Officers: Pawtucket Police Department is rife with racism

Internal investigation ordered
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PAWTUCKET – Officials have launched an internal investigation this week after complaints from minority police officers of racism in the Pawtucket Police Department. Members of the small group of... more

Pawtucket's Wallace pleads guilty to trafficking 17-year-old girl

PROVIDENCE - Ricky "Justice" Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence on Monday to trafficking a 17-year-old woman from the Boston area to Pawtucket for the purposes... more

RI Press Association calls for judge to lift gag order on pension settlement

The Rhode Island Press Association is urging Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to lift her gag order on the state's proposed pension settlement. "This is a complicated case with huge... more

Maj. Martins retiring from Pawtucket Police Department

PAWTUCKET – Maj. Arthur Martins, the 28-year veteran police officer who serves as the spokesman for the Pawtucket Police Department, will work his last day on March 28. In an email to the press... more

Boys Club and Adams Furniture will be demolished

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PAWTUCKET - Two old buildings that are part of the Downtown Pawtucket Historic District will be leveled to make way for parking. The 1921 Adams Furniture building, at 65 East Ave., and the 1902... more

In first year, Shea High School's Classic Noise glee club stands out, gives back

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PAWTUCKET - Classic Noise, Shea High School's glee club, has exceeded expectations in its first year, say those who started it. The group's goal was to make it to regional competitions in 2014-2015,... more

Community has its say on George Street bridge art

PAWTUCKET - Let's get this bridge right, said Pawtucket residents Monday night. This city needs to redefine itself in a big way, said those who turned out for a community conversation on what the... more

St. Cecilia student Coutu honored for helping animals

PAWTUCKET - Those who know Sarah Coutu well say she's a great example of how small people can do big things. The 5th-grader at St. Cecilia School is one of four winners of the Prudential Spirit of... more

Only six new pit bull licenses issued since ban was overturned

Alix's pit bull Chubs is still not licensed
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PAWTUCKET - This city has not seen much demand for new pit bull licenses since a local ban on the dogs was overturned last November. City Clerk Richard Goldstein told The Breeze there have been six... more

Memorial Hospital cuts emergency wait times by more than half

PAWTUCKET - Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has instituted a new "rapid assessment model" of care for patients coming to its Emergency Department, cutting the time a patient waits to be seen from... more

Foundation created in memory of Pawtucket resident

LINCOLN - After losing their best friend to cancer in 2013, three local women created a memorial foundation as a way to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Trish McCoy... more

Pothole repairs are ongoing; if you see one, call it in

PAWTUCKET - City workers are continuing to address potholes on local streets that sustained heavy damage from the winter's heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. Public Works Director Lance Hill... more

Nesselbush bill would require labeling of genetically modified products

PAWTUCKET - State Sen. Donna Nesselbush, a Democrat serving District 15 in Pawtucket and North Providence, has introduced a bill calling for labeling of food products that contain genetically... more

Big Brothers Big Sisters in desperate need of local mentors

PROVIDENCE - The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State have 187 boys in the state waiting for someone to invest in their life. Of those 187 youths, 120 live in Pawtucket and Providence,... more

Pawtucket man pleads guilty to shooting at Providence sergeant

PROVIDENCE - Pawtucket resident Duvall Carty, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday before Superior Court Justice Robert Krause to felony assault, carrying a pistol without a license and discharge of a firearm... more

'There is no difference between 46 and 47,' Phillips tells classmates

GLOCESTER - When Leeann Phillips, an 18-year-old junior at Ponaganset High School, asked her parents what it was like to have a child with Down syndrome, her mother told her, "You were the baby we... more

Pawtucket police arrest Mendonca on gun charges

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PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket police on Monday arrested Luis Mendonca, of Summit Street, for carrying an unlicensed firearm. This is the same Mendonca who is suing the Providence Police Department over a... more

Cutler takes the reins as first executive of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor

WOONSOCKET - On the job six months as the first executive director of the non-profit Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Charlene Perkins Cutler is getting ready to launch her first major event - a series... more

Fierce Five 5K will be held April 4 in memory of Shannon Heil

LINCOLN - On Saturday, April 4, Brian Heil, the father of the late Shannon Heil, is planning a 5K road race in Lincoln Woods State Park called the Fierce Five in memory of his daughter. All proceeds... more


A story last week stated that Director of Administration and Public Safety Tony Pires said that the Pawtucket Police Department Detective Division is down from 19 supervisors and detectives in 2010... more

Pawtucket Friendly Sons name Kilmartin Man of the Year

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Friendly Sons of St. Patrick have selected Attorney General Peter Kilmartin as its Man of the Year. The organization is also announcing the time and date of its annual... more

Maj. Martins retiring from Police Department

PAWTUCKET - Maj. Arthur Martins, the 28-year veteran police officer who serves as the spokesman for the department, will work his last day on March 28. He's reportedly leaving for a job with state... more

Parks and Rec announces spring classes

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Parks and Recreation Division is offering a variety of fitness and wellness classes at Jenks Jr. High School and the Agnes Little School throughout the week. Classes begin... more

DAV van to visit Pawtucket Tuesday

WARWICK - The Disabled American Veterans mobile service office will be at Amvets Post 33, 140 South Bend St., Pawtucket, on Tuesday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide counseling and claim... more

St. Matthew Lutheran announces Holy Week services

PAWTUCKET - St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church, 690 Newport Ave., invites area residents to its Holy Week services. Palm Sunday service is Sunday, March 29, at 9 a.m. Maundy Thursday service is... more

Gatchell Post 306 to host pasta dinner Thursday

PAWTUCKET - The Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 will host a spaghetti and meatball dinner, Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the hall, 171 Fountain St. Tickets are $8 per person and will... more