March 4th, 2011
SCITUATE â€” Hinting broadly that he may soon return to public life, perhaps as a political candidate, State Police Col. Brendan Doherty announced Thursday that he is retiring effective April 1.
Both Doherty and Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s office denied that friction between Doherty and Chafee â€” who were at odds over the Providence Police Departmentâ€™s decision to opt out of the federal Secure Communities Program â€” led to Dohertyâ€™s seemingly abrupt decision to step down.
WOONSOCKET --- You will have to forgive Joe Gardner if heâ€™s been a little antsy this winter.
After fighting four times during a seven-month span last year and winning the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight title last November, the Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter has gone the last four months without a bout.
â€śIâ€™m not used to this,â€ť added Gardner. â€śItâ€™s been longer than I expected. Iâ€™ve been itching for a fight and I was hoping to jump in there right away.â€ť
But Gardner knows his wait wonâ€™t be long.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Two years ago, Mount St. Charles Academy was the top seed from Division II-North. Instead of advancing far into the playoffs, however, the Mounties saw their season come to an abrupt close with a shocking two-point loss to Scituate in the preliminary round.
Before her top-ranked team took to the floor in Thursdayâ€™s opening-round contest with Warwick Veterans, a No. 8 seed from Div. II-South with the worst record in the entire league, head coach Nina Morey thought about that upset to the Spartans.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Thereâ€™s something to be said about playoff experience.
Kailey Fugere and Ashley Dubois showed just why on Wednesday night.
The Woonsocket High teammates, who have been instrumental players for the Villa Novans in their last two state titles, including the Division I crown last year, stepped up with huge efforts against a pesky South Kingstown outfit.
WOONSOCKET â€” City fire investigators and Police Department detectives are seeking the publicâ€™s help in solving a suspected arson at the Seville Dye mill complex at First Avenue and River Street on Sunday.
An investigation by state and local fire marshals at the damaged mill on Monday and Tuesday determined the fire to have been set, fire officials said Wednesday.
A $5,000 reward has been posted by the State Fire Marshalâ€™s office for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the case.
CUMBERLAND â€” The 66-year-old victim of last week's violent home invasion at 124 Overhill Road in Cumberland has been identified as Harvey O. Salvas, who also is a staff member of the Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities.
Salvas is the commission's state Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator specializing in accessibility and assistive technology. He is also a former building official in Cumberland.
James Edward Ridolfi
FRANKLIN- RIDOLFI, James Edward, age 45, of Franklin, MA, formerly of Woonsocket, March 2, 2011. Beloved husband of Cindy L. (McNutt).
Loving father of Joshua of Pawcatuck, CT, Corey of Woonsocket, Tanya of No. Smithfield, and Jesse of Franklin, MA. Devoted "Pa" of Patrick, Liam, Roman and Cameron. Brother of Susan Guilbault of Woonsocket, Deborah Donnelly of Rehoboth, MA, and Nathan of IL. Uncle of Nickolas, Andrew, Haley, Jared and Joshua. Also survived by a special uncle, Michael of Boston, MA, and aunt, Susan Bassignani of Franklin, MA.
Frank DiOrio Jr.
WARWICK- Frank DiOrio Jr., 58, of Warwick, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
Husband and best friend to Marjorie DiOrio; the beloved son of Juliette (Santagata) Cardogno, and the late, Frank DiOrio Sr. A loving father to his children, Jason, Michael and Christy DiOrio, and Brian Rector. An inspiring brother to his two sisters Donna Sieta and Valerie Cachiotto. Frank also leaves behind 2 beautiful grandchildren, Isabella and Ava.
A retired custom car builder, Frank was a master carpenter who enjoyed restoring and renovating old homes.
Florence R. Yozura
WOONSOCKET- Florence R. Yozura, 92, of Woonsocket, died Tuesday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late George "Jake" Yozura.
Born in Worcester, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Rosealma (LaBonte) Tatro. She was a resident of Woonsocket for most of her life.
Mrs. Yozura was employed for many years at the Falls Yarn Company in Woonsocket before her retirement in 1981.
Florence was a former member of the St. Louis Senior Citizens Club. She will be remembered as being a devoted wife and mother and loving grandmother and great-grandmother.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two men have been arrested and a third remains at large in the theft of an assault rifle in a house break on Pine Street last month, police said.
Emmanuel Rodriguez, 18, was arrested on a warrant for breaking and entering after a SWAT team surrounded his house on Cedar Street in Pawtucket on Friday.