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June 7th, 2015

Mount grads depart, but memories stay

June 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With an eye on Mountie traditions, 153 members of the Class of 2015 received their diplomas during Mount St. Charles Academy’s 91st commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon.

The ceremonies inside the Brother Adelard Ice Arena included a special tribute to members of Mount’s Class of 1965, who stood to receive special 50th Anniversary diplomas issued by the school.

June 6th

Burrillville’s new playground ‘Hero’

June 6, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy whose story captured the hearts of millions nationwide when thousands of police officers and firefighters helped him celebrate his seventh birthday in March 2014, received yet another tremendous gift when a playground built in his honor was formally opened Saturday.

June 5th

Woonsocket couple charged in infant's death

June 5, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The parents of an infant girl who died in Brooklyn, Conn., in February are facing homicide charges in the death of the eight-month-old.

Justine Barber, 28, and Kevin Hartshorn Jr., 32, both of 336 Providence St., were arrested on Connecticut State Police warrants Thursday.

The CSP says Barber and Hartshorne live at 633 Providence St., but a spokesman for the agency said Barber was located at Butler Hospital in Providence. Hartshorn was arrested in the city by Woonsocket police.

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June 5, 2015

June 4th

Head of the class: NS educator named RI Teacher of the Year

June 4, 2015

NORTH SMITHFIELD – In what was perhaps the most elaborate ruse ever staged in the town’s history, North Smithfield Elementary School teacher Tracy L. Lafreniere was crowned Rhode Island Teacher of the Year during a school assembly disguised as a ceremony to honor the school for its community involvement.

It was an honor a shocked Lafreniere never saw coming.

COLUMN: It's okay if you don't do a lot of the things you dwell on

June 4, 2015

I feel inadequate. And there’s not much I can do about it. Or even want to do about it. I actually like the feeling.

I had a lunch today with a guy who worked in the mailroom at Hannah-Barbera, which made all my cartoon favorites from the 70s: “The Flintstones,” “Scooby-Doo,” “The Jetsons,” and so on.

He used to pitch ideas every day to Joe Barbera. “I was working in the mailroom but I kept coming up with ideas for cartoons. I would send them up to Joe Barbera and I had no idea if he would like them or not. Then eventually he pulled me over, and I started helping on all the scripts.”

June 3rd

Council approves tightened budget

June 3, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The City Council has approved a fiscal 2016 spending package that cuts nearly $800,000 from Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s proposed $135.7 million spending plan, shrinking the amount of increase from 3.04 to 1.74 percent.

After chipping away at the spending plan for some eight hours over two late nights in Harris Hall, the council unanimously approved a new bottom line of $134,947,084 at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

June 2nd

In the nick of time: North Smithfield officer saves life with recently-issued OD prevention drug

June 2, 2015

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Less than a month after officers began carrying Narcan, the department’s rookie saved a life with the overdose prevention drug.

It happened on May 27, police said, when Patrol Officer Nicholas Pistacchio responded to a residence on Metcalf Marsh Drive for a possible drug overdose. 

June 1st

Police: Drunken altercation led to Burrillville murder

June 1, 2015

BURRILLVILLE — Steven Pietrowicz and Michelle Morin, the Burrillville couple charged with killing 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz whose body was found under newly poured concrete at their home in Nasonville, used their hands and a club to beat Ortiz - whose legs were tied — before his body was dumped in a hand-dug grave beneath a recently built exterior deck in the early morning hours of May 6.

May 31st

Pair charged with Ortiz murder

May 31, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – After identifying Domingo Ortiz, 60, of Worcester, on Saturday as the man found buried a day earlier at 505 Douglas Pike, police arrested two people on charges of murder in connection with his death.

Burrillville Police Chief Col. Stephen Lynch announced in a statement that members of the Burrillville department, members of the R.I. State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, and Worcester Police Department had arrested Michelle Morin, 50, of the 505 Douglas Pike residence, on an arrest warrant charging her with the murder of Ortiz.

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