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July 30th, 2015
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.
WOONSOCKET - A train and a tractor-trailer collided at a railroad crossing at the corner of River and Fairmount streets at approximately 9:50 Wednesday evening. The driver of the truck was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
More details as they become available.
WOONSOCKET – Vanmala Phongsavan was born and raised in Laos, and he might still be there if not for one thing: the rise of communism.
In mid-1975, on the eve of the Southeast Asian nation’s fall to Marxist rule, Phongsavan knew he had to run.
WOONSOCKET â€” City Council President Albert G. Brien said he is preparing to mount a second flank of a legal attack on RISE Prep Mayoral Academy aimed at preventing the regional charter school from opening its doors here next month.
Brien said he expects the council to take up a measure on Aug. 3 allowing members to appeal to the Zoning Board of Review permits issued by the building inspector that allow RISE to operate at One Social Street.
BLACKSTONE â€“ After a delayed spring planting season, area farmers are starting to sell the bounty of their agricultural endeavors with the help of the Daniels Farmstead Foundation farm at 286 Mendon St.
Farmer booths were found at the Daniels Farmstead Farmerâ€™s Market offering fresh vegetables, delicious baked goods and even organic goatâ€™s milk soaps as a sampling of things to come as the growing season progresses.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ You probably think the trombone is a musical instrument.
To Matthew Ethier, itâ€™s also a vehicle, and heâ€™s taking it places.
Next stop: Fort Adams State Park, via the Newport Jazz Festival.
A 2015 graduate of North Smithfield High School, Ethier, 18, will perform in the famed jazz showcase as a member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Senior All-State Ensemble for the third year in a row next Saturday.
WOONSOCKET â€” Opponents of the proposed RISE Prep Mayoral Academy won big in the first round of their bid to kill the controversial school Friday when a Superior Court judge rejected the stateâ€™s motion to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at preventing it from opening next month.
The plaintiffs are now poised to argue a motion to do just that during a hearing set for Aug. 11, according to attorney William Wray, who represents the City Council.
â€śYes,â€ť said Wray. â€śIt was definitely a win for the plaintiffs.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” A group of Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) students from Woonsocket High School are gaining some training this summer in what could be a future career in the emergency response field.
The program offered under a partnership between the RiverzEdge Arts ELO program at the school and the Woonsocket Fire Department has a group of six students taking on training tasks they might one day experience when seeking a real job in the field. This summerâ€™s class is the second group of Woonsocket High School students to participate.