December 30th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â The New York Times on Friday weighed in on Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs defiance of a federal court order to turn over accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau to prevent him from exposure to the death penalty, lauding him for taking âa principled positionâ in the case.
Pleau is accused of the September 2010 shooting death of gas station manager David D. Main of Lincoln outside Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road.
WOONSOCKET â The Sears store in Walnut Hill Plaza has survived the first round of store closings announced by Sears Holdings Co.
The Illinois-based company, which controls the Kmart and Sears chains, posted a list of 79 stores to be closed on Thursday after lackluster holiday performance, but none are located in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
But the list of 38 Kmart and 41 Sears outlets is incomplete. SHC had said earlier this week that it intends to close up to 120 âmarginally performingâ locations.
PROVIDENCE â Agreeing with, well, just about everybody, that local pension plans will be issue number one in the coming General Assembly session, House Speaker Gordon Fox says he believes enabling legislation that will allow cities and towns to craft individual solutions would be preferable to mandating a single fix to an array of diverse problems.
WOONSOCKET â Dave Belisle loves to see non-league games like this -- a hard-fought, down-to-the-wire matchup against a formidable out-of-state team that will only help make Mount St. Charles a better squad down the line when the Mounties take on their Division I opponents.
The Mount coach got one of those games on Thursday night against powerful La Salle College High of Wyndmoor, Penn., in their 16th annual Holiday Face-Off tournament at Adelard Arena.
BURRILLVILLE â The Town Council has voted to ask the town's four independent fire districts to consider sitting down and discussing possible ways the departments can share services or equipment in an effort to reduce costs for district taxpayers.
WOONSOCKET â At a time when the term âroad rageâ was just coming into vogue, Donald Graham became a local poster child for the phenomenon by using a powerful crossbow to kill a man during a 1994 highway altercation in nearby Massachusetts.
The former church deacon is serving life without the possibility of parole for his crime at the Souza Baranawski Correctional Center in Shirley, a maximum security prison where the population includes serial killers, child molesters and rapists.
BLACKSTONE - Wilfred R. Millette, 84, of Blackstone Street, Blackstone, died on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Blackstone, Massachusetts on April 26, 1927, he was a son of the late Joseph and Aurore (St. Germaine) Millette. He was raised and educated in Blackstone where he resided his entire life.
He was employed as an attendant at the family business, Millette's Garage in Blackstone.
Mr. Millette was a communicant of St. Paul's Church in Blackstone.
WOONSOCKET - Roland Maynard, 89, of Woonsocket passed away on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, RI. He was the beloved husband of the late Ethel (Heroux) Maynard and his cherished companion Angelina P. (Dalti) Dagesse.
Born in Woonsocket on November 3, 1922, he was the son of the late Romeo and Corinne G. (Gaulin) Maynard.
WOONSOCKET - Richard G. Carignan, 69, a longtime resident of Hanora Lippitt Manor passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011 in Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pascoag.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Valmore M. and Evelyn (Guyette) Carignan.
He is survived by his sister, Diane F. Moran and her husband James of Pascoag, his niece, Elizabeth Moran of Tucson, AZ and two nephews, Thomas Moran and his wife Shelly of Upton, MA and Stephen Moran of Williamsburg, VA. He will be remembered for his kind heart and wonderful smile.
BELLINGHAM - Jessie J.E. Joseph, 88, of Bellingham, MA passed away peacefully on Monday, December 26, 2011 at St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield, RI with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 55 years of Lucia B. (Pierannunzi) Joseph.