The week that was in Woonsocket

The week that was in Woonsocket

Taco Bell gets license for Dowling Village store

The latest tenant to sign on to join Dowling Village, Taco Bell, has moved forward with plans to open a restaurant at the development's south entrance by Eddie Dowling Highway. The Town Council approved the restaurant's victualing license Monday night, contingent upon management's ability to get a certificate of approval from the state Department of Health. A representative said the restaurant is currently planning on opening Dec. 4.

Lowe's building up for sale

The Diamond Hill lot that once housed Lowe's Home Improvement is finally on the market. Lowe's still has eight years remaining on its lease on the property, which is selling for $4.65 million. The 165,000-square-foot building at 2010 Diamond Hill Road has been vacant since Lowe's left Woonsocket in February.

Landmark ruling delayed

The ruling on Landmark's petition for final approval of the sale of the hospital to Prime Healthcare Services was moved to Nov. 26. Court approval of the sale of the facility to a for-profit entity is the final step in the regulatory process governed by the state's Hospital Conversion Act. Approval would make the Cass Avenue facility the first for-profit hospital in Rhode Island. According to a release from the hospital, the parties have informed Judge Michael Silverstein, who is presiding over the case, that their goal is to close the sale on Dec. 21.

Murderer Brissette released

A Woonsocket man convicted of the brutal 1999 murder of Jeanette Descoteaux was released from prison, more than 20 years before his scheduled release date, thanks to a decision by the parole board and the Department of Corrections.

Alfred Brissette, 38, was originally sentences to 60 years with 35 to serve for the crime, in which, according to court records, he and conspirator Marc Girard lured Descoteaux into the woods in Burrillville with promises of cocaine. The men attacked the victim, beating her to death with a lug wrench and a shovel.

Brissette was scheduled to be released in 2034, but earned "good time" credit, and had never been disciplined in his 14 years at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston. In a statement, the parole board said they were impressed with the inmate's program participation and plan for change.

The non-profit Alliance for Safe Communities released a statement against the decision, stating "the accountability of what may come from the poor judgment of those who moved forward with this decision may very well yield another innocent victim that falls prey to the nature of this monster in the future."

Brissette will be supervised as a parolee until 2028.