(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Cars crash into a couple of Southern New England CVS stores. A controversial tax agreement is approved by a Providence City Council committee. The Boston Bruins are on a record-breaking winning streak.
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>>Wind And Rain Storm On Last Day Of November
(Undated) -- Rhode Island is under a Wind Advisory from the National Weather Service from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday. Winds out of the south at 20-to-30 miles per hour and gusts between 40 and 50 are predicted. The weather service is forecasting a half-inch-to-an-inch of rain for the Ocean State from today's storm.
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>>Cars Crash Into CVS Stores
(Undated) -- Cars crashed into a pair of Southern New England CVS stores on Tuesday. One vehicle made it inside the CVS on Putnam Pike in Glocester, Rhode Island at around 3 p.m. WPRI-TV reports there was no immediate word on injuries in connection to the crash. A few hours later, another car struck a column in front of the entrance to the drugstore in Whitman, Massachusetts. Everyone was apparently OK in that incident. This all happened about a week after an SUV crashed into an Apple Store in Hingham, Mass, killing one person and injuring at least 19.
>>Providence House Fire Claims Two Victims
(Providence, RI) -- Two people have died in connection to a Providence house fire this month. The fire happened on November 19th on Lisbon Street. A victim who was pronounced dead at the scene was 64-year-old Rene Martinez. A second man who was taken to the hospital, 63-year-old Elier Guadalupe, reportedly passed away at the hospital on Thanksgiving morning. Police are continuing to investigate the fire, but they say the cause does not appear to be suspicious.
>>City Council Committee Forwards ProvPort Tax Deal
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence City Council Finance Committee is approving a thirty-year tax deal extension for the nonprofit agency ProvPort to continue operating the city's deep-water port. According to The Providence Journal, there was a large turnout of opponents for the committee meeting on Monday who claimed the process is being rushed. The current tax agreement expires in 2024. Community members point to ProvPort as a pollution source which they allege is causing health issues in the South Providence and Washington Park areas. The full city council is set to consider the tax deal at its meeting on Thursday.
>>Former Fall River Mayor's Appeal Is Denied
(Undated) -- Former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor Jasiel Correia [[ JAY-zul co-RAY-uh ]] has lost his appeal to First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Correia was convicted of corruption last year on fraud and extortion charges. Correia is currently serving a six-year sentence at a federal prison in New Hampshire.
>>Boston Bruins Keep Winning At Home
(Boston, MA) -- The Boston Bruins are enjoying their longest-ever home game winning streak to start a season. It's now up to 13 after the B's beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-to-1 at T.D. Garden on Tuesday night. The Bruins are home versus the Colorado Avalanche for their next game on Saturday.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Sunday night's huge fire in Mystic, Connecticut is under investigation. A shooting victim in Providence has been identified. The Cranston City Council takes up a resolution regarding a new homeless shelter.
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>>Forecasters Watching For Wednesday Storm
(Undated) -- The National Weather Service is predicting a potential storm for Southern New England on Wednesday. The weather service says an approaching cold front will bring a period of soaking rain and possibly-damaging wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The expected timing is in the afternoon and evening.
>>Major Mystic Marina Fire Under Review
(Mystic, CT) -- Heavy damage, but no significant injuries, resulted from Sunday night's massive fire in Mystic, Connecticut. The Westerly Sun reports the fire destroyed a storage area and an office at the Seaport Marine facility on Washington Street, while also damaging a nearby home. A large plume of smoke hung over downtown Mystic during the four-alarm fire. One firefighter was hospitalized for possible smoke inhalation, but has since been released. The incident is under investigation by the Connecticut Fire Marshal's Office.
>>Providence Homicide Victim ID'd
(Providence, RI) -- Police have identified the victim of last week's homicide in Providence. Twenty-four-year-old Craig Robinson was reportedly found shot after crashing a car on Hazael Street last Wednesday night. Authorities believe the shooting was targeted. Providence City Council member James Taylor was Robinson's Little League coach. He held a moment of silence for Robinson during Saturday's homecoming event for World Series MVP Jeremy Peña.
>>D.A.'s Office Releases Name Of Man Found On Interstate 195
(Westport, MA) -- The Bristol County, Massachusetts District Attorney's Office has released the name of the person found dead in a burning vehicle on Route 195. The body of 22-year-old Holdjer Decarvalho of Fall River was found at around 2 a.m. Thanksgiving morning on I-195 in Westport. Decarvalho was apparently involved in a single-vehicle crash beforehand. The incident remains under investigation.
>>Cranston Stabbing Suspect Out On Bail
(Warwick, RI) -- A suspect in an alleged double-stabbing in Cranston is out on bail. Twenty-three-year-old Shania Vincent of Warwick was arraigned in court on Monday after she was arrested for felony assault and disorderly conduct. Vincent allegedly attacked a mother and daughter at a residence on Alto Street Sunday morning. The suspect is reportedly the girlfriend of the younger victim's ex-boyfriend. The women suffered minor injuries. Vincent was ordered not to have any contact with them, and she is expected back in court in February.
