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August 26th, 2014

Governor signs pension bill in Central Falls

August 26, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – One of the ways that Central Falls resolved its 2011 bankruptcy was by drastically cutting the pensions of city retirees, in some cases by as much as 55 percent. As a result, some retired police officers and firefighters lost their homes to foreclosure; some wound up on welfare.
To make matters worse, their health care package was also reduced, a severe blow for many of the aging cops and firemen, some of them with lingering injuries they sustained on the job.

August 25th

Police: Missing teen a runaway

August 25, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Police have not yet located 16-year-old Margaret Weece and would like to hear more information about the teenager’s whereabouts.

Police Capt. Douglas Chiullo said on Monday that the Weece is still listed as a missing runaway with national missing children agencies and that status has not changed.

“She is entered as a missing teen and if any law enforcement agency has contact with her that information will pop up,” he said.

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August 25, 2014

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August 24th

Pawtucket woman hoping to bring portable X-ray machine to Togo

August 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Having recently retired from a career in x-ray technology, Kathy Moore found herself with the urge to continue to provide a valuable service.

However, the resource she is hoping to contribute will extend far beyond Pawtucket, and even the United States, as she is seeking donations to purchase needed x-ray technology for people in Sokode, Togo, in western Africa.

August 21st

'Sword' of angry: Man faces three felony assault charges

August 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET – What began as a verbal dispute soon escalated into an attempted physical assault on Wednesday, when a city man tried to attack three people who were standing at the corner of Allen Avenue and Cottage Street with a Samurai sword, police said.

Timothy Greve, 28, was charged with three counts of felony assault after he approached the trio of neighbors wielding the weapon.

August 20th

Volunteers spruce up Pawtucket elementary school

August 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Students and faculty at Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School live by “the three Rs”, a credo that teaches them to always be mindful of being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.

August 18th

City man charged with drug dealing near schools

August 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Complaints from neighbors helped local police zero in on a man who was allegedly selling cocaine near two schools Friday morning.

Mauricio Guzman, 30, is held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Cranston, after police seized 19 grams of cocaine from his second-floor apartment at 290 Lonsdale Ave.

Undercover narcotics officers obtained a warrant to search Guzman’s apartment Friday after opening an investigation based on neighbors’ complaints about after-hours visitors and high foot traffic at the residence, according to Major Arthur Martins.

August 17th

A classic tradition: the Grecian Festival

August 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Ivy Duffy, 76, of Providence, got a taste of Greek culture while taking a sailing cruise through the Greek islands with her husband Charlie last year, and figured to add to her experiences with a visit to the Grecian Festival at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday.

Her interest was also heightened by her friendship with a dance teacher, Andrea Vastis, who helps run the Greek Pride of Rhode Island dance troupe starring at the Walcott Street church’s 87th annual festival.

August 15th

Police release composite sketch of murder suspect

August 15, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police yesterday released a description and composite sketch of the man they believe shot 42-year-old shop owner Yusef A’Vant to death in his Pawtucket Avenue barbershop on Wednesday afternoon.

East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella said investigators are looking for a black male believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s, who is approximately 5-foot-11 tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket at the time of the shooting

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August 15, 2014

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Police release composite sketch, physical description, of suspected killer in barbershop slaying.

August 15, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police yesterday released a description and composite sketch of the man they believe shot 42-year-old barbershop owner Yusef A’Vant to death in his Pawtucket Avenue business on Wednesday afternoon.
East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella said investigators are looking for a black male believed to be in his late 30’s to early 40’s, who is approximately 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket at the time of the shooting

August 14th

Three suspects arrested in drive-by shooting

August 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET – No one was injured and three people were arrested Wednesday night after a reported shooting incident outside an apartment building on John Street, police said.

At approximately 6:20 Wednesday night, police received several calls from people who reported hearing gunshots near an apartment building at 48 John St. and seeing a black Lexus fleeing the scene.

August 13th

EP barber fatally shot in shop

August 13, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – A well-known local barber was fatally shot in his Krazy Kuts business at 2400 Pawtucket Ave. Wednesday afternoon, a killing that has put residents of the neighborhood on edge.

Yusef Avant, 42, who has previously been listed as living in an apartment at the 2400 Pawtucket Ave. property, was shot inside the shop, and was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to East Providence Police.

August 12th

Lincoln bank robbed again

August 12, 2014


LINCOLN – Police are investigating the second armed robbery of the Bank of America at 611 Smithfield Ave. in four months after a man entered the branch Monday afternoon and demanded money while threatening a teller with a handgun, according to police. 
 
Lincoln Police Captain Philip Gould said the police department received a call from the branch at 3:55 p.m. reporting an unidentified male had walked in and pulled out a black handgun before demanding money from the bank teller.

August 11th

Ceremony pays Victory Day tribute

August 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to the continued dedication of a group of area veterans and their devoted supporters, Pawtucket once again hosted the annua Victory Day memorial event on Monday at the Veterans Amphitheatre, adjacent to the City Hall complex, with numerous speakers praising the sacrifices made by veterans to preserve the nation’s freedom.

Victory Day signaled the end to the War in the Pacific that concluded World War II.

August 10th

Stars shine (and aid charities) at McCoy

August 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – It was a big night at McCoy Stadium Sunday night with lots of stars, both from sports and entertainment, shining bright, and all for singer and Providence native Jeffrey Osborne’s charitable foundation and the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Trust.

August 8th

VIDEO: Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after preseason debut

August 8, 2014

VIDEO: Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after preseason debut

August 7th

Teen struck by vehicle, killed on I-95

August 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A 13-year-old girl committed suicide Thursday by deliberately running into the path of an oncoming vehicle on I-95 southbound, at the foot of the Broadway ramp, according to the state police.

The girl was distraught over a “situation with her boyfriend” that came to a head shortly before she was struck by the car, about 2 a.m., according to Lt. Col. Michael Winquist.

She was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital a short time later.

The victim’s name was withheld, but Winquist said her family lives in Pawtucket.

“Obviously it’s a very tragic situation,” he said.

Woody Allen spends Thursday morning filming latest movie in Pawtucket

August 7, 2014

Woody Allen directs a scene for his upcoming movie on Main St. in downtown Pawtucket Thursday on morning. Main St. and High St. were closed for a time while several scenes were filmed for the new movie, as yet untitled, before Allen and company moved to 207 Wickenden St. in Providence for filming shot the Coffee Exchange.

See Friday's Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call for complete story and more photos.

August 6th

VIDEO: Patriots continue to look good in joint training camp

August 6, 2014

VIDEO Training Camp Today: Patriots continue to look good in joint practices
(Boston.com) The Boston Globe's Ben Volin and Boston.com's Zuri Berry recap the Patriots joint training camp practice with Washington. (Video by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff)