting at the Hamlet Middle School included a presentation on areas where more work is needed in local schools as well as praise for some of the improvement initiatives already underway.
SCITUATE â€” Hinting broadly that he may soon return to public life, perhaps as a political candidate, State Police Col. Brendan Doherty announced Thursday that he is retiring effective April 1.
Both Doherty and Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s office denied that friction between Doherty and Chafee â€” who were at odds over the Providence Police Departmentâ€™s decision to opt out of the federal Secure Communities Program â€” led to Dohertyâ€™s seemingly abrupt decision to step down.
WOONSOCKET â€” City fire investigators and Police Department detectives are seeking the publicâ€™s help in solving a suspected arson at the Seville Dye mill complex at First Avenue and River Street on Sunday.
An investigation by state and local fire marshals at the damaged mill on Monday and Tuesday determined the fire to have been set, fire officials said Wednesday.
A $5,000 reward has been posted by the State Fire Marshalâ€™s office for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the case.
CUMBERLAND â€” The 66-year-old victim of last week's violent home invasion at 124 Overhill Road in Cumberland has been identified as Harvey O. Salvas, who also is a staff member of the Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities.
Salvas is the commission's state Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator specializing in accessibility and assistive technology. He is also a former building official in Cumberland.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two men have been arrested and a third remains at large in the theft of an assault rifle in a house break on Pine Street last month, police said.
Emmanuel Rodriguez, 18, was arrested on a warrant for breaking and entering after a SWAT team surrounded his house on Cedar Street in Pawtucket on Friday.
WOONSOCKET â€” The deal is done, and the price isn't as bad as officials had feared. But it's still pretty bad: 7.125 percent.
That's the payback interest rate on the $11.5 million deficit reduction bond the city sold yesterday to Lord, Abbett & Co., a private investment management company headquartered in Memphis, Tenn.
â€śThis is very expensive money,â€ť said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce.
An initial day of investigation ended without a cause being determined for the fire that heavily damaged the Seville Dye plant at 229 Fairmount St. Sunday.
â€śItâ€™s still under investigation,â€ť Deputy Fire Chief John Danis said after state and local fire investigators conducted an initial tour of the mill. Members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives were also participating in the investigation, Danis said.