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November 13th, 2010

Police find sophisticated indoor pot plantation; grower at large

November 13, 2010

WOONSOCKET – Police are looking for a Connecticut man who allegedly rented space in an old factory to set up the most sophisticated indoor marijuana plantation they've ever seen.
Acting on a tip, police seized 140 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $150,000 at 32 Mechanic St. on Oct. 26, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.

November 11th

Veterans Day ceremony celebrates commitment

November 12, 2010

CUMBERLAND — When Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Josh Lemois told his father he was giving up a chance to become a local policeman to go to Afghanistan, Bruce Lemois thought he understood.
He had to go.
Why else would Josh turn his back on his dream job?
“He wants to be a Cumberland police officer,” said Lemois, a member of the Cumberland Town Council. “Not a Warwick police officer. Not Providence. He wants to be a member of his hometown police department.”

November 10th

Twin River emerges from bankruptcy

November 10, 2010

LINCOLN — Some 17 months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the Twin River gaming facility and its new owners announced Tuesday that they have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and the Department of Revenue, Division of Lotteries have issued the final necessary approvals, and documents announcing the company's emergence from bankruptcy have been filed with the bankruptcy court, according to a press release.

November 9th

Round Top Bridge reopens

November 9, 2010

BURRILLVILLE - Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials joined town officials Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening and rapid construction of the Round Top Bridge in Harrisville.
The bridge, which carries Callahan School Street (Route 96) over the Clear River, was built ahead of schedule in just 41 days. The new span constructed entirely with pre-cast concrete components - the first time RIDOT has built a bridge this way, according to RIDOT Spokesman Charles St. Martin.

North Smithfield soccer coach arrested

November 9, 2010

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The School Department is weighing its options for handling a local teacher and coach who has been charged by State Police with allegedly texting inappropriate messages to minors.
Stephen DeMeo, 30, a social studies teacher at North Smithfield High School and coach of the school’s girls soccer team, was arraigned at Kent County Courthouse on Monday on two felony charges, indecent solicitation of children and possession of child pornography, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

November 7th

Author returns to Lincoln to help keep kids safe

November 8, 2010

LINCOLN — One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where — at age 14 — he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night — March 1, 1974 — and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.

November 6th

Learning responsibility one tail wag at a time

November 6, 2010

BURRILLVILLE - Therapy pets are increasingly being recognized for bringing about amazing results in the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive well-being of numerous individuals.
These amazing pets, who are characteristically responsive to people, have a unique capacity to help individuals battle depression, lower blood pressure, work toward increased mobility, experience linguistic gains, and even spark lost memories.

November 5th

Hospital Trust building on the market for $625,000

November 6, 2010

WOONSOCKET – You might say they don't build 'em like this anymore, but the truth is, they hardly ever built 'em like this, especially in the throes of the Great Depression.
With its cavernous marble lobby and skylit mezzanine, the Rhode Island Hospital Trust building is a downtown landmark that evokes a time, difficult to imagine now, when Woonsocket was a hub of commerce and wealth.
And now, it can all be yours for a mere $625,000.

November 4th

Auditors: Erase deficit, don't cut sports or activities

November 4, 2010

WOONSOCKET — City officials released an accounting report this week that says the Woonsocket Education Department is capable of erasing a projected $1.5 million deficit without touching sports, music or academic programs, but Schools Supt. Robert Gerardi isn't so sure.
“To me nothing is clear at this point,” said the superintendent. “It's a good job by the auditors, but it might be overly optimistic.”

November 2nd

Chafee wins governorship

November 3, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
“Roger Williams would be proud,” Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.

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