Sunday, December 23, 2012
Here's the list of the top 5 Police & Fire stories of the year.
Police Issue Statement on Murder Investigation, Jan. 23, 2012. Early in the year, Johnston Police charged Donald Greenslit with multiple felonies in the death of Greenslit's girlfriend, Stacey Dorego. Police allege that Greenslit killed Dorego and tried to burn her body in a fireplace. Greenslit remains held at the ACI awaiting trial. State Police Report Arrests in Johnston, June 18, 2012. This was one of the first Rhode Island State Police logs we posted this year, and it drew big numbers. The report included a couple of warrant arrests, and one case of marijuana and illegal vicodin possession. Two Arrested After Alleged Prescription Deal, Jan. 14, 2012. We can only hope this doesn't turn into a plot point on "The Family Guy" — two …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too
It's been said it's far better to have a neighbor who's near, than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families. This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, VA, and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island. Want to join the relief efforts? Click here to donate: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol "When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they could …
Windy conditions could be more problematic due to trees and limbs damaged by Sandy.
As we clean up after Sandy, Rhode Islanders might need to prepare for another storm expected to arrive on Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, a significant coastal storm is expected to impact Southern New England and the coastal waters on Wednesday. The storm's track and timing are still uncertain. Potential impacts from this coastal storm could include:
Friday, November 2, 2012
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin reminds all retail sellers, whether individual business owners or corporations, not to try to profit from the storm.
Friday, November 2, 2012
The following is from a press release. As Rhode Islanders continue to clean up from super storm Sandy and a state of emergency is still in effect, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin reminds all retail sellers, whether individual business owners or corporations, not to try to profit from the storm. Rhode Island General Laws 6-13-21 broadly prohibits all retail sellers from increasing prices of any item immediately prior to or during a declared state of emergency by an amount that represents an unconscionably high price. The maximum penalty for those found to have violated the statute is a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) per violation with an aggregate total not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for any …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Here is how donations from Smithfield can aid victims in most affected areas.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Smithfield was largely spared from catastrophic damage from Superstorm Sandy, but Rhode Island ocean communities were not so lucky and, of course, those in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were also hit very hard. Patch has gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts. In Rhode Island, if you are interested in volunteering, contact Serve Rhode Island. To donate, RI Emergency Management recommends donations be made to a recognized volunteer agency of the individual's choice or you can call 2-1-1. Donations may also be made through theNational Donation Management Network (NDMN). Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The University of Rhode Island is seeking volunteers to keep an eye on 19 residential facilities without power.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The University of Rhode Island is seeking volunteers to serve as Fire Watch Detail in housing in Kingston, according to Serve Rhode Island. There are 19 residential facilities without power that need to be supervised 24/7. Those on Fire Watch Detail will walk the building hourly to inspect the fire alarm system and will be asked to keep an updated log. They will be expected to respond to any emergencies that might occur and to notify the fire department and building occupants as necessary. Starting today, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 4 PM, volunteers will potentially be needed to work 4-hour shifts through the night, depending on when power returns to the URI campus. Shifts are: Volunteers will be asked to come to the URI Public Safety …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Did you lose a tree in your yard? A few branches? Post pics here!
Did you wake up this morning to a tree down in your yard in Johnston? Branches in your driveway? A yard gnome in a place he shouldn't be? We want to see your storm damage pictures! Whether your Halloween ghost traveled to the neighbor's yard or you saw water get a little too close to your basement, we want to share your photos. Upload your photos to this gallery here by clicking the green "upload photos" button.
After heading into Monday night with fewer than 140 outages reported, Johnston showed about 1,300 homes without power on Tuesday morning.
More than 1,300 households in the area of Hartford Avenue and Bishop Hill Road remained without power on Tuesday morning, according to the National Grid Outage Central website. The loss of power apparenty happened at about 4:30 am, and National Grid crews were working to restore electricity to the area as of 9:30 am. At one point on Monday night, as Hurricane Sandy swept across the state, some 116,000 customers were left without power; at 9 pm Monday night, Johnston reported 137 outages. Otherwise, Johnston looked to have survived the storm in good shape — all major roads were clear of debris, and secondary roads had fallen leaves and puddles in some places. Schools remained closed for the day, and are scheduled to resume Wednesday.
Power outages and tree damage may limit travel.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging residents to drive cautiously today, particularly in South County, which saw the highest winds, flooding, power outages and tree damage from Hurricane Sandy. National Grid reported 1,360 outages in Johnston as of 9:35 Tuesday morning. Although the storm has passed, there may be roads still blocked by debris. Even streets that are passable may be partially restricted by trees or crews working to restore power or fully clear the roads. The Department especially wants to urge drivers and pedestrians to be wary of any downed power lines, which may be live. “There is a temptation after a storm like this to get out and view the damage,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We …
Town officials made the announcement shortly after 8:30 pm Monday night.
Students in the Johnston School District will have a second day off today following Hurricane Sandy's sweep through the area on Monday. Johnston School Department Supt. Dr. Bernard DiLullo confirmed the closure last night just after 8:30 pm. "Our concern going into [this] morning was with the transportation of the students, but also with the teachers coming in, because they drive in from all over," DiLullo explained during a phone interview. St. Rocco School is also closed today. DiLullo said that none of the school buildings were damaged or flooded because of the storm. "We're in good shape, and we should have no problem opening on Wednesday," DiLullo explained. National Grid reported around 300 outages in Johnston as of 9 pm Monday …