May 30th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â After nine hours of deliberations on Monday, a jury came back as deadlocked in the trial of a Pawtucket firefighter accused of having sex with a juvenile teenage girl.
The defendant, 40-year-old Cody Reed of Second Street, has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault on a minor, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Office of the Attorney General. Reed has been accused of sexual assault on a person over the age of 14 but under16.
PAWTUCKET: Ellen Hemond Sherlock Feldhacker passed away peacefully on May 27th 2012 at the Phlip Hulitar Hospice Center.
She is survived by her loving mother Virgina Theoharis Hemond and the late great, Joseph F Hemond. She leaves behind her 2 children Scott Michael Sherlock and Ginny Jo Lester and was the beloved grandmother of Brett Michael Sherlock.
She was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend.
Her passions in life were gardening and cooking and was very proud of her Greek heritage. She had a deep religious belief in God.
PAWTUCKET - Virginia R. Finan, Formerly of Pawtucket passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2012. Mrs. Finan was the wife of the late Leo Finan.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Ferruccio and Angelica (Benedetti) Taddei. Mrs. Finan was a dietary aid at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket for many years. She was a member of the Salvation Army Home League.
PAWTUCKET - Dell Olivia Attoh, 26, of Pawtucket, RI passed away on May 17, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital. She graduated from Shea High School and was studying finance at Johnson and Wales University.
Dell is survived by her parents, Comfort Moore and Laude Attoh; her sisters Rachelle Haney, Edie, Trista, and Irma Attoh, her brothers Lincoln Ward and Laude Attoh Jr, her nieces Ranya Haney, Gabriell Leon, and Leyeti Ward, and many other relatives and friends.
CUMBERLAND â Saying the stakes could not be higher, Mayor Daniel J. McKee has called on the Town Council and the community to recommit to investing in public education, saying restoring Cumberland as a top ranked school district is about much more than budget dollars.
âThis is not only an educational journey we're talking about here, it's also a political and economic journey and that's where the Town Council, mayor's office and community are going to have to get engaged,â McKee told the council at last week's public hearing on his proposed $82.8 town operating budget for fiscal 2013.
PROVIDENCE: Derick Lee Rua, "Chach" 26, passed on May 25th.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of James A. and Yemi Rua.
He was the proprietor of Area 4zero1 and had also been employed by Footlocker for many years. Chach was an avid soccer player. He and his store was well known as the provider of the most stylish fashions in his community.
CUMBERLAND - Maria A. (Ferreira) Bento, 89, formerly of Vineyard Avenue, passed away Monday in the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Fernando Bento.
Born in Figueiro da Serra, Gouveia, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Abel and Maria (Ferreira) Cardoso She moved to this country in 1967, settling in Pawtucket, and later residing in Cumberland for 32 years.
Mrs. Bento was employed as a Machine Operator for the Rhode Island Textile Company for many years until her retirement.
LINCOLN - HARRISON, Margaret E. (Gormley), 94, of Lower River Road, passed away Sunday in the Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late John E. Harrison.
Born in Norwich, CT, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Quinn) Gormley. She resided in Lincoln for many years, previously residing in North Providence and Burrillville.
Margaret was a graduate of the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT, and a graduate of the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Providence.
PAWTUCKET - Barbara Ethier, 78, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, May 25, 2012. She was the wife of Robert Ethier.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Kianka) Rogers. She had lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Lori Moreau, and Holly Walker, five sons, Kim, Marc, Scott, Robert, and Jason Ethier, a step-daughter, Roberta Berry, two step brothers, Sonny and Robert Decesare, 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Jose do Albuqueque Amaral
CUMBERLAND - Jose do Albuqueque Amaral, 97 of Promontory Knoll, passed away peacefully Friday May 25, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Rosa C. (Ferreira) Amaral for 65 years.
Born in Esmolfe, Portugal, he immigrated to this country in 1950, settling in Cumberland. He was responsible for bringing his two brothers, sister and their families to the United States.
Mr. Amaral was employed as Carpenter for the Standard Nut and Bolt, for 35 years retiring in 1990.
He was a communicant of the Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Antero âTedâ Martins, commander of Korean War Veterans Association, Ocean State #1, center, lays a wreath as Ken LaFountaine, chaplain, left, and James Hollis, of the Fleet Reserve Association, Blackstone Valley, salute during a ceremony at the Pawtucket Veterans Memorial at Slater Park in Pawtucket Monday morning. Several veterans and their families attended as well as Pawtucket City Councilman Albert J. Vitali Jr.
LINCOLN â There had been a fair share of dominant Division I teams during the past decade that ruled their regular seasons and captured state championships, but none of them were able to accomplish what Lincoln wrapped up on Monday afternoon.
For some high school sports like baseball and softball, the road to postseason glory begins this week. For other sports such as lacrosse, the action continues with teams setting their sights on reaching the finals, set for next weekend at Rhode Island College.
With the exception of softball, all of the brackets have been released. In an exercise geared toward setting the record straight, we present a brief overview of whatâs in store for the local teams fortunate enough to still be competing in meaningful games at this time of year.
PAWTUCKET â If Ron Johnson had any doubts or reservations about his status among the baseball cognoscenti, a phone call from Dan Duquette quickly erased them.
It was a phone call that was straight to the point with Duquette taking a run at Johnson to gauge his level of interest in the managerial job with the Norfolk Tides. Sure, the two share a past, but what heightens the importance of this particular phone call is the timing of when it occured.
WARWICK â Dan Rhault knows that in order for a high school baseball talent to get noticed, one has to venture to where college coaches and recruiters gather.
The belief that if youâre good, âtheyâ will seek you out no longer applies. Recruiting has become such a cutthroat business that if you snooze, you lose, and if you snooze some more, you just might see your baseball career end at the high school level.
âWeâre going to them,â Rhault, a Lincoln native, said matter-of-factly.
PAWTUCKET â The location has changed and so has the weekend, but the Memorial 5K Run/Walk for PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu is returning to the area and eager to bring the community back together for a fun-filled day at Slater Park.
The event, which will take place on Sunday, June 3, at 9 a.m., will again pay tribute to Coutu, a 2009 graduate of Tolman High and football and wrestling captain and a U.S. Marine who was killed on Feb. 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.
WEST CHESTER, Pa. â Itâs been quite the debut for Jad Prachniak, West Chester Universityâs new baseball skipper.
Thanks to the tutelage of the former Lincoln resident, the Golden Rams closed their regular season with a stellar 42-10 slate, captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II World Series after winning four straight games in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.
PAWTUCKET â When 18-year-old Amanda Ambers walks across the Tolman High School stage on June 6 to get her diploma, she will have a full cheering section consisting of her mother, sister, brother and three-year-old son.
PROVIDENCE â Curt Schillingâs 38 Studios is back in default with the state, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced at a late Friday afternoon press conference.
Laying off its employees without giving the state 30 days notice is an apparent violation of the companyâs loan and trust agreement with the state, Chafee and other state officials said, although the company could once again get back in good graces if it makes certain disclosures to the state in the next 30 days.
PAWTUCKET â The latest city crime statistics show an overall decline of 8.6 percent in crime from 2010 to 2011, including a sharp drop in juvenile incidents of almost 25 percent, which police officials are attributing to a number of homegrown factors.
âWe are very pleased to announce that our overall crime rate has gone down significantly,â Police Chief Paul King said. âThatâs also a positive sign that the many educational programs and partnerships we have developed with the community are having the desired effect.â