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The Barrington Police Department Is Hiring

The now hiring signs are up at the Barrington Police Department.  The department is looking to hire more officers.  Candidates must have a driver's license, associate degree or military experience with honorable discharge.  Applications are being accepted through February 26th.  Apply online through the town's website.

Warwick Men Charged With Killing Victim A Year Ago

Two Warwick men are formally charged for killing a man last year.  Richard Baribault and Troy Gunderway were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection to Fernando Silva's death.  Silva was found dead on his boat last August.  Police believe the pair killed the 70-year-old victim during a robbery attempt.  The men are being held without bail and are expected to return to court next month.


Dog Attacked By Coyotes In Portsmouth

A dog is recovering after being attacked by coyotes in Portsmouth.  The owner tells that her dog, Bella, was bitten twice near her home.  The dog received several stitches as a result of the incident but is expected to be okay.  Video footage shows a coyote walking in the Gaspee Point area late last week.  Police are warning people to be on the lookout for coyotes and to not leave their pets outdoors.

Police Investigating Shuttle Bus Accident In Portsmouth

Two Roger Williams University students were hospitalized after a car accident in Portsmouth.  Police were called on Tuesday night to Boyds Lane and Anthony Road after a shuttle bus was pushed into a guardrail.  Six students were on the bus at the time, and two students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  There's no word whether the driver of the second car was injuried. 

No Students Injured During School Bus Crash In North Smithfield

Students are okay after a school bus crash in North Smithfield.  Emergency crews responded to the accident yesterday morning along Eddie Dowling Highway.  A DATTCO school bus and two cars were involved in the incident.  Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.

Alumnus Gifts Brown University $25M For Entrepreneurship Center

Brown University is getting an entrepreneurship center.  Alumnus Jonathan Nelson recently gifted the campus 25-million dollars.  The money will go towards providing students with academic expertise and real-world innovation experience.  The center will be named after Nelson who will continue to support the creation of the program.  For more information about the center visit Brown's website.

Providence Man Accused Of Hitting Mom On Head With TV

A Providence man is behind bars after hitting his mother over the head with a TV.  Jimmy Johnson was arrested on domestic assault charges on Monday after his mother was found with a two-inch wound on her head.  Police say the victim and her son's girlfriend were arguing about the TV when Johnson picked it up and hit his mother on the head.  He told police he was trying to throw the TV at both of them to stop the two from fighting.


Teacher On Administrative Leave After Breaking Into AG's Office

A Providence woman is on administrative leave at her job after allegedly breaking into the state Attorney General's office.  Cynthia Jones was arrested on Monday night after breaking into the building with a snow scraper.  Jones is a teacher with the Providence School District and is on leave pending the investigation.  She told officers she wanted to speak to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin about multiple personal problems.  She's undergoing a mental health evaluation.

Police Release More Information About Deadly Industrial Accident

Police are releasing the name of the man who was killed during an industrial accident in Johnston.  Officers were called to J.R. Vinagro yesterday morning after Darwin Perez was killed.  Officials say Perez was working with a crushing machine at the time of his death, but additional information hasn't been released.  OSHA is investigating the incident and will determine if the company violated federal standards.  J.R. Vinagro is a disposal and recycling company.

Police Continue To Investigate Bus Crash In Warwick

Police are releasing more information about a bus crash in Warwick.  Police say the RIPTA bus hit a pole on Salt Pond Road Monday night and slammed into a building.  Investigators believe that the driver may have suffered a medical emergency because neither speed nor alcohol appear to have been a factor.  The driver and a passenger are hospitalized in serious condition.  An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.


Dunkin' Donuts To Award Students With College Scholarship Money

Rhode  Island students can soon apply for the Dunkin' Donuts scholarship.  The fast food restaurant announced that it'll award 100-thousand-dollars worth of college scholarship money.  The company is awarding one-thousand dollars to 100 students based on their academic excellence, leadership qualities and community involvement.  They'll begin accepting applications next month and the deadline is March 15th.  Visit the Dunkin' Donuts' website for more information.

St. George's School Releases Apologetic Letter

A Middletown school that is under fire after multiple sexual assault accusations came to light released a letter apologizing for the incidents.  St. George's School issued the letter over the weekend, apologizing to the alleged victims and outlining their commitment to the investigation.  In recent months, dozens of former students have stepped forward accusing past and current employees of sexual abuse spanning multiple decades.

