Local and state briefs for Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Local and state briefs for Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

The Westerly Sun

Hopkinton EMA to hold vaccination clinic

HOPKINTON — The Town of Hopkinton Emergency Management Agency will hold a free seasonal flu, Tdap and pneumococcal vaccination clinic at the Ashaway Elementary School at 12 Hillside Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have health insurance, bring your current insurance card with you. Those with no insurance may qualify for free vaccinations.

Holiday Craft Fair at St. Andrew Lutheran Church

CHARLESTOWN — A Holiday Craft Fair will be held by the Hope Circle at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 15 East Beach Road, on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds of the craft fair benefit outreach projects.

The fair will include baked goods, live greenery, cemetery and gift baskets, decorated table top trees, an antique sled with live greens, raffle, handmade crafts, jewelry, books and games, homemade candy, knitted and crocheted items. Lunch, with homemade soups, will be served.

For more information, call Kim Wills at 401-377-2118 or the church office at 401-322-0088.

Man charged in Pawtucket stabbing

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Pawtucket police say they arrested a 41-year-old man accused of stabbing another person multiple times.

Christian Edwards was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon resulting in serious injury early Sunday morning. Police say Edwards is from out of state, but his exact address isn’t known.

Police responded to the 800 block of Central Avenue for a reported fight at about 12:30 a.m. Witnesses say a man was waving a knife around.

Officials say the victim is in intensive care at Rhode Island Hospital with multiple stab wounds to his chest and abdomen. His name hasn’t been released.

Edwards is being detained. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Man wounded in Providence shooting

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Providence police are investigating a shooting that has left a man hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Officers and paramedics responded to the 600 block of Elmwood Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday and found the victim shot in the back. He was brought to Rhode Island Hospital.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

No arrests have been announced.

Police are trying to determine who shot the man and why.

R.I. forums to focus on profiling and traffic stops

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A task force examining whether police in Rhode Island target minorities during traffic stops is holding community forums to discuss new research findings.

The Traffic Stop Data Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, has scheduled the hearings to gather public input on the new data on racial profiling. The committee’s findings will be included in a report later this month.

The report will look at the race and ethnicity of those stopped by police.

The forums are scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Liston Campus in Providence, Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library and Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at East Providence City Hall.

Police ID 29-year-old Shelton man fatally shot

BRIDGEPORT (AP) — Police have identified a 29-year-old Shelton man who was killed in a weekend shooting in Bridgeport.

Justin Mariano was shot at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of East Main and Spring streets. He later died at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police are trying to identify and interview a man and a woman seen in a video in connection with the shooting.

Police were alerted to the shooting after Mariano was brought to the hospital. His death is the city’s 10th homicide of the year.

No other details have been released.

Conn. veterans memorial delayed over rising costs

HARTFORD (AP) — Construction on a delayed veterans memorial at a park outside the Hartford Armory has yet to begin despite hopes expressed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials it would be complete by Veterans Day.

The project will instead be scaled back and the state will solicit bids again for construction.

The Journal Inquirer reports that state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz said the cost was to be about $660,000, but bids came in at more than $1 million. She hopes the project will be complete by Memorial Day.

The project was sent back to architects for changes to make it less costly.

Plans started in 2008 under then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell who approved $500,000 in state borrowing, gave $100,000 of her own money and encouraged donations from residents and veterans.

New Haven Fire Department facing retirements

NEW HAVEN (AP) — The New Haven Fire Department has promoted members to drillmaster and assistant drillmaster, the first steps to rebuilding a department losing scores of specialists to retirement.

The New Haven Register reports that the new drillmasters are responsible for training recruits and periodically training Fire Department members.

Assistant Chief Patrick Egan said about 100 jobs are vacant and more are expected with retirements. The department plans to bring in a new academy class in the first quarter of 2014.

Fire Chief Michael Grant said the new recruits in the coming year will represent at least a quarter of the department once training is complete.

Several recently promoted fire inspectors also are filling their jobs. Inspectors are responsible for making sure buildings are safe.


Latest Videos