Friday, April 19, 2013
Man police have charged with killing Donna Pike due back in court April 25.
Brian Audette, 43, of 307 Elm St., Warwick, the man charged with murdering Donna Pike, 57, appeared in Sixth District Court Thursday for a determination of attorney, where he was assigned a public defender. Attorney Mary S. McElroy will defend Audette, who is being held without bail and will next show in court on April 25 for a probation violation hearing. At the time of his arrest, Audette was serving 12 years probation for a 1999 first degree robbery conviction, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office. Should he fail to defend himself on that violation, he could be ordered to serve the balance of his sentence (12 years) before the process is begun on hearing the murder charge …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Prospective buyer has until April 19 to finish overdue, incomplete form.
The Attorney General's office and The RI Department of Health have suspended Prime Healthcare's application to purchase Landmark Medical Center to give them time to work on the long overdue and chronically incomplete document. The Attorney General's office announced the suspension Friday, four months past the original Nov. 25 deadline set for Prime Healthcare to complete the application. "Given our statutory obligations, we simply cannot accept an application that is incomplete," reads the AG and Health Department co-authored letter sent to Prime Healthcare's lawyers and Landmark's Special Master, Jonathan Savage. Among the reasons for the suspension listed in the letter are: The letter states that the deparments will provide …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
City resident will be sentenced April 22.
Wednesday, February 6
A Providence County Superior Court Jury has found Anibal Acevedo, 41, of Woonsocket, guilty of two counts of first degree child molestation and three counts of second degree child molestation. The jury returned a guilty verdict in 25 minutes after a three day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Sarah Taft-Carter, according to a release from Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. During the trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Acevedo molested a young girl, whom he was related to, on multiple occasions in 2003, when she was 13. The victim reported the molestation in 2009. Woonsocket Police led the investigation and Assistant Attorney General Feidlim Gill prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Attorney General's office has notified prospective buyer it has till March to respond.
Two months after Prime Healthcare asked for an extension on the application deadline to buy Landmark Medical Center, the Attorney General's office says they've left out critical details. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office has sent a letter to Prime Healthcare's attorney and Landmark Medical Center's Special Master Jonathan Savage notifying them of the ommissions. The letter, penned by Deputy Attorney General Gerald Coyne and Michael Dexter, chief of Health Systems Development, states the most prominent omission is the failure to list the parent company, Prime Healthcare Services Inc., as a transacting party (see attached document). "The omission impacts responses to numerous questions in the application," the letter reads. …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Fifteen-year-old victim reported incident in 2007.
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Saturday, January 12
Michael Jelley, 45, with a last known address of 79 Wood Ave., was found guilty by a Providence County Superior Court jury of two counts of first degree sexual assault. The jury delivered the guilty verdict after deliberating one and one-half days after a two-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice William E. Carnes, Jr., according to a release from Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin's office. During the trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that on October 7, 2007, Jelley sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. The victim reported the incident to a friend, who in turn told her mother and went to the police that day. Woonsocket Police Lt. Edward J. Doura led the investigation. Special Assistant Attorney General and …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Ruling: Officers' actions complied with state law.
A Statewide Grand Jury has concluded its investigation into the June 14 Woonsocket Police pursuit of Anthony Lescarbeau, 33, that resulted in his death, clearing the department of any wrongdoing. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office and the RI State Police investigated the fatal crash caused when Lescarbeau fled Woonsocket Police during a traffic stop. According to a release from the Attorney General's office, "The Statewide Grand Jury has determined that the actions by the Woonsocket Police officers complied with state law and determined that the actions of the officers were legally justified." The incident was investigated by the Rhode Island State Police with the Office of Attorney General and Woonsocket Police Department and …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Blue Cross patients at hospital covered through Dec. 31, or 90 days after Steward Healthcare closes purchase of Landmark.
Blue Cross Blue Shield RI and Landmark Medical Center have reached an agreement extending coverage for BCBS patients at the hospital through Dec. 31. "Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (Blue Cross) is pleased to have reached an agreement with Landmark Medical Center (Landmark) that allows Landmark to re-join the Blue Cross participating hospital network while fairly reimbursing Landmark for the services they provide," read a statement from the insurer provided by Kim Reingold, director of public relations at the company. As part of the agreement, Landmark will drop its law suit against Blue Cross and has agreed to a payment schedule to come current on the monies owed to the insurer for employee health benefits coverage that Blue …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Steward's deadline to buy hospital stretched as officials, court argue over rates.
Landmark officials claim low Blue Cross Blue Shield reimbursement rates sank the non-profit hospital, and renegotiating with Steward Healthcare's market power has failed, placing the institution on the losing end of both sides of a national struggle. Yesterday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin extended Steward Healthcare's deadline for closing on the purchase of Landmark Medical Center to Aug. 31 instead of waiving it as the hospital network requested. Steward sought to waive the request outright, according to the Woonsocket Call. That request came Friday, on the last day of the prior extension, "So it's frustrating," said Amy Kempe, public information officer for Kilmartin's office. The second extension coincides with a dispute …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Jason Nickerson was indicted on sexual assault, assault with a dangerous weapon in 2011.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Editor's note: The following release was distributed today by the Attorney General's office, announcing the conviction of Jason Nickerson on four counts of sexual assault and one count of of assault with a dangerous weapon against a 16-year-old girl. Nickerson was indicted on these charges in June of 2011: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced today that a Providence County Superior Court jury found Jason Nickerson, 31 with a last known address of 24 Roberts St., Woonsocket, guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon related to a June 2007 rape of a 16-year-old girl. The jury returned the verdict in 7 ½ hours after a 10-day trial presided over by Superior Court Associate Justice Judith …