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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A student has been arrested in connection to a lockdown that took place at a Rhode Island high school this week.  A former pro hockey coach is accused of a sexual assault in Providence.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office has an update about a proposed merger between the state's two largest healthcare systems.

>>Student Arrested In Connection To Coventry High School Lockdown 

(Coventry, RI)  --  A student has been charged in connection to the lockdown at Coventry High School on Monday.  The Coventry Police Department says no weapons were located, and that the student does not have access to any firearms.  The police department says the student was charged with disorderly conduct, and the case will be referred to Family Court.  Authorities searched everyone and everything in the school during the four-hour lockdown on Monday after multiple people reported hearing a threat about an armed individual.

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>>Former Hockey Coach Charged With Sex Assault 

(Providence, RI)  --  A former American Hockey League coach is being indicted on sexual assault charges by the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.  Clark Donatelli, who coached the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, is accused of the assault in the city of Providence in November 2018.  The Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL affiliate of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, settled a lawsuit earlier this month from a former assistant coach and his wife who claimed she was victimized by Donatelli after a Penguins game versus the Providence Bruins.  The South Kingstown native briefly played in the NHL in the early 90s, including ten games with Boston. 

>>Driver Faces Charges For Crash That Killed College Student 

(North Kingstown, RI)  --  A driver has been charged in connection to a fatal South County crash.  The North Kingstown Police Department says Stephanie Briggs of Wakefield is charged with felony driving to endanger resulting in death.  The head-on crash on Route 2 in North Kingstown in August killed University of Rhode Island student Leah Ribner-Martin.  The Providence Journal reports Briggs has been released on bail and is due back in court on January 4th.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,901

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported five new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-901.  The number of new virus cases reported in Rhode Island yesterday was five-hundred-16.

>>Lifespan-CNE Merger Application Deemed Complete, Up For Review 

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office on Tuesday announced that the merger application between the state's two biggest healthcare groups has been completed and is now in the review process.  The A.G.'s office says it will have four months, along with the Rhode Island Department of Health, to determine whether to approve or deny the application from Lifespan and Care New England.  Jane Hayward, the head of the Rhode Island Health Care Association and co-chair of a committee organized to provide feedback on the merger, says it has the potential to transform the state's healthcare system. 

>>Woonsocket Plans For Spending ARPA Money Criticized 

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  People spoke out at a Woonsocket City Council meeting on Monday about how the city is proposing to spend its share of the American Rescue Plan Act.  City councilors gave initial approval to a plan that would include 250-thousand dollars for a synthetic ice-skating rink and about fifty-grand for ergonomic chairs in the City Council chambers.  Critics said Woonsocket should spend the ARPA money on affordable housing and homeless services.  Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said the skating rink was suggested as a new activity source for the city's young people.

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