February 15th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” State prosecutors have lodged another felony charge against former Municipal Court Aide Rachel Arruda.
Arruda, 62, of Woonsocket, now faces a count of fraudulent conversion by a municipal employee, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.
Arruda was arrested by the state police on Oct. 14 on one count of felony embezzlement. She is accused of pilfering $398,538 from the coffers of the cityâ€™s municipal court between 2004 and 2010, when she retired. She had worked as municipal court aide since January 1987.
BURRILLVILLE â€” For the sixth consecutive year, the Burrillville High School robotics team has won the state robotics championship and will compete against teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, in April.
Known as Team 154 Renegade, the Burrillville students were among 200 high school students from around the state who competed in the fourth annual FIRST Tech Challenge Feb. 4 at the New England Institute of Technology.
John S. Zinno
BELLINGHAM- John S. Zinno, 61, of Bellingham, MA passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Milford, MA on April 8, 1950, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Dobbie) Zinno.
He was the brother of Shelley Marie Savage of South Windsor, CT, Victoria Sylvester of Northfield, NH, David Zinno and his wife Denise of Mendon, MA. He leaves his nephews and niece, Kenneth Savage, Stephany Zinno and the late Nicholas Zinno. He was the former husband of Therese (Gareau) Barry.
Bernard A. Trimble
BURRILLVILLE- Bernard A. "Zip" Trimble, 94, died Monday Feb. 13, 2012 in Overlook Nursing Home, Pascoag. He was the husband of the late Beatrice M. (Brissette) Trimble.
Born in Pascoag he was the son of the late William and Olivine (Rabitor) Trimble.
Bernard worked for Pratt & Whitney of Hartford, CT, for many years as a Machinist before retiring. He was an Army Veteran of WWII, serving three tours of duty overseas, as a Heavy Mortar Crewman for Company B 394th Infantry Regiment. Before serving in the Army he worked in area mills as a Yarn Winder.
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO- Georgette Henrietta Allard (Trahan) passed away on February 13th, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 89.
She was born on January 8th, 1923 in Danielson, CT. She was the daughter of Adelard and Otilie Trahan and grew up in Woonsocket.
She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years Richard T. Allard, three children, nine grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
LINCOLN â€“ You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes thatâ€™s not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lionsâ€™ Den.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ North Smithfieldâ€™s fast-paced offense was clicking in the first half.
The second half, it was even better.
In a special â€śPink Out For Cancerâ€ť contest Tuesday night, the Northmen were lights out after the break, cruising to an eventual 65-31 win over Burrillville at the Lovett Gymasium.
Senior Matt Walkow netted a game-best 22 points and senior Carlos Guzman and sophomore Peter Keenan each scored 13 points.
WOONSOCKET â€” A 46-year-old city man faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty yesterday to federal charges of selling cocaine from an auto repair business in the city.
Pablo Marino Chala, 46, formerly of 89 Bourdon Boulevard, also faces at least four years of supervised release when he is sentenced in May, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
Chala pled guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to one count of distributing 28 or more grams of crack cocaine and two counts of distributing crack cocaine.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nationâ€™s five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay â€śa drop in the bucket.â€ť
â€śWhat an insult to the American people,â€ť Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. â€śWhat an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.â€ť
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sundayâ€™s 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.