(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is getting added to the mix in the Ocean State vaccination effort. One person is dead and another hospitalized in separate shootings in Providence on Saturday. A station on the Providence commuter rail line has been closed.
>>Another COVID-19 Vaccine About To Enter The Picture
(Providence, RI) -- The newly-approved Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is coming soon to Rhode Island. The Providence Journal reports a spokesperson for the state health department says the shot could be administered in about two weeks. The state has been told it will get a nine-thousand-dose shipment initially from Johnson and Johnson, but it does not know what allocations will look like beyond that.
>>Saturday Shootings In Providence, One Fatal, Under Investigation
(Providence, RI) -- A fatal shooting took place in Providence this weekend. A nineteen-year-old victim was reportedly killed in a shooting while sitting in a car on Academy Avenue on Saturday afternoon. Police are investigating that incident and another shooting in the capital city that took place at a restaurant Saturday evening. Police say a 41-year-old man was shot after an altercation at Montecristo Bar and Grille on Elmwood Avenue. The victim was listed in stable condition after being sent to Rhode Island Hospital. The city has ordered the closure of the establishment where the shooting happened.
>>Providence Men Indicted On Firearms-Dealing Charges
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office is announcing a grand jury has returned an indictment against a group of individuals for a statewide illegal firearms-dealing scheme. The five Providence men are accused of running a straw-purchase scheme to sell nearly a hundred handguns in Rhode Island in 2019 and 2020. The A.G.'s office says this was the second significant illegal firearms case in February.
>>Providence Police Sergeant Joseph Hanley Testifies At His Trial
(Providence, RI) -- Providence Police Department sergeant Joseph Hanley testified at his assault trial on Friday. Hanley is accused of using unnecessary force on Rishod Gore during an arrest in Providence last year. Hanley testified in defense of the actions he took during the arrest, using his attorney to demonstrate what he described as "compliance strikes". He denied that he kicked Gore in the head or face.
>>Commuter Rail Station In South Attleboro Closed
(South Attleboro, MA) -- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is closing the South Attleboro train station until further notice. The MBTA says the closure is due to concerns about the safety of the pedestrian bridge at the station. Providence/Stoughton Line riders are being asked to use the Attleboro station as an alternate stop.
>>Heating Oil Delivered To Wrong House, Floods Basement
(Cranston, RI) -- An oil delivery company reportedly caused a huge mess when it delivered to the wrong address in Cranston. According to a story from WPRI-TV, the Mathews Oil company delivered heating oil into a basement that did not contain an oil tank because the house had converted to propane, but the exterior pipe wasn't removed. About one-hundred-40 gallons got pumped into the basement before the homeowner got someone's attention. The company told the news station it was an unfortunate case of delivering to the wrong address, and that it has worked on a cleanup and restitution effort.
Jim McCabe/jb RI)
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