Officials Release More Information About CO Leak In East Providence

Officials are releasing more information about a carbon monoxide leak in East Providence.  A malfunctioning furnace is to blame after hundreds of people were evacuated from the Holy Ghost Beneficial Brotherhood hall on Saturday night.  A fire spokesman says an air vent in the basement was blocked, causing carbon monoxide to come into the building.  The hall is unable to reopen until an inspection is passed.

Woman Breaks into AG's Office

Police say a Warwick woman who broke into the office of state Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wanted to speak with him about “several personal problems.” Cynthia Jones, 45, was arraigned Monday in Providence District Court on one count of breaking and entering and one count of interfering with a fire alarm. She’s being held on $25,000 surety bail.

Block Island airline service suspended

An airline service that links Block Island to T.F. Green Airport has suspended service for this summer.
According to reports, Rhode Island Airport Corp. officials plan to ask New England Airlines if their Westerly- to-Block Island carrier could take over Cape Air’s service.
Airport chief executive Kelly Fredericks said Cape Air announced last week it was suspending its service because of a pilot shortage. He said the airline would need 195 pilots to serve all of its usual routes but only has 96.
Fredericks said the shortage is partially due to stricter regulations after a regional airliner crashed near Buffalo, N.Y., in 2009.
Cape Air officials told Fredericks they are hoping to return to the airport in 2017.

Providence Officials: Clear Sidewalks To Avoid Being Fined

People in Providence are reminded to clear their sidewalks within eight hours of snowfall to avoid being fined.  Fire crews are also asking people to dig out fire hydrants in case of an emergency.  A parking ban issued across the city was lifted yesterday morning after areas reported nearly eight-inches of snow.  People are urged to drive slowly on the highways and main roads as a precaution.

3 Fishermen Rescued Near Block Island Over The Weekend

Three people are okay after their fishing boat was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard near Block Island.  Yesterday morning the Coast Guard was contacted by the captain of a 50-foot fishing boat after his navigation equipment failed and he was having difficulties steering.  Crews from Massachusetts and Rhode Island responded and helped the disabled vessel move to Newport State Pier.  Winds reached up to 63-miles-per-hour at the time of the incident.

Police Searching For Man Wanted For Deadly Hit-And-Run

Police are searching for a Pawtucket man in connection to a deadly hit-and-run accident.  Rigoberto Vasquez was charged last week for the hit-and-run but the victim died shortly after and police are upgrading charges against Vasquez.  The suspect didn't show up for court on Friday.  He is facing multiple charges including DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

Dozens Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Scare In East Providence

Dozens of people are hospitalized after a carbon monoxide scare in East Providence.  Officials say hundreds of people attended an event at the Ghost Beneficial Brotherhood Hall on Saturday night when one person was found passed out in a bathroom.  Fire crews detected high carbon monoxide levels in the building and at least 50 people were taken to the hospital.  No one suffered life-threatening injuries but many people reported headaches and nausea.  The incident remains under investigation.

Licensing hearing to resume for proposed Westerly cigar bar

The fight to prevent the impending opening of a cigar bar in Westerly will resume this week before the southern Rhode Island city's licensing board.The Westerly Sun reports the board will resume a hearing Monday concerning Vintage LLC's application for a Class C bar license to open Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club on High Street.The hearing was opened on Jan. 14 but was tabled because Solicitor Matthew Oliverio wasn't present.Tenants renting space above the proposed cigar bar have filed formal objects arguing that smoke and its odor will travel up into their offices.William Nardone, an attorney representing Vintage LLC, says the bar will be outfitted with a state-of-the-art air purification and cleansing system.The proposed cigar bar has already received approval from the zoning board.

Fishermen in court to protest at-sea monitoring cost shift

A group of East Coast fishermen who are challenging the federal government about the cost of at-sea monitoring is due for a hearing in court.New England fishermen will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors soon under new rules. Fishermen challenging the rules are due in U.S. District Court in Concord on Thursday for a hearing on their motion for an injunction.At-sea monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas. The monitors can cost about $800 per trip. A group of fishermen contends that the cost shift is illegal.One of the fishermen involved in the lawsuit is Hampton, New Hampshire-based David Goethel. He says many fishermen won't be able to afford the added cost.

