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The North Providence Breeze 02-13-2019

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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4 PAWTUCKET FEBRUARY 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – The long-awaited city portion of the Blackstone River Bikeway has been delayed, accord- ing to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. A proposed amendment to the Rhode Island Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) calls for a one-year delay, from 2023 to 2024, confirmed Charles St. Martin, spokesman for the RIDOT. Last week, The Valley Breeze reported on RIDOT's $120 million in cuts over six years to the state's TIP, a 10-year plan scheduled to last through 2027. According to St. Martin, the cuts are the result of a rejection of additional funding requests in the governor's budget and not the disappointing budget projections announced for the first two years of the state's truck tolling program. "We have made the necessary changes to our 10-year plan and the TIP to assure that we fulfill our mis- sion to repair the state's structurally deficient bridges and keep these structures safe," he wrote in a state- ment. "The decision to reschedule some projects affects other areas of our transportation program, most notably the pavement program and the bike program." City leaders maintain that a new three-mile bike path segment through Central Falls and downtown Pawtucket will bring needed traffic to the area and is an important part of the downtown's planned resur- gence. Officials previously installed a small segment of bike path behind City Hall to encourage full develop- ment of the path, and various com- panies, including downtown-based Collette, have said they'll contribute to making the bike path a success. According to a state synop- sis on the $7 million Blackstone River Bikeway extension through Pawtucket, the concept has not yet been made official. It calls for an on-road and off-road route to follow the Blackstone River as closely as possible past Tolman High School, along Front Street, along a newly constructed wall on the river bank, across Roosevelt Avenue, and behind Pawtucket Housing Development land and beyond. The three-year project has been moved back from 2023-2025 to 2024-2026. Pawtucket portion of bike path delayed another year By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor WEEK THAT WAS Three arrested in theft of officer's gun Three people were arrested and charged in connection to the alleged Feb. 2 theft of a Boston police offi- cer's gun in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn on George Street. The officer, Emanuel Brandao, is the subject of an internal investiga- tion related to the incident. He was allegedly to have sex with two pros- titutes, who were also charged in the case. Kyle Benford, 25, of Providence, was charged Monday with felony larceny of a firearm and conspiracy. Two women, Melissa Dacier, 22, and Neish Rivera, 25, were also charged. Benford was held on $20,000 surety bail and was to be held as a violator of his probation on a drug conviction from 2015. Benford goes by the nickname Gunplay. His family proclaimed his innocence during his arraignment Monday, saying Officer Brandao should be charged with soliciting prostitutes. Brandao was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. Brandao allegedly traveled to Pawtucket on Feb. 1 to meet up with Rivera, a woman he'd met on Instagram. According to The Journal, she was out on bail on a prostitution charge related to a sex sting at the Foxy Lady in December. Brandao wanted a second woman to meet with them at the hotel, so Dacier joined them. Brandao is accused of paying the pair $2,500 for sex. The missing .40-caliber Glock 22 was found on the afternoon of Feb. 2 wrapped in a Walmart bag in the mail slot at a fire station in Providence. Police said there was an argument at the hotel between Benford and the women. Brandao said he broke up the fight, and Brandao allegedly said he was a police officer and had a gun in the car. According to news accounts, Brandao left the key to the glove compartment in the cupholder of his car. He gave his car keys to Dacier so she could get his phone charger and he could use his phone app to pay for the sex. Police say Benford also went to the car and stole the gun. Two arrested on drug charges On Feb. 6, the Pawtucket Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Providence Police Narcotic and Organized Crime Bureau arrested two Dexter Street residents, Sergio Ricard, 31, and Savanah Rosa, 22, on various drug charges. Police searched 7 Dexter Court based on a search warrant related to an ongoing investigation into the illegal distribution of heroin and fentanyl in the Pawtucket and Providence area. As a result of the investigation, the two residents were arrested and charged with posses- sion of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver, manufacturing, possessing and delivering fentanyl, heroin and marijuana, and distribution or manu- facturing in or near a school, among others. The Narcotics Unit seized approxi- mately 70 grams of heroin, 105 grams of fentanyl, 4.5 pounds of marijuana, various packaging and distribution materials, and approxi- mately $2,000 in cash. The street value of the illegal drugs is estimat- ed to be approximately $17,000. IN BRIEF Candy Kabobs for teens at Pawtucket Library Feb. 27 PAWTUCKET – Teens, in grades 6-12, can create their own candy kabobs at the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6-7 p.m. in the Campbell Auditorium. Each teen will not only get to eat their creations, but they can com- pete in several design categories to win a prize. Supplies will be pro- vided by the library. The program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714, ext. 221, or email . Pawtucket announces 21st annual photo contest PAWTUCKET – Grab your cam- eras and snap that picture. The city of Pawtucket and Camera Werks announced the 21st annual city of Pawtucket Photo Contest. Twelve winning photos will be selected by a panel of local photographers and placed in the 2020 City Calendar. This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring aware- ness to daily life, historic locations and the ever-changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must be taken in Pawtucket. After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised in January, "Pawtucket Works" by Jax Adele of Pawtucket was selected. All photo submissions should follow the contest theme. All pho- tos must be taken in the city of Pawtucket within the past year. Only one entry per contestant sub- mitted by the photographer. Photos may be in color or black and shot horizontally. Film or high quality digital prints will be accepted. All photos must be of good quality and suitable for reproduction. Submitted photos should be mounted on foam core board or mount board, but not framed; overall size of the mounted photo should not be smaller than 8-by- 10-inches or larger than 12-by-18 inches. All photos will be dis- played at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center during the city of Pawtucket's Arts Festival in September. The Mayor's Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize. First Place will receive a $75 cash prize. Second Place will receive a $50 cash prize and other remaining winners will receive gift certifi- cates. All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket's 2020 Calendar. Submissions will be accepted from May 1 to Aug. 3, and should be dropped off at The Camera Werks, 766 Hope St., Providence, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 401- 273-5367. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fi ll 5 every week! They're all at ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Publisher Tom Ward at 401-334-9555, ext. 123 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. 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