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March 2nd, 2011

Mill fire ruled arson (updated)

March 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — City fire investigators and Police Department detectives are seeking the public’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 Marshal’s office for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the case.

Cumberland Police: Home invasion suspects stole guns

March 2, 2011

CUMBERLAND — 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.

Two arrested in theft of 'machine gun'

March 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — 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.

Bond deal done; it's 7.125 %

March 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — 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.
“This is very expensive money,” said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce.

March 1st

Mill fire remains under investigation

March 1, 2011

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.
“It’s still under investigation,” 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.

February 28th

Health study seeks pregnant women

February 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Attention local pregnant women: you and your child can take part in a study that could make medical history.
The National Children's Study Rhode Island is looking at how children's health and development are affected by their family history and the social, natural, and physical environment of the places where they live, learn and play. As such, they are looking for 1,000 Rhode Islanders to take part in an important national study that will track children's development from before birth until the age of 21 to look at key health issues.

February 27th

Missing Burrillville man found dead

February 27, 2011

BURRILLVILLE – Police in Griswold, Conn., found Denis Chartier, 56, dead in a car parked at a commuter lot off Route 395 Sunday morning. Chartier, the assistant coach of Brown University’s women’s soccer team, had been reported missing by his family on Feb. 6. Burrillville Police put a description of his vehicle and license plate on national police database while looking for him since that time. He was last been seen by family members on the morning of Feb. 5, according to Burrillville Police Lt. Kevin S. San Antonio.

Fire forces evacuation (updated)

February 27, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A fire in the vacant Seville Dye mill off Fairmount Street and First Avenue forced an evacuation of families from neighboring properties Sunday afternoon as firefighters fought to control the blaze.
The evacuation of First Avenue residents was a precautionary step due to the heavy smoke spilling into the neighborhood, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said at the scene. No one was reported hurt in the incident.

Send your veterans photos to The Call

February 27, 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:

WW II veteran recalls battle for Iwo Jima

February 27, 2011

Roland Carroll never liked to talk about his World War II experience as a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in the early months of 1945 while U.S. forces closed in on Japan.
“Who am I to talk?” the 88-year-old veteran was saying last week when put on the spot. “I figured I wasn’t the only guy who went in the service. We all had to go fight the war. I realize now how important it was. We had to win that war or Hitler and the Japanese were going to take over the world.”

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