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March 6th

State Police deny Donegan investigation request

March 6, 2014

SCITUATE—Jayne Donegan, who pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a Jan. 25 underage drinking incident last month, has had an appeal to the Rhode Island State Police for an investigation into the arresting officers’ conduct denied. The attorney and former East Greenwich School Committee member has been arraigned on misdemeanor charges for allegedly serving alcohol to minors, as well as assaulting police officers when they responded to her home on the evening of Jan. 25.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Toray Plastics pledges $2 million to URI engineering

March 6, 2014

KINGSTON—Quonset-based manufacturer Toray Plastics is upping its commitment to local education and training, pledging to donate $2 million to the University of Rhode Island in order to fund the construction of new facilities for the engineering program from there. The pledge is dependent on voter approval of a $125 million bond referendum at November’s state elections, proposed in Governor Lincoln Chafee’s budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Korean War vets make visit to Davisville Middle School

March 6, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—With their pens ready and notebooks fresh, students at Davisville Middle School were ready to hear and transcribe the experiences which a group of Korean War veterans imparted last Friday afternoon. The event, which was organized by seventh grade social studies teacher Sandra Makielski, brought students to learn about a time far-distant, but one from which modern lessons can be drawn.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council concerns remain on Split Rock

March 6, 2014

EXETER— At Monday evening’s Exeter Town Council meeting, Councilor Robert Johnson presented the latest in the town’s goal to address health and safety issues at Split Rock Trailer Park, detailing the results of the town’s latest inspections.

“I have to say that I continue to be amazed at the additions on the trailers that continue to be made [which] have no new permits,” said Johnson. “Our inspector has found several of them, where one trailer has an erected addition.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Labor Board issues new order in fire case

March 6, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—In the ongoing battle between North Kingstown and its firefighters, the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board (SLRB) has this week issued an order compelling the town once more to ‘cease and desist’ its implementation of the three-platoon schedule, as well as pay back wages and legal costs.

“The decision we received [Monday] was yet again based on facts and evidence, not the endless political talking points and excuses that the town council president released a few weeks ago,” said Ray Furtado, president of the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA), Local 1651. “We are constantly approached by taxpayers and residents that can’t understand what the town council is trying to accomplish.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Trying to avoid falling into ‘holes’

March 6, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Employees with the East Greenwich Department of Public Works, like many people around the state, have had a very difficult winter season to contend with.

Sitting behind the wheels of their plow trucks, DPW employees had to endure long hours clearing away the numerous inches of snow that have fallen over the town over the last three-plus months – sometimes having to go back out and re-plow due to multiple storms hitting the area within mere days of each other.

Now, as the weather – slowly, but surely – trends toward warmer temperatures, the DPW is having a new issue on its hands, something that can cause more harm than small patches of ice or areas of slushy, slick snow.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two men arrested for shoplifting CVS store on S. County Trail

March 6, 2014

Two men were arrested by East Greenwich police last Tuesday for allegedly stealing several items from area CVS stores, including on South County Trail.

Anthony J. Gambuto, 45, of 337 Simmonsville Ave., Johnston, was taken into custody for conspiracy to commit shoplifting and receiving stolen goods-misdemeanor. Roy A. Defusco, 49, of 2046 Elmwood Ave., Warwick, was arrested and charged with shoplifting-felony, conspiracy to commit shoplifting and receiving stolen goods-misdemeanor.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SORI has splashing success

March 6, 2014

Over the weekend, Goddard Park State Beach looked anything but a summer setting.

Ice and snow was scattered in patches across the sand and waters across Greenwich Bay, making the place that is known as a warm-weather attraction seem like a winter wonderland.

But that didn’t stop many residents from around Rhode Island from testing the waters on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School budget adopted

March 6, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — One week after proposing their 2015 fiscal budget and making some reductions within it, the members of the East Greenwich School Committee formally adopted the financial plan Tuesday evening at Cole Middle School that will be formally presented to the Town Council within the next couple of weeks.

Since the School Committee last met back on Feb. 25, both Superintendent Victor Mercurio and Maryanne Crawford, the director of administration, came up with several changes – some significant – in order to bring the final tally down to a reasonable level.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local contractor arrested last week

March 6, 2014

An East Greenwich contractor was taken into custody by members of the Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit last Wednesday for allegedly obtaining money under false pretenses and forgery.

According to a press release from the State Police, the arrest of Thomas J. Primeau, 56, of 30 Trappers Ln., East Greenwich, was the result of an investigation of a complaint from an individual who hired Primeau – the owner of Philip Ryan Homes, LTD whoe oversees the construction of custom-built homes – to build a house in East Greenwich.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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