Week in Review: Court Moves, Chamber Event, Relief Appeal, Gang Arrest

A temporary relocation of the staff at Johnston Municipal Court, a slow day at the polls, and officials appealing to the General Assembly were among the headlines for the week ending Apr. 27.

Court Moves: With the finishing touches to the happening slower than he liked, Mayor Joseph Polisena announced that he'd decided to move the court staff to the parks and recreation office after court hearings so the work to the lower level of the courthouse could be completed more quickly.

Chamber Event: On Tuesay, we posted our video from the North Central Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event, held at the . It was a great example of local organizations getting together, according to the organizers.

Primary Vote: In a case where the result actually matched the predictions, Mitt Romney won in the Rhode Island Presidential primary on Tuesday where only 236 Johnston voters completed a ballot. Ron Paul finished second, and reached the 15-percent threshhold to secure four of the 16 delegates from the Ocean State.

Relief Appeal: Officials from several Rhode Island communities met at the on Wednesday to issue a public call for the General Assembly to pass Gov. Lincoln Chafee's package of municipal relief bills. The House Finance Committee heard three hours' of testimony on Thursday, but did not take a vote on the legislation.

Gang Arrest: We got word from the Johnston Police Department that local officers had arrested a member of the Providence-based MS-13 gang following an apparent assault at a club on Plainfield Street.


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