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April 24th, 2014

WPD's Sgt. Kamer running strong in national magazine's "Ultimate Guy" sweepstakes

April 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Quick, what do Superman, President Barack Obama and screen actor Jason Statham all have in common?
Yeah, they’re all men with an uber-high public profile. Celebrities, you might say.
Then there’s Detective Sgt. Phil Kamer, a 16-year veteran of the Woonsocket Police Department: He’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 – on the cover of the largest men’s fitness magazine in the country.

April 23rd

UnitedHealth looks to cut Landmark from network

April 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – UnitedHealthcare of New England is seeking the Department of Health’s approval to cut Landmark Medical Center and 52 of its physicians from the medical insurer’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.

April 22nd

BREAKING NEWS: Fire damages garage in Lincoln

April 22, 2014

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 Wednesday’s newspaper.

Assault victim dies

April 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

April 21st

Contract OK'd by Budget Commission

April 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – On a fittingly balmy spring Monday, there were signs of a thaw in Woonsocket’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.

April 19th

Local cops walk a beat for their fallen brothers

April 19, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Despite an early fundraising setback, COPS Walk is forging ahead this spring and hopes to outstrip last year’s totals, said Lt. Edward Cunanan.

“We’ve been lucky,” he says. “For each of the last several years, we’ve raised more money than the year before.”

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 “Spring Fling” at Ciro’s Tavern on Cherry on April 26 and a comedy dinner at the Father Marot CYO Center on May 3.

Unfinished business in Boston

April 19, 2014

MILLVILLE – For Justin O’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 – the Boston Marathon.

As he reached Mile 24, just a couple short of the finish line, O’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.

April 17th

Judge reduces bail for child molester

April 17, 2014

UXBRIDGE – 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.

April 16th

Will Landmark Medical Center get a tax bill?

April 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

April 15th

All-day K gets another look

April 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

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