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Upndated)  --  Here is the latest news:  A toddler is in intensive care and her mother is charged with child neglect after a near drowning incident.  The superintendent of the Bristol Warren Schools names the day kids will return to classes.  A correctional officer at the Wyatt Detention Center is charged with smuggling contraband.

>>Mother Charged After Near Drowning Of Daughter

(Cranston, RI)  --  The near drowning of a toddler results in charges against a Cranston woman.  Authorities say a two-year-old girl was found face-down in a backyard swimming pool on Westcott Avenue yesterday afternoon.  The mother, identified as Jacqueline Ciccone, told police she left her eleven-year-old daughter to supervise several kids at the pool while she went in to do laundry.  A neighbor who is a registered nurse was able to perform CPR and resuscitate the little girl.  She is hospitalized in intensive care and her mother is charged with child neglect.

>>Bristol Super Steps In To Solve School Start Date Debate

(Bristol, RI)  --  Classes in the Bristol Warren School District will begin on Wednesday, September 8th.  The Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island had asked that the start of school be changed from the day after Labor Day to Wednesday.  That's because Tuesday, September 7th is the Jewish holy day of Rosh Hashanah.  The district school board had rejected two prior requests to move the date.  The district superintendent overruled the vote and set the date for September 8th.

>>ACLU Wants Cranston Police To Stop Traffic Stop Mandate

(Cranston, RI)  --  The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island wants Cranston Police to stop their mandate of two traffic stops per shift.  ACLU officials say the policy is not only deeply problematic but it also leaves little doubt that it has contributed to serious racial profiling problems in the city.  Police Chief Michael Winquist said the ACLU letter is filled with inaccuracies.  The chief did acknowledge the policy of requiring two traffic stops but said they are for traffic violations and there is no expectation that an officer must issue traffic tickets.

>>CO At Wayne Detention Center Charged With Smuggling

(Providence, RI)  --  A correctional officer and two inmates are among five people charged in a scheme to smuggle contraband into the Wyatt Detention Center.  The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Rhode Island announced the charges yesterday.  Court documents say that earlier this year two inmates conspired with a former detainee to provide Suboxone strips to a correctional officer.  That officer Kaii Almeida-Falcones is accused of smuggling the drug into the facility. 

>>Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Police Union

(New Bedford, MA)  --  A former New Bedford Police officer faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced for stealing from the New Bedford Police Union.  Joshua Fernandes was the former treasurer for the Union.  He pleaded guilty this week to wire fraud, admitting he stole nearly 50-thousand-dollars from the organization.  In addition to jail time, Fernandes faces a 250-thousand-dollar fine.

>>Narragansett Native To Swim To Block Island

(Narragansett, RI)  --  A three-time Olympian from Rhode Island wants to raise money for cancer research and etch her name in the history books.  Elizabeth Beisel plans to swim from Point Judith to Block Island on September 9th.  She would become the first woman to make the 12-and-a-half-mile swim.  Beisel has labeled her effort "Block Cancer" to honor her father who lost his life to the disease earlier this month. 

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07-20-2021 11:22:03


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