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July 14th, 2015
LINCOLN – Rhode Island’s biggest player in the casino industry is about to double down.
Twin River Management Group announced recently that it has completed the acquisition of Newport Grand Slots following approval from the state Department of Business Regulation and the Division of Lotteries.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Local firefighters battled a fire at a 69 Taunton Ave. gas station Sunday that was started by flames erupting from a car driving to the business with an engine problem.
Battalion Chief David Rave said firefighters found the vehicle fully involved upon their arrival at the Exxon station at about 1:50 p.m.
PAWTUCKET â After starting its operations several years ago in a small office on Main Street, New England Search and Rescue began looking for a larger headquarters to accommodate its future growth.
The organization unveiled that new home on Sunday, with the help of Mayor Donald Grebien, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and cookout at 27 Summer St., next door to the Pawtucket Public Library.
On hand were also representatives of Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue, who handle specially-trained dogs that help searchers locate victims either on land or below the water.
CENTRAL FALLS â Fourteen recruits became correctional officers during a graduation ceremony Friday afternoon, with many of the guest speakers welcoming 14 new family members to the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.
The graduation ceremony for Class 36 â âThe Wolverinesâ â was held in front of a standing-room only crowd of friends and family members inside the Wyatt Detention Training Facility on High Street.
David A. Caruso, director of training and staff development, welcomed the guests and the recruits who would soon receive their diplomas and badges.
PAWTUCKET â Police searching for a shoplifting suspect got a little help from their Facebook friends, as members of the public who follow the Pawtucket Police Department on the social media site were able to assist in identifying a woman who allegedly stole more than $800 in cosmetics from a pharmacy on Cottage Street.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Police have a suspect in custody nearly one year after an East Providence barbershop owner was gunned down while cutting someoneâs hair, according to Channel 12 news in Providence.
City police announced Wednesday that Thomas Mosley was arrested in the area of Broad Street in Providence Tuesday for the murder of 42-year-old Yusef AâVant.
AâVant was the owner of Krazy Kuts on Pawtucket Avenue. He was shot while working at about 2 p.m. on August 13 of last year, and later died at Rhode Island Hospital.
LINCOLN â One of the most historic buildings in town was planned to be moved from the corner of Angell and Whipple roads on Wednesday. But according to Town Administrator Joseph Almond, that move is being postponed.
Reggie Cooper and his crew from Aquidneck Building Movers and Riggers were on site last Monday, preparing for the upcoming move of the townâs original one-room schoolhouse. The old school, known affectionately as the âHot Potato School,â will be placed on a foundation that has already been built at Chase Farm Park and will be restored to its original condition.
PAWTUCKET – Fighting fires is a family tradition for Pawtucket Fire Marshal Capt. Robert F. Thurber Jr.
“Since I could talk, this was all I ever wanted to do,” Thurber said during an interview with The Times, noting that his father was a former assistant fire chief in Pawtucket. After graduating high school in 1977, Thurber began taking tests across the Ocean State to become a firefighter.
PAWTUCKET – City officials and the Peregrine Group on Tuesday morning unveiled their proposal for a development of 11 acres of riverfront land at a long-vacant parcel at the intersection of Division and Water streets.
The proposal, which will next go before the City Council for review and approval, includes a mix of “market-rate” residential apartments and commercial and retail space.
LINCOLN â An evening swim with friends turned tragic for an 18-year-old Central Falls man Sunday after he began to struggle in the waters of Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park and went under despite efforts to help him.
Anthony Samayoa went missing in the deeper section of the roped-off park swimming area just after 8:10 p.m., and his body was recovered from the dark waters by rescue divers about an hour and a half later.
LINCOLN â Divers and emergency personnel pulled up what they believed was the body of a man reported missing at Olney Pond, at Lincoln Woods State Park, Sunday evening.
Officials confirmed a search was underway for an unidentified 18-year-old man, but would not confirm any details before pulling the man out shortly before 9:30 p.m.
A diver found the man's body near the rope line used to restrict how far swimmers can go from the beach, officials said at the scene.
CENTRAL FALLS â The burnt-out property at 661 Pine St. has long been an eyesore to many in the square-mile city and has also become a potential threat to pedestrians in the area.
However, city officials have worked together to come up with a âwin-winâ plan to demolish the vacant husk and redevelop the land into affordable housing.
The eight-unit apartment building was heavily damaged in a May 2014 fire, leaving more than 20 people without a home. Everyone escaped uninjured, but the blaze caused a portion of the roof at the 3 Âœ-story dwelling to collapse.
PAWTUCKET â An observant passerby alerted firefighters to a blaze burning inside a commercial building at 274 Broadway early Thursday morning.
Battalion Chief Steve Tanguay said the woman walking her dog on Broadway âhappened to see smoke coming from the buildingâ and called the fire department.
âWhen we pulled up there was heavy smoke coming from the building and flames were starting to coming through the front windows,â he said.
PAWTUCKET â Memorial Hospital of Rhode Islandâs acting president and senior vice president will both be leaving their posts this month, a hospital communications manager confirmed to The Times.
Acting President Ed Schottland announced his retirement in late May from the post he has served since being appointed acting president and chief operating officer in October 2013.
Schottland came out of retirement to help serve as Memorial Hospitalâs acting president, but he was not appointed to be a long-term president, Marketing Communications Manager Susan McDonald said.
PROVIDENCE – Members of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group say they will embark on a summer-long road trip to all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island to tout their proposal for a riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence.
From the site on the former Interstate 195 land Monday afternoon, Charles Steinberg – senior adviser to PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino – said that the purpose of the tour is to have an “open conversation with as many people in Rhode Island as we can.”
BURRILLVILLE – Three former Burrillville High School students returned to their alma mater Monday to tell their heartrending stories of addiction and their uplifting accounts of recovery during a roundtable discussion on the issues of addiction and overdose deaths.
The discussion in Burrillville High’s media center was hosted by the Pawtucket-based Anchor Recovery Community Center.
Burrillville has been hard-hit by drug-related deaths, with six residents dying of drug overdoses this year.
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday.
PAWTUCKET â Tucked away near the border with Massachusetts, thereâs a small street where residents with green thumbs have brought color and life to the neighborhood.
A rotary was installed in the middle of Kirk Drive in the early 1950s, and resident Susan Curren explained that in that era, the rotary itself was much larger, with a lawn to be mowed and hedges to be clipped. While it has decreased in size over time, the crabapple tree and colorful plants are still vibrant.