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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-17-2021

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4 PAWTUCKET FEBRUARY 17-23, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – As it turns out, Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler from "Law and Order: SVU" may not have been giving the full truth when they broke down someone's door and told them to send the bill to the city. A denied claim for damages by city resident Peter Tran last week highlighted the fact that it's the property owner, and not city tax- payers as a wider whole, who often foots the bill when a door gets bro- ken down. The City Council's committee on claims and pending suits, led by new Chairwoman Elena Vasquez, last Wednesday said no to Tran's claim for $960 in compensation for an incident last summer where police broke down his door when he wasn't home as they searched for what they believed to be a miss- ing child, a search that came up empty. When Tran returned later, he found the front door broken and in need of replacing. City Solicitor Frank Milos got members up to speed on what he described as the public necessity doctrine, where police are absolved of responsibility if it is shown that they didn't act negligently and that they were acting in the best interest of the community in making sure greater harm didn't occur. The city sees these difficult cases from time to time, said Milos, and they're complicated because there's not a lot of well-settled case law. They acted reasonably based on the information they had, he said, and as in the majority of cases, the city had no duty to pay the owner since these reasonable actions were taken based on public necessity. Pawtucket had a similar case last year when firefighters responding to an emergency medical call broke down a door only to learn that it had been a crank call, said Milos. Milos said he couldn't say wheth- er police could have or should have done more in the Tran case before deciding to break down the door, but they felt there was a child inside and they needed to make sure they were safe. Councilor Melissa DaRosa said she thought the claim should be denied, saying police seemed to be acting reasonably and within their rights to enter the building. Councilor Mike Araujo agreed, say- ing the damage was unfortunate, but safety was paramount and police had looked for other avenues to search for the child. He said it was unfortunate about the damage, but made the motion to deny. The committee last week also denied the claim of Erica Forster for $1,700 over a sewer backup that led to the furniture in her basement being ruined. Milos also gave some background on this one, saying that while Pawtucket's sewer system is old, it's also adequate, and officials continue to seek out creative ways, including seeking grant funds, to modernize and update it the best they can. Milos said he's not a big fan of the term "act of God" when it comes to such cases, but that's unfortunately what causes an inci- dent such as this. The city ultimate- ly needs to determine whether there were those circumstances beyond anyone's control or was there some negligence or malfeasance by the city, such as tree roots infiltrating the system or some other clog situa- tion, that would place the blame on Pawtucket? Milos said there didn't appear to be any evidence that the flooding of Forster's basement in early July of last year was caused by anything other than that act of God due to heavy rains. The committee had postponed the matter from last November, noted Araujo, asking Forster to bring receipts and estimates, but the city never received any receipts. With denied claims, residents pay for broken doors, flooded basements By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com IEED offers financial literacy program for young adults PROVIDENCE – The Institute for Economic Empowerment & Development, the charitable arm of the Rhode Island Black Business Association, will present the pro- gram Financial Literacy 101: A Beginner's Guide to Finances, on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The program is part of the IEED LEAP Initiative for Young Adults. To register, visit https://ri-bba.org/ieed . IN BRIEF 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. 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Ltd. RI LIC # 6893 On Monday March 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM, at 846-848 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, RI, Fastcash Pawn & Checkcashers Inc., licensed check casher #20041631CC, will hold an Auction on all gold, diamonds, watches, electronics, tools, instruments, equip- ment and any other items that were not redeemed from pawn. If you would like more item detail's on any of the ticket numbers related to this auction, please go to www.pawnri.com/auctions and click on the correct auction date prior to the auction. The items being sold are the following ticket #'s: ATTENTION PAWTUCKET VOTERS IN PERSON/EARLY VOTING IS AVAILABLE AT PAWTUCKET CITY HALL FOR THE MARCH 2, 2021 SPECIAL STATE REFERENDA ELECTION. HOURS ARE 8:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. MONDAY – FRIDAY AND NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY. DEADLINE IS MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021 AT 4:00 PM. ON FRIDAY'S CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL OTHER BUSINESS, EXCEPT FOR VOTING, DURING THE IN-PERSON/EARLY VOTING PERIOD. QUESTIONS – CALL 722-1637 PAWTUCKET BOARD OF CANVASSERS EDWARD CATONE, JR. CLERK ATENCIÓN A LOS VOTANTES DE PAWTUCKET EN PERSONA / VOTACIÓN ANTICIPADA ESTÁ DI- SPONIBLE EN LA MUNICIPALIDAD DE PAWTUCK- ET PARA LA ELECCIÓN DE REFERENDA ESTATAL ESPECIAL DEL 2 DE MARZO DE 2021. HORARIO ES 8:30 A.M. HASTA LAS 4:30 P.M. LUNES - VIERNES Y NO ES NECESARIO CITA PREVIA. LA FECHA LÍMITE ES EL LUNES 1 DE MARZO DE 2021 A LAS 4:00 PM. EL AYUNTAMIENTO DEL VIERNES ESTARÁ CERRADO A TODOS LOS DEMÁS NEGOCIOS, EXCEPTO PARA VOTAR, DURANTE EL PERIODO DE VOTACIÓN EN PERSONA / VOTACIÓN ANTIC - IPADA. PREGUNTAS – LLAME 401-722-1637 PAWTUCKET COMITÉ DE ELECTORES EDWARD CATONE, JR. ADMINSTRADOR

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