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The North Providence Breeze 11-07-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION North Providence MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI, pictured at rear, along with other mayors from northern Rhode Island, had some fun at Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena's expense by visiting him at Johnston Town Hall with a singing turkey mascot on Oct. 18. The turkey telegram sang to Polisena and handed him an oversized photo of the real Johnston turkey, which has eluded Polisena's grasp as he and staff have attempted to capture it for several weeks. Lombardi and Polisena are old friends. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local police are crediting local distribution of a mugshot with helping them to land a suspect in a string of car thefts outside town convenience stores. The Breeze reported two weeks ago that car thefts in town were on the rise, with 37 reported from Jan. 1 to Oct. 22 after four straight years of either 27 or 28 incidents during that same time period. According to police, most of the incidents involve people leaving their keys in their car or even their car running as they run in for a quick errand or start their car in their driveway as they get ready for work. Police in that story asked for help from the public with attempting to identify a suspect accused of steal- ing a vehicle from the Cumberland Farms store at 1046 Mineral Spring Ave. The owner of the vehicle left it running while making a quick pur- chase. "The suspect's photo appeared in The Valley Breeze and was placed on the department's Facebook page," said Deputy Chief Arthur Martins. "Within a short period of time after the photo was distributed, the North Providence Police Department received information that identified the suspect as Christian Mendez, age 19, of 159 Urban Ave. in North Providence." Det. Christopher Cote was able to determine that Mendez was responsi- ble for two auto thefts. In each of the crimes, the vehicle owner left the car running and entered a convenience store to make a purchase. The thefts occurred on Sept. 9 outside Seasons, 1132 Mineral Spring Ave., and on Oct. 13 at Cumberland Farms, 1046 Mineral Spring Ave. Mendez is being held at the ACI on unrelated criminal charges. He was set to be formally arraigned on the two auto theft charges from the North Providence Police Department on Monday. "We want to thank The Valley Breeze readers and our Facebook friends for their assistance and providing valu- able information that allowed us to positively identify this suspect," said police in a statement. "The North Providence Police Department also wants to warn people to not leave their vehicles running unattended for any reason. With the public's coop- eration, crimes of opportunity such as this can be prevented." Local police catch suspect in theft of cars By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Raw 'Outcasts' film in Providence Saturday PROVIDENCE – The critically acclaimed film "Outcasts," a movie that "lays bare the lives of people on society's fringes" while it fol- lows the Catholic Franciscan Friars of Renewal in their work around the world, will be screened this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m., at the McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. The film is for mature audiences due to the raw nature of its content. Admission is free, and there is plenty of free parking. Pre-registration is requested. Register at www.mcvin- or phone (401) 278-4588. To learn more and see a film trailer, visit www.outcaststhe- Following the screening of the 60-minute film, there will be a 30-minute question and answer period with director Joe Campo, and Father John Anthony, one of the Friars in the film. "Outcasts" was filmed in the prisons of Central America, and the dark streets of London, New York, and Ireland's most treacher- ous neighborhoods. It earned the "Best Justice Film" award last year in New York. The showing in Rhode Island is sponsored by the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island with the support of Blue Cross & Blue Shield. IN BRIEF Thrift Shop returns to Park Place Church PAWTUCKET – The Park Place Church, 71 Park Place, will hold another Thrift Shop on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event will be open dur- ing Christmas on the Hill. Lunch will be available as well as clothes, artwork, books, household goods and some furniture. For more information call 401- 726-2800. 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