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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A dozen new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island over the holiday weekend as a new virus variant comes into focus.  Authorities have released the name of the man killed in a shootout with police in Seekonk, Massachusetts.  The North Kingstown Town Council hires a retired judge to review the investigation of a former basketball coach. 

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,927

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported a dozen new coronavirus deaths over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  The pandemic death toll in the Ocean State has increased to two-thousand-927.  Over 24-hundred new virus cases were reported.  A spokesperson for the RI Department of Health told The Boston Globe that as of Monday morning, the state had not identified any cases linked to the new omicron variant, which has prompted the CDC to recommend that all vaccinated adults get booster shots.

>>Man Killed In Shootout With Police In Seekonk ID'd

(Seekonk, MA)  --  The name of the suspect who allegedly shot at police officers in Seekonk, Massachusetts with an AK-47 over the weekend has been identified.  The Bristol County District Attorney's Office says it was 47-year-old Jeffrey Groulx [[ groll ]] of New Hampshire.  Groulx reportedly escaped from prison in that state two years ago.  Police shot back during the incident in Seekonk on Route 6 Sunday morning, which started as a response to a break-in at a business.  The D.A.'s office says Groulx was mortally wounded.  The matter remains under investigation.

>>I-495 Crash Victim Name Released 

(Undated)  --  The Rhode Island man who died in a crash on Route 495 in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving has been identified.  The Mass State Police says the victim was Valdemeiro Teixeira of East Providence.  Teixeira was the only person involved in the single-vehicle wreck.

>>Newport Teen Indicted For Murder 

(Newport, RI)  --  A Newport teenager has been indicted by a statewide grand jury in a murder case.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office announced the indictment Monday against 19-year-old Tyrese Poulsen.  He's accused of stabbing 22-year-old Maximus Julian of Little Compton during a fight at a rental property in Newport on Memorial Day weekend.  The Newport Daily News reports Poulsen has been held without bail since turning himself in to police days after the incident.

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>>Another Set Of Eyes On Ex-North Kingstown Basketball Coach Investigation 

(North Kingstown, RI)  --  The North Kingstown Town Council voted on Monday night to hire a retired Superior Court judge to review the ongoing investigations into former high school basketball coach Aaron Thomas.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office is looking into allegations that Thomas had players strip naked for quote-unquote "fat tests".  The vote to bring on former justice Susan McGuirl was 3-to-2.  Dissenting council members said someone should be brought in from out-of-state. 

>>Company Fined For Work Impacting Hope Street In Providence Saturday

(Providence, RI)  --  A construction company has been fined by the city of Providence for working without a permit which temporarily closed a street lined with small businesses on Small Business Saturday.  WPRI-TV reports the five-hundred-dollar fine was levied against S. Francisco Construction for the work that was done on Hope Street.  Channel 12 reports a number of businesses on Hope Street voiced frustrations on social media about the unexpected work which kept detours in place until the afternoon.

Jim McCabe/jb          RI) NH) MA)  
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