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May 6th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ What a difference a year makes for Copswalk.
Last year, when city police officers marched to Washington, D.C. in the annual fundraiser for police officers killed in the line of duty, no one had ever heard of Michael Brown, Eric Garner or Freddie Gray.
The police-involved deaths of the three black men from Missouri, New York City and Baltimore set off a national debate about the use â€“ and misuseâ€“ of police force that many would say is fostering a climate of increased hostility for law enforcement.
WOONSOCKET -- A fast moving fire took the life of a well-known city resident early Tuesday morning. Gennaro DeLuca, 66, was pronounced dead at the hospital following a blaze that consumed a triple-decker at 342 Logee St. Fire officials told The Call the fire started at about 5:30 p.m. and initial reports indicated that tenants and pets were trapped in the building. Nine other residents were able to escape the fire. Fire officials indicated to The Call that they responded to a fire at the same location last week.
BELLINGHAM â€“ Veteran Patrolwoman Stephanie Lemonâ€™s colleagues are calling her lucky after she was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic on Pulaski Boulevard Monday morning.
â€śShe went up and over the hood,â€ť said Lt. Kevin Ranieri. â€śShe was knocked off her feet and landed on the ground on her right side.â€ť Lemon was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center, where doctors determined she had suffered nothing worse than some serious bruising. Initially some paramedics thought she might have broken an arm.
â€śSheâ€™s lucky,â€ť said Ranieri.
WOONSOCKET â€” Ride down just about any city street these days and you are bound to find potholes, plenty of them.
But the recent winter was especially hard on the pavement of Cumberland Hill Road, a major route into Woonsocket proper, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt wants to see that taken care of as a priority this spring.
The state road is technically-state maintained, so getting it fixed is not as easy a project as one might think.
But as the mayor noted Wednesday, the travel conditions have deteriorated enough to have even the state backing a two-phase repair plan.
WOONSOCKET â€” Most of the students in Woonsocket High School teacher Robert Stewardâ€™s law and society class were born more than 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s 1969 landmark decision that protects studentsâ€™ free speech.
But 46 years later, itâ€™s a decision with fresh resonance in the age of Facebook and Twitter, a Woonsocket attorney told a group of those students Friday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ R.I. State Police threw the book at a Pawtucket man after a brief but highly destructive motor vehicle chase Thursday in which a trooper, a gas station, and five motor vehicles were struck by the suspectâ€™s Ford Taurus.
Richard Reis, 56, of 39 Chapman St., was arrested on 16 separate offenses, including driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon, eluding police, resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, operating on a suspended license, and a string of outstanding warrants from three different courts.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two people were hospitalized as a motorist attempting to flee State Police crashed into a building and several vehicles in East Woonsocket yesterday.
The chase came to a violent and sudden halt about noon, when the maroon Ford Taurus troopers were after crashed into two vehicles approaching from the opposite direction on Diamond Hill Road, near Wood Avenue. The first vehicle to make contact with the Taurus became airborne and landed on the front lawn next to 607 Diamond Hill Road, perpendicular to the road.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rep. Cale P. Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is expecting a big turnout of speakers wanting to voice their views on the legalization of marijuana in Rhode Island when his committee hears legislation with that intent Wednesday evening.
Keable only had to look at the interest generated by a similar hearing last year on a bill that did not move forward.
â€śWe had a couple of hundred people that came by the hearing last year and it went into the early morning,â€ť Keable said after Tuesdayâ€™s House session at the Statehouse.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man arrested for raping a 10-year-old girl admitted having sexual contact with the victim â€“ to teach her about sex, according to police.
Michael Powell, 52, of Blackstone Terrace Apartments, was arraigned in District Court Monday on one count each of first- and second-degree child molestation. He was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a hearing May 6, according to the judiciaryâ€™s web site.
Powell was arrested about 7 a.m. Saturday, hours after police took statements from the victim and her mother, according to police reports.