In their latest undercover narcotics probe, R.I State Police mined a vein of a fentanyl-laced heroin â€“ the deadliest narcotics cocktail on the street â€“ that ran straight through northern Rhode Island.
More than a dozen individuals were arrested on heroin-related possession and distribution charges after the month-long investigation, most of them from Central Falls. Two were from Woonsocket, one from Pawtucket and one each from East Providence and Providence. Another, also from Central Falls, was arrested on cocaine-related related charges.
CUMBERLAND – With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, junior Kat Kent ripped a triple to right-center, and scored on sophomore Emily Anderson’s timely two-bagger to deep center, to lift Cumberland High to a seemingly-safe 18-12 lead.
The Clippers didn’t know it at the time, but that proved to be the clinching run during a wild 18-17 win over Cranston West in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary game at Tucker Field on Friday.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Those in search of excitement Wednesday night couldâ€™ve found plenty of drama at a Town Council meeting that saw tempers flare and public speakers applauded as the council had its final vote on the budget.
PAWTUCKET – Student-athletes who participate in spring interscholastic sports at Tolman and Shea high schools were recently recognized and awarded The Key Player Spirit Award.
This award sponsored by Key Group, Mortgage Division and Spirit Recognition. The award is presented to one athlete from each fall sports team who exemplify perseverance, effort, spirit, sportsmanship, teamwork, role model, determination and academics.
LINCOLN – To exhibit how calm 6-5 senior righthander Mason Palmieri seemed prior to his Lincoln High contingent’s R.I. Division I Tournament prelim tilt opposite Middletown on Wednesday afternoon, teammate Alex Levin coaxed him into a little fun.
Palmieri, holding two bats to his head to portray a bull’s horns, galloped at Levin, who waved a warm-up jacket to resemble a matador.
Those crazy antics drew laughs galore from their teammates.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pat Oâ€™Conner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, on Wednesday stopped by the offices of the Locke Lord LLP law firm to hold a discussion with city and state leaders about the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ proposed move to the capital city.
A 31-year veteran of professional baseball and president of Minor League Baseball since 2007, Oâ€™Conner said his role was to â€śtry to put the facts out there and dispel rumors or innuendo.â€ť
PAWTUCKET – If there was any question whether Tolman High’s bats would be ready for a R.I. Division I Tournament prelim against East Greenwich on Wednesday afternoon, they answered it but fast.
The Tigers exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first, then bludgeoned the Avengers for nine more in the second to coast to a 19-1 “mercy-rule” triumph at Slater Park’s Bailey Field.
PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy took care of business in the preliminary round of the Division II playoffs, dispatching Warwick Veterans by a 9-0 score on Wednesday afternoon at Hank Soar Park.
“It gets harder from here,” Saints coach Ron LaBree said after the game ended. “We’ll play the winner of West Warwick-Portsmouth in the next round and we also have (unbeaten) Moses Brown in our side of the bracket.”
PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee jumped into the legislative debate over a local community’s ability to set fire department platoon schedules on Tuesday by calling for the defeat of two pending bills related to the issue.
McKee was joined in the State Room by a group of 13 municipal leaders, including Pawtucket’s Donald Grebien, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Lincoln Administrator T. Joseph Almond and Cumberland Mayor William Murray, who all share the same view.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Before a large gathering of Pawtucket residents and elected officials, family members, neighbors and friends, the field located at 1135 Roosevelt Ave. was dedicated to Edward â€śTedâ€ť Warnock this past Sunday.
Alongside members of the Warnock family, Mr. Warnockâ€™s daughter, Dawn, began the dedication ceremony with a touching speech commemorating her father. She recalled many fond memories of her father and what he meant to the family and the community.
Like the sound produced when nails scratch a chalkboard, the PawSox offense has been far from harmonious.
That’s not news to anyone who has followed this team closely; Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Louisville marked the 25th time in 51 games that Pawtucket had scored three or fewer runs in a game.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing to allow residents to voice their opinions on the amendments to the cityâ€™s proposed annual operating budget of $227,847,201 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Among the proposed amendments includes a $272,000 decrease in expenditures and a $272,000 decrease in revenues from Mayor Donald R. Grebienâ€™s proposed budget.
PROVIDENCE – Cumberland High senior goalkeeper Mike Stock believed he and his teammates could pull off an upset of top-ranked Prout School in the R.I. Division II Lacrosse Tournament championship final at Brown University’s Stevenson Field on Sunday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A state representative whose district includes Pawtucket is seeking a fast track that would bring a commuter rail station to the city.
District 58 state Rep. Carlos Tobon introduced a bill this week that would authorize the General Assembly to appropriate $20 million for the establishment of a commuter rail station on Barton Street, near the border with Central Falls â€“ provided Pawtucket voters approve the matter.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino is â€śvery interestedâ€ť in meeting with Mayor Donald R. Grebien in the near future.
This comes days after Grebien penned an open letter to Lucchino, reiterating his request to the PawSox owners to release a feasibility study that says renovations to McCoy Stadium would cost $65 million.