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The North Providence Breeze 03-27-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 Suspect in murder of father arraigned at R.I. Hospital NORTH PROVIDENCE – Clark Murray Jr., the suspect in the March 19 stabbing death of his father, Clark Murray Sr., was arraigned Monday morning at Rhode Island Hospital on charges of domestic murder and was ordered held with- out bail. As of press time, Deputy Chief Arthur Martins was telling The Breeze that police still had not determined a motive in the murder. Murray Jr., 40, is accused of stabbing his father, 70, in their home at 8 Gale Court, off Woodward Road, and then turn- ing the knife on himself. On March 19, at around 5 p.m., the North Providence Police and Fire Departments responded to 8 Gale Court in response to a call about an unresponsive male. Personnel arrived and entered the property, finding the body of Murray Sr., who appeared to have been stabbed with a sharp instru- ment. He was declared dead at the scene. Police examined the inside of the home and found Murray Jr., who was suffering from stab injuries to the neck and throat area. Officers said they saw him in the process of removing a knife from his wound. Fire personnel transported the alleged attacker to Rhode Island Hospital where he was treated for injuries deemed life-threatening. The person who notified the police was interviewed. She stated that she entered the home and found the unresponsive elder Murray on the main level of the home. His son was present in the home at the time. The caller retreat- ed from the home and contacted public safety personnel. When workers arrived the front door was locked and they forced their way in. Police said they had no evidence to believe that any suspects were at large following the murder. In 2005, Murray Jr. faced a previ- ous domestic abuse complaint from a woman he was in the process of divorcing. A restraining order was filed. According to The Journal, he was sent to prison in 2011 and 2012 on contempt charges following those divorce proceedings. Carmen Recalde-Russo, direc- tor of community engagement and communications for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Judith Earle, execu- tive director of the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, issued a joint state- ment in the aftermath of the killing. "Our hearts are with the family of Clark Murray Sr. as we mourn the second incident of domestic vio- lence homicide to occur in Rhode Island in one week," they said, add- ing that the son fatally stabbed his father in the early hours of March 19. "We send our deepest condo- lences to Clark Murray Sr.'s wife and family." The tragedy, they added, "calls us to recognize that domestic violence can happen between parents and their adult children, siblings, step- relatives, in-laws, or roommates. Power and control dynamics and abuse are not limited to a particular type of relationship." In this case, the victim's age makes this an incident of elder abuse, they said. Elderly abuse is often perpetrated by caregivers or adult children. Incidents of elderly abuse require mandatory report- ing to the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs. Anyone in an abusive relation- ship, or anyone who knows children in such a relationship, can call the Rhode Island statewide helpline for 24-hour support and information at 1-800-494-8100. Additional information can be found at www.ricadv.org . To file an elderly abuse or self-neglect report, call the Division of Elderly Affairs Protective Services Unit at 401-462- 0555. Call Ethan at 334-9555, ext. 130 or e-mail it to ethan@valleybreeze.com got a news tip? NORTH PROVIDENCE – Lt. Michael Tavarozzi, community police commander for the North Providence Police Department, is preparing a presentation on proposed fixes for recent parking and traffic woes on Spicer Street. Residents of the side street off Mineral Spring Avenue have complained a number of times about changes on the street since Providence Bagel opened at 1480 Mineral Spring Ave., at the intersec- tion of Spicer, in early February. Tavarozzi said he and Deputy Chief Arthur Martins conducted an on-site assessment and are incorporating var- ious ideas into a traffic study, to be presented to the Town Council's ordi- nance subcommittee tonight, March 27, starting at 6 p.m. in Town Hall. "We're going to be looking to make sure we take into consideration the local business as well as the residents in the area to best suit both parties involved," he said. Most of the complaints are revolv- ing around patrons parking in front of residents' homes on either side of Spicer Street, causing a traffic issue on the street, said Tavarozzi. At a Town Council meeting March 5, Town Councilor Stefano Famiglietti brought up numerous traffic con- cerns, including on Spicer Street. Solutions discussed at that meeting included possible new resident-only parking signs and no parking signs. Denise Doughall, of 18 Spicer St., described the situation as "a night- mare" for residents. There were early reports of some patrons parking sideways across Spicer Street, apparently not even realizing that it was a road. Police said they haven't noticed that being a problem recently. They say there could be some new striping called for to better delineate the roadway. Officials will hear remedies for Spicer Street issues By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com

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