CUMBERLAND â€” The Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee and the police department to purchase new desktops and related equipment as part of a department-wide overhaul of its computer systems.
The $23,635 to purchase the new computers will not come from town funds, but rather a 2009 COPS law enforcement technology grant.
WOONSOCKET â€” This past July, 12 dedicated students enrolled in the RIRAL Transition to College Adult Education program to prepare for their return to college. After five months of academic preparation, they graduated at Woonsocket Harris Library this week in front of dignitaries from CCRI, the state Department of Education and Mayor Leo Fontaine.
The graduates are: Christie Ayala, Alex Ballina, Melissa Cabral, Monica Dias, Janisse Dossantos, Yvette Garza, Diana Gomez, Andrew Ming, Priscila Nassif, Carolina Osorio, Deanna Pickering and Wendy Wilmarth.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Police Lt. Jared Salinaro still loves his job, but itâ€™s just not as easy coming to work as it used to be.
Thatâ€™s because he has to leave the house without his longtime partner, Vasko the police dog.
Vasko was a staple of the patrol division for more than six years, with a sable snout as familiar to police officers in Woonsocket and other Valley towns as it was here. Though heâ€™s still eager to work, Vaskoâ€™s been forced into retirement because Salinaro, his exclusive handler, was recently promoted into a position that no longer keeps him tethered to a police cruiser.
WOONSOCKET- Madeleine Ladouceur 90, formerly of Sweet Ave died Thursday at The Holiday surrounded by her loving nieces. She was the wife of the late Valmore R. Ladouceur.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Calixte and Rose (Lemire) Vaillant.
Mrs. Ladouceur was a picker for Sadwin's Manufacturing Co. for twenty years before retiring in 1991.
Frank H. Martin
NO. SMITHFIELD- Frank H. Martin, 94, of Old Smithfield Road, No. Smithfield, died December 21, 2012 in The Holiday, Lincoln. He was the husband of the late Doris M. (Goewey) Martin.
Born in Worcester, MA, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Louise (Baldauf) Martin.
Danielle M. Spellman
BLACKSTONE, MA- Danielle M. Spellman, 38, of Blackstone, MA passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012. She leaves the love of her life, Eric D'Angelo.
Born in Boston, MA on August 8, 1974, she was the daughter of David J. Spellman, Sr. and his wife, Frances of South Yarmouth, MA, and the late Elizabeth M. (Battite) Spellman.
WOONSOCKET â€” A 21-year-old woman was beaten, bitten and threatened with a knife during a feud with her boyfriend Wednesday, police said.
Brad Johnson, 19, of 78 Spring St., was arrested after fleeing the residence and charged with domestic assault with a deadly weapon, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish a telephone.
Police said the victim tried to call 911 several times while they were en route to the residence, but the only thing the caller managed to say was that someone was holding a knife to her neck.
WOONSOCKET â€” Another unconfirmed report that Walmart is bidding on a â€śsupercenterâ€ť project on Diamond Hill Road has prompted the city to ask the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant for clarification.
â€śIt is my sincere hope that if and when you find yourself in a position to be able to comment to me about Walmartâ€™s plans, you will take the opportunity to do so and have an internally consistent message conveyed by the city to support your own,â€ť wrote Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik on Thursday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) â€” Twenty-year-old Cranston native who's a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens from six continents at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the title from outgoing champion Leila Lopes of Angola.
PROVIDENCE â€” Neftali Melendez, 26, of Woonsocket, was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in federal prison, the high end of advisory federal sentencing guidelines, for illegally selling firearms during an undercover investigation by ATF and the Woonsocket Police Department into the trafficking of firearms in Woonsocket.