>>Cranston Council Votes On Homeless Measure
(Cranston, RI) -- The Cranston City Council voted Monday night on a resolution to oppose five-hundred pallet housing units for the homeless. According to a report from WLNE-TV, the resolution was denied by the city council by a 4-to-4 vote. Cranston currently hosts the largest homeless shelter for men in Rhode Island. Mayor Ken Hopkins and others have said that the city is doing enough to help the state address the homeless situation.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A significant fire is being fought in Mystic, Connecticut. A Rhode Island college athlete has died in a crash in New Hampshire. Three people, including a police officer, survive a head-on collision at a busy Providence-area traffic intersection.
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>>Major Fire In Mystic
(Mystic, CT) -- A major fire was still being fought overnight Monday in Mystic, Connecticut. The Westerly Sun reports at least nine departments from Connecticut and Rhode Island responded to the blaze that started Sunday night at Seaport Marine on Washington Street. The downtown Mystic area was reportedly blanketed in smoke. No injuries have been reported at this time.
>>Salve Regina Softball Player Killed In Crash
(Newport, RI) -- A Rhode Island student-athlete has died in a crash. Drew Ceppetelli played for the Salve Regina University softball team. The 21-year-old senior from Barrington, New Hampshire was in a car accident in Portsmouth, NH on Thanksgiving. Authorities believe speed and impairment played a role. Salve Regina head softball coach Shauna Mulkerin described Ceppetelli as "truly one of a kind and lit up every room she walked into."
>>Patriots Organization Offers Team Plane To Grieving College Football Players
(Foxboro, MA) -- The New England Patriots team plane has completed another mission. The jet was used to transport members of the University of Virginia football team to the funerals of their three teammates who were killed in a recent shooting. The Patriots played on Thursday night ahead of the weekend memorial gatherings.
>>Police Cruiser Involved In Crash In East Providence
(East Providence, RI) -- WPRI-TV reports three people, including a police officer, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries in a crash in East Providence Sunday night. This was at around 7:30 p.m. The East Providence Police Department says the officer was responding to an emergency call with lights and sirens on when the head-on crash happened near the intersection of Pawtucket and Taunton Avenues. The crash remains under investigation.
>>Warwick Woman Arrested For Double-Stabbing
(Cranston, RI) -- An arrest is made in connection to an alleged stabbing in Cranston. A mother and daughter at a residence on Alto Street told police they were slashed by Shania Vincent of Warwick on Sunday morning. The suspect is reportedly the girlfriend of the younger victim's ex-boyfriend. The women suffered minor injuries. WJAR-TV reports Vincent is set to be arraigned on Monday for felony assault and disorderly conduct.
>>Providence Bruins Sweep Crunch
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Bruins swept the Syracuse Crunch on the road this weekend to stay in first place. The P-Bruins beat the Crunch 5-to-3 on Friday, following that up with an overtime win on Saturday, the final score 6-to-5. The next game for Providence is Wednesday at Bridgeport.
Westerly becomes a popular tourist destination during the summer months when the population nearly doubles. Its well-known beaches include Weekapaug Beach, Westerly Town Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, East Beach, and Watch Hill Beach.
There are 16 spots in Westerly on the National Historic register. the most well known is the flying horse carousel
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A horrifying motor vehicle crash into an Apple store on the Massachusetts South Shore Monday remains under investigation. A man who once bragged about his bank robberies on the show "Caught in Providence" has been federally charged. The Celtics win streak has come to an end, while the Bruins keep going.
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>>Vehicle Crashes Into Southern New England Apple Store
(Hingham, MA) -- One person has been killed and nineteen others are injured after an SUV crashed into an Apple computer store in Hingham, Massachusetts on Monday. The incident happened at around 11 a.m. in a shopping complex located off Massachusetts Route 3. The victim who was killed was identified as Kevin Bradley of New Jersey. Apple officials said Bradley was a contractor supporting recent construction at the store. The driver, a 53-year-old man from Massachusetts, survived the crash and authorities are working to determine if criminal charges should be filed.
>>Route 195 Accident Causes Big Backup
(East Providence, RI) -- WPRI-TV reports the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is planning to add more messaging to alert drivers to the new lane split on Route 195 after a crash Monday caused significant delays. The lane split just before the Washington Bridge is in place for the next year so RIDOT can conduct infrastructure rehab. A pickup truck on I-195 rolled over after hitting a barrier near the split at around 6 a.m. yesterday, which blocked all travel lanes at the Gano Street-India Point exit for over an hour.
>>Serial Bank Robber Charged
(Boston, MA) -- A man who once appeared on the TV show "Caught In Providence" and told Judge Frank Caprio he had robbed over one-hundred banks in his lifetime is facing a federal charge. The Justice Department has filed a single bank robbery count against William Sequeira [[ sick-CARE-uh ]] of Fall River, Massachusetts. Sequeira allegedly robbed two banks in Boston earlier this fall. The 59-year-old, who had noted that he spent over three decades in prison for his previous crimes, faces a potential sentence of up to twenty more years behind bars if convicted on the new charge.
