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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

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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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 1-7, 2021 SMITHFIELD / SCITUATE 21 On the agenda is a discussion and possible vote to finalize any settle- ment agreement from the arbitra- tion. Ragosta also represents the state police in labor arbitration, telling The Valley Breeze & Observer that his contacts within the State Police helped create a strong case against Mulcahey. "Over the course of time since he was terminated, the town received full cooperation from the State Police and AG, so the town can present a case to establish just cause for termination," Ragosta said. In an arbitration case, the town has the burden of proof that it has just cause to fire Mulcahey based on off-duty conduct, Ragosta said. Records related to wiretaps of Mulcahey's activity with "outlaw motorcycle gangs" prove that he can't work with public trust, Ragosta said. Ragosta said the implications of a first responder helping drug- overdose victims while at the same time dealing drugs creates an obvi- ous problem. Mulcahey was arrested in 2018 during the Rhode Island State Police investigation Operation Patched Out, where more than 50 members of the Woonsocket-based Pagans and Krytpmen motorcycle clubs were arrested. Officers seized guns and large quantities of marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin during the bust. Mulcahey received four felony charges that were reduced to two misdemeanors in December 2018. Smithfield officials fired Mulcahey in January 2020, and representa- tives from his union, the Local 2050 of the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters, almost immediately responded that the town violated the terms and condi- tions of his employment. The union requested that Mulcahey be reinstated and receive lost wages and benefits with interest. Until termination of his employment, Mulcahey was on paid administrative leave. Mulcahey's representative could not be reached for comment this week. While Mulcahey fights for his job back, Ragosta said Smithfield is fighting to keep him out of a town position. "A person in position of public trust has broken the trust, com- mitted crimes, and wants to come back to work," Ragosta said. According to the search warrant, Mulcahey, who was 55 at the time of the arrest, was "patched over" to become a member of the Pagans motorcycle club after being a full- patch member of the Kryptmen. The same warrant affidavit describes wired phone conversa- tions of Mulcahey and incarcerated Kryptmen club leader Rodney Lambert discussing the quality of cocaine and using the illegal drug. Mulcahey went on to work close- ly with Pagan leader Deric "Tuna" McGuire, who was also arrested and charged. Documents describe Mulcahey as a large-scale manager of the illegal narcotics distribution business, with references to cooking cocaine and re-rocking cocaine into crack. In a court-issued wiretap on April 23, 2018, Mulcahey discusses with a gang member that "I got work tonight," referring to his shifts at the SFD, while inquiring about purchasing more cocaine for his customers. Wiretaps quote Mulcahey and McGuire discuss- ing his employment as a firefighter more than once. The Valley Breeze is committed to keep- ing quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. MULCAHEY From Page One both responded and, after a quick meeting, agreed to do the job free of charge. Both are Scituate residents and Scituate High School alumni. "Without hesitation, they generously agreed to donate their time, exper- tise and labor to clean, sanitize and restore the Booster shack as a way to say thank you for their experience at Scituate High and give back to our community," Fians said. DiFilippo said Lang gave the inside of the concession stand and applianc- es a thorough cleaning while he took care of the building work, painting and fixing a water-damaged section of the stand and the door. The two went to high school, he explained, and played together on the school's hockey team. He said they often work together on projects. DiFilippo said his children now attend Scituate schools, and he was happy to help the district. "We thought of it as a quick and easy way to give back to the com- munity that has given so much to us," he said. Fians said the Boosters are look- ing forward to opening up the shack for the spring season and using it to host the annual SPARTY, a party for Scituate High School athletes, in May. She added she's excited to get the concession stand back in use now that the Rhode Island Interscholastic League is allowing spectators at out- door sports and Scituate athletes will be able to bring two adults and one sibling to attend games. Still, she said, the shack will be run- ning at half-mast, and will only serve pre-packaged items due to COVID-19 concerns. "Unfortunately, we can't cook right now. It's just going to be open so the teams know we're there and we sup- port them and for parents to come down and grab a quick snack or drink," she said. MANNING From Page One Learn Black Bear Basics Wednesday SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library will host Wildlife Solutions: Black Bear Basics online on Wednesday, April 7, at 6 p.m. The Wildlife Solutions Series is being presented virtually by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. This session will address what to do when encountering a bear, how to avoid drawing bears to your yard, and will present the results of the DEM American Black Bear Study. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Register on the event calendar at . Check the DEM website at for other upcoming events. 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