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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A Rhode Island driver arrested for a fatal New Year's Day crash allegedly bragged about drinking and driving beforehand.  The RI Health Department says COVID-positive healthcare workers can clock in if there's a staffing crisis.  More speed cameras are going online in the Providence area. 

>>RI Driver Allegedly Bragged About Drinking And Driving Before Fatal Wreck

(Undated)  --  A Rhode Island man who is being charged for a fatal hit-and-run crash on I-95 on January 1st has a notable criminal history.  Aramis Segura, of Charlestown, was once-convicted of breaking into former governor Gina Raimondo's SUV, according to The Providence Journal.  Segura allegedly left the scene of the two-vehicle crash on the interstate in Warwick overnight Saturday which killed the second driver, 17-year-old Olivia Passaretti of East Greenwich.  Segura apparently bragged about drinking and driving his Mercedes Benz on Facebook prior to the incident.  He is currently facing charges of driving to endanger and driving with a suspended license, but WJAR-TV reports Passaretti's family is calling for a murder charge from the state.

>>Driver In Other RI New Year's Day Fatal Crash In Custody

(Lincoln, RI)  --  A suspect in a separate Rhode Island crash in the early-morning hours of New Year's Day has turned himself in.  The Providence Journal reports Gregory Miller of Pawtucket is accused of causing a crash in Lincoln which killed his girlfriend, Nanleomariz Albizu.  She was from Providence.  Miller is currently charged with leaving the scene of a crash, death resulting.

>>Feds Intercept Drug Package Inside Old TV 

(Providence, RI)  --  A Pawtucket man is facing federal charges for allegedly receiving a shipment of cocaine that was packed inside an old television set.  The Justice Department says the package intended for Jomar Cruz-Aponte was intercepted from Colombia on December 22nd.  Federal agents and Pawtucket police conducted a controlled delivery one week later. 

>>RIDOH: Virus-Positive Healthcare Workers OK If Staffing Crisis Declared 

(Providence, RI)  --  Hospitals and nursing homes in Rhode Island are undergoing a change in pandemic protocol.  COVID-positive staff can now go to work if the hospital declare a staffing crisis.  According to a report from WJAR-TV, the Rhode Island Department of Health is aligning with updated CDC guidance to accommodate staffing shortages. 

>>School Speed Zone Cameras Active In East Providence

(East Providence, RI)  --  School-zone speed-watching cameras are online in East Providence.  Police will begin issuing fifty-dollar tickets for any driver caught speeding in the five areas where the cameras are located.  All but one of them are on Pawtucket Avenue.  The cameras are active weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

>>URI Hosting Springtime TED Talk 

(Kingston, RI)  --  The University of Rhode Island is hosting the popular TED Talk series this semester.  The theme of the April 2nd event is "A Recipe For Hope" as the university notes the very challenging times currently being faced.  Speakers are being sought to talk about how they have stayed hopeful during a specific situation.  Video auditions of three minutes or less are due by the end of this month.  An application form is available at

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