>>Man Sentenced For Facilitating 'Grandparent Scam'
(Providence, RI) -- A New York City man has been sentenced to a three-year federal prison term for conspiring to defraud Rhode Island senior citizens. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Providence says Jason Hatcher pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in 2020. Prosecutors say the so-called "grandparent scam" netted 14 victims who received phone calls from people impersonating family members or attorneys and giving them false information to extract money. Hatcher traveled around the Ocean State to collect the payments. A judge has ordered him to pay back nearly four-hundred-thousand dollars in restitution.
>>Celtics' Streak Is Over, Bruins' Continuing
(Undated) -- The winning streak is over at nine games for the Boston Celtics. The C's were defeated by the Chicago Bulls in Chicago Monday night, 121-to-107. The Bruins' win streak is up to seven games after they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road last night, 5-to-3. Patrice Bergeron registered his one-thousandth NHL point with an assist.
>>Brown Boasts First Woman To Make NCAA D-1 Baseball Roster
(Providence, RI) -- A Brown University student-athlete is making history. According to the school, Olivia Pichardo is the first woman to be named to an NCAA Division 1 varsity baseball roster. The 18-year-old first-year student from Queens, New York will serve as a utility player who can go to the infield and outfield in the spring 2023 season.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The Patriots knock off the Jets at home on a fourth-quarter punt return. A Providence gentlemen's club is closed after a fatal stabbing. Several Rhode Island General Assembly races in this month's election are confirmed after recounts were requested.
>>Patriots Beat Jets
(Foxboro, MA) -- The New England Patriots beat the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, 10-to-3. Marcus Jones won the game for the Pats with a late-game punt return touchdown. Jones, in his rookie season, returned the punt for 84 yards with five seconds left to give the Pats their sixth win of the season. New England is at Minnesota for the Thanksgiving evening game.
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>>Trainer From RI Faces Charges
(Undated) -- An NBA trainer from Warwick is charged with drugging and raping someone in downtown Boston. Authorities arrested Robert McClanaghan in East Greenwich on Friday. The 43-year-old has worked with some of the biggest names in basketball, including Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook. McClanaghan is expected to be arraigned in Kent County Superior Court on Monday.
>>Providence Strip Club Closed After Killing
(Providence, RI) -- A Providence strip club is temporarily closed after a fatal stabbing in the parking lot. Police say a 26-year-old man from Fall River, Massachusetts died early Saturday after being confronted outside the Cadillac Lounge by other club patrons. Owner Dick Shappy said it was the first time anything like this had happened at the lounge in his 31 years in business.
>>Two Dead in Prov, Attleboro House Fires
(Undated) -- There were two fatal house fires in the Providence area over the weekend. One person died in a two-alarm fire in the Rhode Island capital city on Saturday night. The blaze was at a triple-decker on Lisbon Street. No identity was released. The district attorney's office in Bristol County, Massachusetts says a house fire on Division Street in Attleboro Friday morning killed 80-year-old Judith Henriques. Both incidents are under investigation.
>>State Legislative Races Confirmed In Recounts
(Cranston, RI) -- The Rhode Island Board of Elections has confirmed several general election races. The Providence Journal reports the recounts conducted on Friday included a defeat for Republican Justin Price, a state representative who took part in the January 6th, 2021 Trump rally in D.C. and blamed the ensuing violence on Antifa. Price, who represents Richmond, lost to Democrat Megan Cotter. Another incumbent, Democrat Bernard Hawkins of Smithfield, was unseated by Republican Brian Rea. Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson of Warwick held on to her seat versus challenger Marie Hopkins.
>>Incoming Newport City Councilor Chosen As New Mayor
(Newport, RI) -- The city of Newport has elected a new mayor. The Daily News reports Xaykham Khamsyvoravong [[ ZYE-com com-suh-VOR-a-vong ]] was unanimously chosen by the Newport City Council at a caucus last week. In keeping with the city's unique tradition of selecting who holds the office, Khamsyvoravong, the winner of an at-large council seat, was nominated by outgoing Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Snow looks like a near-miss for most of Rhode Island today. A major fire is fought in Fall River. A new pro soccer team set to play in Pawtucket has been named.
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>>Minimal Snow Chance For RI
(Undated) -- Most of Rhode Island will apparently miss out on any snow on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast that was updated last night calls for a dusting only in the northwest part of the state. Some parts of central and western Massachusetts could get up to two inches.
>>Rhode Islander Killed In Motorcycle Crash
(Killingly, CT) -- A Rhode Island man is dead in a Connecticut motorcycle crash. State police say 64-year-old Brian Carney of Pawtucket died in a weekend crash in Killingly. Reports indicate Carney was riding a motorcycle on Route 6 Saturday afternoon when he struck the rear of a pickup truck. Carney was rushed to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
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>>Fire At Fall River Business
(Fall River, MA) -- A large fire was burning in Fall River, Massachusetts late Monday night. The five-alarm blaze originated from Burns Power Tools off William Canning Boulevard. Crews continued to work into the overnight hours, and the fire is under investigation.
