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Weather Now: Dry Today, Rain Sunday Followed By Strong Wind | WPRI
WPRI | February 23, 2019
Today will be dry and fairly typical for this time of year. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s with partly sunny skies.  Breezes will not be too busy today.  They will be starting from the north and then shifting around from the south at 5-10 mph. If you have plans this evening, it should remain...
WPRI | February 23, 2019
NORTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island (WPRI) - Vineyard Wind has come to an agreement with the state-appointed Fisheries Advisory Board in terms of a compensation package to mitigate any disruption to the fishing industry when the company's proposed 84-turbine offshore wind farm is constructed and in operat...
Weather Now:  Freezing Rain Early Sun; Strong Winds Sun Night/Mon | WPRI
WPRI | February 23, 2019
This evening will be quiet, but we are expecting some changes after midnight as some rain and ice arrives, then we'll look ahead to some strong winds Sunday night and Monday.Freezing rain and rain will arrive between 1 and 3AM Sunday morning.  The freezing rain is expected for areas north and west ...
New Bedford crews investigating house fire | WPRI
WPRI | February 23, 2019
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) -- New Bedford crews are investigating a fire that happened late Friday night.Firefighters were called to the 600 block of Rockdale Ave. around midnight for a report of a fire.When they arrived, they found a garage fully engulfed in flames, with fire spreading to the home.C...
Two people killed after plane crash in Mansfield | WPRI
WPRI | February 23, 2019
MANSFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) -- Two people have died after a plane crash in Mansfield.According to the Massachusetts State Police, the crash happened just after 12:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Airport and the plane was on fire. Mansfield Fire and Police Departments, State Police patrols, detectives and cr...
Raimondo, in DC, says Dem govs have 'momentum' after 2018 election | WPRI
WPRI | February 23, 2019
WASHINGTON (WPRI) – Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, in Washington for the annual winter meeting of the nation's governors, said Saturday she is hopeful her party can win more races over the next two years after a strong showing in 2018.Raimondo took over late last year as chair of the Democratic G...
Anchor Mike Montecalvo inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame | WPRI
WPRI | February 23, 2019
LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Eyewitness News anchor Mike Montecalvo is among the inductees into Special Olympics Rhode Island's 2019 Hall of Fame.Mike has helped raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Rhode Island for decades, becoming a very recognizable face at the annual games and fundraisi...
Father of 2010 crash victim wants driver to finish her sentence after latest arrest | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) -- Laura Reale, the woman convicted of causing a deadly Charlestown crash in 2010, has been re-arrested on a drug offense by Westerly Police.Reale, 35, admitted to smoking marijuana earlier on the day in 2010 when police said she ran a red light and hit Colin Foote, 27, who was...
State police, 7 people inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) -- Seven people and the Rhode Island State Police were inducted into the Special Olympics of Rhode Island Hall of Fame Thursday night.The event was held at Twin River and included a ceremony and dinner for attendees.Eyewitness News Anchor Mike Montecalvo was one of the people in...
Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
CHICAGO (WPRI/AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie.Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who hel...
URI students donning purple to memorialize student | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) —  The color purple was a bit more prevalent on the University of Rhode Island campus Friday.The university chapter of a women's fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha, invited its members and others in the community to wear purple Friday in memory of Dominique Franco, the frat's...
2 charged with illegally dumping gasoline | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men were arrested Wednesday after police say they were caught dumping gasoline near a stream in Pawtucket.Police said they were called to Grenville Street Wednesday afternoon after a city emplyee noticed two men dumping something into the ground. They arrived to find O...
City Hall exhibit shows Providence's roots in South Side | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- During Black History Month, an exhibit on the third floor of Providence City Hall is now showing the history of many African-Americans and people of color who played roles in shaping the city's development.The city council held an opening reception for the exhibit Friday a...
