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December 16th

Academy stars head to Woonsocket

December 16, 2010

WOONSOCKET — When the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy graduates its 115th class of recruits today, a few of the stars will be heading for jobs on the Woonsocket Police Department.
Timothy Greene is the valedictorian of the 19-member class. Matthew Derham won the Highway Safety Award. Patrick Greeno was the choice of his peers to read the Policeman's Code of Ethics, a graduation rite considered a high honor, says Capt. David A. Ricciarelli, the academy's assistant director of operations.

December 15th

Ornament honors public safety

December 15, 2010

WOONSOCKET — From year to year, they've featured scenes that are quintessentially Woonsocket — the facade of the Stadium Theatre, the historic Court Street Bridge, the stately sidewalk clock from McCarthy's department store.
Now the city is offering a new installment of those limited edition Christmas tree ornaments, and this season they commemorate not one, but two of the city's venerable institutions: its police and fire departments.

December 14th

Main's murder could be first death penalty case in a decade

December 14, 2010

WOONSOCKET – A federal grand jury Tuesday set the stage to make the shooting death and robbery of gas station manager David D. Main the state's first death penalty case in a decade.
The grand jury named Jason W. Pleau, 33, of Providence, Jose A. Santiago, 33, and Kelley M. Lajoie, 32, both of Springfield, Mass., on charges stemming from the murder, along with a “notice of special findings” needed to satisfy sentencing prerequisites in death penalty cases.

December 13th

Rwanda survivor shares message of love

December 13, 2010

WOONSOCKET — Students at the high school know it takes work for people from different ethnic backgrounds to get along.
They get that message by walking through the often crowded hallways of their culturally diverse school and also from their teachers and counselors who stress learning to work together and understanding others is the best way to leave the school with keys to a successful future.

December 12th

New chief of Mayoral Academies named

December 12, 2010

CUMBERLAND — Daniel McKee, chairman of the board of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies Blackstone Valley (RIMABV), announced Friday the appointment of Jeremy Chiappetta as executive director of RIMABV schools.
Chiappetta will oversee both RIMABV elementary and middle schools located in Cumberland and continue as head of school at the RIMABV elementary school.

Tragedy spurs state DOT to modify dangerous intersection

December 12, 2010

NORTH SMITHFIELD - At the urging of town officials, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) is modifying the intersection of Route 102 and Route 5 in Slatersville in an attempt to make the intersection safer for pedestrians.

December 11th

Tenants escape Rebekah Street blaze

December 11, 2010

WOONSOCKET – Roland Adams lost his home Friday afternoon but knows he could have lost much more had it not been for a wired fire alarm system in a five-family apartment building at 97 Rebekah Street.
“Everyone got out so it could have been a lot worse,” Adams said while watching city firefighters working inside the fire-damaged building after they knocked down flames erupting from a back second-floor apartment.

December 9th

Lincoln Giving Tree needs more gifts

December 9, 2010

LINCOLN — This time of year always concerns Dave Sale, not only Lincoln's Recycling Coordinator/Facilities Manager but also the one in charge of the town's special projects.
One such project is the Lincoln Holiday Basket Program, and a sub-section of that is “The Giving Tree.” That's where residents are asked to stop by Town Hall, pluck a tag with the gender and age of a needy child in town from a bulletin-type board, purchase an appropriate Christmas/holiday gift for him or her, then place it under the lavishly-decorated pine in the main foyer.

December 8th

New lawmakers learn ropes

December 8, 2010

PROVIDENCE — As she mingled for the first time with her fellow freshman legislators, Pawtucket Senator-elect Donna Nesslebush had the sense that she was starting upon something significant.

December 7th

Purveyors of heroin shut down, say cops

December 7, 2010

WOONSOCKET — The Woonsocket Police Department shut down what they called a “a factory” for packaging and distributing heroin Friday, arresting three men and seizing about 200 grams of the drug, police said.
Carmelo Rojas, 35, Rafael Gonzalez, 22, and Melvin Sanchez-Santana, 21, are all charged with delivery of heroin, possession of heroin between 10 ounces and a kilogram and conspiracy, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
All are held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a review hearing in District Court on Dec. 17, said Jalette.

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