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July 14th, 2015
BELLINGHAM – The smell of motor oil hung in the air at Picard’s Auto Service as proprietor Ronald Picard peered through wire-rimmed glasses at a newspaper story about his daughter, Doreen Picard, and the man accused of murdering her more than 33 years ago, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.
“Tempest murder conviction vacated,” the headline read.
On a wall behind him there was a framed, yellowed tear-sheet of another newspaper story, written decades ago.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In a case that riveted the city of Woonsocket for years, Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr. has spent more than 23 years behind bars for the brutal 1982 slaying of 22-year-old Doreen Picard.
But a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that it wasnâ€™t the truth that got him there â€“ it was a railroad. And it ran on false testimony from witnesses who were wrongfully manipulated by the police, and the improper suppression of exculpatory evidence, by police and prosecutors.
LINCOLN â€” If it was a success the first time around, why not go to the Worldâ€™s Fair again?
That was the logic the Friends of Hearthside followed to put on its second annual 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair festival at the National Registry of Historic Places home at 677 Great Road on Sunday, and one that brought even more people to the fundraising event than attended last year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ During the vociferous battles over the budget of recent weeks, state-appointed Fiscal Adviser Paul Luba has steered the debate largely from behind the scenes â€“ quietly.
â€śOne of my strengths, wherever Iâ€™ve been, people see me as even-tempered,â€ť says Luba. â€śI believe if you take an even-tempered approach, youâ€™re more likely to get to some kind of compromise position.â€ť
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. â€“ Three members of a Burrillville family were involved in a motorcycle crash that left one man dead Friday morning around 1 a.m.
Bruce Fernandes, 48, of Pascoag was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, and his 24-year-old daughter Brittany, 45-year-old brother Scott, of Woonsocket; and 25-year-old Amy Tessier, also of Pascoag, were transported as well, and are expected to survive.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council will vote in an emergency meeting this afternoon to end the standoff over the $135 million fiscal 2016 budget, allowing Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt to send out new tax bills and avert an imminent cash flow crisis.
How the council intends to resolve its fundamental differences with Baldelli-Hunt over how high taxes should be raised next year was still undecided last night, but several options are on the table.
WOONSOCKET â€” Quick action by local firefighters put out a fire at 95 Bernice Ave. Wednesday evening.
The fire, reported at approximately 9:15 p.m., is believed to have started in the basement, fire officials at the scene said. The incident remained under investigation Wednesday night.
No injuries were reported.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The saga of when the cityâ€™s tax bills will be mailed continued on Wednesday after a planned meeting with state Department of Revenue officials was put off until today.