Cranston Rhode Island School Superintendent Judith Lundsten Bends Over And Takes A Big One In The Behind From ACLU – Bans Traditional Father-Daughter And Mother-Son Activities

September 18, 2012

CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND – In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the school department has announced that it is banning traditional “father-daughter” and “mother-son” activities, saying they violate state law.

Supt. Judith Lundsten said the move was triggered by a letter ifrom the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.

Lundsten said school attorneys found while federal Title IX legislation banning gender discrimination gives an exemption for “father-son” and “mother-daughter” events, Rhode Island law doesn’t.

The new ban was brought to light Monday by Sean Gately, a Republican running for the state Senate, who said if elected he will work to change the state law.

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Warwick Rhode Island Judge And Prosecutor Waste Court Time And Public Funds On Case Where Cockatoo Called Woman A Whore

September 7, 2012

WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND – A Rhode Island woman is being accused in court of teaching her pet cockatoo to swear at her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, the Providence Journal reports.

In court documents, the newspaper says, Kathleen Melker, of Warwick, R.I., claims she was within earshot of Willy, the neighbor’s cockatoo, when the pet repeatedly called her “whore.”

Melker also alleges that the neighbor, Lynne Taylor, has thrown rocks over the fence and threatened to drown Melker’s cat in what the Journal calls a year-long, acrimonious dispute.

Taylor — and Willy — are now being accused of violating the city’s animal-noise ordinance.

A judge has denied a bid by Taylor’s lawyer to dismiss the case by arguing that ordinance is vague and unconstitutonal, the newpaper says.

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Woonsocket Rhode Island Police Officer Patrick Cahill Arrested And Suspended After Brutal Attack On His Sister – Tough-Guy Strangled 9 Year Old Girl That Wanted To Go Outside

September 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND – An argument between a Woonsocket police officer and his 9-year-old sister led the 23-year-old man to choke his sibling at their father’s home.

That’s according to a police report on the incident that led to the arrest of officer Patrick Cahill.

Police released the report Wednesday, one day after Cahill was arrested and arraigned in District Court on a charge of felony assault. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.

According to a police report, the girl says she and her sister were watching television at Cahill’s father’s house with the officer when she asked to go outside.

The girl said Cahill began yelling at her and she ran upstairs and outside. Once outside, she tried to go into a car in the driveway to get away from Cahill because he was chasing her.

According to the police report, the girl said that Patrick grabbed her by the hair, and pulled her back inside the home. Once inside, the girl said she was thrown on the couch where Cahill put his hand around her throat and began to strangle her.

According to the police report, the girl said she was crying and when Cahill let go, she had trouble breathing.

Police said the girl was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The Woonsocket Police Department says Cahill has been suspended without pay.

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Barrington Rhode Island Police Officer Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi Arrested After Threatening His Ex-Wife And Children

August 30, 2012

BARRINGTON, RHODE ISLAND – State police have arrested a Barrington police officer for engaging in threats to family members.

Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi, 45, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to a charge of domestic disorderly conduct.

According to police, the officer and his ex-wife were having an argument over the phone at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when he verbally threatened her. She alerted Barrington police and left her home, where Andreozzi showed up a short time later, presumably to confront her.

There was no physical altercation to the knowledge of state police, who were called in for reasons of impartiality.

State troopers arrested Andreozzi at midnight when he arrived for his shift at the Barrington Police Department. He was transported to the Lincoln Barracks and held overnight.

A criminal complaint says that he “intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly engaged in threatening, violent, and tumultuous behavior.” One trooper added that the threats were extended to his two children, aged 13 and 14.

Sgt. Andreozzi was released following his arraignment, and he was ordered not to have contact with his ex-wife or children.

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Rhode Island State Prisoner Gets $1 Million Liver Transplant At Taxpayer Expense

August 7, 2012

CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND – An inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions received a liver transplant at a Boston hospital last week, making him the first Rhode Island prisoner to undergo an organ transplant, a corrections spokeswoman said Monday.

The inmate is Jose Pacheco, 27, who is serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for robbery.

Liver transplant operation costs can top $1 million. The state will be required, by court precedent, to pay 40 percent of the expenses, with the remaining 60 percent covered by Medicare.

Pacheco was sentenced in June 2011 after pleading no contest to second-degree robbery, possession of stolen car parts and conspiracy. Since 2006, he has also been sentenced multiple times on assorted drug-possession charges, including possession of and intent to deliver cocaine.

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Suspended North Providence Rhode Island Police Chief John J. Whiting Claims He Didn’t Steal Stripper’s Cash

June 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – A suspended Rhode Island police chief testified at his trial Monday that he did not steal $714 from a stripper’s pocketbook after chasing a SUV in which she was riding during Tropical Storm Irene.

Testifying in his own defense, North Providence police Col. John J. Whiting gave a vastly different account of his exchange with a Pawtucket police officer who was investigating the Aug. 28 vehicle chase and foot pursuit in Pawtucket that involved the police chief.

