April 7th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” The other shoe dropped for embattled undertaker Todd W. Lauzon as the State Police arrested him for embezzling over $27,000 clients had given him for â€śpre-needâ€ť funeral contracts.
The charges come nearly five months after the director of the now-defunct T. Lauzon Funeral Home had his license suspended by the state Department of Health â€” allegedly for cremating a body and burying the ashes in a cemetery without obtaining the necessary permits.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland High coach Marty Crowley believes he has a strong enough team to contend for a state title come mid-June.
But in his eyes, and perhaps most in Division I, the squad that everyone in the league should be concerned about is last yearâ€™s state runner-up Mount St. Charles Academy.
â€śAbsolutely,â€ť he said. â€śThey went to the finals last year. They (basically) got everybody back. They should be the favorites to win the whole thing. Theyâ€™re good.â€ť
NARRAGANSETT- JARRET, JEANNETTE ADRIENNE, 89, of Narragansett and formerly of Woonsocket, died Tuesday. She was the wife of the late Aram P. Jarret.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. and Adrienne (Guerin) Fontaine.
UXBRIDGE- Virginia (Accica) McMichael, 88, of Blackstone, MA died Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge, MA. She was the wife of the late Harry X. McMichael who died in 2009.
She was born in Ashland, MA daughter of the late Galliano and Mercede (Muri) Accica.
LINCOLN â€“ At the core of Bill Leeâ€™s multi-faceted personality is a baseball pitcher who remains fascinated -- even at the age of 64 -- by the process of getting batters out.
Lee came here on Wednesday to serve as keynote speaker at the annual â€śWelcome Home, PawSoxâ€ť luncheon hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. He walked into Kirkbrae Country Clubâ€™s dining area a few minutes before noon, dressed like a cowboy, his still-athletic frame topped off by a wide-brimmed hat that identified the former Red Sox pitcher as a man of great presence.
WOONSOCKET- Vincent "Vin" T. Dwyer, 83, died April 5, 2011, at the Friendly Home in Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Florence Penny (Duval) Dwyer.
A lifelong resident of Woonsocket, Vincent was born on Feb. 20, 1928, to the late Vincent and Margaret (Kennedy) Dwyer, Sr. He served with the Occupational Forces in Japan during World War II.
Gerald R. Gaouette
STOUGHTON- Gerald R. Gaouette, 98, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Copley at Stoughton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton. He was the husband of 74 years of the late Emma R. (Shaffer) Gaouette.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, he was raised and educated in Woonsocket. He worked as a supervisor for Cumberland Worsted Woolen Mills for many years. He retired many years ago. He was a resident of California for several years before moving to Stoughton over 5 years ago. In his free time, he developed and created board games.
WOONSOCKET â€” The city has teamed up with a private startup company from Grafton, Mass., in an effort to increase recycling in the downtown business district.
Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent, said the city has replaced a half-dozen traditional garbage cans between Market and Depot squares with specialized recycling bins provided by Go Green Solutions.
The bins, which cost the city nothing, are designed with three color-coded deposit slots â€” green for paper, blue for cans and bottles, black for non-recyclable waste.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tears streamed down the man's cheeks as he stood on the railing of the Hamlet Avenue Bridge, thinking about the end.
Patrolman Kevin Sanford saw the dog leash looped around the man's neck. The hasp was clipped on so that if he jumped the leash would cinch around the man's neck from his body weight. The other end of the leash was tied around the lower rung of the bridge railing.