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July 13th, 2015

Tempest conviction vacated

July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE – In a case that riveted the city of Woonsocket for years, Raymond D. “Beaver” 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 wasn’t the truth that got him there – 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.

July 12th

A day at the fair, 1904-style

July 12, 2015

LINCOLN — If it was a success the first time around, why not go to the World’s Fair again?

That was the logic the Friends of Hearthside followed to put on its second annual 1904 World’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.

July 11th

The eye of Woonsocket’s fiscal storm

July 11, 2015

WOONSOCKET – 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 – quietly.

“One of my strengths, wherever I’ve been, people see me as even-tempered,” says Luba. “I believe if you take an even-tempered approach, you’re more likely to get to some kind of compromise position.”

Pascoag man killed in motorcycle crash on Cape

July 11, 2015

SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. – 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.

July 10th

VIDEO: Confederate Flag Removed from SC Statehouse

July 10, 2015

July 9th

City, state chip away at levy solution

July 9, 2015

WOONSOCKET — 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.

July 8th

BREAKING NEWS: Woonsocket fire under investigation

July 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET — 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.

State, mayor, councilors to talk out tax levy differences today

July 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The saga of when the city’s tax bills will be mailed continued on Wednesday after a planned meeting with state Department of Revenue officials was put off until today.

July 7th

Stadium Theatre pitches Monument Square traffic makeover

July 7, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Here’s something you don’t see every day: A non-profit organization financing traffic safety improvements at a major public thoroughfare.

It’s happening at Monument Square, courtesy of the Stadium Theatre, whose director says the project is a must-do for the safety of patrons, children in its educational programs, and students at the Beacon Charter School for the Arts, across the street.

For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.

Soly edges Thibault in North Smithfield Town Council vote

July 7, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A special election to fill a vacant council seat in early July doesn’t draw big lines at the voting booth as the contest between Anthony L. Soly and Linda B. Thibault showed on Tuesday.

Just over 820 voters turned out to elect Soly, a political newcomer, over Thibault, a former Town Administrator and Town Council member, by a tally of 461 to 367, in the two-way race for the seat held by the late Ernest A. Alter.

For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.



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