August 3rd, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€” A squirrel is being fingered as the culprit for a power outage that struck parts of Woonsocket early Wednesday evening.
The outage took place at approximately 7:45 p.m., putting a total of 6,500 customers in the dark, according to televised and published reports.
Power had been completely restored in the city by 11 p.m., according to the website of National Grid, the area's electricity supplier. The utility firm assigned extra crews to the area following reports of outages.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A group of town residents today picketed at the entrance of Spectra's fracked gas compressor station in Burrillville to protest construction of a proposed natural gas-fueled power generation facility in town â€” a prelude to what organizers say will be an even bigger demonstration at the Statehouse today, when Gov. Raimondo addresses the project.
BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox on Sunday placed right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 30) with a right triceps strain.
Replacing him in the rotation will be left-hander Henry Owens, who will be called up from Pawtucket to make his Major League debut on Tuesday in Yankee Stadium in New York.
Owens will be pitching on six days’ rest coming off a start for the PawSox last Wednesday against Norfolk.
FOSTER â€” The state's biggest accordion festival is also its most intimate and charming.
Hosted every August for the past 19 years by the Vasa Order of Americaâ€™s Rhode Island District 3 at Little Rhody Vasa Park in Foster, the one-of-a-kind festival draws upwards of 100 fans of traditional Swedish music who come each year to enjoy an afternoon of sing-along, dancing, homemade baked goods and camaraderie.
PAWTUCKET – The weekend news of Larry Lucchino stepping down as president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox by year’s end won’t change his role with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
“Nothing changes with respect to the PawSox, which is good news for all of us. He’s still actively in the midst of pursuing a renegotiated agreement with the state,” said Patti Doyle, spokeswoman for the ownership group representing the Triple-A franchise.
WOONSOCKET â€” In early February 2003, Audrey Harris called her mother on the telephone to tell her she would be stopping by to visit later that morning.
Claudette Harris never saw or heard from the 33-year-old mother of three again. Sixteen months later, the police told her Audrey was one of three women who were strangled to death and dismembered in a house on Cato Street by serial killer Jeffrey Mailhot.
Also gone were Christine Dumont and Stacie K. Goulet.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury indicted a local man Thursday on charges stemming from the armed robbery of a Chinese restaurant worker as he was delivering a food order earlier his year.
Thomas Martin, 23, of 484 Prospect St., is charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy, Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, said in a statement.
Martin is to be arraigned in Superior Court on Aug. 19.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A truck driver, reported to have attempted to make it through train crossing barriers on River Street, was injured Wednesday as an oncoming Providence & Worcester Railroad train struck his 18-wheeler and knocked it onto its side.
The unidentified driver was removed from the overturned vehicleâ€™s cab by city rescue personnel and transported to Rhode Island Hospital, but was reported by Fire Chief Paul Shatraw to have sustained only minor injuries in the 9:45 p.m. incident.