Newport Pell Bridge experiences temporary lighting problem | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) -- The Newport Pell Bridge wasn't as bright as it usually is Thursday evening after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) said the lights experiences problems.According to RITBA, only some of the road deck lights and “necklace” lights experienced the pr...
In letters, Whitey Bulger fondly recalled old days, Alcatraz | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James "Whitey" Bulger couldn't stand how much the world around him had changed.Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its "great view" and clear-cut rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic ...
Police seize 500+ grams of fentanyl during drug sting | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WPRI) -- Police have charged a woman after they say she was trafficking more than 500 grams of fentanyl.According to the Massachusetts State Police, detectives received a tip that a Lawrence woman, later identified as Rosario Lara, 36, was trafficking fentanyl.As part of the investi...
R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, after decades of lurid rumors and allegations that the R&B star was sexually abusing women and underage girls.Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, confirmed to The Associate...
4 charged with breaking into Cranston HS West | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police arrested four people for allegedly breaking into and vandalizing Cranston High School West early Friday morning.Officers were alerted to the break-in when the burglar alarm went off a little before 5 a.m., according to Cranston Police Major Todd Patalano.Patalano sa...
Police monitoring of sex offender's home cost city nearly $103K | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) -- The Providence Public Safety Department says it spent more than $100,000 for police details at the home of a registered sex offender.According to a spokesperson for the department, a two-person police detail started monitoring Richard Gardner's home on Oct. 17 after hi...
Friends say crash victim left big impression on coworkers, customers | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Cumberland Farms employees say it was hard not to become friends with former coworker Valdano Almeida.Almeida, 26, died Monday after he was hit by a truck while walking to his mother's home in Riverside. The driver, Arnold Butler, 35, was arrested on a DUI charge...
Bryant president: We could have done better after racial incident | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Bryant University's president says he hopes the school community can learn from a recent racial incident and come out better in the end.His comments come after senior Quinton Law said another student on campus yelled a racial slur at him earlier this month.Instead of bein...
Patriots owner Robert Kraft named in prostitution sting | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
JUPITER, Fla. (WPRI/CBS) — The owner of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots is one of more than two dozen men named in a prostitution sting in Florida.Police in Jupiter announced that an arrest warrant will be issued for Robert Kraft on misdemeanor charges including soliciting a prostitut...
Councilman Aponte seeks to clear debt to state rep. through bankruptcy | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Embattled Providence City Councilman Luis Aponte filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Friday as he seeks to wipe out more than $300,000 in debt, the bulk of which stems from a judgement owed to state Rep. Gregory Costantino.The Ward 10 Democrat, who is currently facing a felony...
Central Falls officers save choking toddler | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Central Falls police officers are being hailed as heroes after saving a toddler from choking.Officers Nicholas DiCarlo and Sergio Rivera were on a "routine call" on Dexter Street when, according to police, a Spanish-speaking man approached them and told Officer Riv...
Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.An analytics tool called "App Events" allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook,...
'Empire' producers cut Smollett from season's last episodes | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett's character on "Empire" will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself last month in downtown Chicago, producers of the Fox TV show announced Friday.The announc...
Former Republican candidate arraigned on fraud, election law charges | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island Republican fundraiser and former 2016 congressional candidate was arraigned Friday on accusations he conducted a fundraising “scheme,” converting more than $1 million in donations for personal use.H. Russell Taub has already signed an agreement with pro...
Massachusetts gas explosions cost utility more than $1B | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
BOSTON (AP) — The natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts last September have cost Columbia Gas more than $1 billion.NiSource, Columbia's parent company, said in a financial report filed this week that $757 million of that was for third-party claims against the utility, including propert...
NTSB says clam tank flooding likely caused fatal sinking | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
BOSTON (AP) -- Federal investigators have determined that the likely cause of the sinking of a fishing boat off the coast of Nantucket in 2017 that claimed the lives of two crewmembers was flooding in one of the vessel's clam tanks.The National Transportation Safety Board in its Feb. 6 report said a...
