Week that was

Week that was

Family survives blast; alert rescuers hailed

A burned-out home at 422 Mineral Spring Ave. was torn down and Mineral Spring Avenue reopened after an explosion and fire last Tuesday injured two people and caused heavy structural damage.

Officials still weren't releasing a cause for the fire at press time, but Mayor Donald Grebien said they suspected a gas build-up near the kitchen was ignited by something.

The explosion and fire severely injured one man, Ruben Gonzelez, and his infant daughter. Their condition was not immediately known Monday.

At least two men, off-duty Providence firefighter Jermaine Woods and Central Falls resident Robert Garrey, were instrumental in rescuing the family. Police say Ruben Gonzalez, Rubi Oliveras, and their 9-month-old daughter were on the third floor of the apartment building when the explosion happened around 10 a.m. last Tuesday. It is believed that Gonzalez was burned over 70 percent of his body, while his daughter sustained minor burn injuries. Rubi Oliveras was apparently not injured in the blast.

According to officials, Woods was nearby at the time of the fire and ran through the building in search of victims. He and Garrey were hailed as heroes by many after escorting the family out.

Family and friends held a fundraiser for Gonzalez and Oliveras last Saturday.

Man accused in stabbing

Police arrested Christian Edwards, 41, on charges that he stabbed someone in the chest and abdomen multiple times on the 800 block of Central Avenue early Sunday morning. Edwards is from another state but police did not have an address for him, according to reports.

Edwards was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon resulting in serious injury. Police arrived on scene around 12:30 a.m. Edwards was seen by witnesses waving a knife.

The victim was in intensive care at Rhode Island Hospital.

Resident indicted for robbery

Justin Coyle, 19, of 386 School St. in Pawtucket, was indicted by the Providence County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree robbery, breaking and entering, and larceny more than $1,500.

It is alleged that on or about Aug. 7, Coyle broke into a home in Pawtucket where he robbed an individual and stole a 2011 scooter, with a value of more than $1,500. The Pawtucket Police Department conducted the investigation. Coyle is schedule to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Nov. 27.

Pair arrested for drugs

On Nov. 5, members of the Pawtucket Police Department Special Squad arrested two individuals on multiple drug charges after executing a search warrant at 266 Lonsdale Ave., apartment 2C. The investigation that led to the arrests was the direct result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information.

Juan Rodriguez, 56, and Gloria Ayala, 60, both of 266 Lonsdale Ave., were arrested.

Police seized nearly 41 ounces of cocaine, 36 ounces of marijuana, $2,892 in cash, to be submitted to forfeiture, and scales and packaging materials associated with the street level distribution of illegal drugs.

Rodriguez and Ayala were held overnight and then brought to District Court to answer charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, maintaining a common nuisance/controlled substances, and distribution/manufacturing near a school. They were ordered held without bail after arraignment.