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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-09-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2019 PAWTUCKET 9 on their School Committee. I have let you down and I have no excuse for making such a bad decision," he said. "To that end, and after conferring with my family and doc- tor, I will be seeking further medi- cal care to address the causes of this bad decision-making." Larbi, who works as program manager at City Year Rhode Island and as director of teen pro- grams at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, added that he under- stands his actions will have con- sequences and he is "prepared to deal directly with them." "...I have spent my entire life seeking to better myself. For the greater part of my life I have suc- ceeded. My travels through the Pawtucket public school system to my receiving of a master's degree have led me to a fulfilling life as a student counselor," he said. "It has also given me an opportunity to now serve my community as an elected official. I am very proud of that work and I intend to continue to help my students and serve the people of Pawtucket while seeking additional care. Today is the first day of that process. Hopefully, and with help, I will restore everyone's confidence in my proven abilities to help others." State Police last week announced that Larbi, a 30-year-old resident of 45 Sherman Ave. in Pawtucket, was one of 16 people arrested and charged with driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs over the previous two weeks. Larbi was arrested at approxi- mately 12:50 a.m. on Dec. 31 after troopers recorded a vehicle traveling 93 miles per hour in a 55-mile zone and operating errati- cally in heavy traffic on I-95 north in Providence. Police stopped the vehicle near exit 27 in Pawtucket. Larbi was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, blood alcohol content unknown, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He also was cited for speed- ing more than 11 miles per hour in excess of the posted speed limit, as well as laned roadway viola- tions, following other vehicles too closely, and operating without a seat belt. According to court records, Larbi was cited for driving with a sus- pended license earlier this year. He was also arrested for driving while intoxicated while at the University of Rhode Island, according to a 2011 Patch report. He is due in Sixth District Court on Friday, Jan. 11, to face the mis- demeanor DUI charges. The city's charter has options for removing an elected official when they're charged with a felony, but misde- meanors are a different story. If Larbi had chosen to step down, officials said the eighth-place finish- er in the November election, Jorge Gil, would have taken his spot. Mayor Donald Grebien said he spoke to Larbi and the incoming school board member understands the severity of his bad decision. "He has accepted responsibility, and is getting the help and fam- ily support he needs," he said. "Having said that, however, I know the value that Steve has brought to hundreds of young kids over the years and the value he can bring to our School Committee. Hopefully, he will be able to look back some day to reflect and share this life experience to help others." School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau told The Breeze he spoke to Larbi about the situation and read his statement, but beyond that he'll have no comment about the incident. The arrest of Larbi and others resulted from intensive enforce- ment of Rhode Island laws as part of the national traffic enforcement campaign to keep intoxicated motorists off the roadways during the holidays. "There is simply no excuse for anyone driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol," State Police Col. Ann Assumpico said in a state- ment. "The Rhode Island State Police will continue to aggres- sively pursue, arrest and prosecute anyone who drives while under the influence, putting the lives of everyone else at risk." State Police also responded to 1,784 calls for service over two hol- iday weeks, including 975 motor vehicle stops; 123 disabled motor vehicles and 165 crashes. Troopers made 96 arrests and issued 1,076 citations and warnings for motor vehicle violations, including 417 for speeding; 92 for seatbelt and child restraint violations; and 14 for distracted driving. The 16 arrests for driving while impaired during the holiday period also resulted in the seizure of a handgun, an illegal switchblade knife and illegal narcotics. LARBI From Page One Osso named Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center Board President PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is pleased to announce Carol Osso as the new board president, effec- tive Jan. 1. Osso joined the board in 1998. Shortly thereafter she became board secretary until March of 2010 when she became the board's vice president. "I'm very excited to take on this new responsibility," Osso said. "BVAC has seen tremendous growth in the past few years and I'm confident that will continue. I'm extremely proud of the work the staff does to help victims of domestic violence." "Carol has been an integral part of BVAC for over 30 years," said Toni Marie Gomes, executive director. "Her devotion to our organization will help continue the agency's legacy of provid- ing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their families in our service area." With Osso becoming president, the board will incur additional changes. Board secretary, Holly Ferrara, will now become vice president and board member Siobhain Sullivan will take on responsibility as secretary. Tony Nobrega will continue to be the board's treasurer. Shirley Carter, who has been the board president since 2010, decid- ed to step down from her position but will remain a board member. The other members of the board include Dr. Earl Marrow and Tony Afonso. OSSO

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