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North Kingstown man arrested for child molestation

October 2, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A North Kingstown man appeared in Third District Court last week after being arrested on three counts of second degree child molestation. Seth Brigham, 48, of 2 Navy Drive, North Kingstown, was arrested after allegedly ‘acting inappropriately’ with children while playing a game of basketball at a local park.
According to the report, North Kingstown Police received a second complaint from a parent regarding Brigham’s actions towards a young girl, stating that he inappropriately grabbed her from behind while she was playing nearby to his apartment.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chronic absenteeism among young students a concern for schools

October 2, 2014

As part of National Attendance Awareness month, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, The Providence Plan, and the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project convened for a special event on Monday afternoon entitled ‘The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades’ to address issues of chronic absenteeism in schools throughout the state.
According to reports from the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project, 16 percent of Rhode Island kindergarten students, 12 percent of first graders, 10 percent of second graders, and 10 percent of third graders were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Feds know more than you think, says expert at URI colloquium

October 2, 2014

KINGSTON – If you’ve made or received a phone call in the last seven years, chances are the NSA knows about it.
James Bamford, an expert on the National Security Agency, informed attendees at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium on Sept. 16 of the NSA’s continuing data collection.
According to Bamford, who spent three days interviewing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow this summer, the NSA has some of the most aggressive data collection on U.S. citizens and spends a large portion of its budget on electronic surveillance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Updated List of Recyclable Items

September 23, 2014

Also printed in The Narragansett Times on Wednesday, Sept. 24

After several requests from residents requesting an updated recyclable materials list from the town, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers has compiled a list of materials that can be recycled, provided by the recycling coordinator.
Because the technology and machinery used in recycling plants is constantly evolving, the list of recyclable items and materials grows larger every year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG’s Gee takes District 35 for Republicans

September 11, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- After months of campaigning, District 35 Republican candidate Mark Gee moves on to face Democrat James Callaghan for a Senate seat in November, defeating North Kingstown School Committee Chair Kimberly Page.
Tuesday’s election saw approximately 68 percent of District 35 (East Greenwich, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Narragansett) voters tally for Gee, while Page earned 31 percent. 1,479 Dist. 35 residents came out to vote.
Gee continued to campaign with groups of people dressed in neon t-shirts with his name on them at polling places throughout the district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New Bedford woman arrested for rental scam

September 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—In perhaps one of the more bizarre local capers, a New Bedford woman has recently been arrested for renting thousands of dollars worth in tractor equipment, and not returning it. Roselyn Lawrence, of 192 Cedar St., Apt. 2, New Bedford, Mass., was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Providence on Sept. 3, and has charges in multiple Rhode Island cities and towns for scamming local businesses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

District inaugurates new playground at Stony Lane Elementary School

September 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Students of Stony Lane Elementary School and their friends were let loose on the school’s newest edition last Thursday; a state-of-the-art playground. Kids climbed the monkey bars or swayed back and forth in the tire swing as their parents looked on or joined the fun, all of which was made possible by the hard work of a group of committed parents and faculty.
Two years ago, a couple of parents recognized that the playground at Stony Lane was an eyesore, unused and over a decade old, and decided to take action.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local man arrested for shoplifting with ‘booster bag’

September 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—An East Greenwich man was apprehended last week during an in-progress shoplifting incident at Kohl’s in North Kingstown. North Kingstown police officers discovered that Bruce E. Judge, 67, of 279 Main St., was allegedly attempting to steal jewelry and cologne.
According to the report, officers responded to Kohl’s on Sept. 5 at approximately 12:30 p.m., and witnessed Judge via security cameras walking behind a display with a bag and then emerge and leave the store without the same bag.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

21 year-old sentenced for DUI resulting in death of friend

September 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday afternoon, a 21 year-old Richmond man was sentenced to 15 years with eight to serve at the ACI after driving under the influence last year, killing his friend after striking a utility pole. Zachary Thole, of 8 Twilight Road in Richmond, had a registered blood alcohol content of .102 the night of November 22, 2013, when he and his friends left Cornerstone Pub after drinking as minors.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

District 35 candidates ready for primary

September 4, 2014

While pedaling on his bicycle around the various neighborhoods in North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South Kingstown and Narragansett that make up District 35 over the last few weeks, East Greenwich Town Councilman Mark Watkins Gee has seen many vehicles parked at the homes he’s visited with license plates showing oranges symbolizing the Sunshine State as opposed to the roaring wave of the Ocean State.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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