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The North Providence Breeze 11-07-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – On Halloween evening, Oct. 31, mem- bers of the North Providence Police Department conducted checks on those town residents identified as the most serious sex offenders. Compliance checks were made on 22 registered offenders, identi- fied by Rhode Island Department of Corrections Probation and Parole office as sex offenders with special conditions. Officers made contact with 14 of the 22 sex offenders. All of the offenders contacted were in com- pliance with restrictions and were not passing out candy, said Deputy Chief Arthur Martins. The homes of the eight offend- ers not reached by police appeared to be empty and had their lights off. In most cases, those offenders with special conditions regarding their probation are not allowed to loiter at or visit locations where children are known to be on a regular basis. All offenders checked on during Halloween were previously arrested for criminal sexual offenses related to child victims or child porn, accord- ing to Martins. Some of the offend- ers checked on are labeled as Level 1 offenders, which does not require community notification. "We want to assure our residents that we will always attempt to be pro- active when it comes to sex offend- ers," said Martins. "We will protect the community from harm with any means legally permissible." According to the state's sex offend- er database, the town has eight Level II sex offenders and seven Level 3 offenders. The offenders listed have been convicted of criminal sexual conduct or other statutes requir- ing the person to register with law enforcement and allow for commu- nity notification. The primary pur- pose of community notification is to enhance public safety and protection. The offenders are not wanted by the police at this time unless otherwise indicated. "This notification is not to increase fear in the community," reads the state website. "It is the belief of law enforcement that an informed public is a safer public." Police conduct compliance checks on local sex offenders By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Nesselbush calls for secret balloting to choose leadership Sen. Donna Nesselbush, of District 15, Pawtucket and North Providence, has teamed up with senator-elect Sam Bell in Providence to call for a "secret ballot" to elect General Assembly leaders and fix a "broken" system. The secret process is required by Rhode Island law, and is the prac- tice of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. A roll call/voice vote is a prob- lem because of the "antiquated yet robust system of rewards and punishments, alive and well in the Rogue Island General Assembly," said the two in a release. "The roll call/voice vote allows the winning leadership team to know the identities of those who voted for them and those who voted against them. And then come … the rewards and punish- ment." Instead of "praising all for voting her or his conscience, instead of calling for bygones to be bygones and for Democrats to unite behind the winning leadership team, instead, those who voted for the winning leadership team quickly become the winners and the insid- ers while the losers and the outsid- ers head to legislative Siberia," they added. Nesselbush told The Breeze this week she thinks there is real momentum for the proposal. She said she's losing sleep over the pros- pect that it might actually come to fruition. MARTINS NESSELBUSH IN BRIEF Cleaners collecting women's clothing for 'Dress for Success' NORTH PROVIDENCE – Courtesy Cleaners, 1385 Mineral Spring Ave., is collecting gently used, clean, professional women's attire on hangers, as well as acces- sory items that women feel com- fortable and confident wearing to a job interview from now through Monday, Nov. 12. The company is partnering with Dress for Success Providence in hosting a business clothing drive at its seven Rhode Island locations. For more information, visit provi- dence.dressforsuccess.org or e-mail providence@dressforsuccess.org. Tea Tasting at the Library on Nov. 14 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Library will host a Tea Tasting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Gina Fligg, of Philanthropy Tea & Coffee Company in Chepachet, will present a variety of teas to sample along with some baked goods. Fligg will also discuss the health benefits and properties of the different teas. 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