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January 9th, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Things to Know for Today

January 9, 2015

January 8th

C.F. murder suspect to be arraigned

January 8, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – A Central Falls man will be arraigned at Sixth District Court today for the murder of a Providence man, authorities said.
On Wednesday evening, an arrest warrant was signed for Ken Emuakpor, 33, of Central Falls, for the murder of 41-year-old Cheikh Diop, of
Providence, Central Falls Police said.
Emuakpor was located by the Providence Police Department Wednesday and later turned over to Central Falls Police Detectives, police said.

Times Christmas Fund still accepting donations

January 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Although Christmas has come and gone, the time to donate and help those in need never ceases. Through the end of January, The Times is appealing to individuals, businesses, and organizations to donate to the Merry Christmas Fund, which benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
Donations can be made in the name of an individual, family, or in memory of a loved one. All donations will be acknowledged in The Times, unless
the benefactor chooses to remain anonymous.

January 6th

Longtime political reporter Jim Baron mourned

January 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – James F. “Jim” Baron, 57, The Times and The Call’s legendary political reporter and a well-known and respected observer of all doings at the Rhode Island Statehouse, died Monday night at Miriam Hospital.

Jim was the husband of Denise Perreault, a former city editor at the Woonsocket Call, and son of Mary (Wilkie) Baron and the late Robert Baron.

January 5th

Grebien renews mayoral oath

January 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – While many took time to look back on all the city has accomplished over the past few years, the theme of Monday night’s inauguration was looking forward to a bright and hopeful future.

Mayor Donald R. Grebien, along with the nine members of the City Council and the seven members of the Pawtucket School Committee, were given the oath of office during the ceremony at Tolman High School Monday night.

January 4th

CF woman’s wild ride ends in arrest

January 4, 2015

CRANSTON – R.I. State Police are assisting Cranston Police with the investigation of a Saturday afternoon incident in which a police officer fired his service weapon in self-defense after being struck by a motor vehicle operated by a suspect attempting to avoid arrest on drug possession charges.

January 2nd

Police charge second brawl suspect

January 3, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A city man has been charged with simple assault on a police officer, among other charges, for his role in a Dec. 26 melee in a parking lot outside of The Met, authorities said.

The charges come a week after the man’s brother was arrested for his own involvement in the fracas.

December 29th, 2014

Cumberland duplex fire blamed on lit cigarette

December 29, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Investigators have concluded that careless smoking caused a fire that heavily damaged a duplex at 7 Boyle Ave. early Sunday, leaving four people homeless.

Michael Sweeney, chief of investigations for the state fire marshal’s office, said someone left a lit cigarette on a bed in one of the units.

“They put it there and just forgot it was there,” said Sweeney.

Luckily, said Sweeney, everyone was able to escape from the dwelling without injury.

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.

December 28th

Pawtucket officer injured in parking lot scuffle

December 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A local man was charged with assault of police officers after a fracas in a parking lot outside of The Met early Friday morning left one officer hospitalized, authorities said.

Around 1 a.m. Friday, Pawtucket Police Officer Zachary Day was on patrol in the area of The Met, at 1005 Main St. He observed there was a large group of people – estimated to be over 100 – leaving the music club and disrupting the flow of traffic, police said. Approximately 15 vehicles were stopped in the roadway.

December 26th

CF police investigating holiday death as possible homicide

December 27, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Police are investigating what may turn out to be the city’s second homicide of 2014 after discovering the body of a Providence man with a head wound on Christmas Day.

The body of Cheikh Diop, 41, was found lying on the ground in front of 17 Parker St. about 6:30 p.m. Police said Diop had apparently somehow suffered a severe laceration to the head.

Police have also charged a man with obstruction while investigating the death, according to wire reports.

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

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Tips and Tricks for Christmas Leftovers

December 26, 2014

December 25th

2014: The year the famous flocked to RI

December 25, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first in a multi-story series looking back at the memorable events of 2014.

Whether it was stumping for candidates, directing movies or accepting honorary keys to the city, there were plenty of celebrities and big name politicos who visited the Ocean State in 2014.

December 22nd

Guinea pig flees from Facebook tiff

December 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A guinea pig got loose and couldn’t be found after a man broke apart the animal’s cage by kicking it in the midst of a heated domestic quarrel Sunday, police said.

Barry Joseph Cartin, 40, of 92 Bates St., is facing charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal, domestic disorderly conduct, and domestic assault and battery, according to Major Arthur Martins.
The episode came to the attention of the police shortly before noon, when a 42-year-old woman came to police headquarters saying her boyfriend had roughed her up.

December 21st

Man dies in Pawtucket blaze

December 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A local man described to be in his late 50s died after a fire broke out in the kitchen of his 31 Grove St. apartment on Sunday afternoon.

Michael J. Sweeney, chief of investigations for the R.I. Fire Marshal’s Office, said at the scene Sunday that Pawtucket Fire Department companies conducting a fire suppression effort in the first-floor apartment shortly before 2 p.m. encountered the victim in a nearby bedroom.

The man was not breathing and not responsive to efforts to resuscitate him, Sweeney said.

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

December 19th

PawSox hit a home run for Christmas Fund

December 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox organization hit a home run for the community and The Times' annual Merry Christmas Fund, donating $1,000 to benefit the efforts of The Salvation Army of Pawtucket this holiday season.
Jeff Bradley, director of community relations with the Pawtucket Red Sox, said that for over 30 years, the organization has been happy to support the fund, “which supports the community that we feel proud to be a part of, and it's just a small way to give back to help those less fortunate enjoy the holidays.”

December 18th

Cops: Pair use BB gun in robbery

December 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A local 18-year-old and a juvenile male were charged in connection with a robbery on John Street Tuesday afternoon, in which they allegedly brandished a weapon resembling a shotgun and stole a video game system from a victim's car, authorities said.

December 17th

Schools get grant money

December 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Foundation on Wednesday announced that 157 teachers in five statewide communities would share nearly $148,000 in grants through a program that encourages classroom innovation in urban school districts.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

December 16th

Shot fired

December 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A loud disturbance between several people was allegedly punctuated with gunfire, police told The Times.
A Central Falls man was charged after police say he pulled a gun and fired a shot into the air during a disturbance on John Street Sunday afternoon.
At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, police officers were dispatched to the area of 48 John St. for a call of a fight possibly involving a discharged firearm, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
The altercation involved different factions of groups that dislike each other, however, the major did not say it was gang-related.

December 15th

Cumberland man dies in crash

December 15, 2014

NORTH ATTLEBORO – The man who died after his Cadillac CTS veered off I-95 and crashed into a tree Sunday has been identified by the Massachusetts State Police as 31-year-old Lukasz Prokop, 31, of Cumberland.
Police said Prokop was traveling southbound on I-95 with one other passenger in the sedan when the vehicle left the highway just north of the I-295 ramp, near Toner Boulevard.
Medical personnel from the North Attleboro Fire Department transported Prokop to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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