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December 21st

Man dies in Pawtucket blaze

December 21, 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.

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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.

December 14th

Pawtucket’s newest brew already a winner

December 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Mere months after opening their business in a 375-square-foot space in the Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue, Crooked Current Brewery – the smallest brewery in the state – finds itself with a new decoration just outside of their tight quarters, after being proclaimed Favorite Rhode Island Brewery in an online readers’ choice poll.

The proclamation on the brewery’s entrance door recognizes Crooked Current’s victory in the inaugural Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands poll, which called on voters to cast their ballot online for their favorite brewery in the state.

December 12th

Field of contractors narrowed for project

December 12, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – The City Council Wednesday prequalified a list of seven contractors vying for the $1 million project to improve the Jones Pond property, a neglected parcel along Fifth Street.

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December 12, 2014

December 11th

Cop hit by car

December 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A local motorist allegedly struck a police officer with her car twice and nearly hit a crowd of pedestrians outside of Curvin McCabe Elementary School Wednesday morning, leading to charges of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and reckless driving, authorities said.
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Dave Kelly was monitoring traffic around the school because there had been complaints from administrators and people in the area regarding traffic congestion, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.

December 10th

Strangulation, knifing lead to arrest

December 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A city man was charged with domestic assault by strangulation and domestic felony assault Tuesday after he choked his girlfriend, fled their apartment, then returned a short time later and began prodding her with a knife, authorities said.

According to police Maj. Arthur Martins, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Niran A. Morales, 18, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend regarding the pair’s relationship. During the squabble, Morales “lashed out at her,” putting his hands around her neck and choking her, Martins said.

December 9th

Open space grant money bound for Lincoln, Pawtucket

December 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The state announced some $3.85 million in open space grants this week for conservation and recreation projects in 15 communities, including Lincoln, Burrillville and Pawtucket.

Lincoln was among the biggest winners in the open space sweepstakes, taking home $400,000 to acquire a 50-acre parcel of undisturbed, forested land abutting the Handy Pond Recreation Area, off Old River Road. The addition of the land would enlarge the recreation area to over 300,000 acres, according to Albert V. Ranaldi Jr., the town planner.

December 8th

Suspect bites the hand that arrested him

December 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET – More than $9,000 in cash was seized from the motor vehicle of a Massachusetts man, who later bit the hand of a police officer who yanked over five grams of heroin from his mouth.

Orlando Rosas-Rodriguez, 41, of Taunton, is facing charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver; assaulting a police officer; and third-offense possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, according to Detective Major Arthur Martins.

December 7th

Special election coming to CF to fill Rep.-elect Maldonado's council seat

December 7, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — A special election will be held this spring to fill an unexpired term on the City Council now that At-large Councilwoman Shelby Maldonado is preparing to leave for her new job at the Statehouse.

Maldonado, who is in the first year of her first three-year term on the seven-member council, is the new Democratic state representative-elect for District 56, a seat held formerly by Agostinho Silva.

December 5th

NRI Chamber, Twin River food drive pulls in 16 tons

December 5, 2014

WOONSOCKET – When homegrown pharmacy giant CVS Health announced plans recently to establish a Digital Innovation Lab in Boston, most industry analysts saw the move as the latest sign of the company’s efforts to reposition itself in a fast-changing marketplace for health care.

In a state that often comes up short on the barometer of business-friendliness, however, others may have seen it as evidence that one of its biggest employers has one foot out the door.

Should we be worried?

Yes and no, some prominent economic development authorities say.

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December 5, 2014

December 4th

After 63 years, Landry hangs up her dance shoes

December 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Every inch of Theresa Landry's Dance Studio on Dexter Street is a memory. Whether it is the floors scuffed from generations of dancers or the walls adorned with innumerable framed pictures and newspaper clippings, there is nary a space that isn't in some way significant.

Police: Traffic stop yields crack

December 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A city man is facing a drug possession charge after police found a bag in his vehicle containing nearly 2 grams of crack cocaine, authorities said.
Joao Lopes, 26, was stopped by police at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday after an officer observed his vehicle travel through a red light at Broad Street near Barton Street, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. After Lopes' vehicle was stopped, the officer saw a small bag containing less than one ounce of marijuana on the floor of the car next to Lopes' feet, and removed him from the vehicle, Martins said.

Police: Traffic stop yields crack

December 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A city man is facing a drug possession charge after police found a bag in his vehicle containing nearly 2 grams of crack cocaine, authorities said.
Joao Lopes, 26, was stopped by police at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday after an officer observed his vehicle travel through a red light at Broad Street near Barton Street, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. After Lopes' vehicle was stopped, the officer saw a small bag containing less than one ounce of marijuana on the floor of the car next to Lopes' feet, and removed him from the vehicle, Martins said.

 

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