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April 28th, 2015

House Judiciary chair anticipates all-nighter on marijuana bills hearing

April 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE — Rep. Cale P. Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is expecting a big turnout of speakers wanting to voice their views on the legalization of marijuana in Rhode Island when his committee hears legislation with that intent Wednesday evening.

Keable only had to look at the interest generated by a similar hearing last year on a bill that did not move forward.

“We had a couple of hundred people that came by the hearing last year and it went into the early morning,” Keable said after Tuesday’s House session at the Statehouse.

April 27th

Man accused of raping 10 year old

April 27, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A man arrested for raping a 10-year-old girl admitted having sexual contact with the victim – to teach her about sex, according to police.
Michael Powell, 52, of Blackstone Terrace Apartments, was arraigned in District Court Monday on one count each of first- and second-degree child molestation. He was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a hearing May 6, according to the judiciary’s web site.
Powell was arrested about 7 a.m. Saturday, hours after police took statements from the victim and her mother, according to police reports.

April 26th

A parish’s healing continues

April 26, 2015

WOONSOCKET – St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church took another step forward in its recovery from a 2012 fire this weekend as it consecrated a new Holy Table, or altar, for its religious services.

The four-pillar wooden altar was made by the Rev. Onisie Morar, pastor of the St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church on East School Street, as a way to help St. Michael’s put the Nov. 20, 2012, fire behind it, just as the parish had worked to renovate the ornate church Harris Avenue Church and repair its roof after the fire closed it to services for two years.

April 25th

I-195 board to hold open meeting on stadium proposal Monday

April 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE — The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, which supervises the development of land cleared by the relocation of I-195, will hold a meeting regarding the proposed construction of a baseball stadium on Monday at 4 p.m.at the R.I. Commerce Corporation office, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101.

The board will hear the Pawtucket Red Sox ownership group’s proposal to buy and develop land on which it plans to build the 10,000-seat ballpark.

April 24th

Wrestlers come to Glocester parade's rescue

April 24, 2015

GLOCESTER – Professional wrestlers tonight will be bodyslamming for a good cause as Power League Wrestling holds its annual Power-Fest event at Ponaganset High School to benefit the Ancients and Horribles Parade.

A family-friendly wrestling exhibition, the 23rd annual Power-Fest will feature stars from PLW, a not-for-profit independent wrestling organization, going to the mat in an effort to raise money for the yearly Fourth of July celebration.

Burrillville shop makes important case

April 24, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Sandberg Machine, a family-owned and operated machine shop on Broncos Highway in Mapleville, has manufactured parts for jet planes, power plants and nuclear submarines. But those jobs, says machinist Don Sandberg, pale in comparison to the state-of-the-art aluminum encasements the company recently manufactured to house one of Rhode Island’s rarest and most profound historic documents: Rhode Island’s Colonial Charter of 1663.

April 22nd

City salutes heroism under fire

April 22, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Calling what he did a “heroic and selfless act,” Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has presented the Woonsocket Proud Standing Strong Award to Douglas Lachance, a live-in property manager who pounded on doors to alert sleeping tenants when a three-alarm fire broke out at an Ascension Street rooming house on April 8.

At the City Council’s meeting Monday, the mayor also lauded Fire Chief Paul A. Shatraw, EMA Director Timothy Walsh, Director of Human Services Linda Plays, and all those who came together to help the displaced tenants.

April 21st

Twin River plans to move Newport Grand casino to Tiverton

April 21, 2015

LINCOLN – The Twin River Casino unveiled its strategy for competing with proposed Massachusetts gaming Tuesday while announcing plans to move the Newport Grand slot operation in Newport to a new home just shy of the Massachusetts line, off Route 24 in Tiverton.

“I’m pleased to announce that Twin River has secured the rights to acquire land in Tiverton along the Massachusetts border where casinos are being proposed to compete with Rhode Island,” John E. Taylor, Jr. chairman of Twin River’s board of directors, said while providing details of the proposal during a Twin River news conference.

April 20th

Cottages destroyed by fire

April 20, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Firefighters spent the day Monday putting out hotspots and sifting through the skeletal remains of three summer cottages that were destroyed earlier in the morning by one of the biggest fires to hit this lakefront neighborhood overlooking Pascoag Reservoir, also known as Echo Lake, in more than 10 years.

April 19th

Body found in home fire pit

April 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Police are investigating the death of a Mason Street man whose body was found lying partially in a backyard fire pit Sunday morning.

Police declined to comment on the case Sunday while the investigation into the discovery outside 268 Mason St. continued. It could not be determined whether police were investigating an accident or medical problem in connection with the man’s death, or possibly foul play.

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