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July 18th, 2011

National Park Service looking at three plans

July 18, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Creating a new national park encompassing the Blackstone River and its tributaries, the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket and existing historic districts in Cumberland, North Smithfield and two Massachusetts communities is the National Park Service's favored option for replacing the heritage corridor concept.
In a long-awaited report released yesterday, the park service says the continuation of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as it currently exists is still one of three options under consideration.

July 17th

Send your veterans photos to The Call

July 17, 2011

The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: veterans@woonsocketcall.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.

Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Hometown:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:
Highlights:

Welcome home, Justin Bache!

July 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Justin A. Bache, a 2006 graduate of Woonsocket High, returned home from four years of duty for his country in the U.S. Army on July 12. He was greeted by his mother, Pastor Rebecca Lambert, and his father, James Lambert.
Siblings Samantha and James also were on hand to greet Justin, who will continue to serve his country as an active reservist stationed out of Greenwich. He is also planning on further his education at Johnson & Wales University.
Justin served 18 months in Afghanistan as a combat infantryman.

Deputy fire chiefs retire

July 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET — They have worked in city fire stations for over 30 years and Woonsocket Fire Department Deputy Chiefs Thomas F. Williams and Marcel M. Bacon know their careers involved much more than showing up at a job each day.
Doing the job of a firefighter or rescue EMT requires frequent training, good leadership and most of all team work.
It also helps to have a bit of luck or Divine intervention on your side when the tough spots come along.

St. Blaise's gearing up for 50th anniversary celebration

July 17, 2011

BELLINGHAM - The St. Blaise Catholic Church has a lot to celebrate. Fifty years, to be exact.
Fifty years of baptisms and funerals, weddings and ordinations, first communions and confirmations. But most of all, 50 years of coming together week after week to celebrate a faith that has built and bound a community.
Now, parishioners of St. Blaise Church are busy getting ready and making final preparations to mark the occasion of the church's Golden Jubilee in 2012.

Fire at the old RMV building

July 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A quick response by city firefighters to an early morning fire Saturday may well have saved a Main Street landmark.
A passerby reported smoke coming from the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust building at 162 Main St. at around 3:16 a.m. and got a full response from city fire stations, Deputy Chief Thomas F. Williams reported Saturday.
The ornately-designed bank building located across the street from the city’s historic Harris Hall municipal offices was once the state Registry of Motor Vehicles headquarters in the city but has been vacant and up for sale for several years.

July 16th

UPDATED: Shooting on Sayles Street

July 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A second nighttime shooting in the city in two days has police beefing up patrols of local neighborhoods as a precautionary measure.
The latest incident occurred at around 11 p.m. Friday at a residential home on Sayles Street, Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said Saturday.
Officers arriving at 147 Sayles St. found a 24-year-old male sitting in the yard with a gunshot wound to the torso, Jalette said.
The man was conscious but critically hurt, Jalette said. He was taken by Woonsocket Rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he remained in critical condition on Saturday.

July 15th

Chafee backs Pleau's bid to halt federal transfer

July 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET — In a surprise move, Governor Lincoln Chafee has filed a legal brief in support of Jason Wayne Pleau's appeal to quash a court order for him to surrender on federal charges stemming from the murder of a gas station manager – charges that could carry the death penalty.

Police seek suspect in shooting of driver, who then crashed into house

July 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The four loud bangs heard just before 8 p.m. Thursday sounded like fireworks to Zuleyma Neco, 22, of 44 Florida St. But the noise actually turned out to be gunfire and Neco, in her apartment with her own small children and those of her mother, saw the aftermath of a crime when she looked out the window.
A car had backed into the side of her next-door neighbor’s home after its 27-year-old driver was shot twice by someone in another car.
“It scared us,” said Neco, who had been caring for her three children and her mother’s two children.

July 14th

Car crashes into Route 99 ledge (See video below)

July 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A Blackstone man is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after being assisted by passing motorists and rescue personnel at the scene of a fiery single-car crash on Route 99 Thursday afternoon.
John Leclaire, 38, of 198 Farm St., Blackstone, was driving north on Route 99 past Sayles Hill Road just before 1 p.m. when his red Kia Sportage veered suddenly to the right, left the roadway and collided with an outcropping of ledge, according to State Police Lt. Douglas Newberg.

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