October 17th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” State Rep. Jon D. Brien, who launched a write-in campaign after being unseated in the primary, is challenging the man who defeated him to a series of debates.
With slightly more than three weeks to go before the general election, the city Democrat is asking Stephen M. Casey to participate in four debates before Nov. 6.
Casey dismissed the offer as a desperate ploy for attention.
â€śThe time for debate was before the primary,â€ť said Casey. â€śI already defeated him in September and heâ€™s not on the ballot.â€ť
But Brien said heâ€™ll go solo if Casey doesnâ€™t show up.
LINCOLN â€” A 57-year-old woman was surprised by a man breaking into her Tall Wood Drive home Wednesday morning and quickly fled the dwelling, according to police.
â€śWe believe the suspect was not aware that the homeowner was at home,â€ť Police Chief Brian Sullivan said later of the 9:30 a.m. incident.
The woman fled away from Tall Wood in the direction of nearby Route 295 south and called police regarding the break, Sullivan said.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says a Woonsocket man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault in two rape cases that had been unsolved for several years.
Armand Ferrio received a total of 40 years, with the balance suspended with probation.
The 25-year-old Ferrio must have no contact with the victims, undergo sex-offender counseling and register as a sex offender when released from the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Kilmartin's office says DNA led authorities to solve the cases.
WOONSOCKET â€“ For an 18-month-old boy crushed under a piece of fallen furniture, death came in the blink of an eye Monday.
The boyâ€™s grandmother told police she had been watching the boy up until the very moment the bookcase tipped over and fell on him.
â€śShe turned her back for a second to move something in a doorway that leads to the basement,â€ť reported Patrolman Patrick Roy. â€śShe turned around and saw the wooden bookcase was now on top of the boyâ€™s chest.â€ť
Woonsocket firefighters battle a stubborn fire in a garage behind 89-91 Hamlet Ave. that broke out around 1 oâ€™clock Tuesday afternoon. Several vehicles, including two inside the garage, were completely gutted in the fire and a nearby home sustained exterior fire damage. No other injuries were reported.
SCITUATE â€” North Smithfieldâ€™s season came to a crushing finish in its Division III quarterfinal-round matchup with Scituate on Tuesday afternoon at the Scituate town courts.
The Spartans, the No. 2 seed from the West, scratched out a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 victory in third singles to score a 4-3 victory and advance to tomorrowâ€™s semifinal round.
PORTLAND, Maine â€” Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of an earthquake in southern Maine may not have known what was happening. But the shaking building was enough to send all 20 of them skedaddling outside.
"It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type," said Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza. "The back door and door to the basement blew open," she said.
BLACKSTONE, MA - Lucien Bourbonniere, 80, of Blackstone, formerly of Bellingham and Woonsocket, passed away on Oct. 7, 2012 at UMASS Memorial.
Born in Woonsocket on Oct. 13, 1931, he was the son of the late Conrad and Marie (Beauparlant) Bourbonniere.
Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18th at 11AM at CARTIER'S FUNERAL HOME, 151 So. Main St. (Rte 126), Bellingham, MA. Visiting time from 10 to 11AM prior to service. Burial will follow at Precious Blood Cemetery.
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WOONSOCKET â€“ Four men have been charged in connection with the theft of air conditioning units from the roof of the vacant Wal-Mart building and a more recent larceny from a local restaurant that took place during Autumnfest, police said.
North Smithfield No. 2 singles player Tiana Ahmed achieved a 6-1, 6-1 victory Monday afternoon against St. Raphaelâ€™s Gianna Leone. For complete story, see Tuesday's print edition or click on the e-Edition.