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January 6th, 2015

Longtime political reporter Jim Baron mourned

January 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – James F. “Jim” Baron, 57, The Times and The Call’s legendary political reporter and a well-known and respected observer of all doings at the Rhode Island Statehouse, died Monday night at Miriam Hospital.
Jim was the husband of Denise Perreault, a former city editor at the Woonsocket Call, and son of Mary (Wilkie) Baron and the late Robert Baron.

January 5th

City to learn fate of Wal-Mart building agreement this week

January 5, 2015

WOONSOCKET – City officials expect to find out for sure this week whether an East Hartford manufacturing company will take over the vacant Wal-Mart building on Diamond Hill Road, as previously announced.

January 4th

Ukrainian Orthodox church reopens following 2012 fire

January 4, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Members of the St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church community completed an emotional journey back from disaster on Sunday with a short walk from the parish community center to the front steps of the now-renovated church at 74 Harris Ave.

The members gathered in the front of St. Michael’s, near the altar area that had been a fire-charred ruin just a year ago and said a prayer of dedication for the newly restored, brightly lit and still undecorated church space.

January 3rd

E-cigarettes A-list attraction for teens

January 3, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Check out this product pitch for “Caramel Apple” and take a guess what’s for sale.

“Imagine, as sweet caramel falls over a delightfully crisp and fresh apple, perfectly blending your favorite balance of sweet and refreshing flavors,” it goes.

Is this something to eat, like candy? Cookies?

January 2nd

Police halt violent domestic spat

January 2, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A city man allegedly choked his girlfriend during a violent quarrel that took place in the presence of several small children early New Year’s Day.

Javier Garcia, 39, is charged with domestic assault by strangulation; domestic assault and battery; domestic disorderly conduct; and resisting arrest.

December 29th, 2014

Murray pleads not guilty to murder charges

December 29, 2014

BLACKSTONE – Erika Murray, the 31-year-old Blackstone mother indicted for murder after police discovered the remains of three babies in her squalid home on St. Paul Street, was ordered held without bail after she pleaded not guilty to nine criminal charges, including two counts of murder, at her arraignment in Worcester Superior Court Monday.

Murray was indicted on the charges by a grand jury on Dec. 16.

Two arrested in double stabbing at Veterans Memorial housing development

December 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Two people are facing charges in connection with a brawl on a basketball court in the Veterans Memorial housing project that sent a father and his son to the hospital with stab wounds on Friday.

Robert “Indio” Carrasquillo, 32, and Yaidelis Vega, 27, were to be arraigned in Sixth District Court today on charges of committing felony assaults in which two different knives were used.

December 28th

Woonsocket, NS ready to take permit process online

December 28, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Pawtucket are among 10 communities selected to pilot a new statewide e-permitting initiative designed to streamline state and local regulatory approvals with a customer-friendly, online permitting portal accessible through municipal web sites.

The initiative, announced Wednesday by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, also includes Cranston, Newport, North Kingstown, North Providence, Warwick, West Warwick and Westerly.

December 27th

Bryant students apply management principles to animal shelter

December 27, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Six Bryant University students spent a portion of their fall 2014 semester putting into practice what they’ve learned in their business class to help the Friends of the North Smithfield Animal Shelter.

It was another in a series of service-learning projects undertaken by Bryant students enrolled in "Management Principles and Practice" (Management 200), a course in which students break into teams to work with area nonprofits.

December 26th

Two men hospitalized in stabbing on street

December 26, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Two men were hospitalized with stab wounds, and a third was detained for questioning after an altercation on Memorial Drive Friday afternoon, police said.

Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan said one of the victims, a man in his 40s, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with a single stab wound to the chest. Ryan said the wound was serious, but not life-threatening.

Another man in his 20s was transported to Landmark Medical Center with less serious injuries, according to Ryan.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Call.

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