Police searching for Cranston bank robbery suspect

Police are searching for a man who threatened to shoot a bank teller if she didn't hand over cash during a robbery in Cranston.

A man with his face partially concealed by a scarf walked into Bank Rhode Island's Park Avenue branch around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and handed the teller a note containing the threat.

Police say the suspect fled on foot through the rear of the bank with approximately $1,000 in cash. No employees or patrons were injured.

The suspect is described as a white man between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, white scarf, jeans, white sneakers with black laces and a grey and red knit hat during the robbery.

Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.


Mortar Shells Disposed Of In West Warwick

 A state police bomb squad has disposed of two inert mortar shells found in West Warwick.  Police were alerted yesterday morning by a woman who found them while cleaning out her father's house.  She says the devices had been in the house since her childhood but she didn't know how her father came to have them.

Raimondo cancels Davos trip ahead of snowstorm

Gov. has canceled her trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to prepare for a snowstorm that could hit New England this weekend.

Raimondo posted Wednesday afternoon on Twitter that she was canceling the trip after monitoring weather reports. She says the safety of Rhode Islanders is her top priority.

She was supposed to leave for the global conference Wednesday night.

The Democrat was one of three governors who were to be part of a U.S. delegation led by Vice President . The others are from Texas and Colorado.

Raimondo had said the trip was an opportunity to meet with executives who might bring new business to the state.

The University of Rhode Island Foundation was going to pay for her travel expenses.


Middletown Trash Collections Pushed Up

Middletown Trash and recycling collections are getting pushed up because of forecasts for snow over the weekend.
Town Recycling Coordinator Will Cronin said trash and recyclables normally scheduled to be picked up on Saturday now will be picked up on Friday.
Trash and recyclables normally slated for collection on Friday still will be picked up as scheduled.
Cronin also asked “pay-as-you- throw” customers to pull their trash and recycling totes off of the roadside as soon as possible so as not to interfere with the town’s snow removal efforts.

Trader Joe's Pulls Cashews From Shelves After Salmonella-Related Recall

A health food store is pulling nuts from store shelves due to a possible salmonella scare in Rhode Island.  Trader Joe's is taking its brand of cashews out of the stores after one batch tested positive for the bacteria.  The product was sold in 16-ounce packages with a best before date of July 17th, 2016.  So far, no illnesses have been reported.  The cashews were sent to more than a dozen states including New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Newport Leader Proposes Police Body Cameras

At least one Newport leader is pushing for body cameras on city police officers.  The "Newport Daily News" reports City Manager Joseph Nicholson said he is recommending body cameras after speaking with police department representatives.  The City Council would have to approve the proposal before the plan moves forward.  No word from Chief Gary Silva.


Man Won't Be Charged With Hate Crime For Alleged Racist Behavior

An Exeter man is accused of going on a racist rant against a convenience store clerk.  Police say Thomas Giese, who is slated for court tomorrow, will avoid hate crime charges despite allegedly threatening to kill the employee and making inappropriate comments about his religion.  Officials say the suspect didn't plan the incident beforehand, so the hate crime law doesn't apply.  The incident last month marks the fourth time Giese had been arrested within the past year.

'The Biggest Loser' Contestant Still On Weight-Loss Journey

A Newport man is back home after being eliminated from an NBC reality show.  "The Biggest Loser" contestant Richard Hatch was eliminated on Monday night's episode.  He says he's still fighting for the 100-thousand-dollar prize awarded to the person who loses the most weight at home.  He tells the "'Providence Journal" that he'll never be fat again and has already lost 43-pounds.  Right now he is focusing on eliminating unhealthy foods and portion meal control.

Bomb Threats Under Investigation In Rhode Island

Police are investigating bomb threats in Rhode Island.  Students at Mt. Hope High School in Bristol were sent home yesterday after an evacuation led to early dismissal because of the harsh weather.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says Central High School received a similar bomb threat but nothing suspicious was discovered on either campuses.  Several schools across Massachusetts and New Hampshire are investigating similar incidents and there were also threats in schools in other states.

Dangerous Cold In Forecast Today

Anyone having to venture outside will be dealing today with blustery conditions. A wind advisory is up statewide until this evening with gusts possible of up to 50 miles-an-hour. That would be strong enough to down power lines and some trees.

