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June 5th, 2015
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ In what was perhaps the most elaborate ruse ever staged in the townâ€™s history, North Smithfield Elementary School teacher Tracy L. Lafreniere was crowned Rhode Island Teacher of the Year during a school assembly disguised as a ceremony to honor the school for its community involvement.
It was an honor a shocked Lafreniere never saw coming.
I feel inadequate. And thereâ€™s not much I can do about it. Or even want to do about it. I actually like the feeling.
I had a lunch today with a guy who worked in the mailroom at Hannah-Barbera, which made all my cartoon favorites from the 70s: â€śThe Flintstones,â€ť â€śScooby-Doo,â€ť â€śThe Jetsons,â€ť and so on.
He used to pitch ideas every day to Joe Barbera. â€śI was working in the mailroom but I kept coming up with ideas for cartoons. I would send them up to Joe Barbera and I had no idea if he would like them or not. Then eventually he pulled me over, and I started helping on all the scripts.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council has approved a fiscal 2016 spending package that cuts nearly $800,000 from Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâ€™s proposed $135.7 million spending plan, shrinking the amount of increase from 3.04 to 1.74 percent.
After chipping away at the spending plan for some eight hours over two late nights in Harris Hall, the council unanimously approved a new bottom line of $134,947,084 at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Less than a month after officers began carrying Narcan, the department’s rookie saved a life with the overdose prevention drug.
It happened on May 27, police said, when Patrol Officer Nicholas Pistacchio responded to a residence on Metcalf Marsh Drive for a possible drug overdose.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Steven Pietrowicz and Michelle Morin, the Burrillville couple charged with killing 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz whose body was found under newly poured concrete at their home in Nasonville, used their hands and a club to beat Ortiz - whose legs were tied â€” before his body was dumped in a hand-dug grave beneath a recently built exterior deck in the early morning hours of May 6.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ After identifying Domingo Ortiz, 60, of Worcester, on Saturday as the man found buried a day earlier at 505 Douglas Pike, police arrested two people on charges of murder in connection with his death.
Burrillville Police Chief Col. Stephen Lynch announced in a statement that members of the Burrillville department, members of the R.I. State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, and Worcester Police Department had arrested Michelle Morin, 50, of the 505 Douglas Pike residence, on an arrest warrant charging her with the murder of Ortiz.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Police on Saturday positively identified the body that was unearthed from 505 Douglas Pike as 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz, a Worcester man who was last seen on May 5 visiting that location.
Police unearthed human remains Friday after returning to 505 Douglas Pike for the third time in less than two weeks. Ortizâ€™s body was found in a shallow grave beneath a recently built exterior deck on the neglected house, located just south of the Western Hotel in the townâ€™s Nasonville section. The grave had been sealed with a layer of concrete.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Police unearthed human remains believed to be those of a missing Worcester man after returning to 505 Douglas Pike for the third time in less than two weeks in attempts to locate him.
The suspected body of Domingo Ortiz, 60, was found in a shallow grave beneath a recently built exterior deck on the neglected house, located just south of the Western Hotel in the townâ€™s Nasonville section. The grave had been sealed with a layer of concrete.