House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border.The move sets up a fight that could result in Trump's first veto. It starts the clock on a con...
Hunt for North Providence mom's killer still on after 12 years | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Jaclyn McKenna glows when she's asked about her mother Cynthia."She was amazing," McKenna said. "She was a great mother."Jaclyn grew up the middle of three sisters in North Providence. She says her mom was always considerate, no matter the day or holiday."I don't kn...
1 critically injured in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in North Attleboro | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — As many as eight vehicles were involved in a crash in North Attleboro Friday morning, and Massachusetts State Police had to shut down several lanes of I-95 northbound to investigate and clean up debris.The crash occurred just before 6:30 a.m. between Exits 5 and 6...
Patriots fans have mixed reactions about Kraft allegations | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Few NFL owners are as beloved by their fans as Robert Kraft. So, when news broke that the owner of the Super Bowl Champion Patriots was caught up in a prostitution and sex trafficking sting in Florida, the reactions at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro ranged from shock to outrag...
A councilwoman's remarkable rise from poverty to politics | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9) takes her seat in City Hall's Room B for a Finance Committee meeting, quickly focusing on the brief agenda.Soon, she is listening to testimony from a municipal judge for what some might call her "night job.""I get emails and calls ...
Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.On the second day of Francis' ...
Boston police officer shot, suspect dead | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Boston police officer was been shot and is recovering from non life-threatening injuries. It happened early Friday morning in Roxbury.During a press conference Friday morning, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said the suspect began shooting at officers during a ...
WEATHER NOW: Dry Skies Today and Saturday | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
TODAY:  Nice!  Partly to mostly sunny, pleasant and dry.  Highs 40-45. Northwest winds 5-10mph.TONIGHT:  Cool and dry and mostly clear... lows in the mid 20s.SATURDAY:  A sunny start will give way to increasing clouds late day and evening.  It stays cool and dry during the day with highs in t...
Legal expert says NFL should 'act swiftly' in response to Kraft prostitution case | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) -- A legal studies professor at Bryant University says the NFL should begin an internal investigation as soon as possible as the owner of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots faces allegations of soliciting prostitution.An arrest warrant has been issued for Robert Kr...
Storm Arrives 2nd Half Of Weekend | WPRI
WPRI | February 22, 2019
From Chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca...The dry weather will continue Tonight into Saturday. A storm will develop acoss the Central Plains this weekend, eventually tracking into the Great Lakes by Sunday, We will be on the milder side of this system with mainly rain and not snow.  On the back side...
'Broken system' for state worker injuries is costing RI taxpayers millions | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – In 2009, Rhode Island's state Retirement Board ruled unanimously that Deputy Sheriff Patricia Patterson didn’t qualify for an accidental disability pension based on an injury she had sustained three years earlier.Yet when the case was later reviewed by a Workers’ Co...
After surgery, Michael Cohen's prison date postponed to May | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was granted a few more weeks of freedom Wednesday after his lawyers said he's still recovering from surgery and hasn't had time to get his affairs in order because he's preparing to testify before Congress next week.U.S...
Tractor trailer jackknifes on I-195, ties up traffic | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A jackknifed tractor-trailer tied up traffic on Interstate 195 just before noon Thursday.The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of the highway near Exit 2.Rhode Island State Police tweeted around 12:25 p.m. that the scene was cleared and all lanes had...
Syracuse hoops coach Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man walking on an interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man's disabled vehicle, police say.Syracuse police say 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez was in a car with three others before midnight W...
Police respond to more than 2 dozen crashes due to icy roads | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A mess of wintry weather caused slick road conditions overnight, and R.I. State Police were kept busy as a result.The snowfall began Wednesday evening and left small accumulations before it changed over to sleet, freezing rain and rain.State police said troopers resp...
