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February 8th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ A gathering of more than 200 revelers attending the 21st annual Mardi Gras celebration, benefiting the Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts, learned the identity of King Jace Saturday night in what turned out to be a pretty hot surprise for the Cajun-flavored evening.
Woonsocket Fire Chief Paul Shatraw was the person under the Kingâ€™s heavy black beard, black wig, Mardi Gras crown and several layers of robes, and was revealed to the crowd by Mardi Gras Queen Tracey Parenteau during the eveningâ€™s festivities.
When responding to fires, lost minutes can lead to lost lives. With recent storms dumping nearly three feet of snow on the region, and with many fire hydrants throughout the state still caked in a frosty coating of powder, area fire officials are looking to inform the public on just how crucial it is to have cleared hydrants in the event of an emergency.
On Jan. 26 and 27, a blizzard dropped nearly two feet of snow in portions of Rhode Island. As if that wasnâ€™t enough, a second storm barraged the Ocean State a week later, dumping almost a foot of additional snow on the area.
With more than 3 feet of snow on the ground and more on the way, the recent battery of storms has wreaked havoc on municipal trash collection with cities and towns either postponing trash pickup by one day or canceling it altogether.
Trash collection has been pushed back for the past two weeks because of two norâ€™easters in consecutive weeks that have pummeled the area with heavy snow, forcing nearly all cities and towns to suspend and delay pickup by one day.
And it hasnâ€™t been pretty.
WOONSOCKET â€”An 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 Woonsocketâ€™s past as they delivered opening statements Tuesday in convicted murderer Raymond D. Tempest Jr.â€™s bid to clear his name after 23 years.
The double-barrel blast of wintry weather thatâ€™s left around 3 feet of snow in the region in the span of a week has officials in the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s biggest cities asking themselves the same question: Where are we supposed to put all this white stuff?
â€śIt not as much snow as Juno but itâ€™s a tough storm,â€ť Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said. â€śWhen youâ€™ve already got a lot of snow on the ground, it complicates things.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Superior Court hearing on Raymond D. Tempest Jr.â€™s 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 Tempestâ€™s motion for post-conviction relief on a daily basis without interruption, until itâ€™s 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.