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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Two new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island Wednesday.  A Providence City Council committee votes to change a police department position which was given to someone without a police background.  An Olympian's effort to become the first woman to swim from Rhode Island to Block Island could take place this upcoming weekend.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,818

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported two new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-818.  The number of new virus cases reported in Rhode Island yesterday was two-hundred-82.

>>Arrest Made In Stabbing At Hospital

(Taunton, MA)  --  Taunton, Massachusetts police are reporting an arrest in the stabbing of an employee outside Morton Hospital.  The female hospital employee was taking a break outside the facility Tuesday when a woman approached from behind and stabbed her.  Police reported yesterday that the suspect has been arrested, identifying her as 28-year-old Victoria Disharoon of Taunton.  She's charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and police say the attack was unprovoked.

>>Providence City Council Committee Amends Controversial Police Department Position

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence City Council Finance Committee unanimously voted on Tuesday to eliminate a police major position that was given to the city's recreation director.  The committee adopted a proposal from Police Chief Hugh Clements to convert the position to a civilian administrator, which will pay less.  The city council reacted unfavorably to Michael Stephens being named the Providence Police Department's first-ever community relations and diversion services major despite not having law enforcement experience.  The new position will not supervise police training or be involved with promotions.  The Finance Committee move will require a vote from the full city council.

>>Longtime Superior Court Judge Retiring

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Susan McGuirl is retiring.  The Providence Journal reports McGuirl will step down on October 29th after two decades on the bench.  She presided over the contentious trial of the seven Narragansett Indians who were arrested in a 2003 state police raid of a tribal smoke shop in Charlestown.  As the first woman to be named deputy attorney general in the state, McGuirl was involved in the prosecution of Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci's assault case and the attempted murder trial of Newport socialite Claus von Bulow.

>>Rhode Island-To-Block Island Swim Delayed

(Undated)  --  Weather conditions have again caused the postponement of an attempted swim from mainland Rhode Island to Block Island.  Elizabeth Beisel [[ BYE-zull ]], a three-time Olympic swimmer from North Kingstown, tells The Boston Globe conditions were too rough for the swim that was scheduled for Wednesday morning.  Beisel now plans to swim this upcoming weekend and become the first woman to ever complete the journey.  Beisel is swimming for cancer research.  Her father died of pancreatic cancer over the summer.

>>TD Garden To Require Vaccination For Events

(Boston, MA)  --  T.D. Garden in Boston will be requiring all fans, performers and staff to be vaccinated for coronavirus.  All fans 12-years-old and over must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend, perform or work at the arena.  The rules will apply to all Celtics and Bruins games, along with concerts and other events at the arena.  Garden officials say the rules were imposed to allow the facility to continue operating while keeping everyone safe.

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09-23-2021 02:07:15



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