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May 29th, 2015
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The U.S. Defense Department has awarded The Brickle Group a $29.3 million contract to produce berets for American military personnel, the largest contract the homegrown textile manufacturer has won in years.
Max Brickle, president of the company, says the contract means it will need to double the workforce of the beret division, which currently accounts for about 15 percent of Brickleâ€™s total workforce of 130.
â€śWeâ€™re very excited,â€ť Brickle said. â€śItâ€™s good for the company and all our employees.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ In a day of fast-moving developments, the manhunt for a career criminal who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death the night before ended in Boston Wednesday with the arrest of 31-year-old Alvin Huggins, police said.
Huggins allegedly stabbed 28-year-old Yanira M. Flores in their apartment at 122 Willow St. Tuesday night. He allegedly fled the scene and police had been searching for him since, calling him â€śarmed and dangerous.â€ť
She said â€śNoâ€ť to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.
I asked out every girl on my paper route. All three of them. I liked having a captive audience. Iâ€™d hand them the paper and say, â€śWant to go to a movie?â€ť
They all said â€śNo.â€ť
Well, one girl said, â€śYesâ€ť but then the next day her brother told me she really meant â€śNo.â€ť
I made about $2 an hour on my paper route. It took me about four hours a day and then another five or six hours on the weekends collecting money.
One time, delivering papers, a guy drove by and yelled, â€śone day youâ€™re going to rule the world!â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ The cityâ€™s first homicide investigation of the year is under way after a 28-year-old woman was stabbed at 122 Willow St. Tuesday night and later died at Landmark Medical Center.
Police said they were summoned to the two-family house at 10:17 p.m. for a report of a medical emergency and found the victim with a stab wound to the chest.
Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan said no one was in custody as of press time Wednesday, but he declined to say whether police had identified a suspect or elaborate on other details of the crime.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When he was a little younger, Richard Fazzio, now 90, would tend to the small veteransâ€™ memorial at Market Square and Arnold Street whenever he passed by on a walk.
Fazzio grew up in the Globe District on Lincoln Street, and the plaque honoring the city men killed in World War II from that neighborhood bears the names of people he knew.
Among the nine honored are the first city resident killed during World War II, Arthur Favreau, and also Fazzioâ€™s brother, Frank Fazzio, who was just 23 when he was killed fighting for the Army on Leyte in the Philippines on Dec. 2, 1944.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Ninety-nine-year-old World War II Navy veteran Michael Sulima sits back in a recliner at his daughterâ€™s home in Millville and lifts up his sleeves to expose the leathery, scarred and mottled skin of his arms.
It isnâ€™t so much time that has left his skin looking this way, but the more than 20 skin cancers that have racked his body over the years.
Sulimaâ€™s doctors believe his cancer can be traced to his exposure to radiation during the war in Japan after the atom bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.
The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ After searching for more than 10 hours on Thursday, police investigators were back at 505 Douglas Pike Friday gathering evidence and looking for clues in the disappearance of Domingo Ortiz, a 60-year-old Worcester man whoâ€™s been missing since May 5 and was last seen at that address.
"The investigation is still very active,â€ť said Colonel Stephen J. Lynch, chief of the Burrillville Police Department.