South County Estate Recognized

Westerly's Ram Point estate, built in 1903, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Providence Journal reports the National Park Service determined the site should be preserved. It was first built for physician John Whitridge Williams, a pioneer in the obstetrics field.

Wine Thief Due In Court

A New York state man appears today in a Providence court for violating bail. Scott DeLuca was arrested last week in Smithfield, with police there then learning that he was wanted in Connecticut for allegedly stealing a $4,800 bottle of wine from a Groton restaurant.

Body Possibly Found In North Kingstown

North Kingstown police aren't releasing  any information about a body possibly being found.  A witness tells NBC-10 that on Sunday afternoon police and medical examiners were in the area after a person was found dead behind a building along Old Baptist Road.  A police spokesperson says a news release will be issued sometime today.

Rhode Island Woman Arrested During Demonstration In Boston

A Rhode Island woman is among three people arrested during a union rally at Logan International Airport in Boston.  Police say six people are facing charges after the group refused to disperse during a peaceful demonstration.  Roxana Rivera of Warwick was arrested for refusing to following officer's instructions.  The suspects were taking part in a rally held by Service Employees International Union inside of a terminal.

Police Searching For Robbery Suspects In Providence

Police are searching for two men who robbed a person in Providence.  A 22-year-old man was walking along Priscilla Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood late last week after cashing a check.  He told police that a dark-colored car pulled up next to him and two men demanded money.  When the victim told them he didn't have any cash, the pair grabbed his leather jacket which had his house keys and 200-dollars in the pocket.  So far no arrests have been made, but the suspects are described as being in their 20s.

Man Accused Of Attempting To Break Into Providence Home

A man is behind bars for allegedly attempting to break into a Providence home.  Antoine Nelson was arrested early Saturday morning after a neighbor recorded him attempting to pry open a window at a home in the Elmhurst neighborhood on Radcliffe Avenue.  The homeowner told police that no one should be trying to get inside.  Nelson is charged with attempted breaking and entering.


Man Arrested After Hit-And-Run In Pawtucket

A drunk driver is accused of hitting a man with his car in Central Falls.  Rigoberto Vasquez is charged with drunken driving resulting in serious personal injury and driving with an expired license in connection to the incident on Sunday.  A witness told police a man driving a dark-colored car with heavy front-end damage hit the victim, Gary Laramee, who was discovered lying in the road.  Vasquez was arrested shortly after the incident.  The victim is in critical condition.


State Of The State Address Next Month

Governor Gina Raimondo is going to deliver the annual State of the State Address on February 2nd.  According to her office, the governor will also unveil her proposed budget for the next fiscal year the same day.  By state law the budget is due by the third Thursday in January.  However, she's seeking permission for the delay because she'll be at an economic conference in Switzerland on the due date.   

GE Picks Boston For New Headquarters

"The Boston Globe" reports General Electric is moving its corporate headquarters to Boston.  Providence had reportedly been one of the finalists considered by GE executives.  Currently based in Fairfield, Connecticut, GE started looking for a new home last year when its CEO voiced displeasure with Connecticut's new corporate tax policy. 

Rhode Island Health Insurance Fair Is Today

It's not too late to get health insurance.  Today, HealthSource Rhode Island is hosting an enrollment fair at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick from 1 p.m. to 8p.m..  People without health insurance this year are urged to stop by and talk to representatives on hand.  Open enrollment closes on January 31st.  Rhode Islanders who are interested must have their last four pay stubs, Social Security number, immigration documents and a 2014 tax return.

Man Allegedly Kills Dog To Get Revenge Against Owner

A man in West Warwick is accused of killing a dog to get back at his stepfather.  Christian Bartoshevich was arrested last week following a months-long investigation.  Police say Bartoshevich allegedly killed the white terrier late last year in an effort to get retaliation.  There's no word as to what the altercation involved, but the suspect was already behind bars on unrelated charges.  

Woman Killed After Being Struck By Car

A woman is dead after being hit by a car in Cumberland.  Police say Irene Wilkinson was crossing Mendon Road on Tuesday morning when she was hit by a car.  Wilkinson suffered injuries to her head and knee and later died in the hospital.  There's no word as to whether the driver will face charges.  The intersection where the incident occurred is known for pedestrian-related accidents.  At least one Rhode Island lawmaker is hoping to get the speed limit reduced.

