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June 19th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â Northern Rhode Islandâs foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but itâs improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.
LINCOLN â Wielding gold-painted hedge clippers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, CEO John Taylor and other dignitaries cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday to officially initiate Las Vegas style-table games at Twin River, ushering in yet another new era at a facility that has morphed over the decades from a horse racing track, to a dog track to a slot parlor and now to a full-fledged casino.
PAWTUCKET â The brother of a man charged in a local murder last summer was sent to the ACI to be held without bail on Tuesday after he allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl Monday night.
Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police spokesman, said Napoleon Johnson, 19, was ordered held without bail on the charge of 1st degree sexual assault after turning himself in at police headquarters early Tuesday.
The victim, who was an acquaintance of Napoleon Johnson, was reported to have been taken to his 69 John St. residence and raped in his bedroom.
PAWTUCKET â Elizabeth âBettyâ Johnson's rich legacy, from her vast collection of historical documents to her 19th century homestead and its contents, are in good hands, according to local preservationists. As such, the non-profit organization that she created to oversee her property is planning to disband.
PAWTUCKET â An investigation is going on into the possible misuse of the city's gasoline pumps by someone who allegedly used them to fill up a personal vehicle.
However, while city officials have confirmed the investigation, they are being tight-lipped about the scope of it and any other details surrounding the matter.
CUMBERLAND â Test drilling will begin later this summer at Franklin Farmâs east field, one of five sites and the primary parcel identified in an evaluation of town-owned properties that have the potential to provide a new source of municipal groundwater.
The Cumberland Water Department has contracted with Layne Christensen Company of Dracut, Mass. to drill test wells and conduct short term pumping tests in late August or early September when groundwater levels are expected to be at their lowest.
PAWTUCKETâEvery woman dreams of finding the perfect dress for her wedding day. For bride-to-be Beth Coakley, that means taking her turn in the same satin and lace gown that has been worn by seven other family members before her.
When Coakley, a school teacher in Beverly, Mass., marries Pawtucket native Bob Bedard this fall, she will be proudly outfitted in a family heirloom known as âthe corn crop dress.â The gown was first worn by Coakley's great-aunt when she wed in 1949, and was passed down to a bride in every generation after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the cityâs artistic community and supporting budding young artists, but he draws the line at spray-painted phallic symbols, curse words and other graffiti he says is plaguing city walls.
Meg Lancaster, a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 2013, watches fellow classmates during the processional at CCRIâs Flanagan Campus in Lincoln Friday evening.
Reputed Boston mob boss James âWhiteyâ Bulger is an 83-year-old man federal prosecutors say was responsible for 19 murders before he went on the lam in 1994.
Jodi Arias is a 32-year-old ex-waitress from Arizona whoâs facing the death penalty in the grisly killing of her lover, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face.
As criminal types, they have about as much in common as rocks and birds. But hereâs something that may help them both: In the age of social media, itâs easier than ever for the jurors sitting in their cases to screw up.
PROVIDENCE â A Pawtucket man who prosecutors say went on an arson spree to avenge a romantic relationship that turned sour has received a 40-year prison sentence with 17 years to serve.
Classmates Roxanna Osorio, Vanda Debrito (class vice president), and Emerizialina Moreira (class secretary) wait together in the processional line at the Shea High School graduation in Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College.
Please turn to Page A6 for the senior list and another photo.
PAWTUCKET â The problematic plaster ceilings at Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools have either been removed or reinforced so students can safely get through the rest of the school year. However, the structural engineer in charge of the ceiling inspections warned school officials that permanent repairs must be a priority.
PAWTUCKET â Vivian Maxson calls them âThe Twins,â two six-week-old Peregrine Falcon siblings just learning how to fly â that is when theyâre not gorging themselves on fresh quail meat or preening themselves in their 40-foot flight cage.
Maxson, who runs the Westerly-based Be Wild Nature Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in the care of raptors, has been caring for the two falcon fledglings for the past week, ever since they were found on the ground not far from their nest on top of Pawtucket City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â A half-dozen speakers, all positive, came out to comment publicly on the proposed merger of The Memorial Hospital and Care New England Health System on Tuesday night.
A public informational meeting was sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General and Department of Health at Jenks Junior High School concerning the proposed transaction.
PAWTUCKET â A new ethnic style restaurant with the catchy name âLa Vaca Flacaâ will be opening soon at 139 Broad St.
The City Council's Board of License Commissioners approved the food and liquor licenses for the applicant, La Vaca Flaca, Inc., last Wednesday following a public hearing.
PROVIDENCE â If a child misses 20 percent or more of a school year due to unexcused absences, his or her family could lose its cash and medical assistance under the Rhode Island Works welfare program, if a bill sponsored by Woonsocket Rep. Stephen Casey becomes law.
The bill would require a parent applying for welfare benefits to sign an affidavit stating that his or her child is enrolled in and attending school and has an attendance rate of not less than 80 percent for the current school year, not including illness, or injury-related absences.
By JOSEPH B. NADEAU
CENTRAL FALLS â The high waters of the Blackstone River proved to be too much for a pair of canoeists Sunday, overturning their boat and leaving them clinging to a safety line in the turbulent waters near the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge.
The canoeists had been helping to set up the finish line area for the St. Jude Childrenâs Research Hospital Duck Race fundraiser just before 12:50 p.m. when they went into riverâs waters, according to the Central Falls Fire Department.
Bishop Keough Regional High School Class of 2013 valedictorian Aldelis Rosalin Reyes, leads her 10-member class into St. Maria Goretti Church in Pawtucket Friday evening for commencement exercises. The ceremonies included remarks by Reyes, class salutatorian Nicole Monge, following Reyes, Charles H. DeBlois Jr. of the board of directors and Carrie A. Hormanski of Curry College spoke before diplomas were conferred by the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, Bishop Emeritus of Providence.
PAWTUCKETâPawtucket Police are seeking information on the circumstances surrounding a violent home invasion that occurred inside an apartment at 21 Memorial Drive on Thursday.
According to Maj. Arthur Martins, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of Memorial Drive in response to a call reporting two injured people. When police arrived, they found a male and a female, each with their hands bound and suffering from stab wounds.