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The North Providence Breeze 7-17-13

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A Valley Breeze Newspaper JULY 17-23, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence NP honors Newtown They're Ready Dedication ceremony for the victims of Sandy Hook School tragedy. PAGE 20 Get your hands on the blueberry harvest at local farms. PAGE 2 @ "Like" us on Son charged with murdering parents; police considering motives NORTH PROVIDENCE – Residents of a typically quiet waterfront neighborhood in the northwest corner of town were shaken this week to learn of a grisly killing right nearby. Mark Yu, 36, was arraigned in Kent Country District Court on Monday and charged with murdering both of his parents in their North Providence home, located at 10 Noto Drive. He allegedly kept the bodies there for two days. Yu was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of failing to timely report a death. He was held without bail as he awaits a bail hearing on July 29. Police believe Yu bludgeoned his parents to death, with the preliminary cause of death being blunt force trauma. The victims were identified as Young Yu, 60, and his wife Yeon Yu, 61. There home is located right near the shoreline of the Wenscott Reservoir, across Douglas Avenue from Governor Notte Park. Police, who began searching the Noto Drive home at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon after a family member asked them to check on the couple, first discovered See MURDER, Page 14 valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Oki Japanese Steakhouse closes Farm fresh in NP Available for purchase as a full restaurant, or in pieces By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Breeze photo by Elise Manahan The grand opening of the North Providence Farmer's Market on Friday, July 12 offered a variety of fruits, vegetables, plants and other items for sale to visiting shoppers. Iris DeStefanis, of North Providence, looks over a basket of tomatoes for sale from Hopkins Farm in North Scituate. See more photos on page 19. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Oki Japanese Steakhouse, the local mainstay that marketed itself as "Rhode Island's original hibachi restaurant," has been placed in receivership and shut down. The restaurant, located at 1270 Mineral Spring Ave., was famous for preparing food in front of its patrons. It was not immediately clear why the business had to close, but the seemingly popular restaurant did face competition from the lower priced Asian restaurant Jacky's Galaxie, located just up the road. A new and expanded Jacky's is set to open soon on the same side of Mineral Spring Avenue as Oki's, continuing an ongoing transformation of the North Providence restaurant scene. Social media was buzzing this week with talk about why Oki's closed, with several saying that other new Japanese restaurants offered tough competition. Hiromi "Gerry" Ichiba is the owner and president of Oki Enterprises. It was not immedi- WE BUY GOLD • SILVER • COINS & U.S. PAPER MONEY INSTANT CASH FOR Gold, Silver, Coins, Diamonds, Gold Bullion, Broken Jewelry, Silver Flatware, Even Dental Gold Lic.# 200909 Call today for your free trial of The Invisible Intigai from Oticon. 401-233-CASH (2274) • Mon.-Sat. GOLD CRAFTERS 1394 Douglas Ave., Unit 2, North Providence, RI 02904 (Corner of Douglas & Mineral Spring Ave., behind Sam's Gas) Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz Licensed Audiologist, 30 Years 151 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-349-0456 www.twinrivershearinghealth.com ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. ately clear when the restaurant first opened, but town officials believe it was at least 30 years ago. Patricia Antonelli, partner in the Providence law firm of Partridge Snow & Hahn, has been appointed the temporary "neutral and impartial" receiver According to Patricia Antonelli, there was no 'earth shattering' reason why Ichiba decided on receivership, and there was no 'creditor hanging over their heads.' of Oki Enterprises' assets, according to court documents filed by Antonelli. All business operations were terminated prior to the appointment of Antonelli as receiver, state the documents filed July 10. As receiver, Antonelli is responsible for selling the assets of Oki "for the highest value" and to "maximize recovery for creditors." See OKI, Page 11

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