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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-11-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2019 WOONSOCKET 7 Attorney General: City Council violated Open Meetings Act WOONSOCKET – The Office of Attorney General Peter Neronha ruled that the Woonsocket City Council violated the state Open Meetings Act by failing to properly advertise an agenda item during a meeting in March, according to find- ings released earlier this month. The complaint, filed by state Sen. Melissa Murray, stems from a March 18 incident when Councilor Jon Brien discussed Murray's position on vari- ous bills, including Senate Bill 158, during a City Council meeting. The discussion was listed on the agenda simply as "legislative report," lead- ing Murray to argue the agenda item was vague and did not give advance notice the council would be discuss- ing her position or give her an oppor- tunity to respond. In a ruling issued by Special Assistant Attorney General Kayla O'Rourke, O'Rourke determined the incident did in fact constitute a viola- tion of the state Open Meetings Act, which requires all items discussed by public boards to be listed in advance on an agenda. O'Rourke noted the council was previously found in vio- lation of the OMA when councilors discussed the conduct of then-Zoning Board member Richard Fagnant under an agenda item titled "Good and welfare" in 2015 and told the council they were "on notice" regard- ing future similar situations. Though the Office of the Attorney General may file suit in Superior Court or impose a fine for violations of the OMA, O'Rourke wrote that the office would not take those actions because they did not find violation was "willful or knowing," though she described the case as a "close call." 12 charged in FBI drug bust WOONSOCKET – Twelve indi- viduals were charged with drug trafficking last week following a four- month investigation by the FBI and Woonsocket Police. The investigation, part of "Project Safe Neighborhoods," resulted in the seizure of 1,964 fen- tanyl pills, 116.2 grams of powder fentanyl, 296 grams of marijuana, 1,114 grams of cocaine, 388 grams of crack cocaine, $12,000 cash and four firearms. Nine individuals were arrested July 2, and charges were filed against three individuals already in state custody. According to the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, the arrests resulted in the dismantling of at least three alleged drug trafficking con- spiracies on the streets of Woonsocket. City resident to be tried for child molestation WOONSOCKET – City resident David Delgado, 31, was recently indicted on one count of first-degree child molestation and three counts of second-degree child molestation, according to report released by the office of Attorney General Peter Neronha on July 2. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred within the city between October 2016 and April 2018. The Woonsocket Police Department conducted the investigation. Delgado is scheduled to appear in Providence County Superior Court on Sept. 4. WEEK THAT WAS 7 Ashton Parkway Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864 • 401-209-8853 • $ 59 .95 +Tax $ 259 .95 +Tax A/C Service compleTe brake special * Up to 2 lbs. of Freon Most vehicles * Most vehicles * Includes Pads & Rotors a To Z auTo repair complete auto care at Budget Friendly Prices Front or Rear ttlebor arms ttlebor ttlebor A arms F o 491 Hickory Road, North Attleboro 508-695-7200 Landscape Design & Installation Let's Grow Together! 4 INCH Annuals $ 2.00 Hanging Baskets BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Trees & Shrubs 25% OFF SALE FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JULY 12-14 ● Driving Range ● Mini Golf ● Golf Lessons ● Batting Cages ● Birthday Parties 582 Kelly Boulevard, North Attleboro, MA 02760 508-695-0091 • One Round of Mini Golf One Round of Mini Golf and One Small Bucket of Small Range Balls Per Person. Good for up to 6 players. Coupon must be redeemed. Only one coupon per group. Valid through 10/14/19. Per Person. Good for up to 6 players. Coupon must be redeemed. Only one coupon per group. Valid through 10/14/19. $ 5 $ 10 Furniture Family Discount 401-597-5911 1081 Social St., Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-597-5911 NO CREDIT NEEDED $ 25 OFF ANY PURCHASE $ 50 OFF ANY PURCHASE OVER $ 500 Expires 7/31/2019 Expires 7/31/2019 3450 Mendon Road Cumberland, RI (Hill Shops Plaza) 401-658-1298 401-658-3331 WE DELIVER (Minimum $15) Closed Monday FREE General Tso's Chicken with purchase of $45 or more Cannot be combined with any other offer. FREE Can of Soda for every $10 spent (Limit 4) Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires August 15, 2019 L O C A L B R E E Z E C O U P O N S

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