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Council approves Whalerock purchase

August 29, 2013

CHARLESTOWN — Last Thursday, the Charlestown Town Council voted in favor of a resolution to acquire a 75-acre property known as “Whalerock” and to keep it as open space. With more than 150 residents attending the hearing held at Charlestown Elementary School, there was strong public support for the purchase.

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Richmond Police officer arrested for linking porn sites to chief’s name

August 29, 2013

Steven Gravier, 41, allegedly purchased Internet domain names using Chief Elwood Johnson’s name

RICHMOND – A Richmond police officer was arrested Thursday for purchasing two Internet domain names in the name of the chief and using them to link to porn sites.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Box of kittens found abandoned near Kings Factory Road

August 29, 2013

CHARLESTOWN - A box containing 14 kittens was found abandoned Saturday on Indian Cedar Drive, off Kings Factory Road.

The kittens were in pretty rough shape, found squished and sealed in the box among their own urine and feces, according to Charlestown Police.

Police said all of the kittens were alive in the box, though one had suffered head trauma, causing its eyes to be pushed out of the sockets.

Police brought the kittens, which are estimated to be about 10 weeks to 12 weeks old and are pets, not feral cats, to Charlestown Animal Control.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond Police officer arrested for linking porn sites to chief’s name

August 29, 2013

RICHMOND – A Richmond police officer was arrested Thursday for purchasing two Internet domain names in the name of the chief and using them to link to porn sites.

Federal and state authorities arrested Steven Gravier, 41, a seven-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department for the federal crime of using misleading domain names on the Internet.

Gravier, of 3 Highland Trail, Richmond, was suspended without pay and benefits, the Richmond Police Department announced Friday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves Whalerock purchase

August 29, 2013

CHARLESTOWN — Last Thursday, the Charlestown Town Council voted in favor of a resolution to acquire a 75-acre property known as “Whalerock” and to keep it as open space. With more than 150 residents attending the hearing held at Charlestown Elementary School, there was strong public support for the purchase.

Town Council President Thomas Gentz presented a detailed slide show of the sales agreement that included maps of the site located north of Route One between King’s Factory Road and East Quail Run.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

After settlement, Charlestown declared an aggrieved party in Whalerock case

August 29, 2013

CHARLESTOWN – Despite the fact that the Whalerock case was settled Thursday with the town’s purchase of the property on King’s Factory Road, a Superior Court judge filed a ruling Friday stating that the town of Charlestown is an aggrieved party in the case.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hearing tonight on Whalerock land

August 22, 2013

CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight regarding the potential purchase of the 78 acres, known as the Whalerock property, to use as open space.

Developer Larry LeBlanc was in the midst of a public hearing before the Charlestown Zoning Board for permission to erect two 410-foot wind turbines on the site.

The zoning board hearing was stalled once the town began pursuing an option to purchase the property.

The hearing regarding purchasing the property will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Charlestown Elementary School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State mandate prevents library funding increases

August 22, 2013

HOPKINTON― Even though the town council would like to give more money to the town's two libraries, the state-mandated “maintenance of effort” makes increases fiscally risky. If the town were to add to its library funding, it would be required to maintain that level in future years regardless of unpredictable budgetary shifts.

“The 'maintenance of effort' says you cannot give any less than you gave the prior year. Once you give, you cannot take away. It's a permanent increase,” said Council President Frank Landolfi at Monday night's council meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho schools prepare for Affordable Healthcare Act

August 22, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) will have “dramatic financial implications” for the Chariho Schools according to Chariho Solicitor Jon M. Anderson, who made a presentation of the AHA's potential ramifications to the school committee on Tuesday night.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton man unearths old grave

August 22, 2013

HOPKINTON – Ed James of Hopkinton can’t forget the day last summer when he received a phone call from his father telling him, “They just found an old grave in the sandbank behind the barn.”

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