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May 3rd, 2015
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ St. Michaelâ€™s Ukrainian Orthodox Church took another step forward in its recovery from a 2012 fire this weekend as it consecrated a new Holy Table, or altar, for its religious services.
The four-pillar wooden altar was made by the Rev. Onisie Morar, pastor of the St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church on East School Street, as a way to help St. Michaelâ€™s put the Nov. 20, 2012, fire behind it, just as the parish had worked to renovate the ornate church Harris Avenue Church and repair its roof after the fire closed it to services for two years.
PROVIDENCE â€” The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, which supervises the development of land cleared by the relocation of I-195, will hold a meeting regarding the proposed construction of a baseball stadium on Monday at 4 p.m.at the R.I. Commerce Corporation office, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101.
The board will hear the Pawtucket Red Sox ownership groupâ€™s proposal to buy and develop land on which it plans to build the 10,000-seat ballpark.
GLOCESTER â€“ Professional wrestlers tonight will be bodyslamming for a good cause as Power League Wrestling holds its annual Power-Fest event at Ponaganset High School to benefit the Ancients and Horribles Parade.
A family-friendly wrestling exhibition, the 23rd annual Power-Fest will feature stars from PLW, a not-for-profit independent wrestling organization, going to the mat in an effort to raise money for the yearly Fourth of July celebration.