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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Massachusetts is now on Rhode Island's coronavirus travel advisory list.  An attorney for a Providence police sergeant charged with assaulting an arrested man says the case should be tossed because of a premature evidence release.  No interest expressed from Care New England in an unsolicited bid for it to be purchased.

>>Massachusetts Added To RI COVID Travel Advisory List

(Undated)  --  The state of Massachusetts has been added to Rhode Island's coronavirus travel advisory list.  That means if you are coming to RI from Mass, you must first quarantine for two weeks or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken from within 72 hours prior to arrival.  Massachusetts added Rhode Island to its own COVID travel list in August.

>>Attorney For Charged Police Sergeant Argues Client Can't Get Fair Trial

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office doesn't think charges should be dismissed against a Providence police officer accused of assaulting an arrestee.  Sergeant Joseph Hanley was charged with assault after he allegedly punched, kicked and kneeled on the head of Rishod Gore in April.  The head of the Providence External Review Authority, the city's police oversight board, decided on his own to release videos of the incident last month.  Hanley's attorney argued in Providence District Court on Friday that the publicity around the case due to the video release made it impossible for him to get a fair trial.  A hearing date to consider the motion is set for later this month.

>>Company's Offer To Purchase Care New England Turned Down

(Providence, RI)  --  An unsolicited bid is made to buy the Care New England healthcare system.  Pennsylvania-based StoneBridge Healthcare offered to purchase CNE for 250-million dollars and make another 300-million in capital improvements.  Care New England responded "no thanks" and said it is still pursuing a merger with fellow Ocean State healthcare system Lifespan.  A nurses' union released a statement expressing opposition to what it called unchecked expansion of for-profit medicine in Rhode Island, citing experience with Prospect CharterCARE, which owns Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital.

>>New Department Of Corrections Acting Medical Director Named

(Cranston, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Corrections is announcing a new acting medical director.  Dr. Justin Berk has provided medical services at the DOC through a contract with Brown University.  Berk, who is currently an assistant professor at Brown's medical school, replaces Dr. Jennifer Clarke, who left the department last week.

>>Providence Shooting Victim ID'd

(Providence, RI)  --  Police have identified a man who was fatally shot in Providence on Friday morning.  The victim was city resident Devin Delacruz, who was in a car on Putnam Street when he was shot.  Delacruz's death equals the 17th homicide in Providence in 2020.  Police are investigating.

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>>Water Main Break In Woonsocket

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  The city of Woonsocket reported a major water main break Monday night.  The break on Davison Street was reported by the Woonsocket Water Division at around 8:30 p.m.  Customers throughout the city were advised of possible discolored water and service interruptions.  The water division said updates would be shared Tuesday morning.

Jim McCabe/djc          RI) MA) PA)
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