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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 OBITUARIES / THE VALLEY 19 Claudette M. Fortier Claudette M. Fortier, 73, passed away Jan. 31, in the Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Donald R. Fortier Sr. She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Aubert and Marguerite (Badeau) Giguere. Claudette was a picker for CVS for many years, retiring in 1996. She was a Eucharistic minister for St. Agatha Church in Woonsocket and was also a member of the St. Agatha Sr. Citizens, and was a former member of the St. Joseph's Sr. Citizens. She is survived by two sons, Denis Fortier of Woonsocket and David Fortier and his wife, Pam, also of Woonsocket; seven grandchildren, Zachary, Devin, Cody, Carissa, Lauren David and Tyler; two great- grandchildren, Brooklyn and Nova; and one brother, Richard Giguere, of Wash. Claudette was also the mother of the late Daniel and Donald Fortier Jr., and sister of the late Marcel, Maurice, Henri, Lorraine and Camille Giguere. Her funeral will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m., from the Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, 463 South Main St., Woonsocket, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in St. Agatha Church, Joffre Avenue, Woonsocket. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday, Feb. 11, 5-7 p.m. Visit www.fournierandfournier.com for guestbook and directions. FORTIER increased by 30 percent. While the number of straight lar- ceny crimes – those not originating from a home, vehicle or store – were down 30 percent, other types of theft saw increases, including a 19 percent increase in shoplifting, a 43 percent increase in motor vehicle theft, a 179 percent increase in larceny from a motor vehicle and a 21 percent increase in larceny from a building. According to Capt. Stephen Riccitelli, those crimes tend to origi- nate from the town's retail areas and have generally increased along with the expansion of Dowling Village. "It fluctuates. I think there are a number of factors that can contribute to it," he said. "Some of them are crimes of opportunity. We're bordered by seven other jurisdictions. You have the commercial expansion in town, which is bringing more people into North Smithfield." The number of traffic citations issued, he said, depends on the avail- ability of officers to patrol for motor vehicle violations. Arrests for motor vehicle violations tend to go down as the number of calls to respond to crimes and other incidents increases, and the number of citations issued tend to fluctuate with staffing levels. "We were down three officers for a period of time and we're just finally starting to get back up to full comple- ment, so I'm sure that in calendar year 2019 you're going to see all of those numbers that we put out there, I'm sure you're going to see an increase in all of those numbers," he said. Drug and narcotics violations increased 30 percent from 2017 to 2018. Of particular concern last year was the spread of fentanyl, the syn- thetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Exposure to the drug, said Riccitelli, has become a major issue for officers, as even minor skin contact or inhalation during drug arrests can lead to hospitalization. "That's become a real officer safety concern as well," he said. "We have to take special precautions, and we've had to change our policies and procedures over fentanyl exposure. We have had officers be exposed to fentanyl and have to be transferred to the hospital, and that was during the booking process." All officers, he said, carry Narcan – a brand name of the overdose reversal medication naloxone – in their vehicles, and the department has begun stocking it in the booking area in the event of officer exposure. While the department previously purchased the medication at a cost, he said, local hospitals have begun replacing empty Narcan devices after an individual is transported to the hospital in a rescue vehicle. "The narcotics that are out there are changing, and they're becoming stron- ger," he said. "What we're seeing is one dose of Narcan is not having the desired effect that you would expect it to have. Our officers are administer- ing on scene sometimes two and three doses of Narcan." In addition to retail expansion, Riccitelli said theft-related crimes tend to coincide with drug violations, as opioid and other drug users some- times steal and re-sell goods for cash. The opioid crisis, he said, continues to present a concern in North Smithfield. "It's always there, it's just under the surface. It's not getting any better," he said. "We haven't seen a decrease in that." CRIME From Page One Firm Foundation to hold worship and free luncheon WOONSOCKET – Firm Foundation Christian Church, which meets at 84 Cumberland St., will hold Christian worship followed by a free luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. All people of the community are invited. For more information, call 401-765-0107 or visit www.firmfoun- dationri.com . IN BRIEF Dear Mom, You had a smile for all and a heart of gold. One of the best the world could hold. Never selfish, always kind, these are the memories you left behind. Lord grant her peace and eternal rest, for she was one of the best. 15 th Anniversary In Loving Memory of 2004 – F EBRUARY 11 – 2019 M ARINA (A NTOLINI ) B ALDELLI Sadly mised by Son Charles C. Baldelli, The Baldelli, Antolini & Brunetti Families In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES Birthday Remembrance You will live in our hearts forever Michael Smith Dorry February 5, 1976 Love Your Family • Offering personalized services and compassionate care for your family. • Pre-Arrangements can be made at any time to record your wishes. • We are available to meet you any day or night. John H. 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