>>New Name And Logo Announced For Rhode Island Pro Soccer Team
(Pawtucket, RI) -- The Ocean State is returning to professional outdoor sports with Rhode Island FC. That's Rhode Island Football Club, joining the United Soccer League, which is a division directly below Major League Soccer. The team name and logo were unveiled on Monday, with blue and yellow colors and the letters "R-I" and the "Hope" anchor. The team will play in a new ten-thousand-seat stadium being constructed on the Seekonk River in Pawtucket. Rhode Island FC is owned by Fortuitous Partners, which is also developing a mixed-use project adjacent to the stadium called Tidewater Landing, all of this being partially funded with taxpayer dollars. The "goal" is to start play in the 2024 season.
>>Governor McKee To Take Some Time Off
(Providence, RI) -- WPRI-TV reports Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is taking some time off after being elected to his first full term. McKee's office says he will be out of the state through Thanksgiving Day and will spend time with family. He also plans to attend the National Governors Association meeting in South Carolina. A spokesperson tells the news station the governor plans to remain in contact with his staff on a daily basis.
>>Local Habitat For Humanity Branch Looking For New Base
(South Kingstown, RI) -- The Habitat for Humanity in South County is being forced to move out of their headquarters. WJAR-TV reports the local chapter has been at the Palisades Mill in Peace Dale for the past decade. The owner tells Channel 10 they are being given as much time as they need to find a new location and their rent has been waived, but he says he has another need for the space. Habitat officials are looking for somewhere that has at least 25-hundred square feet so they can partially build their new homes.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Fall weather is here in Southern New England. Former Rhode Island child welfare advocate Nicholas Alahverdian is identified by a judge. Big news is expected today for Rhode Island's future pro soccer team.
>>Colder Temps Arrive
(Undated) -- It feels more like fall in Southern New England after a weekend of wind and rain from the remnants of Hurricane Nicole. The National Weather Service says high temperatures in the region on Monday will only be in the 40s. The weather service says the first accumulating snowfall of the season could arrive Tuesday night, with coastal areas more likely to see just rain.
>>U.K. Judge Reveals Rhode Island Con Man
(Edinburgh, Scotland) -- A judge in Scotland has ruled that Nicholas Alahverdian is the person who has been involved in legal drama in that country. Alahverdian made a name for himself in Rhode Island as a public critic of the state's child welfare system. He was accused of faking his own death two years ago while being sought for various criminal complaints in the U.S., including a 2018 sexual assault case in Utah. An extradition hearing is scheduled for March.
>>Gas Prices Higher
(Undated) -- Gas prices continue to fluctuate in Rhode Island. According to the website RIGasPrices.com, the average price for a gallon in the Ocean State as of Monday morning was three dollars, 83 cents. That's thirty cents higher than the average from one month ago. The national price right now is three-77.
>>URI Researchers Find Megalodon Tooth
(Narragansett, RI) -- Researchers from the University of Rhode Island discover a giant shark tooth. Two graduate students at the URI's Marine Geological Samples Laboratory were going through a shipment from the research vessel Nautilus when they found a megalodon tooth earlier this fall. The fossil was found in the Pacific Ocean near Johnston Island west of Hawaii. Megalodons went extinct millions of years ago.
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>>Pawtucket Soccer Team Announcement Expected Today
(Pawtucket, RI) -- WPRI-TV reports the name and logo of Rhode Island's new professional soccer team is expected to be unveiled on Monday. The announcement is being made by the group Rhode Island Pro Soccer. The team will play their home games at the new stadium being built on the Seekonk River in Pawtucket. Rhode Island was left with zero outdoor pro sports teams after the Pawtucket Red Sox moved to Worcester.
>>Providence Bruins Sweep Charlotte
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Bruins are continuing their red-hot start. The P-Bruins beat the Charlotte Checkers 5-to-2 at Amica Mutual Pavilion on Friday. The Bruins beat the Checkers at the AMP on Sunday, 5-to-3. Providence continues to hold first place in the AHL Atlantic Division. They stay on home ice for three games next weekend versus Lehigh Valley and Bridgeport.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Authorities are searching for a missing girl in North Kingstown. Rhode Island voters have elected a new secretary of state and a state treasurer. Funding is approved for a new high school at the former home of the PawSox.
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>>Hurricane Nicole Remnants Expected To Affect Southern New England
(Undated) -- The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain and gusty winds as the likely impacts to Southern New England from the remnants of Hurricane Nicole. The bad weather is forecast Friday night into Saturday. The hurricane made landfall in Florida at around 3:30 Thursday morning.
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>>Missing Girl Search Paused In South County
(North Kingstown, RI) -- The North Kingstown Police Department suspended a search at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday for a missing twelve-year-old girl, according to WPRI-TV. The child, who police only identified by her first name of Mia, reportedly left her home Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews were searching in the area of Devils Foot Road late last night. Police say they do not believe foul play is involved.
