June 17th, 2015
EAST PROVIDENCE â Beverly LeFort was watching television early Wednesday morning when the blaring of a car horn interrupted the still silence outside her home on Fenmoor Street, a close-knit neighborhood where people know their neighbors and look out for one another.
LeFort tried to ignore the beeping, thinking somebodyâs car alarm had gone off.
EAST PROVIDENCE - An early morning fire has claimed the life of an elderly woman. Fire officials confirmed that one person was killed in a fire on Fenmoor Street that began at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Two firefighters were also injured fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire, that gutted the home, is under investigation. The identity of the victim has not been released. Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â A Central Falls man is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision with a Pawtucket Police cruiser early Tuesday morning, sending two passengers and a police officer to the hospital, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET – For the better part of seven innings, Tolman High seemed destined to clinch the opener of its R.I. Division II Tournament best-of-three championship series against Mount St. Charles.
Senior righty Alex Lopez pitched himself out of trouble time after time, with help, of course, from his defense, especially freshman second baseman Kyle Depatie, who managed seven assists and a putout.
PAWTUCKET – When last we saw the St. Raphael softball team, they were mounting a furious seventh-inning charge to rally past North Providence.
The three-run surge lifted the Saints to a 6-5 playoff win in a contest that took place last Wednesday – June 10 to be exact. Since then, SRA has been idle. The distinction as the tournament’s lone unbeaten team has been a badge of honor that the Saints have had no choice but to wear as the rest of the playoff picture sorted itself out.
PAWTUCKET - David Norton of Organizing for Pawtucket, which delivered to state lawmakers last week petitions signed by more than 13,000 Rhode Island residents demanding that the PawSox stay in Pawtucket, says his groupâs next move is to hold a massive rally at the Statehouse on June 25.
PAWTUCKET – Virtually every time Tolman High meets Mount St. Charles on the diamond, Tigers' mentor Theo Murray mentions his personal history with the Woonsocket Catholic school.
It seems back in 1992, when Murray represented Shea as a standout senior third/first baseman, his Raiders held a precarious lead over the Mounties in the R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final. In the end, however, MSC prevailed with a late rally, 7-6, eliminating Shea from a berth opposite Westerly, the eventual state champion.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Tolman High erupted for five runs in the second and three more in the third, eventually coasting to a 10-0 mercy-rule triumph over West Warwick in the rubber game of a best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal set at Pierce Field on Saturday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â Visitors to City Hall are noticing that the building is a bit brighter and a little more colorful thanks to the âBeyond Barriersâ art gallery exhibit on display.
Through August, the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, as a gallery showcasing works created by local artists with disabilities adorns the second-floor walls at City Hall.
PAWTUCKET – As an outstanding, three-sport athlete at Tolman High School in the early 1990s, Joey Wilson often would peer into the stands during the heat of competition, secretly hoping his mom and dad would surprise him by being there, witness him carry the pigskin into the end zone or hit a fastball over the fence.
It didn't happen, and it both hurts and irks him to this day.
PAWTUCKET â When Pawtucket Police Detective Linda Bachand-Jackson is not busy being a policewoman, thereâs a good chance sheâs running a marathon somewhere â in costume.
Bachand-Jackson has gotten a lot of attention for the crazy getups sheâs worn en-route to the finish line, decked out as Abe Lincoln, Princess Leia from âStar Wars,â or one of those hairy dudes in hunting camouflage from âDuck Dynasty.â
But the 20-year police veteranâs Newport 10 Miler went national when she ran the June 7 race wearing a white wedding dress, just a few hours before she tied the knot for real.
PAWTUCKET â In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission this afternoon will showcase works created by local artists with disabilities during an exhibit at City Hall.
Mason Williams is now a major-league outfielder for the New York Yankees, a move the team made official on Thursday.
The 23-year-old native of Pawtucket put himself on the radar by batting .318 with a .397 on-base percentage along with a .795 OPS. Serving as the leadoff hitter for both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Williams has stolen 13 bases in 54 games.
PAWTUCKET â A Providence man was charged with first-degree sexual assault and possession of a stolen motor vehicle after allegedly coercing a woman into sexual acts after leading her to believe that her boyfriend had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom, police said.
On Monday, Pawtucket Police received a complaint from a 19-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted. According to the woman, she was in Providence with a man identified as 48-year-old Roosevelt White of Providence.
PROVIDENCE – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and a group of municipal leaders including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi went back before the media on Tuesday to decry what they contend is another legislative move to restrict a community’s management of its fire department costs.
WARWICK – This time, Tolman was determined not to let Warwick Vets back in the game.
Peter Microulis spun seven innings of two-run ball and came through with a clutch base hit as the Tigers held off the Hurricanes, 6-2, in the Division II Regional Pod I playoffs on Tuesday. The win places Tolman in the driver’s seat as either Warwick or West Warwick will have to beat the Tigers twice in order to advance to the Division II finals.
LINCOLN â All five full-time firefighters for the Lonsdale Fire District have been laid off indefinitely after an emergency meeting by the Board of Fire Wardens Saturday night.
The decision was made after it was determined that the district only has about $14,000 remaining in the bank, not enough to pay its five career firefighters and run the station.
âYou canât continue to run a payroll if you donât have money to pay with,â Town Administrator Joseph Almond said.
Almond insisted that this will not alter public safety in any way.
CUMBERLAND – Once again, Cumberland junior Chris Wright lived up to his billing as ace of the pitching staff.
Wright tossed six shutout innings on Monday as the Clippers advanced to the Final Four portion of the Division I tournament courtesy of a 4-0 win over Central at Tucker Field. The victory enabled Cumberland to clinch the Regional Pod IV portion of the tournament.
PROVIDENCE â Graduates from Central Falls High Schoolâs class of 2015 during their commencement exercises Saturday were implored find their Warrior spirit, prove what a Warrior is, and inspire the next generation of Warriors.
More than 150 graduating seniors, or Warriors â the moniker of the schoolâs athletic teams â clad in red and blue caps and gowns, made their way into Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon, led by a procession of flags representing 28 countries, which displayed the diversity seen in the class of 2015.