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August 13th, 2014

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)

August 5th

Paul Palange named general manager, ad director at The Call and The Times

August 5, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Executives of Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, which includes The Call and The Times of Pawtucket, announced that longtime newspaper professional Paul V. Palange has joined the staff as general manager and director of advertising for the newspapers.

August 4th

Police: Cigarettes, pirated DVDs seized

August 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Police seized contraband cigarettes and suspected pirate DVDs after raiding a Broad Street convenience store Friday, they said.
The co-owners of RI Market 2, Mahmoud Najib and Ghassub Hasim Aljandali, both of Cranston, were charged with one count each of the sale of unstamped cigarettes; forgery; importation of cigarettes with the intent to evade taxes; and conspiracy.

August 3rd

Gomes, Minea recognized for leadership by BOA

August 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Only 225 high school juniors and seniors from across the country, and only five from Rhode Island, were chosen to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program this year.

Thanks to their hard work and dedication to their communities, Ryan Gomes and Monitea Minea, were two of those students.

Gomes, a recent graduate of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School, and Minea, a senior at the William E. Tolman School, were both selected to participate in the program based on their extensive service work.

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.

August 1st

UPDATE: Health officials say concessions pass latest inspection

August 1, 2014

The state beach concession stands cited for more than 70 food code violations last month were re-inspected Friday morning and found to be in compliance, the Department of Health said Friday.
“Misquamicut, Scarborough, and Roger Wheeler were inspected this (Friday) morning. They no longer have any critical violations, which means public health is not at-risk to patronize these sites,” said Christina Batastini, the Rhode Island Department of Health’s chief officer of health promotion.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Palumbo would have run afoul of Ethics Commission

August 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Even if he had not withdrawn his high bid, Cranston state Rep. Peter Palumbo would not have been able to be awarded the contract to run concession stands at state beaches.
A RI Ethics Commission regulation prohibits General Assembly members from taking any other employment with the state – explicitly including being an independent contractor – until one year after he or she leaves the legislature.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Health Dept. cites beach concessions

August 1, 2014

Fly strips hanging over food preparation areas; cans of clam chowder stored in restrooms; mold in ice machines; fish fillets thawing on the counter in stagnant water; and foul, noxious odors coming from grease traps are just some of the more than 70 health and food code violations the state Department of Health recently found at concession stands at Rhode Island’s three state beaches - Misquamicut, Scarborough and Roger Wheeler, The Call and The Times has learned.

July 31st

DaCosta opposes monastery plan

July 31, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Town Councilman Manuel N. DaCosta left no doubt Thursday morning that town plans to place a new public safety complex on land at the town-owned monastery property off Diamond Hill Road is a highlight issue of the campaign for mayor.

July 29th

Under investigation, Caprio resigns as party chairman

July 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With the Rhode Island State Police investigating his role in obtaining a concession contract at three state beaches, RI Democratic Chairman David Caprio has abruptly resigned his party post less than six weeks to go before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary elections.
Providence Rep. Grace Diaz, the party’s vice chairwoman will step into Caprio’s shoes as acting chairwoman. Jonathan Boucher is the party’s executive director.

July 27th

Paying it forward in literary fashion

July 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Mark Binder, author of the groundbreaking children’s book “Cinderella Spinderella,” is taking his work one step further with the “Pay a Book Forward” campaign.

July 24th

Sex offender faces new charges

July 24, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – A Bristol man and registered sex offender was arraigned in District Court Providence Thursday, where he pled not guilty to charges that inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl at the Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness swimming pool.

Raymond J. Dubord, of 50 Monroe St., Bristol, was charged with simple assault after the grandmother of the girl filed a complaint with the East Providence police on July 18. According to the complaint, Dubord was constantly trying to talk to the girl and exchanged phone numbers and that there was “unwanted touching” involved.

July 23rd

Man shot in foot

July 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery after a man showed up at the hospital Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the foot, they said.
Marquis Hopper, 20, of Pawtucket, suffered a small-caliber bullet wound to the foot and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, said Major Arthur Martins. He is expected to be okay.

July 22nd

Central Falls to launch new back-to-school program

July 22, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – An unprecedented community collaborative to tackle truancy and chronic absenteeism in the city’s public schools kicks off next month and City Councilwoman and School Committee member Stephanie Gonzalez is leading the charge.
The idea for the Back to School campaign was hatched in the spring by the newly-formed Central Falls Alumni Association, which has partnered with the school district to reach out and involve school, community and municipal stakeholders, including School Superintendent Frances Gallo, Mayor James A. Diossa and Police Chief James J. Mendonca, to name a few.