Whiting, 58, of North Attleboro, has pleaded not guilty to larceny over $500 and solicitation to receive stolen property. Providence County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procaccini dismissed a charge against him of criminal solicitation to obstruct justice. Whiting’s case is being decided by a judge instead of by a jury.

Pawtucket Officer John Brown testified last week that Whiting confessed to stealing the money. Brown said Whiting gave him the money with instructions to spend it in Las Vegas and not say anything about it.

Whiting testified he told Brown to take the money as seized evidence and was being sarcastic when he told him: “I don’t give a (expletive) if you go to Vegas.”

Giving his first public account of the events, Whiting described getting into a pursuit with a Ford Explorer while driving through Pawtucket on his way to work in North Providence. He said the SUV was trying to get around a downed tree when he tried to pass the vehicle, and someone instead threw an object at his SUV.

Whiting testified he then chased the vehicle until it turned down a dead-end street and struck a parked car.

The Explorer’s occupants ran away from the crash site, Whiting testified. Among them was 21-year-old Justina Cardoso, a former stripper who testified she left behind all her belongings, including her money.

Whiting said he went through the SUV looking for evidence that might indicate who was in the vehicle. He said he found money inside a zippered pouch that he took because no Pawtucket police had shown up yet.

During cross examination, Whiting testified he made a “conscious decision” to turn over the money to Brown, the Pawtucket officer who reported to the scene, at the conclusion of the investigation on the dead-end street where the chase ended.

“I had no intention of stealing the money. I didn’t steal the money,” Whiting said.

He added he did not have time during the investigation to tell Brown that he had the money.

“I have $714. How long does that take,” Assistant Attorney General Mark Trovato asked.

Before Brown left the crash scene to finish his work at the Pawtucket police station, Whiting testified that he asked Brown to meet him at a nearby parking lot.

“I was going to give him the money at that time and answer any other questions about the accident,” Whiting said.

When they arrived at the parking lot, Whiting testified he and Brown made small talk. Whiting, who served on the Pawtucket police force for nearly 30 years before becoming the North Providence police chief, is an acquaintance of Brown, who has been a Pawtucket police officer for 24 years.

Eventually, Whiting testified, Brown said he was going to the site where Whiting tried to pass the Explorer to look for the bottle that the police chief thought was thrown at his vehicle, and Whiting accompanies him.

Whiting said he then turned over the money to Brown, who asked: “What did you steal it or something?”

Whiting said he angrily told him no and that he’s “never stolen anything in my … life.”

Whiting also testified that Brown was mumbling and hesitant to take the money from him. He said he was having trouble understanding what Brown was saying to him.

Whiting acknowledged he failed to count out the money he was turning over to Brown. Still, he said he expected Brown to submit it as seized evidence.

“I admit I made a mistake by not counting out the money in front of him. That’s the only mistake I made,” Whiting said.

He is expected to continue his testimony on Tuesday.

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Broke: Rhode Island Taxpayers On The Hook For $112 Million After Former Governor Donald Carcieri Gave Company $75 Million In Loan Guarantees

May 28, 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Rhode Island owns a video game company. That wasn’t supposed to happen.

Taxpayers in the small, financially stricken New England state are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars loaned out to the video game company 38 Studios. Founded by former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling, the company was supposed to bring jobs for skilled professionals to a state struggling to expand its workforce. But on Thursday, 38 Studios laid off its entire staff of roughly 400 employees with no pay. It also cancelled their health insurance.

For a lack of a better description, 38 Studios went out of business. Now Rhode Island is stuck with the tab of roughly $112 million in loan principal, interest and fees. There’s little chance taxpayers will make up even a quarter of their potential losses, according to industry experts.

The story of 38 Studios has everything: sports stars, political incompetence, government bailouts, taxpayer outrage and — the kicker — big-budget video games.

See also: Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri Pissed Away $75 Million In Taxpayer Funds On Video Game Venture That Included Baseball Pitcher Who Liked Video Games But Had Never Made One

The storm began nearly two years ago, when the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, under political pressure from former Republican Governor Donald Carcieri, gave 38 Studios $75 million in loan guarantees as an incentive to relocate from Massachusetts to Rhode Island.

The goal was noble: Rhode Island suffers from the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation — 11.2% — and has struggled to attract companies, which often prefer its northern neighbor Massachusetts. The pitch to politicians and taxpayers was that a big video game venture would help catalyze a local technology hub.

But the deal was flawed from the start, experts say.

38 Studios was barely three years old and hadn’t shipped a single product. Further, 38 Studios’ big project was the development of what’s known as a “massive-multiplayer online role playing game,” better known as a MMORPG. That’s an extremely expensive genre with a very mixed track record of financial success.

“I think Rhode Island was star-struck by Curt Schilling,” says Alexander Sliwinski, news editor for the video game site Joystiq. “You didn’t see Rhode Island give Harmonix, Irrational, Turbine — all companies with established track records — $75 million to move.”
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