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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Island has not-yet decided whether to resume the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine that was paused over medical concerns.  Gun violence is beleaguering both the cities of Providence and Pawtucket.  A house close to this year's Home and Garden TV channel "Dream Home" was destroyed in Portsmouth yesterday.

>>RI Expecting To Decide On Janssen Shot Status This Week

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island is not yet committing to resuming administration of the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine, unlike other New England states.  The RI Department of Health says to expect an announcement this week.  The states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine have already given the green light to resume the Janssen shot, while New Hampshire and Vermont are tentatively planning to do so this week.  The vaccine was halted because of rare blood clots reported in some women.

>>Two More Fatal Shooting Victims In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence homicide death toll in 2021 has increased to seven.  The Providence Police Department on Friday identified the victim of a shooting from the previous day as Nickolas DePanni of Smithfield.  Police believe the shooting on Indiana Avenue was over an argument from a drug transaction.  The Providence PD also said Brandin McKinney of Providence, who was shot in a car on Salina Street in the capital city on April 15th, died from his injuries last Wednesday.

>>Pawtucket Club Shut Down After Shooting Incident

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  The Pawtucket chief of police has declared a downtown-area club a public nuisance.  The city's Major Crime Unit is investigating after a man was reportedly shot five times at Vibe Lounge overnight Friday and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.  The crowd at the club was allegedly hostile to police officers as they tried to reach the victim.  The Pawtucket City Council voted on Saturday to order the temporary closure of Vibe, pending a hearing.

>>Motorcycle Driver Killed In Crash In Westerly

(Westerly, RI)  --  A deadly motorcycle crash happened in Westerly on Saturday.  Police say Angelo Pascuzzi of Westerly and New Britain, Connecticut was pronounced dead at Westerly Hospital after the two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Shore and Langworthy roads.  Pascuzzi's passenger was listed in critical hospital condition.  A pickup truck driver also involved in the crash was reportedly uninjured.  The accident remains under investigation.

>>Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman Off Block Island

(New Shoreham, RI)  --  The Coast Guard responded to a medical emergency near Block Island over the weekend.  A crew from Air Station Cape Cod was dispatched to an area southwest of the Island on Saturday.  The Coast Guard says a 50-year-old fisherman was flown back to the mainland.

>>Fire Consumes Portsmouth Home

(Portsmouth, RI)  --  A multi-million-dollar home was destroyed in a fire in Portsmouth on Sunday.  Two occupants, a husband and wife, reportedly got out safely when the fire struck at around 4:30 a.m.  Several firefighters suffered injuries that were apparently not too serious.  The home was located on Vanderbilt Lane, very close to the annual Dream Home project by the Home and Garden Television network.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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