West Warwick appoints convicted felon to pension board | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Some West Warwick Town Council members are questioning a recent appointment to the pension board after finding out the applicant has a felony record, resulting in a possible conflict with the town charter.Records show West Warwick's pension fund is one of the most d...
Bryant senior hopes to turn racist incident into a teachable opportunity | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Earlier this month, Bryant University senior Quinton Law said he had a racial slur yelled at him on campus."It was another student, a fellow student on campus. Someone that is part of our Bryant community," he said Thursday.Law posted about the incident on Facebook and sa...
Police search for men who passed fake $100 bills at several businesses | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WPRI) -- Police in West Bridgewater are looking for two men they say recently passed fake $100 bills at four different locations across town.According to police, the counterfeit money was actually a bleached $1 bill transformed to look like a $100 bill.Investigators believ...
The Monkees Peter Tork dead at 77 | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
(WPRI) — Musician Peter Tork of the 1960s pop group The Monkees has died, according to his official Facebook page."It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world," the post said...
Prosecutors: RI GOP fundraiser, ex-candidate Taub misspent over $1M | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A former Rhode Island congressional candidate and Republican fundraiser will plead guilty after prosecutors say he misspent more than $1 million in campaign money on personal expenses including strip clubs, cigars and escort services. H. Russell Taub — who has brought a...
Massachusetts bill would ban tackle football for young kids | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Younger football players may have to wait until they're older to learn how to tackle if a proposed bill passes in Massachusetts.Rep. Paul A. Schmid III - whose district includes portions of Fall River, Freetown, New Bedford and Westport - and colleague Middlesex County R...
Warwick police seek women suspected of using stolen EBT card | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Warwick police are asking for the public's help in identifying two women suspected of using a reported stolen EBT card.According to a post on Warwick Police Department's Facebook page, the two women made a purchase using the EBT card on Jan. 19 for $235.91 at the Price Ri...
Westport man with 8 warrants against him arrested | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) -- A Westport man wanted for a string of crimes dating back nearly two years was arrested Tuesday, according to Westport police.Police said Scott Rogers, 32, had eight outstanding arrest warrants for crimes in Westport, Fall River, Acushnet, and Seekonk. He had been wanted sin...
Squid fishermen in Narragansett concerned about offshore wind farm | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) - With calamari being Rhode Island's official appetizer, there's no doubt squid is a lucrative industry in the Ocean State.Ask a group of squid fishermen what it's worth and they'll be the first tell you that it's priceless. Then they'll say it's worth about $1.2 billion.Ho...
Police: Teen girl threatened to 'blow everything up' during bank robbery | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River police say surveillance footage from multiple cameras helped them to track down a teenager suspected of robbing a city bank, along with her alleged accomplice.According to police, a young female entered the Bay Coast Bank branch on Troy Street Wednesday aftern...
Rhode Island faithful watching Catholic sex abuse summit closely | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- As Pope Francis opened a four-day landmark sex abuse prevention summit at the Vatican Thursday to educate Catholic bishops and other high-ranking clergy, Catholics in Rhode Island will be watching to see what comes out of it.Bishop Thomas Tobin said on Twitter Thursday mor...
Report recommends new consumer protections for student loan borrowers | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Sadeiloune Fevry is just a freshman, but the Rhode Island College biology student is already worried about repaying $23,000 in student loans."I'll just have to find the right job that pays me enough," Fevry said on her way to class Thursday.One in five Rhode Islanders has...
Lawmakers propose bill to remove sales tax on feminine hygiene products | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Two lawmakers are pushing to remove the state's sales tax on feminine hygiene products in Rhode Island.State Representative Edith Ajello and Senator Louis DiPalma are once again pushing legislation that would exempt tampons, panty liners, pads and other products used d...
Volunteer fire department's engine a 'total loss' after crash | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — A fire engine from the Lake Mishnock Fire Department is now out of service after it was involved in a crash Thursday morning.According to the Lake Mishnock Fire/Rescue Facebook page, Engine 1 was responding to a fire just before 6:30 a.m. when it crashed.The fire eng...