Brown University Considering Plans To Build More Parking Lots

Brown University is considering taking down several multi-family homes to make room for more commercial parking lots.  The school recently unveiled that it intends to flatten seven homes between Cushing, Meeting and Brook streets.  The parking lot wouldn't require a permit and would be managed by a third party instead.  Before moving forward, city leaders must approve the plan.  A hearing on the matter is slated for next Tuesday.  School leaders say the two-unit buildings currently in the space are, quote, "unsightly" and "dilapidated."

Police Searching For Man Who Allegedly Attacked Woman

Police are searching for a Central Falls man who is accused of attacking a woman and leaving her hospitalized.  Percy Abbott is facing domestic assault charges in connection to an incident last week.  Abbott allegedly attacked a 48-year-old victim and the motive is unknown.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Central Falls police.


Providence School Board Searching For New President

The Providence School Board is looking for a new president.  Mayor Jorge Elorza encouraged interested candidates to apply yesterday.  The application deadline is January 25th.  Once the application period is closed, the Board's Nominating Commission will hold a public forum with qualified applicants and will then make a recommendation to the mayor.  Current President Keith Oliveira announced last week that he will be stepping down at the end of the month.

Director Of BOE To Keep Job, Take Management Classes Instead

The Rhode Island Board of Elections is suspending its executive director for two weeks.  On Monday, the board unanimously voted to require Robert Kando to take management classes instead of being fired.  A spokesman for the board says the incident stems from, quote, "personal issues."  Kando has served as the director for the past ten years.  He'll be reviewed by the board after his third class.

Woman Hospitalized After Being Hit By Car

An elderly woman is hospitalized after being hit by a car in Cumberland.  Police were called to Mendon Road yesterday morning after the woman was found lying in the street.  The driver stayed at the scene and is working with police.  At least one Rhode Island lawmaker wants to lower the speed limit in the area and improve traffic lights.  The issue will be taken up at the State Traffic Commission meeting next month.

Atwells Avenue bridge reopens

The Atwells Avenue Bridge, reopened to car and pedestrian traffic Monday.

The bridge,  which travels over the Woonasquatucket River, was closed for about a year to repair damage caused by flooding in 2010.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said the repairs were  completed in half the time because of the closure.

Gas prices down to average $1.99 per gallon in Rhode Island

Gas prices in Rhode Island have fallen below an average of $2.00 per gallon for the first time since 2009.        

That's according to AAA Northeast in its weekly price survey released Monday.        

AAA found that self-serve, regular has gone down two cents in the past week, to an average of $1.99 per gallon.

That's three cents above the national average but 31 cents lower than the price in Rhode Island a year ago.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as little as $1.87 per gallon and as high as $2.09.

The organization says demand for gasoline typically hits its lowest point in January.

Police: Man Taken To Hospital After Being Shot

Hospital officials say little is known about the shooting of a Providence man.  Kareem Barros was shot in the lower back and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital over the weekend.  The hospital called police to report the shooting, but neither Barros, nor his friends, were willing to talk to officers about the incident.  Barros was treated for his injuries and released later that same day.  The "Providence Journal" reports that police still don't know what led up to the shooting.

Teenager Accused Of Shooting Teen In Providence

Police are on the manhunt for a Providence teen in connection to a shooting in Neutaconkanut Park.  Police are searching for Lueggin Irazzary who is accused of shooting Joshua Conti in the Silver Lake neighborhood.  Investigators say Conti was sitting in a car with another man when the incident occurred.  It is unknown whether the victim and suspect knew each other, but Conti is hospitalized and his condition is unknown.  Irazzary is charged with assault.

Father, Son Hospitalized And Arrested After Domestic Dispute

A father and son are hospitalized stemming from a domestic dispute in Burrillville.  Police were called to a home along Log Road yesterday morning after receiving 911 reports about a stabbing.  Daniel Quebec was found suffering three knife wounds, and his father suffered blunt force trauma to the head and face.  Police found pot inside of the home during the investigation.  It is unknown why the altercation occurred, but the pair was arrested on assault and narcotics charges.

