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The North Providence Breeze 11-20-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE BEVIN WILLIAMS, of North Providence, practices his game shots while playing billiards at the North Providence Mancini Center Monday morning. The center is a hub of activity for local seniors. See more photos on Page 8. Right on cue Retiring Tikoian: We accomplished what I set out to do Town receives multiple offers on Brayton School, old police HQ Lease for old Marieville School approved NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi says he and the Town Council have some decisions to make when it comes to selling a pair of town buildings. The mayor over the past week says he has fielded three significant offers for the former public safety complex building on Mineral Spring Avenue. And after indicating his interest in securing a higher purchase price for the former E.A. Brayton School in Centredale, the mayor says he's received two higher proposals than the $10,000 previously offered. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See OFFERS, Page 2 NORTH PROVIDENCE – After the town's former superintendent of schools was sentenced in court, where she admitted to spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on personal pur- chases, the detective in charge of the investigation is shedding light on the months-long process leading up to Bridget Morisseau's admission of wrongdoing on Nov. 8. Det. Christopher Cote spearheaded the investigation into Morisseau, who was charged with two felo- Detective: Morisseau didn't seem to take investigation seriously By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See MORISSEAU, Page 15 COTE THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Outgoing head of department will be replaced by Martins NORTH PROVIDENCE – David Tikoian, chief of the North Providence Police Department since the summer of 2017, will retire at the end of the calendar year. Tikoian is one of the most widely respected people in law enforcement, said Mayor Charles Lombardi, and has given the department stability and strong leadership at a time when it needed it. Tikoian, formerly of the Rhode Island State Police, originally told Lombardi that he would give him two to five years as chief. He is now ready to leave law enforcement. The mayor said he sees no reason to run a search for a new chief given the fact that the department already has a highly qualified man in Deputy Chief Arthur Martins, who will be appointed to replace Tikoian. The mayor said Martins is the ideal replacement. Lombardi and Tikoian announced the retirement plan to command staff and department leaders during a meet- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TIKOIAN, Page 12 TIKOIAN

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