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September 30th, 2012

NK detective gets the drop on car thief

September 30, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – An ex-con, unlicensed tow truck driver suspected of stealing cars. An astonishing high-speed chase through the streets and onto the sidewalks of Providence and North Providence, ending with the fugitive slamming the truck into his own residence and mistakenly trying to hide in the backyard of an off-duty cop who grabbed him and held on.
Five injured law enforcement officers and numerous smashed police vehicles. A flurry of gunfire resulting in the suspect’s sister receiving a flesh wound.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 29th

QDC defends Port decision

September 29, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) has been heralded by local, state and federal officials for years over the way their long-term planning has turned the former military base at Quonset into one of the country’s fastest growing business areas.
Now, however, the QDC is facing criticism over its decision to select a Rhode Island-based company to manage shipping operations in the Port of Davisville.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 28th

Government gives URI gift with great potential

September 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Last week the state’s Board of Governors for Higher Education voted to approve the federal government’s gift to URI of a small waterfront parcel on Allen’s Harbor, adjacent to the municipal marina.
Although the school has used the 1.8-acre site for 20 years – most recently as a base for its Ocean Engineering program – and some research vessels employ a dock there, the area has a rundown appearance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 27th

NK man accused of molestation

September 27, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A North Kingstown man was indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury Friday on four counts of first degree child molestation and 11 counts of second degree child molestation.
Robert Eaton, 61, of 50 Yorktown Road, is accused of molesting three children, all under the age of 14, in incidents that allegedly occurred during an 18-year timeframe.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 26th

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September 26, 2012

It's been a busy week in North Kingstown and Exeter.
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you a pair of Quonset-based stories as the University of Rhode Island was recently given a piece of land near Allen's Harbor for marine education and the Quonset Development Corporation found itself defending its vision for the Port of Davisville.
In addition, we bring you all the latest news with both the NK and EWG School Committees and profile a special North Kingstown detective making waves on an elite State Police task force.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CURMUDGEON'S CORNER: It's been a rough month for law enforcement officials (OPINION)

September 26, 2012

The last few weeks have not been particularly good ones for law enforcement officers.
A judge found the City of West Warwick guilty of negligence in the death of a man who suffered from schizophrenia. Police responded to a report that a sign at a place of business was being vandalized. They found a six-foot-four, 245-pound man at the scene who refused to follow their instructions saying, “You’re not the boss of me.” After being subdued and placed in the back of a patrol car, this giant suffered some kind of seizure and died despite efforts to revive him.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 24th

National Guard memorial cast in stone and bronze

September 24, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – After breaking ground in 2008 for its long-planned National Guard monument and dedicating the engraved concrete elements the following year, members of the sponsoring group faced a solemn reality: They couldn’t afford the majestic statue needed to complete the presentation.
In fact, during that earlier dedication, an actual man climbed up and stood atop the massive base, filling in for the missing figure.
Enter North Kingstown’s Lt. Col. (ret) Bob Urquhart, who was urged to take the reins and see the project through to completion.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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