Station scholarship money just out of reach for one survivor's daughter | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Station Nightclub fire survivor is expressing frustration that her daughter hasn't received scholarship money meant to benefit children of victims and survivors of the deadly blaze.The foundation that controls the scholarship fund, however, said it has awarded hundreds o...
Pawtucket dad charged after baby girl ingests possible drug | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man was arrested Thursday as police look into an incident that sent his young daughter to the hospital.Pawtucket police said they began investigating last week after receiving a report of a 15-month-old who possibly ingested an unknown drug.Detectives spoke wit...
Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo dies at 62 | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo has died after collapsing at the Red Sox's spring training ballpark. He was 62.The newspaper said Cafardo had an embolism Thursday and Red Sox medical staff was unable to revive him. Nick Cafardo, our widely respected bas...
Bridgewater man charged in attempted armed home invasion | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
RAYNHAM, Mass. (WPRI) -- Police have arrested a Bridgewater man after they say he attempted to rob three people at knifepoint Wednesday afternoon.According to the Raynham Police Department, officers responded to a King Street home just before 1:30 p.m. for reports of an attempted robbery.Police said...
Elorza administration won't commit to closing VIN station in 2 weeks | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Elorza administration officials say they are searching for a location to move city employees who have been working in a dilapidated building on Ernest Street, but they aren’t ready to commit to the City Council’s request to empty the building within two weeks.The coun...
WEATHER NOW: Icy Roads This Morning, Drier and Milder This Afternoon | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
What a mess! Cars encased in ice, roads icy and slushy. Rain and freezing rain continues through the early morning. Plan on a tough AM commute. #RIwx #MAwx #WPRIweather pic.twitter.com/lIjxlrGorI— Michelle Muscatello (@michmuscatello) February 21, 2019 It's a very icy start this morning, with a...
Cranston plow truck catches on fire | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters responded to the Cranston Highway Department's garage early Thursday morning for reports of a plow truck on fire.Cranston fire officials said the plow truck had been used Wednesday night and was parked in the garage on Phenix Avenue when the fire started."Upon ...
Pope opens sex abuse summit amid outcry from survivors | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned bishops and religious superiors summoned Thursday to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful are demanding more than just condemnation of the crimes but concrete action to respond to the scandal.Francis opened the four-day summit by...
Free feminine hygiene products available for some Providence students | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Female students in some Providence schools now have access to free feminine hygiene products.On Thursday, Mayor Jorge Elorza, Superintendent Christopher Maher, Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune and the City's Director of Healthy Communities Ellen Cynar announced the new menstru...
Providence Council Committee approves metal detectors at City Hall | WPRI
WPRI | February 21, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence City Hall is one step closer to getting metal detectors.The City Council Special Committee on Public Safety voted 4-1 Wednesday to move forward with a comprehensive security plan for City Hall that includes metal detectors, improved cameras and a card system th...
Mother detained by ICE still waiting to become U.S. citizen | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- More than one year after she was illegally detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, a Providence mother's future in the United States is still in limbo.In January 2018, Lilian Calderon was taken into custody by ICE officials after a marriage inter...
'Empire' actor charged with making false police report | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors ...
Evening Snow Changing To Ice, Then Rain | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca...Light to moderate snow will continue to overspread our area this evening with some minor accumulations (a major snowstorm is not expected).  A change to sleet and freezing rain is likely later this evening and overnight. Before the change to fre...
Trial over money following relatives' deaths to be in June | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A probate court trial of a man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather for inheritance money is now scheduled for June.The New Hampshire trial initially was scheduled in January for 24-year-old Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, who's denied any role in his...
Mattiello hires Polisena's son as new General Assembly lawyer | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has hired the son of a prominent Democrat as the General Assembly's newest part-time lawyer.Mattiello spokesperson Larry Berman confirmed Joseph Polisena Jr. was hired on Jan. 6 to work 20 hours a week as legal counsel in the Legislative ...