Providence Teacher Scheduled For March Court Date

More information is coming to light about a Providence teacher who is accused of inappropriately touching a student with learning disabilities.  Anthony Tedeschi was arrested over the weekend and charged with sexual assault.  The Esek Hopkins Middle School teacher's aid was placed on administrative leave after another employee allegedly spotted him touching the victim who was lying on the floor in a classroom.  He is slated for court in March.

Puerto Ricans Can Now Get Driver's License In Rhode Island Without Tests

Puerto Ricans can now get their driver's license in Rhode Island without taking the written and road tests.  By law, people from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico aren't required to take the driver's license tests if they have a good driving record.  The DMV computer system previously blocked them from gaining a license, but the issue has since been resolved.

Providence Building Could Soon Be Coming Down

A vacant Providence building is slated to come down soon.  The "Providence Journal" reports that the owners of the Fogarty building are asking that it be demolished.  An eight-story hotel is expected to be built in its place.  The building was once used by the city's social services department.

Man Accused Of Stealing Expensive Wine Arrested In Smithfield

Smithfield police say they've arrested a man who is accused of stealing expensive wine from a Connecticut restaurant.  Scott Deluca was arrested late last week at Dave's Marketplace after police received a tip about his whereabouts.  Officers have been searching for Deluca after he allegedly stole a five-thousand-dollar bottle of wine in Groton, Connecticut.  He was also wanted on multiple charges in other states, including New Jersey.  He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Fire Damages Residential Garage In Portsmouth

Fire officials are investigating a house fire in Portsmouth.  Reports came in yesterday morning after a fire was spotted in a garage.  No injuries were reported and the flames only damaged the garage where it originally sparked.  The fire is believed to have started after hot embers from a wood stove burned through a storage container.

Providence Teacher Accused Of Child Abuse

A teacher in Providence is facing child abuse charges.  Anthony Tedeschi, who is a special education teacher's aide, is accused of inappropriately touching a male student at Esek Hopkins Middle School.  Tedeschi was arrested late last week and is on administrative leave during the investigation.  The suspect has worked for the Providence School Department for over a decade.

Man Suffers Burns To Feet After Fire In East Providence

A man is hospitalized after being burned in an East Providence basement.  Fire crews responded to a home late last week after receiving reports about a fire at a home with several people inside.  The blaze was quickly put out, but one man was taken to the hospital after his feet were burned.  The incident remains under investigation.

Teenage Boy Found Shot In Providence

Police are investigating after a teenage boy was found shot in Providence.  Reports came in Saturday after the 18-year-old boy was found suffering multiple gunshot wounds in front of the Neutaconkanut Recreation Center.   He remains in critical, but stable condition.  No suspect's name has been released.  The victim's name is unknown.


Pot Dealer Shot In Providence

A man told police he was shot after selling pot to a person in Providence.  Nick Perez was hospitalized on Wednesday night after he was shot in the neck after selling marijuana to a person in the Elmwood neighborhood.  Police are searching for a black Jeep in connection to the incident.  The man's condition is unknown.

Asian Spas Hope To Stop New Law Intended To Stop Sex Trafficking

Two Asian massage parlors in Pawtucket are trying to put the brakes on a new ordinance.  Lawyers for Harmony Spa and Far East Acupressure filed a restraining order against Mayor Donald Grebien, the City Council and other city leaders.  The spas argue that the ordinance would unjustly target the businesses, despite there being no proof that the spas threaten the public.  A hearing is being held next week to discuss the issue.  The new law is intended to target spas accused of sex trafficking.

Two People Accused Of Attempting To Steal From Church

Two people are behind bars for allegedly stealing from a Cranston church.  Marcus Goodrich and Chelsea Di Chiara were arrested yesterday morning.  A church spokesperson says the pair was attempting to steal copper piping from outside the building.  According to police, the suspects were using bolt cutters, pliers and a knife to take off the spouts and brackets.  Both were charged with larceny and conspiracy.

Priest Suspended From Post In Connection To School Investigation

A priest in Pennsylvania is suspended stemming from a sex abuse investigation in Rhode Island.  A spokeswoman for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania announced this week that Reverend Dr. Howard White was one of six people identified in the St. George's School investigation in Middletown.  In recent weeks, dozens of students have come forward alleging that they were sexually assaulted at the school during the 1970s and '80s.  White, who is retired, was serving as a long-term fill-in pastor at St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford.

