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January 4th, 2013

Grand jury exonerates police officers

January 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A Providence County grand jury has determined that city police officers broke no law last spring when they engaged in a high-speed motor vehicle chase in pursuit of Anthony Lescarbeau, who died in an ensuing crash.
The grand jury completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Lescarbeau’s death Thursday, concluding that “the actions of the officers were legally justified,” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office said in a statement.

Picard named chairman of Senate Corporations Committee

January 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket Sen. Roger A. Picard has been named chairman of the powerful Senate Corporations Committee after serving on that body for only four years, starting the year after he arrived in the Senate from the House of Representatives.
Formerly the vice chairman of the panel, Picard succeeds Cranston Sen. Joshua Miller, who was named chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services.
The Corporations Committee considers legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance, technology and telecommunications.

January 3rd

MSC boys finish strong, best Lincoln

January 3, 2013

LINCOLN — At a practice session two days after Christmas, Lincoln High head coach Tom DiIorio watched as his boys' team swam through a set of 25-yard sprints, and – suddenly – he heard one of his star athletes, junior Jason Kimball, scream in agony.

Mountie girls use depth to swim past Lions

January 3, 2013

LINCOLN — Even in the throes of defeat, there was no taming the excitement of Lincoln High sophomore Nicole Moneghan and freshman Mollie Westrick.
Even before the Lions had suffered a 56-38 Division II loss to Mount St. Charles at the MacColl YMCA natatorium on Thursday afternoon, Moneghan – still in the pool after winning the 500-yard freestyle – splashed around in her lane after receiving word from head coach Tom DiIorio she had finally broken the coveted six-minute mark.
“I did what?” she grinned.

Joseph Edgar LaPlante

January 3, 2013

Joseph Edgar LaPlante

WOONSOCKET- Joseph Edgar LaPlante 89, of Ward St. died Sunday December 30th. He was the husband of the late Rita M. Charrette.
Born in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Eugene and Eva (St. Jean) LaPlante.
Mr. LaPlante was an aeronautical engineer at Quonset Point Naval Station for twenty six years retiring thirty nine years ago. He served in the US Marine Corps during WWII. He coached Bernon Little League Baseball's Farm League and Woonsocket Youth Hockey for many years. He was a member of the National Organization of Retired Federal Employees.

City faces own fiscal cliff

January 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Congress may have gotten the nation past one fiscal cliff, but this teetering city of 41,000 is still on course to fall into a local version of the abyss in 2013.
After the reigning state Budget Commission temporarily balanced the books last year, the financial forecast calls for the city to lapse into deficit spending again by May 25, according to Finance Director Thomas Bruce.

North Smithfield hires three police officers

January 3, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — After graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy last month, three new recruits have joined the North Smithfield Police Department.
Chief Steven E. Reynolds said the officers were sworn in immediately after graduating by Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton and will be assigned to a field training officer.
They’ll spend 14 weeks with their professional mentors prior to patrolling the streets on their own.
The new officers are:

Prime Healthcare submits application to buy Landmark

January 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A California-based hospital group’s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island inched forward yesterday as the company delivered its application to purchase the hospitals to state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
State Health Director Michael Fine and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin now have 30 days to determine whether the voluminous amount of paperwork tendered by Prime Healthcare Services is complete.

January 2nd

Late turnovers doom Novans in loss to Blue Wave

January 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET -- Luis Garcia may have nailed an NBA-length trey at the buzzer, but it wasn’t enough for Woonsocket High on Wednesday night.
The Villa Novans committed 23 turnovers – including 14 in the final half – and converted just 10 of 24 from the charity stripe (41.7 percent) and ultimately dropped a 54-46 Division I crossover decision to Hope High before a crowd of perhaps 100.
After head coach Kyle Ivey-Jones’ bunch overcame a 29-22 deficit with 11:59 left in the second stanza, slicing the deficit to 34-30, Hope later mustered an 11-2 run in the span of 3:47 to seal the victory.

Alma A. Castonguay

January 2, 2013

Alma A. Castonguay

LINCOLN- Alma A. Castonguay, 95, of Sayles Hill Road, died Wednesday, December 26, at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in New Bedford, Mass., a daughter of the late Euclide and Eva (Holcomb) Castonguay, she had lived in Woonsocket, Manville, and Cumberland, before moving back to Manville.
Miss Castonguay worked as a stitcher for U. S. Rubber in Woonsocket, and later as an inspector at American Tourister in Albion and Woonsocket, before retiring in 1969.
She was a communicant of Saint James Church, Manville.

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