>>Car Crashes Into MA Store
(Fall River, MA) -- A car crashed into a storefront in southeast Massachusetts on Wednesday. WJAR-TV reports it happened in Fall River at Daou Tesoro's Supermarket on Route 6. An elderly driver accidentally accelerated into the business. Fortunately, there were no injuries and the store plans on reopening on Thursday.
>>Settlement Approved In Brown University Title IX Case
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Journal reports a federal judge earlier this week approved a settlement for over a million dollars in legal fees in connection to a case against Brown University. Student-athletes had sued Brown in the 1990s for dropping several women's sports teams, including women's gymnastics and volleyball, and the parties reached a consent agreement. The women returned to court in 2020 alleging that Brown violated the agreement with another round of cuts. Brown University insists it has not been found in violation of the Title IX act since an original decision was rendered more than twenty-five years ago.
>>Providence Man Sentenced For Pandemic Benefit Fraud
(Providence, RI) -- A Providence man gets a month in jail for fraudulently applying for COVID unemployment benefits. The Justice Department says Deeshawn Gadson received more than seven-thousand dollars in ill-gotten payments through the CARES Act and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Gadson was ordered to repay the money to the Arizona State Department of Economic Safety after falsely claiming he lived and worked in that state. Authorities are continuing to investigate criminal activity in Rhode Island related to pandemic unemployment insurance benefits.
>>New Rhode Island Secretary Of State, Treasurer Elected
(Providence, RI) -- Some new faces are taking over at the Rhode Island State House along with incumbent Governor Dan McKee who has won his first full term. Democratic state Representative Gregg Amore [[ uh-MORE-ay ]] was elected the new secretary of state on Tuesday. Outgoing S-O-S Nellie Gorbea [[ gore-BAY-uh ]], who waged an unsuccessful primary campaign for governor, said Amore's commitment to equity and inclusiveness will make it easy for him to build on the work her office has done over the past eight years. Former Central Falls mayor James Diossa [[ dee-oh-sah ]] became the first Latino to get elected state treasurer.
>>Pawtucket Voters Approve Funding For New High School At McCoy
(Pawtucket, RI) -- WLNE-TV reports voters in Pawtucket approved funding for a new high school on the property of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday. The old Pawtucket Red Sox stadium has sat vacant since 2019. The price tag for the new high school, which will combine the two existing schools in the city, is 330-million dollars in bonds.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is elected to a full term. A Congressional seat in the Ocean State has been filled. There's a new sheriff in Bristol County, Massachusetts.
>>McKee Wins Governor's Race
(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee has been elected to his first full term in the office. McKee was promoted from the position of lieutenant governor last year when Gina Raimondo left to become President Biden's Commerce Secretary. The Democrat defeated Republican challenger Ashley Kalus with nearly 60 percent of the vote. The current lieutenant governor for McKee, Sabina Matos, also won her race yesterday, and his attorney general Peter Neronha will serve a second term as well.
>>Magaziner Wins Congressional Race
(Undated) -- It was a close race for an open Rhode Island Congressional seat on Tuesday. State treasurer Seth Magaziner edged former Cranston mayor Allan Fung for the 2nd Congressional District seat which was made available by the retirement of longtime Representative Jim Langevin. In the 1st District, incumbent David Cicilline was re-elected to his seventh term.
>>RI Mayoral Election Results
(Undated) -- A new mayor of Providence has officially been decided. Democrat Brett Smiley, who won the September primary, was unopposed in yesterday's election. Incumbent Mayor Jorge Elorza could not run again because of term limits. Smiley, a former Elorza aid and chief of staff for Governor Raimondo, tells WPRI-TV he thinks Providence can be a world-class city and he's excited to get to work. Elsewhere, East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva was re-elected. Former Central Falls mayor James Diossa won the general treasurer's race. In Johnston, Joseph Polisena Jr. was elected mayor to take over for his father.
>>New Bristol County MA Sheriff
(Dartmouth, MA) -- WJAR-TV reports Bristol County, Massachusetts Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has conceded his race. The Republican was challenged by Democratic Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux [[ hee-roe ]]. Hodgson has held the office since 1997.
>>Pot Shops Allowed By Most Cities And Towns
(Undated) -- The Providence Journal reports many Rhode Island cities and towns voted in favor of allowing recreational marijuana stores in their towns on Tuesday. The municipalities where pot shops were rejected include Barrington, East Greenwich, Jamestown, Little Compton, Scituate and Smithfield. Recreational pot possession and sales are set to begin in Rhode Island on December 1st.
>>Aquidneck Island School Regionalization Effort Defeated
(Newport, RI) -- The Newport Daily News reports a regionalization referendum for the Middletown and Newport school districts has failed. Middletown voters voted "yes", but the measure did not pass in Newport on Tuesday. The proposal was previously shot down four years ago.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The Patriots beat the Colts at home to go above 500 heading into their bye week. A former Providence high school baseball player is named World Series MVP. A deadly crash and a fatal shooting are under separate investigations in southeastern Massachusetts.
