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December 2nd

Taylor pleads not guilty to charges of murder, mutilation

December 2, 2013

WAKEFIELD – Robert M. Taylor, who is accused of murdering his mother, Allison Taylor, last May in Narragansett, was arraigned in Washington County Superior Court on Monday.

Taylor, 46, with a last known address of 485 Plainfield St., Providence, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, one count of mutilation of a corpse, two counts of larceny less than $1,500, and one count of vandalism.

He was indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury on the above charges on Nov. 15.

Taylor is currently serving five years for violating the terms of his probation for prior crimes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wine and art shoppers catch a break

December 2, 2013

Beginning this Sunday, shoppers who purchase wine and spirits from a liquor store in Rhode Island, will not have to pay the state’s 7 percent sales tax.

The 7 percent sales tax is also being eliminated on original works of art or limited edition works of art purchased in the state.

“These new provisions come just in time for the busy shopping season,” said Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan. “They should help to spur sales and boost Rhode Island’s economy.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Council approves application for RIDOT Route 138 construction

December 2, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council approved an application Monday for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to perform construction activities within 25 feet of a historic cemetery.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee discusses technology initiative

December 2, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In an open work session on Tuesday, the South Kingstown School Committee met with administrators, educators and members of the public to discuss the possible implementation of a pilot program that will provide 125 laptops or tablets to ninth graders whose teachers volunteer for the initiative.

The one year, $98,000 pilot program will provide the devices, a four year warranty and protection plan, a protective skin, and a new “tech coach” position at the school. If the pilot succeeds, the school will expand the program grade level by grade level.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Scott Partington takes over as Narragansett fire chief

December 2, 2013

NARRAGANSETT- Scott Partington is taking the helm as fire chief with the Narragansett Fire Department.

Partington began working for the Narragansett Fire Department in 1991 when he was hired as a probationary officer and has gradually been promoted to positions including lieutenant, captain and now fire chief.

Partington replaces James Cotter who retired in June after 10 years as fire chief.

Partington is currently a Charlestown resident, but said he has always been fond of Narragansett and would visit the town every summer when growing up.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

November 27th

NK man killed in Richmond accident, police charge driver with DUI, death resulting

November 27, 2013

RICHMOND – A 20-year-old North Kingstown man was killed in motor vehicle accident Friday in Richmond.

Nicholas Gershkoff, of 69 Mesa Drive, was fatally injured after the pickup truck he was a passenger in overturned on Hillsdale Road at approximately 7:39 p.m.

Richmond police responded to the scene and discovered that two of the three occupants of the truck had freed themselves from the vehicle and only suffered minor injuries.

Police said the third occupant, Gershkoff, was pinned beneath the overturned vehicle and was unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho joins Future Educators Association

November 27, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Chariho will be Rhode Island’s first district to establish a chapter of the Future Educators Association (FEA), an international student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in education-related careers.

“Founded in 1937, FEA has helped thousands of students develop the skills and strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators over the past 75 years,” according to its website,www.futureeducators.org.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Building committee commended in Chariho

November 27, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — At its Tuesday night meeting, the Chariho School Committee gave formal recognition to its building committee for its achievements in managing numerous complex building projects and for bringing them in under budget and ahead of schedule.

Among others, the committee’s tasks included renovating and upgrading the high school’s infrastructure as well as building an addition on the middle school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Firearms taskforce discusses NICS

November 27, 2013

PROVIDENCE—On Thursday afternoon, legislators from across the state gathered to hear testimony from interested parties regarding the submission of mental health records as part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Taskforce, led by Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Exeter, Richmond, Hopkinton, West Greenwich) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Dist.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Uplifting artwork from local students at SCH

November 27, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Art by students at Broad Rock Middle School and Curtis Corner Middle School is now on view at South County Hospital.

The hospital has been displaying student art at the hospital for 11 years.

Carol DiFrancesco, a hospital volunteer who coordinated the art display, said the art was originally displayed in patient rooms, but after the hospital was renovated, the display moved to a corridor.
“We frame up to 30 paintings and hang them,” DiFrancesco said.

She said the display is made possible thanks to donations of frames and discounts at craft store A.C. Moore.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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