CUMBERLAND â€“ The townâ€™s liability insurer has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a police brutality suit brought against the Police Department by a woman who claims she suffered permanent leg injuries when she was arrested in 2010.
Excluding wrongful death cases, the settlement may be the largest on record in a police brutality claim, according to lawyer Ronald Resmini, the plaintiffâ€™s lawyer.
â€śWe canâ€™t think of any other that exceeded it,â€ť he said.
The settlement was reached after a lengthy period of negotiations between the parties, according to Resmini.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A retired chief of the Woonsocket Police Department testified in Superior Court Tuesday that he had information implicating Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest in the murder of his 22-year-old neighbor but he was repeatedly instructed not to get involved in the investigation.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Veteran coach Paul Nadeau admitted to feeling a wide range of emotions after his North Smithfield High icemen had posted a wildly-entertaining 7-4 victory over Narragansett before over 300 vociferous fans at the Rhode Island Sports Center on Monday evening.
With the Game 3 triumph, the top-seeded Northmen clinched the R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal set, 2-1, earning a berth in the best-of-three championship series opposite second-ranked South Kingstown.
PROVIDENCE — One season of watching Kris Dunn has perhaps been enough to get an ample sampling of the diverse abilities that, in the view of those who are close to the Providence College point guard, make him an intriguing option for this year’s NBA draft.
LINCOLN — It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Robert J. Dubois was relaxing at his lakefront home overlooking Harris Pond last week when he happened to glance out a window and saw a hungry pack of coyotes scampering across the ice.
Slipping quietly onto his back deck, Dubois watched with fascination as the five coyotes, with their large triangular ears and long narrow muzzles, made their way across the frozen surface and then disappear into the woods. The same coyotes, he says, have been spotted by other neighbors, including one resident who reported seeing a pair of them near Precious Blood Cemetery off Shore Drive.
GLOCESTER â€“ After years of using the traditional financial town meeting form of direct democratic rule to adopt the townâ€™s annual budget, Glocester is trying something new this year: an all-day referendum.
And the process begins as early as next month.
The decision to abolish the customary Saturday financial town meeting and replace it with an all-day financial town referendum was recommended by the Charter Review Commission last year and subsequently endorsed by the Town Council before it was approved by voters in the general election in November.
WEST WARWICK — In the first four games between the Cumberland and Coventry hockey teams, it was hard to tell which team was the favorite to win the Division I Eccleston title and which team was rebuilding and had to battle just to reach the semifinals.
That wasn’t the case Saturday night at Magiera Rink.