>>Patriots Beat Colts In Week 9
(Foxboro, MA) -- The New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, 26-to-3. Mac Jones had a passing touchdown to Rhamondre Stevenson. Kicker Nick Folk made four field goals on four attempts. The Pats defense picked up nine sacks, while cornerback Jonathan Jones had a pick-six. NFL Week 10 is a bye week for New England, which now has a record of 5-and-4.
>>Rookie Who Played Ball In New England Wins World Series, Named MVP
(Houston, TX) -- Classical High School alum Jeremy Peña was named the MVP of the 2022 World Series as his Houston Astros won their second title on Saturday. The shortstop Peña went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored in the decisive Game 6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Peña was born in the Dominican Republic before his family moved to Providence. He played college baseball at the University of Maine.
>>One More Day Of Warm Weather
(Providence, RI) -- Record high temperatures fell across Southern New England this weekend. The National Weather Service says Providence reached a new high temperature for the date of November 6th when it hit 74 degrees at T.F. Green Airport on Sunday. The forecast calls for one more day in the 70s across the region on Monday before a cooldown.
>>Teen Killed In Crash In Swansea
(Swansea, MA) -- A teen driver has died after a weekend crash in Swansea, Massachusetts. Police say 17-year-old Ethan Kielec of Swansea was killed in a crash on Marvel Street late Friday night. A 17-year-old passenger was reportedly injured. Authorities are continuing to investigate.
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>>Man Fatally Shot In Taunton
(Taunton, MA) -- One man is dead after a shooting in Taunton, Massachusetts. The Bristol County District Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Ross Copeland of Raynham, Mass was killed in a shooting at the corner of Mason and Myrtle Streets at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. No information is currently available on a suspect or possible motive.
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>>Woonsocket Man Federally Sentenced
(Boston, MA) -- A Rhode Island man is being sentenced for trafficking multiple victims to engage in prostitution. The Justice Department says 48-year-old Ronald Hall of Woonsocket has received an 18-year federal prison term. Hall pleaded guilty to charges including four counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. Prosecutors say he targeted victims who suffered from substance abuse disorder, and made some brand themselves with a tattoo of his nickname.
>>Coast Guard Drops Search After Empty Kayak Discovery
(Newport, RI) -- The United States Coast Guard suspended a search on Saturday after an unmanned kayak was found in the area of the Newport Bridge. A team from the Castle Hill station, a helicopter from Cape Cod and the Newport police and fire departments were involved in the afternoon search. WPRI-TV reports the Coast Guard indicated the kayak had fishing gear on board, but it was unclear if it was ever occupied.
From the late 1700s and well into the late 1800s, deer were extinct in Rhode Island. Deer was an important source of meat (venison) for the Narragansetts and their hides were commonly used for clothing. with the change of the landscape from forests to farms, the deer population in southern New England was “nearly eliminated for some time.”
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The candidates for Rhode Island governor hold one more televised debate to cap off a bruising campaign. A Providence police officer testifies at his assault trial. The Providence City Council is sending a tax agreement for the redevelopment of the Superman building to the mayor's desk.
>>McKee, Kalus Hold Final Debate
(Providence, RI) -- Candidates for Rhode Island governor participated in a final debate before the general election on Thursday night. Incumbent Democrat Dan McKee and Republican challenger Ashley Kalus traded attacks, with McKee calling Kalus' behavior "despicable" and Kalus referring to McKee as "incompetent" in the debate hosted by WJAR-TV. McKee said scores from this year's Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System, or RICAS, student testing could be made available before the election, a topic that has become an issue during the campaign.
>>Jeann Lugo Testifies At His Trial
(Warwick, RI) -- A bench trial is set to continue on Friday for a Providence police officer accused of assault. Jeann Lugo allegedly punched his opponent in a state senate race during an abortion rights rally outside the State House this past summer. Lugo took the stand at his trial in Kent County District Court on Thursday and testified that he responded to a disturbance in the crowd. Video footage caught Lugo hitting Jennifer Rourke, who is running in the 29th Senate District. State prosecutors said Lugo was off-duty and never identified himself during the incident.
>>Prov Council Approves Superman Building Tax Deal
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence City Council voted on Thursday to approve a tax stabilization agreement for the redevelopment of the Superman Building. The vote was eleven in favor, two against and one councilor abstaining. Massachusetts developer High Rock Westminster Street LLC will save about 29-million dollars in taxes over three decades if the agreement receives further approval from Mayor Jorge Elorza. The tallest tower in the state, which is formerly known as the Industrial National Bank Building, has been vacant for about ten years. The plan is to add nearly three-hundred new apartments. The development is expected to create about 16-hundred construction jobs.
>>Free RIPTA Access Expanded
(Providence, RI) -- More people are going to be able to ride Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses for free. A six-month pilot program to allow low-income or unhoused residents to receive no-fare bus passes was announced on Thursday. RIPTA will work with Crossroads Rhode Island and several other community agencies to distribute the passes to six-hundred individuals who do not quality for the transit agency's existing aid programs.