Coventry Animal Control Looking For Malnourished Dog's Owner

Animal control officers in Coventry are searching for the owner of a mixed pit bull who was found in rough shape.  Officers discovered the dog along Fish Hill Road on Wednesday and she appears to be severely malnourished.  The dog is being nursed back to health.  She is black and white and was found wearing a black nylon collar.  Anyone with information is urged to call Coventry Animal Control.

Pagliarini Wins Special Election

The Newport Daily News reports that the District 11 Senate seat is staying in Republican hands.

After he picked up an additional 50-vote advantage through absentee and emergency ballots, Republican John. Pagliarini Jr. officially won the election to replace former Sen. Christopher. Ottiano..

The total 120-vote margin represents 4.7 percent of the 2,564 votes cast, which precludes Democrat James A. Seveney from requesting a recount.

The state Board of Elections counted 198 absentee and emergency ballots at its Providence headquarters on Wednesday night. Pagliarini picked up 124 of those votes to Seveney’s 74.

A total of 270 people had applied for mail-in ballots, but not all were turned in.

Independent candidate Gregory Blythe received 28 votes in the election despite the fact that he dropped out of the race in December.

Group Signs 20-Year Agreement For Roger Williams Park Zoo

Changes are on the way to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence.  The Rhode Island Zoological Society recently signed on for a 20-year agreement, saving the city nearly ten-million dollars.  The new contract gives the group the option to build ziplines and aerial rope courses within the park.  The zoo is the top paid tourist attraction in the state with 65-thousand people visiting every year.  The new agreement will expire in 2035.


Providence Firefighter Accused Of Domestic Assault

A Providence firefighter is accused of assaulting his girlfriend in North Smithfield.  Brian Dwyer of Woonsocket was charged with domestic assault and battery earlier this week.  Police say the couple got into an argument at a Walmart.  Dwyer allegedly grabbed the woman's arm and dragged her from the store.  Witnesses called police, and the girlfriend didn't suffer serious injuries.  Dwyer pled not guilty and is due back in court next week.  He has been suspended from the Providence Fire Department during the investigation.

Yacht Captain Charged For Deadly Westerly Boat Accident

The captain of a yacht is facing charges stemming from a deadly boat accident in Rhode Island.  Cooper Bacon of New Jersey was arraigned yesterday for the accident last year in Westerly.  He is charged with improper navigation and overtaking another vessel after hitting a smaller boat and killing the man onboard.  Officials say Bacon violated the U.S. Coast Guard Inland Navigation Rules.

Providence Tosses Streetcar Plans, Moves To Improve Bus Line

Providence is forgoing plans to build a streetcar system downtown and instead plans to improve its bus line.  The 100-million-dollar streetcar system was proposed nearly a decade ago and costs remained a major concern.  A city spokesperson says enhancing the bus line would cost about one-fifth of the streetcar proposal.  The bus route would start at the Providence Train Station and head through downtown towards the Rhode Island Hospital.  Similar to streetcar plans, the buses would get traffic-light priority.

Dog Accused Of Killing Another Dog Impounded

The owner of two dogs wanted in connection to a deadly attack in Warwick has come forward.  Police say two dogs killed a smaller dog over the weekend near Woguagonet Avenue and Willow Glen Road.  The owner came to the police station yesterday with both dogs.  One dog was determined to not be aggressive, but the other is being impounded until a vicious dog hearing takes place.  It is unknown if the owner will be cited.

Pagliarini up by 70 votes

With 270 absentee and emergency ballots left to count, Republican John  Pagliarini Jr. had a 70-vote lead over Democrat James Seveny  after polls closed Tuesday in the Senate District 11 special election.

Pagliarini  was  able to pad his lead by beating Seveney in his hometown, taking Portsmouth by a 1,046-970 margin. Seveney was able to make up a little ground in Bristol, winning 104-81, but Pagliarini held serve in his hometown, taking Tiverton by a 76-59 vote. That makes a total of 1,203 votes for Pagliarini and 1,133 for Seveney.

About 12.86 percent of the eligible voters cast ballots, according to unofficial figures.

The state Board of Elections is scheduled to count and certify the 270 absentee and emergency ballots tonight at its 7 o’clock meeting at its Branch Avenue headquarters in Providence.

