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April 24th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â€“ Quick, what do Superman, President Barack Obama and screen actor Jason Statham all have in common?
Yeah, theyâ€™re all men with an uber-high public profile. Celebrities, you might say.
Then thereâ€™s Detective Sgt. Phil Kamer, a 16-year veteran of the Woonsocket Police Department: Heâ€™s no celebrity, but with a little luck he could end up in the same place as the Man of Steel, Obama and the tough-guy actor â€“ on the cover of the largest menâ€™s fitness magazine in the country.
WOONSOCKET â€“ UnitedHealthcare of New England is seeking the Department of Healthâ€™s approval to cut Landmark Medical Center and 52 of its physicians from the medical insurerâ€™s coverage network, a move that would affect thousands of northern Rhode Islanders who regularly use Landmark.
The request comes after United and Landmark, newly acquired by the California-based for-profit hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services, were unable to iron out a new contract when the hospital emerged from receivership last year.
LINCOLN -- Firefighters doused a blaze at 6 Winterberry Court Tuesday night after a freezer in the garage at the home started to smoke and then caught fire sending flames shooting through the roof of the structure. The fire started at about 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. For details and photos pick up Wednesdayâ€™s newspaper.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man who was hospitalized after fighting with his roommate outside a Fairmount bar on Friday died at Rhode Island Hospital two days later, the police disclosed Tuesday.
Police spokeswoman Detective Jamie Paone declined to identify the victim, saying the investigation is continuing. But she said the roommate, Alan Klemanchuck, 58, of Woonsocket, presently faces charges of domestic felony assault.
PROVIDENCE â€“ On a fittingly balmy spring Monday, there were signs of a thaw in Woonsocketâ€™s relationship with its police union as the state-appointed Budget Commission retroactively approved a contract for fiscal 2013 with the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite an early fundraising setback, COPS Walk is forging ahead this spring and hopes to outstrip last yearâ€™s totals, said Lt. Edward Cunanan.
â€śWeâ€™ve been lucky,â€ť he says. â€śFor each of the last several years, weâ€™ve raised more money than the year before.â€ť
It will be harder than ever to maintain the streak, says Cunanan, but participants are still going to try. Organizers have two events scheduled in the days ahead, including a â€śSpring Flingâ€ť at Ciroâ€™s Tavern on Cherry on April 26 and a comedy dinner at the Father Marot CYO Center on May 3.
MILLVILLE â€“ For Justin Oâ€™Connell, 2013 was supposed to be The Year.
After years of training, after the struggle just to learn how to walk again, that was the year he was supposed to complete his first marathon â€“ the Boston Marathon.
As he reached Mile 24, just a couple short of the finish line, Oâ€™Connell saw the cell phones come out and people talking in excited, panicky tones. Soon word had spread among the marathoners: Some kind of bombs had exploded near the finish line. Then the fences went up, the race halted.
UXBRIDGE â€“ A Worcester Superior Court judge Tuesday reduced bail for a 62-year-old registered sex offender and Uxbridge resident who won $10 million in the Massachusetts State Lottery five years ago and was arrested again recently in town.
At a bail hearing Tuesday, Judge James Lemire reduced bail for Daniel T. Snay from $5 million to $50,000. He will also be placed on GPS monitoring and was ordered to stay away from all children under 16.
Snay, 62, of 558 Elmwood Avenue, was arraigned last month on new charges that he sexually assaulted a boy over a four-year period, police said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ State and local officials of the cash-strapped city took action on two fronts this week to bolster its authority to pry from Landmark Medical Center some sorely needed tax revenue for the first time.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The latest plan to resurrect full-day kindergarten is more taxpayer-friendly than ever and no longer envisions the use of any classroom space at the Woonsocket Middle School complex, officials say.
Joseph Spagna, business manager for the Woonsocket Education Department, said initial forecasts that full-day kindergarten would result in a one-time increase of $688,000 in state aid next fiscal year were far too conservative and based on an inaccurate reading of education reimbursement schedules provided to the city by the Rhode Island Department of Education.