>>New App Launched To Find Fresh Seafood
(Providence, RI) -- A new app is being launched to help foodies find fresh seafood in the Ocean State. According to the Department of Environmental Management, the new app called FishLine lets consumers search for fresh seafood from markets and restaurants, as well as directly off the boat. The app can be downloaded at SeafoodRI.com.
>>Patriots Home Against Colts
(Foxboro, MA) -- The New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in NFL Week 9. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Patriots have a record of 4-and-4, while the Colts are at three wins, four losses and one tie. The Pats will be at home for three of their next four games.
>>Providence Bruins At Springfield, Bridgeport This Weekend
(Undated) -- The Providence Bruins are continuing a road trip. The P-Bruins beat the Utica Comets 4-to-3 in a shootout on Wednesday night. They are playing at the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday evening. The road trip finishes on Sunday afternoon versus the Bridgeport Islanders.
Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland is the oldest known monument to veterans in the United States. It was erected in memory of those killed in Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676. The King Philip's War was an armed conflict between indigenous inhabitants of New England and New England colonists and their indigenous allies.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A person is fatally struck by a train in Providence. The state of Rhode Island is soliciting proposals for supervised drug injection sites. Providence native Jeremy Peña wins a Gold Glove, and he's also going for a World Series title.
>>Fatal Train Strike In Providence
(Providence, RI) -- A person was struck and killed by a commuter train in Providence on Wednesday. The incident happened yesterday afternoon on the tracks near Orms Street. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reported severe delays as a result. WPRI-TV reports the victim was a 19-year-old woman. Foul play was not indicated, according to police.
>>RI Soliciting Proposals For Supervised Drug Use Centers
(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island is moving forward with a plan for supervised drug injection sites. Governor Dan McKee authorized the two-year pilot program in 2021. WJAR-TV reports the state opened up the bidding process for companies to submit proposals on Wednesday. The acting secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services said the expectation is that the injection centers will be located in hot spots for drug usage. Companies are being asked to submit proposals by December 2nd.
>>Spraying Scheduled Today For Spotted Lanternflies
(Undated) -- The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is treating areas of the state for spotted lanternfly infestations on Thursday. Pockets have been found in Lincoln, North Providence and Smithfield. The director of the DEM says the Ocean State must continue to move aggressively in the areas where the lanternfly has been found before it spreads widely and causes considerable economic harm.
>>Watch Hill Mansion Sells For Over $17M
(Westerly, RI) -- Taylor Swift's mansion on Watch Hill is still the house to beat when it comes to real estate sales. According to Lila Delman Compass Realty, another Watch Hill mansion just sold for 17-point-7-million dollars. The eleven-thousand-square-foot estate, named "Treasure Hill", is the most expensive house sale in Rhode Island this year. But, the sale is five-thousand dollars less than T-Swift's, which was purchased in 2013.
>>Ime Udoka Could Be Leaving The Celtics
(Boston, MA) -- Multiple reports say the Brooklyn Nets are planning to hire Ime Udoka away from the Boston Celtics as their next head coach. Udoka was suspended by the Celtics for the entire season after finding he had an improper relationship with a female team employee. The Nets parted ways with head coach Steve Nash on Tuesday. Boston is allowing Udoka to leave the team to take the Nets job. They've started the season with a record of 4-and-3 under interim bench boss Joe Mazzulla, a former basketball star at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick.
>>Providence Native Peña Makes History With Gold Glove Award
(Philadelphia, PA) -- Providence native Jeremy Peña has become the first rookie shortstop in Major League Baseball to win a Gold Glove. The awards were announced on Tuesday. Peña was the American League Championship Series MVP. He went 2-for-5 at the plate with a run scored in Game 4 of the World Series on Wednesday night to help the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-to-0, knotting up the series at two games.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A victim of a Rhode Island drunk-driving crash from nearly two decades ago has died. A school bus driver strike that would have impacted several Rhode Island cities and towns has been averted. A local police department is warning parents to check their Halloween candy.
>>Rhode Island Woman Severely Injured By Drunk Driver Has Died
(Undated) -- A Rhode Island woman who has been featured in a drunk-driving awareness campaign has died. Tori Andreozzi [[ ann-dree-OH-zee ]] of Narragansett passed away at the age of 31. When she was 12, Andreozzi suffered a severe brain injury when she was hit by a drunk driver in West Warwick, which left her unable to walk or speak. Her family says she overcame the odds and lived as high-quality of a life as possible. Andreozzi's story and others can be found on a website sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Ripple-Effect-RI-dot-com.
>>Classes Canceled At North Attleboro School For Shooting Threat
(North Attleboro, MA) -- Classes were canceled at North Attleboro Middle School on Tuesday. Police launched an investigation into a school shooting threat after a message was reportedly discovered early yesterday morning. The North Attleboro school superintendent says although the threat was not believed to be credible, there will be an increased police presence in the district for the remainder of the week.
