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December 16th

Blackstone mother faces murder charges

December 16, 2014

WORCESTER — A Massachusetts woman has been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home in September.
District Attorney Joseph Early announced the charges Tuesday against Erika Murray, 31, of Blackstone.
Murray's boyfriend, Raymond Rivera, 38, also of Blackstone, who lived in the basement of the house, was charged Tuesday with child abuse. He pleaded not guilty.

December 15th

Ex-cop gets prison sentence

December 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A Superior Court judge on Monday sentenced suspended city Patrolman Patrick Cahill to six months in prison for abusing his then 9-year-old sister in 2012.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini sentenced Cahill to 10 years in all, with six months to serve and the balance suspended, with probation, for choking the girl and dragging her by the hair.
The 25-year-old policeman must surrender all his firearms, undergo mental health counseling and refrain from contacting his sister as part of the judge’s sentence.

December 14th

Council to weigh downtown redevelopment tonight

December 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It looks like downtown will become the latest swath of local real estate to be declared a redevelopment zone, a legal definition that puts some teeth into the city’s efforts to pump new vitality into the area.

If all goes according to plan, the City Council will make the declaration at a meeting tonight, opening the door for the city to acquire property in the designated area through the power of eminent domain.

December 13th

Saturday Stroll’s a holiday hit

December 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The holiday spirit was alive and well in the city Saturday as revelers came from far and wide to enjoy a myriad of Christmas-themed options as part of the sixth annual Main Street Holiday Stroll.

Just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt welcomed guests gathered in Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to City Hall, then began the countdown from five to one, culminating in the illumination of numerous lighted trees in the park.

December 12th

Cumberland officials to get look at plan

December 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council Wednesday will get its first glimpse of a draft of the town’s updated comprehensive plan, a document that will help the council determine not only the town’s future needs, but a vision to guide the town for years to come.
The Cumberland Planning Board along with the town’s planning consultant, Mason & Associates, will make a brief presentation on the updated plan at the council’s meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.

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December 12, 2014

December 11th

Drug operation busted up

December 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – After a lengthy investigation, members of the Woonsocket Police Department’s Vice Unit say they’ve shut down a home-based heroin-trafficking business operated by a Carrington Avenue man.

December 10th

Pedestrian, five cars struck before police apprehend driver

December 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Bystanders restrained a 20-year-old Blackstone motorist who allegedly struck five parked cars and injured a pedestrian on Grove Street Tuesday night before attempting to flee the scene, police said.

Chelsea Marie Driscoll was charged with seven criminal counts in all, including drunk driving; several counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident involving a personal injury; and obstructing police. She was also cited for civil possession of about five grams of marijuana.

December 9th

Nature drops season’s first big wintry mess

December 9, 2014

The arrival of a light rain in the area Monday night turned local highways and roads into skating rinks for vehicles for a time, with a number of accidents being reported before road crews could get down a melting layer of sand and salt.

No major injuries resulted from incidents in the local area, according to police, but the bad weather did cause the closing of Route 146 in North Smithfield for a time while state Department of Transportation highway crews were called to the area, and the shutdown of Martin Street in Cumberland due to five accidents early Tuesday.

December 8th

Nonprofit given $1M in historic tax credits to redevelop Island Machine mill

December 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The state Division of Taxation has awarded a nonprofit development agency more than $1 million worth of historic tax credits as part of a proposed $6.2 million makeover of the onetime Island Machine Company at 15 Island Place.

Joseph Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, says the 50,000-square-foot, three-story rubblestone mill will be converted into a half-dozen “live-work spaces” for artists on the upper stories, with office space on the ground floor.

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