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August 22nd, 2015
PROVIDENCE â€” U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline on Wednesday announced new federal funding for the Central Falls Fire Department to hire new firefighters and to purchase equipment.
The funding was made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agencyâ€™s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
The Central Falls Fire Department will receive $544,264 from the SAFER program to hire four new firefighters, as well as $28,572 for fire hose replacement.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Providence man allegedly broke into separate Marbury Avenue residences, led police on a foot pursuit, and leaped into the Blackstone River before being apprehended Wednesday morning, authorities told The Times Friday.
Around 9:45 a.m., officers were dispatched for a report of an interrupted breaking-and-entering at 56 Marbury Ave., Det. Sgt. Paul Brandley said.
A suspect had attempted to enter through a door, but the residents were home at the time and heard a noise.
CUMBERLAND â€” Mayor William S. Murray has proposed an alternative site for the townâ€™s new police station, and itâ€™s not far from the current station on Diamond Hill Road and North Garden Street.
In fact, it is right behind the existing two-story police station at the corner of Diamond Hill and North Garden.
PAWTUCKET â€” A woman with a last known address in Pawtucket on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 18 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, after she pleaded no contest to four counts of first-degree child molestation, the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office announced.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, Kimberly Shaw, 41, with a last known address of 60 Olive St., was ordered to have no contact with the two male victims, undergo sex offender counseling, and must comply with sex offender registration and notification statutes.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police are investigating a shooting in which a man was found bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound in the groin area, authorities said.
Around 10:20 p.m. Monday, Pawtucket Police were dispatched to an address on Sanford Street for a report of shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers were met by a man who indicated that someone in the residence had been shot, police said.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Members of the Central Falls Police Department seized the eighth firearm used in a local crime this year after investigating a shooting incident in a wooded area of Ledge Street Monday morning.
The Police Department received a report from a witness at about 10:05 a.m. who indicated a Hispanic male in a white shirt had fired a handgun near the wooded area across from the municipal parking lot, according to Central Falls Police Det. Craig M. Veins.
PAWTUCKET â€” Take a drive by the Darlington Bravesâ€™ East Street headquarters nearly any day of the week, and youâ€™ll see a modest-looking building that doesnâ€™t look like it holds much.
Walk into that same building on a Sunday evening, and youâ€™ll see about 250 participating in a bingo game thatâ€™s payout is only second to one other bingo game in Rhode Island: Twin River Casino.
PAWTUCKET â€” Arigna, a village in Ireland, was home to the
island's last working coal mine.
Playing off of that, Arigna Irish Pub and Coal
Fired Kitchen - opening soon on Armistice
Boulevard - will feature all of the
aspects of a traditional Irish pub with a
menu focused on a coal-fired oven.
The property, at 507 Armistice Blvd., previously housed Carousel Sports Lounge. Ryan Blaney, chef and co-owner of Arigna
and Murphy's Law Irish Pub on George Street, purchased the property last September.
"We plan on doing another premium Irish sports pub," Blaney said of
PAWTUCKET â€” Twenty-five years have passed since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it has been 40 years since the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island. Those milestones, as well as the efforts of artists with disabilities, were celebrated at a ceremony at City Hall Friday.
The first-annual Beyond Barriers celebration was held in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Advisory Commission and VSA arts. The Council Chambers at City Hall was at a standing-room only capacity as artists and their family members and colleagues were joined by city and state officials.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation received $600,000 and the city of Central Falls received $200,000 as part of a statewide awarding of $1.32 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfield funding.
City, state, and federal officials came together at the Central Falls Landing on Madeira Avenue Thursday afternoon to announce the grants. The money will be used for brownfield assessment, job training, and cleanup for municipalities and organizations across Rhode Island.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The City Council, at an emergency show cause hearing Tuesday, unanimously voted to revoke the Class B alcoholic beverage license of the controversial East Bay Tavern on Lyon Avenue.
Voting 4-0 in favor of the revocation were Councilmen Thomas A. Rose, Helder J. Cunha, Robert Britto and Tracy Capobianco. Ward 4 representative Timothy Conley was unable to attend the hearing.
CENTRAL FALLS – A North Providence man was safely rescued after his truck fell into a sinkhole at the intersection of Hunt and Liberty streets Tuesday, fire officials said.
A large water main break had covered the road with water and just prior to noon, a truck driven on Hunt Street by Joe Antunes of North Providence fell into the large hole in the street. The front of the truck fell into the hole and the two rear tires remained on the street.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was a big Monday afternoon at McCoy Stadium, with lots of stars from the sports and entertainment industries helping to make the venerable ballpark shine just a little brighter.
They all came to raise money for singer and Providence native Jeffrey Osborne and his charitable causes. Osborne also received an additional spike in generosity from the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation. The PawSox took their proceeds from the softball game and donated them to the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation.
PAWTUCKET â€“ When Edd Pedroâ€™s daughter Kelsey showed improvement after receiving treatment for juvenile arthritis 12 years ago, he decided he had to find a way to give back.
And that way turned out to be an annual tournament for those who love the simplified version of baseball know as Wiffleball.
The latest edition of Pedroâ€™s â€śFight for the Cure Mega Raffle and Wiffleball Tournament was held on Sunday at the Slater Parkâ€™s Boathouse field and drew a large gathering of both kids and adult practitioners of the sport to help the juvenile arthritis cause.
PAWTUCKET â€” A spokeswoman for the Pawtucket Red Sox confirmed that a modified proposal for a new Providence ballpark being worked on by state negotiators should be completed in the next few weeks, if everything goes to plan.
â€śWeâ€™re making good progress,â€ť Patti Doyle said. â€śThe House Speaker says we can complete the deal in the next couple weeks, and I think thatâ€™s certainly realistic.â€ť
The renegotiated deal is said to be â€śa lot more favorable to the taxpayers,â€ť according to House Speaker Nicholas Mattielloâ€™s spokesman, Larry Berman.
PROVIDENCE â€” A career offender with a criminal history
dating back more than two decades on
Thursday was sentenced to more than 12
years in federal prison for trafficking
more than 90 grams of crack cocaine,
Richard Palmisano, 41, formerly of Central Falls, has had
convictions on drug trafficking,
firearms, and assault charges, according
to the U.S. Attorney's Office. At
sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge
Mary M. Lisi also ordered Palmisano to
serve five years supervised release upon
completion of his prison term.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebienâ€™s concerns that the â€śbody works servicesâ€ť ordinance could expose the city to a potential lawsuit, the City Council on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the matter for its third and final passage.
The vote overrides the mayorâ€™s decision to not sign the ordinance.
Grebien, in a letter to the council last week, wrote that while he supported the measure, he could not sign it, as it could expose the city to possible litigation.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebien's concerns that the â€śbody
works servicesâ€ť ordinance could expose the city to a potential lawsuit,
the City Council on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the
matter for its third passage.
The vote overrides the mayor's decision to not sign the ordinance.
Grebien, in a letter to the council last week, wrote that while he
supported the measure, he could not sign it, as he said it could expose
the city to possible litigation.
For the complete story, see Friday's Times.