>>RI School Bus Driver Union Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement
(West Warwick, RI) -- A school bus driver strike has been averted in Rhode Island. A tentative new contract was announced Tuesday for nearly three-hundred First Student workers who belong to Local 1199 of the SEIU. The strike that was scheduled to start Wednesday has been postponed, pending a successful vote by the bus drivers, monitors and aides on a new four-year contract which includes a wage increase and a higher minimum amount of guaranteed hours. This would have impacted public schools in Cranston, Lincoln and West Warwick.
>>MBTA General Manager Leaving Post
(Boston, MA) -- The general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is stepping down. The last day for Steve Poftak, who has held the position for four years, will be on January 3rd. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called the resignation long-overdue and noted in a tweet on Tuesday that she recently led a hearing in Boston on the "monumental failures of leadership" at the T, which has been under renewed scrutiny for safety issues. But Governor Charlie Baker said yesterday Poftak brought long-term stability, and added that the MBTA has upgraded more infrastructure under his leadership than ever before.
>>Boat Fire In The Bay
(Portsmouth, RI) -- The Portsmouth Fire Department says three people were rescued from a boat fire on Tuesday morning. It happened at around 9:30 in an area of Narragansett Bay west of Gould Island. The fifty-foot vessel reportedly had heavy fire on the bow, which was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.
>>Police Department Warns After Needle Found In Halloween Candy
(Barrington, RI) -- The Barrington Police Department says a resident found a sealed hypodermic needle mixed in their child's Halloween candy this week. The police department says it is uncertain if this was malicious in nature or just an oversight by someone else. Parents in the town are being asked to check their children's candy immediately and report back if they make any similar discoveries.
Westerly, RI was once renowned for its own species of Westerly salmon, three of which are on the town's official seal.
It was also famous for its granite and stone-cutting industry, which quarried a unique stone known as Westerly granite. This pinkish granite is ideal for statuary and has been used in numerous government buildings for several states on the eastern seaboard.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A man is facing charges for a deadly crash in Providence. No significant injuries are reported after a crash involving a RIPTA bus in Newport. The Pawtucket City Council has a close vote on the controversial sale of a valued green space.
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>>Arrest Made In Connection To Fatal Crash In Providence
(Providence, RI) -- A Massachusetts man is being charged for a fatal crash in Providence. WPRI-TV reports Jonathan Santiago of Rockland was on Service Road 7 at around 1:45 a.m. Monday when his vehicle struck a second one driving on Broad Street. Santiago's passenger, a 37-year-old unnamed victim, was killed. The second motorist was not injured. Santiago is facing charges including DUI and driving to endanger, resulting in death. He is due in court on Tuesday.
>>RIPTA Bus Damaged In Crash, No Major Injuries Reported
(Newport, RI) -- A Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus crashed on Aquidneck Island on Monday. It happened at around noon near the border of Newport and MIddletown where Admiral Kalbfus Road intersects with West Main Road. Newport police told Channel 12 there were three people taken to the hospital as a precaution for minor injuries. The bus took on significant front-end damage. The crash remains under investigation.
>>Amtrak Train In South County Hits Person On Tracks
(Westerly, RI) -- A fatal Amtrak train strike was recorded in Westerly over the weekend. According to the Westerly Sun, the victim appeared to have self-inflicted injuries from the collision as the train approached the station at around 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The incident caused delays which lasted until the mid-afternoon.
>>Controversial Pawtucket Park Purchase Approved Narrowly By City Council
(Pawtucket, RI) -- The city of Pawtucket is moving forward with the sale of Morley Field, a neighborhood park valued by local residents as their only green space. The vote at an October 19th meeting was 5-to-4 to OK the purchase and sale of about half the field to a developer with plans to pave it as a warehouse parking lot. The other parcel was gifted to the city, meaning the sale would require special legislation from the General Assembly. And because a grant from the National Park Service paid for the original purchase, the city will have to submit a replacement green space. The Valley Breeze reports state Representative-elect Jennifer Stewart and Pawtucket City Councilor Clovis Gregor are planning a rally outside City Hall Thursday at 4 p.m. They say Morley is an invaluable oasis for a densely-populated corner of the city.
>>Open Enrollment For RI Health Insurance
(Providence, RI) -- Governor Dan McKee's administration says Tuesday is the first day of open enrollment for the Rhode Island health insurance marketplace. The window will close after January 31st. Options to sign up are online at Health-Source-RI-dot-com or by calling 1-855-840-4774. HealthSource RI was created in 2013 as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
>>Providence Bruins Off And Running
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Bruins are off to a solid start this season, having earned five wins and a point in seven out of their first eight games. This past weekend, the P-Bruins beat the Charlotte Checkers at Amica Mutual Pavilion 2-to-1, and they won twice in a shootout over the Springfield Thunderbirds in a home-and-home series, the scores 4-to-3 and 3-2. Providence hits the road again Wednesday night to play the Utica Comets.