March 30th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â€” Lawyers for Raymond D. Tempest Sr. are asking a Superior Court judge to throw out his second-degree murder conviction in the grisly 1982 bludgeoning death of a young Providence Street woman, saying DNA from hair the victim was clutching in her hand came from someone other than Tempest and proves he wasnâ€™t the assailant.
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śChampions Riseâ€ť is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the buildingâ€™s primary tenants.
Last year, â€śChampions Riseâ€ť was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchiseâ€™s 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As Kevin Boles discovered this spring, the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of managing the Pawtucket Red Sox will come in good time.
Reached over the weekend from Fort Myers, Boles noted that he and PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe remained with the parent club until the near completion of Grapefruit League play. Keeping the Triple-A manager around the big-league atmosphere is a fairly common practice for the Red Sox, as Boles recalled that his PawSox predecessor, Gary DiSarcina, reported to the minors just as camp was set to conclude.
SMITHFIELD -- Over the last 10 months, the right arm of Bryant University senior Vaughn Hayward has been in high demand all over New England.
In the early summer, Hayward, a 2009 graduate of Mount St. Charles, pitched for the Plymouth Pilgrims of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and led the team in earned run average. He then discovered the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod League were seeking his services for their stretch run.
In a recent conversation with former Central Falls basketball standout Rob Alers, he was asked the whereabouts of fellow C.F. alumnus and his roommate at Lyndon State, George Carle.
With immediate confidence â€“ the kind that comes when youâ€™re pretty sure about something â€“ Alers ventured a guess as to his good friendâ€™s location on the Vermont-based campus.
â€śHeâ€™s probably in the gym as we speak,â€ť was what Alersâ€™ senses were telling him.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Former Cumberland Fire District Tax Collector Karen B. Lambert, 48, of 15 West Wrentham Road, was arrested by the State Police Financial Crimes Unit on Friday and charged in the alleged embezzlement of $83,761.54 in district cash tax receipts and other alleged crimes.
Lambert also faces a charge of embezzling $11,667.93 from a Woonsocket property management company she also work for and allegedly using those proceeds in an attempt to cover her alleged fire district thefts, Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, state police superintendent, said in announcing the arrest.
Edith J. Champagne
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Edith J. Champagne, loving mother and grandmother died Thursday, March 27th just one week after her 94th birthday. She was the wife of the late Ralph Champagne to whom she was married for sixty-six years prior to his death.
She was born in Woonsocket, one of eight children, and was a daughter of the late Ludger and Lumina (Lozeau) Poirier.
She was an assembler for A.T. Cross Co. for several years retiring in 1986, and was a member of the St. Joseph's Sr. Citizens.
WOONSOCKET- Ronald N. Charbonneau 41, of Fabien St. died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Seven Hills residence on Gilfillan Rd. in North Smithfield, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Warwick, a son of the late Paul E. and Lilianne (Rajotte) Charbonneau. Ronnie was a member of the former Homestead Group which is now Seven Hills.
Mary Linda Poirier
TUCSON, ARIZONA- Mary Linda Poirier, 70, passed away March 19, 2014.
She was born in Woonsocket, and a resident of Blackstone prior to transferring to Tucson, Arizona to work for Mountain Bell Telephone Company in 1976. With thirty years of service, she was a life member of AT&T Pioneers.
Married over forty-five years, Linda was a devoted and loving wife, mom and grandma. Joining her husband, Daniel and daughter, Marie in heaven, she can finally rest in peace. She will be deeply missed. No services are pending.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee has directed the administration to solicit cost proposals to find out why hot water is still coming out of taps with a murky color at the twin middle schools off Hamlet Avenue.
Peter Fontaine, the facilities manager for education department, said the quality of the water has greatly improved after efforts to increase circulation in distribution system began eight weeks ago. But school officials are still not satisfied and they want to find out for sure if sluggish circulation, as they first suspected, is the cause of the problem, or if itâ€™s something else.