North Attleboro man dies in industrial accident | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
SALEM, Mass. (WPRI) -- A North Attleboro man was killed after police say an excavator fell on top of him at a construction site in Salem last week.Police were called to Washington Sq. on Friday for a report of a piece of construction equipment that had fallen on top of a worker.When officers arrived...
RI wants to raise beach parking fees $2 to $4 a day | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders may have to pay more this summer to park at the state's beaches, and that goes twofold for out-of-staters.The proposed rate hikes are being presented Wednesday during a public forum at Westerly Town Hall. The increased revenue would partly fund Gov. Gina ...
East Providence officer selected to carry torch in world Special Olympics | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A veteran East Providence Police detective has been nominated to join the team that will carry the Olympic torch to the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.Det. Sgt. Diogo Mello, who's served the police department for 29 years, was named as one of 96 law enforce...
Proposed 1% tax on vaping would go to tobacco education | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Rhode Island senator is proposing a bill that would add a 1% tax on the sale of hookah and vaping products.Sen. Ana Quezada said she hopes the money generated from the tax will go toward tobacco education.She said one of her constituents told her his own concerns about ...
Providence director will keep job after being placed on unpaid leave | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence’s director of economic opportunity will return to his job next week after being placed on unpaid leave following the Elorza administration’s disclosure that he signed a letter of intent to have the city lease space from a private building owner before going...
Parking bans issued, flights delayed with wintry mix on the way | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A winter storm making its way into Southern New England will likely make for difficult travel Wednesday night into Thursday morning.A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday. Snow is expected to arrive after 7 p.m. and small...
Men break into Dartmouth home — and bolt | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Four men broke into a home on Gibson Terrace Wednesday morning, the homeowner told Dartmouth Police.Officers were called to the neighborhood shortly after 10 a.m. for a reported home invasion. Four men the homeowner didn't know had forced their way into the house, one a...
Trouble at CVS Health long-term care business weighs heavily | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Health is setting 2019 earnings expectations well below Wall Street forecasts, as the company struggles to fix part of its business while blending in a major acquisition and attempting to change how customers use its stores.The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit mana...
Police: Man threatened to blow up city 'car by car' | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River man is facing charges after police said he made numerous threats against people, businesses and the city on social media.Police said they arrested Joseph Anctil at his home on Plain Street on Monday.According to police, a woman came to their headquarters...
Station Nightclub fire victims remembered 16 years later | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Wednesday marked the 16th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire.For the first time in 16 years, no formal memorial service will be held in remembrance of those lost in the fire. However, friends and family of those killed, along with survivors, will still stop by th...
WEATHER NOW: Dry Day, Wintry Mix Develops After 7 PM | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
**A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued from 7PM this evening through 7 AM Thursday for RI and southeastern MA (except for the Cape and Islands). Snow moves in between 7 PM-9 PM this evening with small accumulations expected before a change to sleet, freezing rain and rain overnight.  Most area...
Super fast jet stream breaks records over the Northeast | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
(WPRI) -- Two records fell Monday night and both occurred high above our heads.Jet stream winds, which are high above in the atmosphere, guide storms and areas of hot and cold around the globe. They can also push planes along in their flights.Monday evening, jet streams from the Pacific and Alaska ...
RI tests new autonomous buses for Providence | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island's new fleet of autonomous shuttle buses are now being tested in Quonset.The shuttles, provided by Michigan-based May Mobility, are set to undergo 500 miles of testing both in North Kingstown and Providence before opening their doors to passengers sometime...
Mayor: Frederick Douglass left long-lasting impact on New Bedford | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The city of New Bedford has ties to one of the most notable men of the 19th century.Abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in 1838 and traveled north from Maryland to begin a new life.He took up residence in the Johnson House, eventually calling New Bedford his...
