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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-10-2018

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2 THE WEEK THAT WAS OCTOBER 10-16, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Suspect near Pine Street fire had been burned Police said a man found and arrest- ed in the vicinity of a night fire that destroyed a vacant mill space at 258 Pine St. last Thursday, Oct. 4, had apparently set himself on fire. At around 11:42 p.m., Pawtucket police responded to Collyer Park on Mineral Spring Avenue for a report of a male who had lit himself on fire. The man was accompanied by a female acquaintance. The man was identified as Joseph Green, 34, and the female was identified as Meagan Gammage, 32. Both had Superior Court bench warrants and were arrested. Green had significant burns and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, according to Chief Tina Goncalves. He was expected to survive. Green was recognized as some- one who is known to frequent the area. Officers were in the area and discovered that a fire was spreading in a warehouse space at 258 Pine St. They immediately notified the Pawtucket Fire Department, and firefighters responded to the scene. A female was seen exiting 258 Pine St. when officers arrived on scene. She was transported to Miriam Hospital for smoke inhalation. There did not appear to be anyone else in the building. Firefighters remained on scene all night and continued their work throughout the day to ensure that the fire was out. The state fire marshal was also on scene and working with the Pawtucket Fire Department. The cause of the fire remained under investigation as of press time this week. Police were investigating the presence of a possible meth lab in the warehouse after investigators found bottles full of explosive chemi- cals as well as drug paraphernalia at the scene. "I thank the officers and firefight- ers for their rapid response. This property was often monitored and was cited repeatedly in 2016 and 2017 by code enforcement, as it was a vacant property open to trespass," said Goncalves in a statement. The fire reignited during the day last Friday before firefighters extin- guished it again. The owner of the mill building is Two Suns LLC. The property is located next to a planned future commuter rail station. It is within a few feet of where a fire destroyed the Union Wadding Co. mill in 2010. Two charged in drive-by shooting Police arrested two men for their roles in a drive-by shooting last Thursday, Oct. 4. At around 1:30 p.m. while on an unrelated investigation, Pawtucket detectives observed a car driving slowly on Fountain Street occupied by five males. They watched as the vehicle stopped at the intersection of Fountain and Blackstone Streets. The detectives said they then heard a gunshot and saw the vehicle accel- erate rapidly through the stop sign. Detectives followed the vehicle as its driver pulled into the driveway of 128 Coyle Ave., where all five males, two adults and three juveniles, were placed into custody and a loaded .38 caliber revolver was found in the vehicle. Patrol officers checked the area where the gunshot was heard and located a bullet hole in the win- dow of 75 Fountain St. Officers were able to speak with the residents at that address to confirm that nobody was injured. The adult males were identi- fied as Anthony Lopez, age 22, of Providence and Isiah Ramirez, 18, of Pawtucket. Lopez was charged with drive-by shooting, felony assault, using a fire- arm while committing a crime of vio- lence, no license or permit required for carrying a pistol, and conspiracy. Ramirez was charged with drive-by shooting, felony assault, and con- spiracy. Both were arraigned in Sixth District Court. All three juveniles were also charged with drive-by shooting, felony assault, and con- spiracy. Johnson receives life sentences Ezekial Johnson, 28, of Pawtucket, was sentenced last Thursday to consecutive life sentences plus 10 years for the July 2007 murder of Jose Rodriguez. Johnson was found guilty in July of first degree murder, discharging a firearm while commit- ting a crime of violence resulting in death, and carrying a firearm without a license after a two-week trial pre- sided over by Superior Court Justice Robert Krause. During the trial, prosecutors proved that Johnson and two other people were in the back seat of Rodriguez's taxi in Central Falls when Johnson pulled out a gun and shot Rodriguez in the back of the head, killing him. It is believed the three men intended to not pay Rodriguez for the taxi ride, and that Johnson then shot him. The case remained unsolved for several years until a witness came forward. Central Falls police were then able to link DNA left near the scene to that of Johnson. A Providence County Grand Jury sub- sequently indicted Johnson in 2017 for the murder. A member of PAWTUCKET ENGINE 3 takes a breather from fighting last Thursday night's mill fire on Pine Street. JOSEPH GREEN, left, and MEAGAN GAMMAGE. The suspects in the drive-by shoot- ing are ISIAH RAMIREZ, left, and ANTHONY LOPEZ.

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