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June 15th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” The city was proclaimed a safer place to live yesterday as state, local and federal law enforcement authorities announced the results of a two-year probe of gun violence and drugs prompted, in part, by the 2008 shooting death of teenager Brandon Smith.
Operating undercover, members of an interagency task force purchased 37 firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle and four weapons stolen in home burglaries during the course of the investigation. They also arrested 18 people, most on federal charges, and seized a smorgasbord of narcotics, from crack cocaine to LSD.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city wants to recoup some of the costs it incurred for extinguishing the Alice Mill fire last week from the company that insures the mammoth mill site.
The known costs thus far include $38,660 in overtime, most for the Woonsocket Fire Department, but nearly $7,000 for police, said Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
A full inventory of expenses, including possible overtime logged by workers in the water department, should be finished within a couple of days.
CUMBERLAND â€“ One of three suspects arrested in a violent home invasion and weapons theft on Feb. 23 has been indicted on a string of charges by a Providence County grand jury.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Calling it an important next step toward potential regionalization, the Town Council has signed the second part of a four-town intermunicipal agreement that will see Burrillville, North Smithfield, Smithfield and Glocester sharing equipment and personnel in an effort to help those communities reduce costs.
PROVIDENCE â€” Christopher Callaci never met a necktie he didn't like. He just doesn't like wearing them.
The lawyer for the union that represents nurses and other health care workers at Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center keeps his ample collection draped over the door of his office, located in a onetime funeral parlor in this city's gritty North End.
With a sliver of crew-neck T-shirt showing through his unbuttoned dress collar, Callaci seems too big for this cluttered workspace, awash in helter-skelter piles of bulging, oxford-brown legal dossiers and loose papers in search of a clip.
PROVIDENCE â€” It was a match made in heaven (or, more accurately, the Statehouse): Rhode Islanders love the Boston Red Sox and are famously crazy about their license plates. Now they can have the best of both worlds.
Accompanied by Bosox President Larry Lucchino and legislative leaders on Monday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee visited Hasbro Childrenâ€™s Hospital Monday to sign legislation creating special green license plates patterned after Fenway Parkâ€™s Green Monster and carrying the Red Sox logo next to the plate number.
Woonsocket firefighters pour water on the smoldering remains of the former Alice Mills complex on Wednesday morning, which was gutted by fire Tuesday night. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental, the result of workers using an acetylene torch to cut metal for salvage inside the mill. (Call photo by Ernest A. Brown)
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine is asking residents to conserve water as much as possible today because of the demand from firefighters at the scene of the Alice Mill fire on Fairmount Street. So much water has been diverted for the firefighting effort that pressure in outlying portions of the distribution network have been significantly affected, the mayor said. Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene for at least the rest of the Wednesday dousing hot spots.
WOONSOCKET â€” The rising column of black smoke over Fairmount Street Tuesday evening told a well known story for city residents. Another of the city's historic mills was burning.
The column of roiling smoke led to the old U.S. Rubber Co. plant at 85 Fairmount St., more recently known as Tech Industries, and flames were quickly destroying the four-story brick and wood structure.
The fire initially erupted out third and fourth-floor windows near one of the mill's two distinctive bell towers around 7:45 p.m. and quickly spread across the affected floors.
WOONSOCKET â€” Steward Health Care System of Boston is moving full-speed ahead on its plans for acquiring Landmark Medical Center.
A week after a Superior Court judge approved the $76 million deal, Landmark and Steward announced yesterday that they have have signed an asset purchase agreement, a core component of the sale. The agreement would make Landmark a part of Steward, parent company of the Caritas Christi Health Care network.