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February 4th, 2015
WOONSOCKET âAn elderly man was injured Tuesday morning after he was struck by a car while walking along Clinton Street, police told The Call.
According to police, the man, who was not identified on Wednesday, was struck at 8:52 a.m. near 464 Clinton St. by a car driven by woman who also has not been identified by police.
The driver told police she swerved her car to get around a snow plow that was clearing snow in a nearby parking lot when she struck the man, who was walking in the street. The driver told police she did not see the man and was unable to stop in time.
PROVIDENCE â Lawyers sketched a map for a weeks-long Superior Court hearing that could rewrite a troubling chapter from Woonsocketâs past as they delivered opening statements Tuesday in convicted murderer Raymond D. Tempest Jr.âs bid to clear his name after 23 years.
The double-barrel blast of wintry weather thatâs left around 3 feet of snow in the region in the span of a week has officials in the Blackstone Valleyâs biggest cities asking themselves the same question: Where are we supposed to put all this white stuff?
âIt not as much snow as Juno but itâs a tough storm,â Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said. âWhen youâve already got a lot of snow on the ground, it complicates things.â
WOONSOCKET â A Superior Court hearing on Raymond D. Tempest Jr.âs bid to void his 1992 conviction in the grisly murder of a 22-year-old prom queen from Bellingham is scheduled to begin on Monday and could last three weeks.
Craig Berke, spokesman for the judiciary, said via email that Associate Justice Daniel Procaccini generally plans on convening the hearing on Tempestâs motion for post-conviction relief on a daily basis without interruption, until itâs completed. The only known off-day so far is next Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET â The two animal control officers who had been placed on administrative leave earlier this month amid allegations of misappropriating donated pet food have now been fired.
Animal Control Officer Doris Kay and Deputy Animal Control Officer Glen Thuot were let go effective Jan. 23, just days after they were suspended without pay â allegedly for giving away hundreds of dollarsâ worth of cat food, dog food and other supplies intended for use at the shelter.
With the Blizzard of 2015 headed out to sea, the clouds gave way to partial sun just after 9:30 Wednesday morning, a welcome respite for residents slowly digging out from a powerful storm that dumped upwards of three feet of snow in Southern New England.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island lifted statewide driving bans at midnight on Tuesday, and trains, buses and subways were back to normal service Wednesday, although there were plenty of delays for the morning commute.
PROVIDENCE â With the Blizzard of 2015 shaping as one of the most damaging on record, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday declared a state of emergency until further notice, banishing vehicular travel as of midnight as crews prepared for a multi-day chore of restoring power and clearing roads.
Raimondo struck a tone of dire urgency during a briefing at the Statehouse, strongly advising storm preppers to get their business finished and get off the roads voluntarily by 8 last night, but she said that by midnight a travel ban would be strictly enforced by the state police.
Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Woonsocketâs Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt shifting into weather emergency mode on Sunday as communities throughout the state geared up for what could be a demanding multi-day challenge to their resources.
Baldelli-Hunt received assurances from her director of public works, Steve DâAgostino, that the highway departmentâs plows and sanders and their drivers would be ready for the many hours of work ahead, just as her executive peers in nearby communities were also informed.
THE CONVENTIONAL wisdom of Washington politics is that President Barack Obamaâs proposal for a national plan to abolish the cost of tuition for a two-year college degree is dead on arrival.
Jim Purcell, the stateâs new commissioner of postsecondary education, hopes that isnât true. But even if it is, Purcell says itâs way past time for the state to do something on its own to make a college education more affordable.
PROVIDENCE â At 16 years old, Zach Pope and Dan Calandro arenât exactly old salty dogs, but they do know a thing or two about boats.
Both juniors at the Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center, a marine-themed magnet school in Connecticut, Pope and Calandro have studied maritime history, boat building and oceanography, yet even they were impressed with the sheer number of boats and watercraft that filled the Rhode Island Convention Center, where the 22nd annual Providence Boat Show opened Friday and continues today and Sunday.