Health officials encourage flu vaccinations after 3rd child dies in Mass. | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Following the death of a 4-year-old girl from Lowell, health officials are urging everyone to ensure they've received their flu shot.The girl was the third child to die in Massachusetts this flu season. Officials said a 12-year-old boy from Milford and a 4-year-old girl ...
MTM CEO: 'Service has stabilized' | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Alaina Macia, CEO of Medical Transportation Management (MTM), is not proud of her company's launch in Rhode Island but says the system is now stable."We need to rebuild trust," Macia said during an interview at MTM's office in Warwick.The R.I. Executive Office of Health and ...
Former Boy Scout volunteer charged with sexual assault told to hire lawyer | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A former volunteer with the Boy Scouts who's now facing sexual assault charges was brought into court for a brief hearing on Wednesday.James Glawson, 74, of Exeter, has been held without bail since his arraignment on Friday. Court documents show he's charged with fou...
Lawyers want Councilman Aponte held in contempt in legal dispute | WPRI
WPRI | February 20, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Attorneys for state Rep. Gregory Costantino have asked a Superior Court judge to hold Providence City Councilman Luis Aponte in civil contempt after the councilman refused to answer questions during a deposition last month.Aponte sat for a deposition last month that was t...
Wheaton lacrosse player sidelined due to small helmet hopes to get back in the game | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) -- A Massachusetts teenager, who was recruited to play college lacrosse, is sitting on the sideline this season because he couldn't find a helmet big enough to fit his head.Alex Chu said he started playing lacrosse when he was in the sixth grade. When he was in his junior year ...
Wrongfully imprisoned ex-cop wants RI to compensate exonorees | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A former Warwick police officer who served six years in prison for a murder he didn't commit is now hopeful Rhode Island will enact a wrongful conviction compensation law.Scott Hornoff was convicted of the murder of Victoria Cushman in 1996. Cushman was found dead inside ...
Tiverton officers deliver baby in station parking lot | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) -- Two Tiverton police officers were in the right place at the right time Monday afternoon when a woman in labor showed up at the police station.Lt. Daniel Raymond said the couple was heading toward the hospital, but realized they weren't going to make it in time. That's when t...
Local family looking for handicap van for young girl | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
WESTPORT, Mass (WPRI) -- A local family is looking for a handicapped-accessible van for a 10-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a car crash.Avah Carreiro was riding in a car with her family on June 24, 2018, when they were involved in a crash.Avah's mother, stepfather and sister were in th...
Wheaton College student accused of setting dorm fires deemed dangerous | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Wheaton College student accused of setting several fires inside a residence hall on campus has been released following a dangerousness hearing Tuesday.At the hearing, Janelys Pimentel was found to be dangerous but was ultimately released into her mother's custody. She wa...
New Bedford voiding snow ban parking tickets | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Anyone who was given a ticket in New Bedford related to a recent emergency parking ban no longer has to pay, according to city officials.New Bedford plans to void traffic tickets related to the snow emergency parking ban on Sunday and Monday, which was put into place ...
Contractor claims he's owed $21,000 for DMV project | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A contractor claims he's owed $21,000 for work he completed on the new Woonsocket DMV branch on Diamond Hill Road.Andrew Verdo was hired last year by John Fortier of Integral Real Estate Solutions, a Connecticut-based general contractor, to install metal framing, drywall...
Police: Man stole Blu-ray player from Warwick library | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a library patron who walked off with a Blu-ray player earlier this month.On Tuesday, Warwick police posted a surveillance image of the suspect, saying he went into the teen room at the Sandy Lane branch of the Warwick ...
South County YMCA installs new bike to help the disabled exercise | WPRI
WPRI | February 19, 2019
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) -- With the help of a friendly donor, the South County YMCA unveiled a new work-out bike that will provide those with disabilities a chance to exercise.On Tuesday, the YMCA  of Greater Providence acquired a functional electrical stimulation (FES) bicycle that uses elec...