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March 26th, 2015
CENTRAL FALLS â Rhode Island State Police, along with members of the Central Falls Police Department, arrested a Smithfield medical marijuana caregiver on marijuana distribution charges, state police announced Thursday.
On Wednesday, the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from Central Falls Police, executed two court-authorized search warrants for indoor marijuana growing operations in Central Falls and Smithfield.
PAWTUCKET â A city man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Boston to Pawtucket last summer to be used as a prostitute, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Ricky Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child, and transportation of a minor for sexual activity; and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.
PAWTUCKET â After lying dormant for months as a harsh winter bore down on Rhode Island, the future home of LA Fitness Center at the Pawtucket and Providence line once again came alive with the bustle of construction Monday.
The project was halted late last year in anticipation of wintery conditions, according to Michael A. Voccola, corporate vice president with The Procaccianti Group, a real estate management and investment firm. However, a project shutting down for the winter months is not unusual, as Voccola said, âItâs not the snow, itâs the frost that was the issue.â
PAWTUCKET â If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, itâs more than likely that you saw a young Ken Bettencourt riding his bicycle around the community. This summer, nearly 50 years after he started riding around Pawtucket, Bettencourt is returning to Rhode Island as part of a cross-country journey to raise funds and spread awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
Bettencourt, 55, is in the midst of a nationwide bicycle ride in support of Alexâs Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.
SMITHFIELD â Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.
Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the schoolâs intercom system about constructing âhuman-sized robots,â and it piqued her curiosity.
âIt really interested me,â Mulford said.
CENTRAL FALLS â The Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket has
established a website at which people can donate to aid a family who lost everything in Wednesday afternoon's fire that gutted a multi-family home on Central Street.
Two sisters â one current student and one alumni â lived at 388 Central
St., the location of Wednesday's wind-driven fire that left upwards of 15 people homeless.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley on Friday said that the state
Fire Marshal's Office listed the cause of Wednesday's blaze as
PAWTUCKET â The director of an animal advocacy group said that his organization is âvery much opposedâ to a recently-introduced bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect, adding that he feels the bill âabsolutelyâ unfairly targets pit bulls.
Dennis Tabella, director of animal advocacy group Defenders of Animals, on Tuesday said that there are âa lot of dog bites through the United States,â and that âif you look at the statistics, most are not even involving pit bulls.â
CENTRAL FALLS â Upwards of 15 people are homeless after a wind-driven fire severely damaged a multi-family home on Central Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
The fire, which was called in at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, started off as what appeared to be a very small fire that started on the ground level outside of the building at 388 Central Ave., Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley told The Times at the scene on Wednesday.
However, the fire got into the building and spread quickly, and within a matter of minutes, had gone from ground level to the property's attic.
PAWTUCKET â The director of northern Rhode Islandâs district tourism council is warning that the agency could collapse if cuts in Gov. Gina Raimondoâs proposed statewide budget are embraced by state lawmakers.
PAWTUCKET â A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Monday to protest the suspension of a teacher they say spoke out about the controversial new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, telling students they had the option not to take the exam.
Within 36 hours after the suspension of teacher Bill Ashton last Friday, a Facebook page in support of Ashton was created, with more than 1,000 likes as of yesterday.
PAWTUCKET â Four months after a Superior Court judgeâs ruling effectively ended the cityâs 10-year prohibition against owning pit bulls, a state representative has introduced a bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect.
The bill, introduced last week by District 59 state Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Pawtucket), would ostensibly affect Pawtucket and any other city that had a resolution in place prior to a 2013 bill that banned cities and towns in Rhode Island from passing ordinances that were breed-specific.
PAWTUCKET â The police officer captured in an image posted online admitted to briefly dozing off behind the wheel of the vehicle and now awaits consequences after the conclusion of an investigation, a city official told The Times.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday said that the
investigation, which was conducted by the Pawtucket Police Department's
Internal Affairs Unit, had reached its conclusion. Pires, however, would not disclose the officer's identity, citing personnel reasons.
The officer âindicated it was him and that he was very contrite about
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, the first woman to present a state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly, did so on Thursday evening with a forceful call for cooperative work on change.
The governorâs proposed budget of $8.6 billion includes full funding for the stateâs existing aid formula for public schools, calls for the institution of all-day kindergarten statewide, and sets up an initial round of $20 million to restore state support for school construction.
CENTRAL FALLS â Students in third grade through the high school this month will be loaned Chromebook laptop computers, which school and city officials believe will aid students as they grow and transition to college and careers.
Classrooms in grades 3 through 12 in Central Falls Public Schools will become 1:1 computer-to-student learning environments, which city officials say supports an âequitable distribution and access to technology.â
PAWTUCKET â A Massachusetts man was charged with felony assault and disorderly conduct after getting loud and then physical over a parking spot on Hatfield Street, authorities told The Times on Tuesday.
According to a police report, on Monday afternoon, 71-year-old Flaminio Lanzillo of Salisbury, Mass., drove to a house on Hatfield Street to assist a family member with a heating unit, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â The woman who died in a wrong-way accident on Route 95 North Sunday was identified by State Police yesterday as 25-year-old Flory Hernandez of Henry Street in Central Falls.
PAWTUCKET â A 23-year-old Providence man faces charges of causing a fatal motor vehicle crash and driving under the influence, death resulting, after a wrong-way driver incident on Route 95 North early Sunday morning.
Jeremy Leiva, of 25 Edgemere Ave, Providence, was expected to be arraigned Sunday on charges related to the death of a 26-year-old woman passenger of his vehicle, according to Col. Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the R.I. State Police.