March 7th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ Maybe itâ€™s a garden-variety traffic stop or a kitchen squabble between husband and wife, maybe something more serious.
More often than ever, the cops sent to find out what happened run into a fundamental barrier: They donâ€™t speak the same language as the people involved.
Who you gonna call?
At the Woonsocket Police Department, the go-to guy is Patrolman Enrique Sosa, the cityâ€™s only Spanish-speaking cop.
â€śYou can tell by the look on their faces, sometimes theyâ€™re shocked,â€ť he said. â€śOften you can tell thereâ€™s a sense of relief, too.â€ť
Normand D. Lefebvre
WOONSOCKET- Normand D. Lefebvre 68, of 547 Clinton St died Monday March 4th at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Evelyn (Tessier) Lefebvre.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Jean Marc and Rose (Morel) Lefebvre.
Normand was a roofer for the Matco Roofing Co. for over thirty years, he then worked in security for many area security companies including Wells Fargo before retiring eight years ago. He was an avid golfer, a loyal Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco 49ers fan and loved his little pumpkin, Hannah.
Stephen N. Fleurant
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Fleurant Stephen N., 36 of North Smithfield passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, March 6th at the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence after a long illness.
Born in Woonsocket he was the son of Denis and Linda (Brissette) Fleurant of Smithfield. Stephen loved the outdoors, especially fishing, he also enjoyed being with all his friends. He worked in the tree cutting business before acquiring his CDL license.
LINCOLN- Eva Varin 92, resident of Lincoln formerly of Mohegan passed away March 6, 2013 at the Holiday Retirement Home in Manville.
She was the loving husband of 70 years to Alpherie Varin.
She was born Feb. 20, 1921 in Canada, a daughter of the late Felix & Mary-Louise (Benoit) Dufault.
Eva was a resident of the Mohegan section of Burrillville for 70 years, she was a loving home maker who took care of her family when they were sick. She was a communicant of St. Theresa's Church in Nasonville.
Timothy A. Lannon
WOONSOCKET- Timothy A. Lannon, 45, of Brier St. died, Saturday March 2, 2013. He was the husband of Julie A. (Ritchie) Lannon.
Born in Woonsocket son of the late Thomas Lannon and Lillian (Smith) Lannon- Messier.
He worked as a Painter for Crystal Painting, for 20 years.
Dennis R. Gervais
BURRILLVILLE- Dennis R. "Moon" Gervais, 60, of Pascoag, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Edgar Gervais and Virginia Moison.
Dennis was a truck driver for many years and was currently employed at Atlas Pallet Inc. of Nasonville.
PROVIDENCE --- Mount St. Charlesâ€™ best effort of the season against unbeaten La Salle was only able to fetch the Mounties a close loss in Wednesday nightâ€™s opening game of their best-of-three state championship series at Brown Universityâ€™s Meehan Auditorium.
The Rams rode a pair of goals in the first 4Â˝ minutes of the second period and some solid netminding from freshman Taylor Peltier to a 2-0 victory over the Mounties that put them on the brink of an undefeated season and their second straight state title.
WOONSOCKET â€” School Committeewoman Anita McGuire-Forcier, a former chair of the panel, was reported to be undergoing treatment at Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday night after being struck by a car in front of the Rhode Island State House.
Forcier, a staunch advocate of the cityâ€™s need for added funding for its school children, was reported to have been at the State House to testify at a hearing before the accident occurred.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Police were investigating a report of gunfire occurring during the robbery of a home at 160 Cherry Farm Road Wednesday evening that did not result in injury to the residents at home during the incident.
Acting Police Chief Lareto P. Guglietta said members of his department were working with Woonsocket Police on the 7:20 p.m. shooting incident and arrests were expected.
WOONSOCKET â€” The health workers union at Landmark Medical Center has reached a tentative contract agreement with a New Jersey hospital group whose offer to buy the struggling hospital last November was never considered because it missed a bid deadline.
Landmark Hospital Holdco LLC surfaced after the Superior Court granted exclusive bargaining rights for the assets of Landmark Health Systems to Prime Healthcare Services of California.