Archive - 2014 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â€“ Investigators have concluded that careless smoking caused a fire that heavily damaged a duplex at 7 Boyle Ave. early Sunday, leaving four people homeless.
Michael Sweeney, chief of investigations for the state fire marshalâ€™s office, said someone left a lit cigarette on a bed in one of the units.
â€śThey put it there and just forgot it was there,â€ť said Sweeney.
Luckily, said Sweeney, everyone was able to escape from the dwelling without injury.
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.
PAWTUCKET â€” A local man was charged with assault of police officers after a fracas in a parking lot outside of The Met early Friday morning left one officer hospitalized, authorities said.
Around 1 a.m. Friday, Pawtucket Police Officer Zachary Day was on patrol in the area of The Met, at 1005 Main St. He observed there was a large group of people â€“ estimated to be over 100 â€“ leaving the music club and disrupting the flow of traffic, police said. Approximately 15 vehicles were stopped in the roadway.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police are investigating what may turn out to be the cityâ€™s second homicide of 2014 after discovering the body of a Providence man with a head wound on Christmas Day.
The body of Cheikh Diop, 41, was found lying on the ground in front of 17 Parker St. about 6:30 p.m. Police said Diop had apparently somehow suffered a severe laceration to the head.
Police have also charged a man with obstruction while investigating the death, according to wire reports.
Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a multi-story series looking back at the memorable events of 2014.
Whether it was stumping for candidates, directing movies or accepting honorary keys to the city, there were plenty of celebrities and big name politicos who visited the Ocean State in 2014.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A guinea pig got loose and couldnâ€™t be found after a man broke apart the animalâ€™s cage by kicking it in the midst of a heated domestic quarrel Sunday, police said.
Barry Joseph Cartin, 40, of 92 Bates St., is facing charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal, domestic disorderly conduct, and domestic assault and battery, according to Major Arthur Martins.
The episode came to the attention of the police shortly before noon, when a 42-year-old woman came to police headquarters saying her boyfriend had roughed her up.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man described to be in his late 50s died after a fire broke out in the kitchen of his 31 Grove St. apartment on Sunday afternoon.
Michael J. Sweeney, chief of investigations for the R.I. Fire Marshalâ€™s Office, said at the scene Sunday that Pawtucket Fire Department companies conducting a fire suppression effort in the first-floor apartment shortly before 2 p.m. encountered the victim in a nearby bedroom.
The man was not breathing and not responsive to efforts to resuscitate him, Sweeney said.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox organization hit a home run for the community and The Times' annual Merry Christmas Fund, donating $1,000 to benefit the efforts of The Salvation Army of Pawtucket this holiday season.
Jeff Bradley, director of community relations with the Pawtucket Red Sox, said that for over 30 years, the organization has been happy to support the fund, â€śwhich supports the community that we feel proud to be a part of, and it's just a small way to give back to help those less fortunate enjoy the holidays.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local 18-year-old and a juvenile male were charged in connection with a robbery on John Street Tuesday afternoon, in which they allegedly brandished a weapon resembling a shotgun and stole a video game system from a victim's car, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Foundation on Wednesday announced that 157 teachers in five statewide communities would share nearly $148,000 in grants through a program that encourages classroom innovation in urban school districts.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A loud disturbance between several people was allegedly punctuated with gunfire, police told The Times.
A Central Falls man was charged after police say he pulled a gun and fired a shot into the air during a disturbance on John Street Sunday afternoon.
At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, police officers were dispatched to the area of 48 John St. for a call of a fight possibly involving a discharged firearm, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
The altercation involved different factions of groups that dislike each other, however, the major did not say it was gang-related.
NORTH ATTLEBORO â€“ The man who died after his Cadillac CTS veered off I-95 and crashed into a tree Sunday has been identified by the Massachusetts State Police as 31-year-old Lukasz Prokop, 31, of Cumberland.
Police said Prokop was traveling southbound on I-95 with one other passenger in the sedan when the vehicle left the highway just north of the I-295 ramp, near Toner Boulevard.
Medical personnel from the North Attleboro Fire Department transported Prokop to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mere months after opening their business in a 375-square-foot space in the Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue, Crooked Current Brewery â€“ the smallest brewery in the state â€“ finds itself with a new decoration just outside of their tight quarters, after being proclaimed Favorite Rhode Island Brewery in an online readersâ€™ choice poll.
The proclamation on the breweryâ€™s entrance door recognizes Crooked Currentâ€™s victory in the inaugural Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands poll, which called on voters to cast their ballot online for their favorite brewery in the state.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The City Council Wednesday prequalified a list of seven contractors vying for the $1 million project to improve the Jones Pond property, a neglected parcel along Fifth Street.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local motorist allegedly struck a police officer with her car twice and nearly hit a crowd of pedestrians outside of Curvin McCabe Elementary School Wednesday morning, leading to charges of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and reckless driving, authorities said.
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Dave Kelly was monitoring traffic around the school because there had been complaints from administrators and people in the area regarding traffic congestion, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â€” A city man was charged with domestic assault by strangulation and domestic felony assault Tuesday after he choked his girlfriend, fled their apartment, then returned a short time later and began prodding her with a knife, authorities said.
According to police Maj. Arthur Martins, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Niran A. Morales, 18, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend regarding the pairâ€™s relationship. During the squabble, Morales â€ślashed out at her,â€ť putting his hands around her neck and choking her, Martins said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The state announced some $3.85 million in open space grants this week for conservation and recreation projects in 15 communities, including Lincoln, Burrillville and Pawtucket.
Lincoln was among the biggest winners in the open space sweepstakes, taking home $400,000 to acquire a 50-acre parcel of undisturbed, forested land abutting the Handy Pond Recreation Area, off Old River Road. The addition of the land would enlarge the recreation area to over 300,000 acres, according to Albert V. Ranaldi Jr., the town planner.
PAWTUCKET â€“ More than $9,000 in cash was seized from the motor vehicle of a Massachusetts man, who later bit the hand of a police officer who yanked over five grams of heroin from his mouth.
Orlando Rosas-Rodriguez, 41, of Taunton, is facing charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver; assaulting a police officer; and third-offense possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, according to Detective Major Arthur Martins.