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February 24th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â The state Budget Commission running city financial affairs indicated during its meeting in Harris Hall on Monday that it still has questions about a plan to implement a full-day kindergarten program in local schools in the fall and wonât consider the change until additional supportive information has been submitted by the School Department.
WOONSOCKET â In one of the biggest personnel moves sheâs made since taking office, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt appointed Deputy Fire Chief Paul A. Shatraw as the next permanent chief of the Woonsocket Fire Department.
Shatraw, 48, is a 28-year veteran of the fire department who worked his way up through the ranks after starting out as a private in 1986.
By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
BURRILLVILLE â When Tyler Seddon of Pascoag turns 7 on March 6 he will be greeted be a sea of police uniforms and fire hats.
Tyler, who has leukemia, loves police and firemen, and his one birthday wish is to get lots of birthday cards from his heroes.
âHe goes crazy over firefighters and police,â says Tylerâs mother, Rachel. âWe want this to be a special birthday, because you never know what could be next.â
BLACKSTONE â They say a photograph is worth a thousands words. For Nicole Lopez, a professional photographer from Blackstone, a photograph is also worth a thousand memories.
âA photograph truly is so much more than a piece of paper. It is a memory,â says Lopez, a 1996 graduate of Blackstone-Millville Regional High School and mother of two, who started her photography business, Nicole Lopez Photography, two years ago.
âWith a photograph, that memory is never forgotten,â she says. âIt is remembered over and over, and passed on for generations to come.â
As the just-starting-to-melt piles of snow throughout the area show, it has been a long and challenging winter when it comes to the weather this year.
But even when the snow falls heavy and frequently, people will still shop for needed household goods, food, clothing, and home entertainment, and even the big-ticket items like cars, washers, dryers, refrigerators and, of course, snow blowers.
Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.
WOONSOCKET â When Jose M. Giles started lifting the barrel of his .22-caliber rifle, Lt. Brad Scully wasnât sure where he was going to point it.
âMy main concern as Iâm approaching him, obviously, is that heâs going to point it at us, the police,â said Scully. âI was surprised somebody behind me didnât shoot him.â
WOONSOCKET - A Burrillville man is facing weapons and alcohol charges after threatening suicide outside Landmark Medical Center Thursday nght, forcing a lockdown of the facility.
Jose Giles, 55, has been booked by Woonsocket police on charges of
possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, carrying a weapon while intoxicated, carrying a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle, discharging a firearm in a compact area and resisting arrest.
WOONSOCKET â An elderly couple escaped without injury when a two-alarm fire broke out in their Oak Grove bungalow Wednesday night, but their pet dog perished in the smoky blaze.
Delbert Senecal, 68, and his wife, Claire, 66, fled their home at 220 Larch St. shortly before 9 p.m. Neighbors tried entering the burning house to save the French Bulldog known as Bibbit, but they were turned back by heavy smoke, said Leo Marcoux, who lives across the street.
âThe black smoke was pouring out,â said Marcoux. âWe just couldnât get in there.â
WOONSOCKET â A distraught man allegedly carrying a .22-caliber rifle into Landmark Medical Centerâs ER Thursday evening sparked a two-hour lockdown of the Cass Avenue Hospital that ended when Woonsocket Special Response Team members and R.I. State Police set off a stun grenade and safely subdued him.
The incident was reported to have begun just before 7 p.m., when the man entered the ER with the rifle and reportedly threatened to harm himself with the weapon.
WOONSOCKET â Police and emergency crews are surrounding Landmark Medical Center after reports of a man with a shotgun entering the hospital's emergency room sometime after 7 this evening.
Witnesses have described the man as agitated, yelling and screaming.
There have been no reports of shots fired, nor of any injuries or of hostages taken.
Cass Avenue has been closed to traffic as local and state police, firefighters and a SWAT team have responded to the scene.
This story will be updated as events warrant. A full story will appear in Friday's Call.