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1540 WADK.com Updates Archives for 2017-03

Giant Greenhouse To Be Built In Newport


A Canadian company is going to build a two-level hydroponic greenhouse in Newport's north end.  Hydroserre will construct and run the facility which will cover five acres.  The company expects to annually grow 750-thousand pounds of fresh head lettuce for distribution to local markets in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York.  The greenhouse is expected to take up to ten months to build once construction begins later this year.

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Warwick Parish To Close


Saint William Parish in Warwick is closing.  The Diocese of Providence says the last Mass at the church will be Easter Sunday.  The number of parishioners has dwindled from 850 families in 2013 to around 500 just last year.  Saint William faces over 200-thousand dollars in debt and has 13-thousand dollars in reserve.  The Diocese says the parish could be out of money by the end of the month.

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Elorza Looks To Raise Revenue Through Several Legislative Measures


Providence Mayor Elorza is seeking revenue to stabilize the long term financial future of the city.  The mayor is asking that state lawmakers approve a number of bills that include raising the hotel tax and taxing non-essential properties owned by non-profits such as colleges and hospitals.  He's also asking that the city be allowed to take more time to process red-light camera traffic tickets.  Currently state law says they must be processed within 14 days and Elorza wants it extended to 28 days.

 

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Teacher, Coach Charged With Domestic Assault


A teacher and coach is facing domestic assault charges.  Police say 36-year-old Michael Solitro was arrested around 1 a.m. Sunday after officers found a woman at a Leahy Street home holding an ice pack to her face.  Solitro teaches at East Providence High School and is the coach of the girls' basketball team.  Solitro is on paid administrative leave from his teaching and coaching positions pending the results of the police investigation.

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17 Arrested In Drug Bust


Pawtucket Police say 17 people are facing charges after a major drug bust.  Authorities say the arrests come after complaints of the use and sale of illegal drugs at 12 Nickerson Street.  Investigators executed four search warrants during Tuesday's arrests.

 

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Closing Arguments Heard Against Judge


The case against a judge accused of misconduct behind the bench and sexual harassment is now under advisement.  Closing arguments were heard yesterday in the public hearing of Rafael Ovalles.  Ovalles stands accused of making sexual remarks to women demeaning attorneys and having his pants off in his chambers.  Ovalles defense lawyers argue that the claims were baseless and made up by those who don't like him.

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Old Sakonnet River Bridge Coming Down


The old Sakonnet River Bridge will soon come down.  The demolition slated to begin this month will be done in two phases with the first removing everything above the water line at a cost of more than nine-million dollars.  That should take a year before phase two starts which entails removing everything below the waterline. 

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Catholic School In Newport To Close


The Cluny School in Newport is closing its doors at the end of the school year.  The school's principal Cites declining enrollment the Catholic school as the reason.  The school has seen a 25-percent decline in enrollment over the past three years.  School officials say with declining enrollment the 60-year old school can't survive financially.

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North Providence Woman Missing


North Providence Police are looking for a woman who has been missing for several days.  Authorities say 24-year-old Jordana Cappiello was last seen late Saturday night in Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.  Cappiello is five-feet six inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds and has bright red hair. 

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Shellfishing Temporarily Halted


Areas of Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay are temporarily being closed to shellfishing.  State officials say shellfishing is being curtailed in those areas because of a harmful algae bloom.  Excluded from the closures are carnivorous snails, such as whelk and moon snails. 

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Man Sentenced In Child Porn Case


A 28-year old Warwick man is spending the next nearly six years behind bars for possessing and distributing child pornography.  Sami-Joe Daou pled guilty to the charges in November and was sentenced yesterday.  He's also been ordered to pay more than 18-thousand dollars in restitution to the victims with whom he had contact.

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Proposed Bill Calls For Scanning Out-Of-State Plates For Uninsured


A proposed bill calls for a system that would scan license plates and alert the DMV if an out-of-state driver is uninsured.  Representative Robert Jacquard's bill calls for the driver to be issued a fine and the DMV would suspend them from driving in Rhode Island.  But the ACLU is taking issue with the measure citing access to a person's information.  Marcela Betancur says there needs to be safeguards as to how the system can be used and who it can be used on.

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Police Say A Woman In Custody After Stabbing Father


Providence Police are investigating a stabbing.  Authorities say a woman stabbed her father at 13 Ceres Street around 7:30 last night.  The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The woman was taken into custody several blocks from the home.

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