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Exeter man arrested for marijuana, firearm possession

April 17, 2014

EXETER—An Exeter man was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on April 12 for cultivating over 14 marijuana plants, as well as possessing a number of firearms and cocaine. Todd A. Byers, 41, of 52 Mockingbird Drive, Exeter, was apprehended as a result of a request from the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to accompany them on a search of Byers’ residence, who has two children aged four and six.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fire on King Street claims life

April 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Only a pile of charred wood and household materials remained Monday morning after a house on King Street was completely consumed by fire. At approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning, North Kingstown firefighters responded to the home at 25 King St., in which a person was found dead.

“Upon arrival, the structure was fully engulfed,” said Deputy Chief Scott Kettelle. “Firefighters surrounded the dwelling and worked to prevent the fire from spreading, which did spread to some vehicles near to the house.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State Police mull new training center at Ladd School site in Exeter

April 10, 2014

EXETER—On Monday evening, the Exeter Town Council discussed the possibility of the Rhode Island State Police constructing a new training facility at the site of the former Ladd School off South County Trail in Exeter. Town council president Arlene Hicks relayed conversations that she has had with RISP officials who have held internal discussions regarding a new facility.

“They feel that the Ladd School property would be the most suitable,” said Hicks.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

76-year-old man arraigned on DUI charges, accident resulting

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A 76-year-old North Kingstown man has been arraigned in Third District Court this past week after allegedly driving drunk as he left Gillian’s Ale House on Post Road. According to the police report, Michael C. Geoghegan of 49 Madison Ave., operating a 2005 gray Acura sedan, turned onto Brown Street from West Main Street and struck an oncoming vehicle after reportedly swerving into the opposite lane.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK School Committee debates budget adjustment request

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown School Committee discussed the town council’s most recent request to cut its budget request by $800,000, which would lower the district’s general fund request to $59.1 million. The committee engaged in a lengthy debate about the reduction, and members said that they wanted to make sure the council fully recognized the schools’ future needs, namely with capital improvements.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An Olympic request draws unexpected response for local girl

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown resident Diane Shea was shocked when she received a letter in the mail this past February from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), a response to her 10-year-old daughter’s request to have dance as an official sport in the upcoming Olympics. Now, Shea has praised the committee for giving a well-thought out answer to Kailey Shea’s hope that dance would somehow make a competition floor in the near future.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Exeter Council seeks legal action against Split Rock owner

April 10, 2014

EXETER—Town Councilman Robert Johnson relayed the latest assessment of Split Rock Trailer Park on South County Trail, and the conditions there remain unsafe. Owner Richard Palmer, who has been cited by a number of state agencies regarding issues such as exposed solid waste and most recently electrical wiring, has not moved to resolve the conditions at the trailer park as quickly as the council has.

There still seems to be no improvements to the electrical wiring we asked to have done,” said Johnson.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Jamestown School Committee discusses student enrollment options

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At Tuesday’s work session, Jamestown representative Julia Held told the North Kingstown School Committee that it had recently received a letter from the Narragansett School District regarding the possibility of Jamestown students attending high school in Narragansett, as opposed to North Kingstown.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Emotions run high in fire settlement talk

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN-Town Council President Elizabeth Dolan confirmed the council’s March 24 vote approving a settlement offer in the town’s long running dispute with the North Kingstown Fire Fighters, NKFFA Local 1651. Based on the failure of the NKFFA to reply to the settlement offer by the imposed deadline of March 31 at noon, however, Dolan said, “Unfortunately we don’t see a settlement in the near future, and the litigation is still pending and will move forward before the Supreme Court.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fat Belly’s takes over at North Kingstown golf course

April 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the North Kingstown Town Council approved a liquor and entertainment license for Fat Belly’s Pub, who are currently in the final stages of renovation at the former Pelly’s 19th Hole on the North Kingstown Golf Course. After weeks of negotiation, the town has brought a business to the concession which will expand the reach of the golf course, as well as a popular South County restaurant.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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