Teens Accused Of Stealing From Warwick Police Cruisers

A couple of Warwick teens are accused of stealing from a police cruiser at police headquarters.  A police spokesperson says two detectives were on the way back to the station when they spotted two suspicious men roaming the parking lot.  When officers confronted the two teens they were attempting to steal the siren control box and spotlight.  They had also already taken off the hubcaps.  Both boys were charged with larceny and tampering with a car.

Special Election To Pick New State Senator

A special election  to vote on a new state senator is taking place today.  Voters in Senate District 11, which includes Bristol, Portsmouth and Tiverton, are going to pick a new senator following Christopher Ottiano's resignation late last year.  The candidates are  Democrat James Seveney of Portsmouth and  Republican John Pagliarini, Jr. of Tiverton .

Cranston Police Reach Out To Public To Locate Man Accused Of Vandalism

Police in Cranston are searching for a man in connection to a vandalism incident.  The Cranston Police Department took to Facebook to ask for the public's help in locating William Bailey.  The 30-year-old man is charged with malicious damage to property, but additional details about the case haven't been released.  Bailey is described as being five-foot-nine, about 180-pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.  Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police.

The Meredith Vieira Show" Cancelled After 2 Seasons

Meredith Vieira's talk show is officially cancelled.  The Rhode Island native hosts "The Meredith Vieira Show" which airs on Channel 6 at 4 p.m.  The show was canceled after the second season only averaged about one-point-one-million viewers, down by 25-percent compared to the first season.  Vieira released a statement saying she is proud of the staff and grateful to viewers and will continue having fun producing the show until it officially wraps up in May. 

Five Kids, 1 Adult Hospitalized After Bus Accident

Five children and a woman are hospitalized stemming from a three-car accident in Providence.  Fire crews were called yesterday to Elmwood and Adelaide avenues after a school bus struck a utility van and car.  The students, ages eight or nine-years-old, were hospitalized for varying injuries but are expected to be okay.  A woman also suffered shoulder injuries.  The accident is believed to have been caused by light snowfall creating slippery conditions on the road.  The bus was heading to Feinstein Elementary School.

Police Investigating After Warwick Convenience Store Is Robbed

Police are investigating a robbery in Warwick.  A man entered Dan's Convenience Store Saturday night and demanded cash from an employee while pointing a gun.  The suspect ran on foot and so far no arrests have been made.  He is described as Hispanic, thin build and in his 20s.  He was carrying a dark-colored backpack and had a red bandana covering his face.  Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call police.

Man Charged In Providence Stabbing

A man is behind bars in connection to a stabbing in Providence.  Josue Nieves was arrested yesterday after allegedly stabbing a 22-year-old man on Updike Street.  Nieves fled the area after the incident occurred, but was arrested a short time later.  He is charged with robbery and assault.  The victim's name hasn't been released and his condition is unknown.

Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge To Undergo Repairs

Drivers in Providence are urged to plan accordingly while the Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge is closed for repairs.  The bridge is shutting down tonight and isn't expected to reopen until the end of the year.  The bridge is among 230 others across the state that are structurally not up to standard.  Governor Gina Raimondo is hoping to repair all the bridges in the state using funds from the Truck Tolls Plan.  Federal highway data shows that Rhode Island has some of the worst bridges in the U.S.


Woman Hits Police Cruiser In East Providence

A Massachusetts woman is accused of hitting a police cruiser in East Providence while driving drunk.  Veronica Areias of New Bedford was driving on I-195 yesterday morning when she struck a police cruiser who was pulled over in connection to an unrelated traffic stop.  Areias is accused of slamming into the back of the car and was charged with a DUI.  Police also found alcohol in her car.  The officer was hospitalized and treated for minor injuries.  She is slated to appear in court later this week.

Police Officer Involved In Hit-And-Run Accident In Warwick

More information is coming to light about a hit-and-run accident in Warwick involving a police officer.  An officer was struck by a woman driving an SUV on Airport Road Saturday morning.  The officer was hospitalized for an arm injury but is expected to be okay.  The woman involved was driving a Ford Explorer with temporary Rhode Island plates.  She may be in her 20s.  Investigators believe the suspect purposely hit the officer, but the motive is unknown.  Anyone with information is urged to call police.


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