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March 26th, 2015
CUMBERLAND â The townâs liability insurer has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a police brutality suit brought against the Police Department by a woman who claims she suffered permanent leg injuries when she was arrested in 2010.
Excluding wrongful death cases, the settlement may be the largest on record in a police brutality claim, according to lawyer Ronald Resmini, the plaintiffâs lawyer.
âWe canât think of any other that exceeded it,â he said.
The settlement was reached after a lengthy period of negotiations between the parties, according to Resmini.
PROVIDENCE â A retired chief of the Woonsocket Police Department testified in Superior Court Tuesday that he had information implicating Raymond D. âBeaverâ Tempest in the murder of his 22-year-old neighbor but he was repeatedly instructed not to get involved in the investigation.
BLACKSTONE â Robert J. Dubois was relaxing at his lakefront home overlooking Harris Pond last week when he happened to glance out a window and saw a hungry pack of coyotes scampering across the ice.
Slipping quietly onto his back deck, Dubois watched with fascination as the five coyotes, with their large triangular ears and long narrow muzzles, made their way across the frozen surface and then disappear into the woods. The same coyotes, he says, have been spotted by other neighbors, including one resident who reported seeing a pair of them near Precious Blood Cemetery off Shore Drive.
GLOCESTER â After years of using the traditional financial town meeting form of direct democratic rule to adopt the townâs annual budget, Glocester is trying something new this year: an all-day referendum.
And the process begins as early as next month.
The decision to abolish the customary Saturday financial town meeting and replace it with an all-day financial town referendum was recommended by the Charter Review Commission last year and subsequently endorsed by the Town Council before it was approved by voters in the general election in November.
BLACKSTONE â Annual town meeting voters in May will consider several departmental spending requests, including $65,000 for a new senior van requested by the Council on Aging; $11,000 for six new mountain bikes for the Police Department; and a new $120,000 loader requested by the Department of Public Works.
While it may appear that the town is preparing to go on a major spending spree this year, the selectmen say the wish list of proposed expenditures is in line with the townâs needs.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Marriage has been very good to Joery the police dog.
No, the dog is not getting married â but two people who care about dogs are. And because of that, Joery is getting a new bullet- and stab-proof vest thatâs worth almost $1,000.
In lieu of wedding favors, the soon-to-be hitched couple solicited donations for Vested Interest in K9s Inc., of East Taunton, Mass. The non-profit organization raises funds to provide protective vests for police dogs.
PROVIDENCE â Testifying in Superior Court Thursday, Raymond D. âBeaverâ Tempest Jr. repeatedly asserted his innocence in the brutal murder of his 22-year-old neighbor in Woonsocket more than 34 years ago, saying he is incapable of such violence.
BELLINGHAM â Parents in Bellingham will have to start paying for their children to ride the school bus next year.
Citing rising transportation costs and low bus enrollment, school officials announced this week that the district will implement a pay-to-ride service beginning next September.
The plan is to charge students in kindergarten through Grade 7 who live less than two miles from their childâs school, as well as children in Grades 8-12 regardless of where they live.