BELLINGHAM â€” Looking back over his lengthy career, Richard F. Ranieri pointed out one overriding concern that any fire chief has when the alarm sounds in the station house.
"You just hope that the day will end without an injury or fatality involving one of your firefighters or a member of the public," Ranieri said. "We are responsible for what happens, and it is a pretty awesome responsibility.â€ť
PROVIDENCE --- The state finals wonâ€™t be held for another two months, but that didnâ€™t stop two-time defending champion Mount St. Charles from feeling right at home in a rare regular-season affair at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena, the home of the RIIL hockey championships.
Senior Caitlin Shea and freshman Elisabeth Bedard each netted a pair of goals and senior Lauren Levesque added a goal and two assists on Friday night to lead the Mounties to a dominant 5-0 win over the Cranston Thunderbirds co-op team.
WOONSOCKET â€“ There is always plenty that can be learned from a loss.
Coming off a 15-point setback to East Providence just a few days earlier, Woonsocket used its added knowledge from that contest to its advantage on Friday night and earned a decisive 54-31 victory over a young Lincoln squad at Savaria Gymnasium.
Kailey Fugere, who was out with the flu in the Novansâ€™ 54-39 loss to the Townies back on Tuesday, was back in the lineup. Still not 100 percent, Fugere finished with an all-around strong game for the Novans with 26 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks.
PAWTUCKET --- Alex Wilson knows all about the rags-to-riches tale of Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams quarterback and NFL MVP, who just a few years prior to his breakout â€™99 season, had worked part-time as a stockboy at a supermarket during his climb to stardom.
Thatâ€™s because from October to December, the Boston Red Sox prospect had spent his weekday mornings making a few extra bucks by stocking shelves at a Loweâ€™s home improvement store near his Hurricane, W.V. residence.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s often viewed as the last frontier for young hitters to conquer, that of strike-zone recognition. In Alex Hassanâ€™s case, the promising Red Sox outfield prospect is well ahead of the curve, so much so that some of his peers could stand to benefit from his calculated attack.
By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. Itâ€™s the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A con man who has been on the run from the law for two years after swindling thousands from his victims in motor vehicle scams was captured in New Jersey Wednesday, the Rhode Island State Police said.
Kevin Millette, 45, a former town resident, was arrested at the Rodeway Inn motel in Galloway, N.J., where he had been living under an assumed name for about month, said State Police Lt. Michael Winquist.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state Supreme Court Thursday affirmed the conviction of Gilbert Delestre in connection with the brutal beating death of his 3-year-old foster child, Thomas â€śT.J.â€ť Wright, in 2004.
Delestre and his girlfriend, Katherine Bunnell, the childâ€™s foster mother and aunt, were both convicted of murder and conspiracy for their role in the boyâ€™s killing after separate trials in 2008.
Witnesses testified Delestre hurled the toddler across a room, then knocked him down a flight of stairs with a backhander, causing the boy to lapse into unconsciousness.
Edna F. Sparling
THOMPSON - Edna F. (Place) Sparling, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Matulaitus Nursing Home, Putnam, CT. She lived with her daughter, Joan, in Thompson, CT.
Born in Burrillville, RI, she was the daughter of the late William and Leah (Mowry) Place.
She worked as a Clerk at the former Speidel in East Providence before retiring in 1985.
NORTH PORT, FL- Gisele (Cloutier) Giguere, age 81, passed away on December 31, 2011 at her home in North Port, FL surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Woonsocket, RI on April 21, 1930.
Gisele is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert Giguere, son David of Guilford, CT and two daughters, Diane Auger, of Manville, RI and Donna Lavallee of Mapleville, RI. Gisele was the daughter of the late Alphonse & Aldea Cloutier.