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Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Traffic Pattern Changes in Lincoln | WPRI
WPRI | October 19, 2018
Delays and a traffic pattern change is ahead for commuters in the Blackstone Valley.Crews are doing bridge work on Route 99 just before the merge with Route 146 South.The overnight lane closures will begin Friday at 8 p.m. and are scheduled to remain in place until 6 o'clock Saturday morning with s...
Turkey suggests Khashoggi's remains taken out of consulate | WPRI
WPRI | October 19, 2018
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's remains may have been taken to a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul or to another city — if and after he was killed in Istanbul earlier this month. ...
New report: Housing affordability remains a critical problem in RI | WPRI
WPRI | October 19, 2018
Director of Housing Works Rhode Island, Brenda Clement stopped by the WPRI 12/Fox Providence studios to talk to Danielle North about housing affordability on Eyewitness News This Morning.
Leaf-peeping delay: Why New England foliage is running late this year | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
CHEPACHET, R.I. (WPRI) — Spoiler alert: It's the price we pay for warmer days in September and October.The leaves of Rhode Island trees still are more green than lime-, goldenrod- and red-colored as they usually are by this time most years. Splashes of color have shown up in some trees by the side...
Scooters reappear in Providence, this time with permission | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Pedestrians walking around Providence have another way to get from point A to point B a little quicker.A city spokesperson confirmed both Bird and Lime electric scooters were approved for deployment Thursday.It's Lime's first foray into the Providence market. The San Fra...
Tree planting program taking root in Warwick | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Recent development has taken its toll on Warwick's trees.That's why the city Thursday kicked off an initiative to plant at least 50 new trees in the city.Acting mayor Joseph Solomon said $15,000 from the city's Tree Trust will pay for the projectAbout $10,000 will go for "s...
Councilman Aponte seeks to ban sex offenders from ‘child safety zones' | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – As Washington Park residents continue their efforts to drive a convicted child rapist out of their neighborhood, their councilman has put forward a proposal that would ban registered sex offenders from residing near schools or other facilities frequently visited by kids.C...
Police stationed outside child rapist's home | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Plain-clothes officers are stationed outside the home of a convicted child rapist who just moved into the Washington Park neighborhood a few days ago.Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin said the detail is to protect the community and Richard Gardner.Richard Gardner was ...
Police searching for gas station robbery suspect | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
 FOSTER, R.I. (WPRI) -- Police in Foster are searching for a man they say robbed a gas station overnight on earlier this month.According to the Foster Police Department, the man was caught on surveillance cameras breaking into the Star Petro on Danielson Pike on Oct. 7.Police say the suspect...
Texas police identify woman, child in doorbell video | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
SPRING, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas say a woman who left a toddler alone on a stranger's doorstep could face charges of felony child endangerment.Montgomery County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer says the 2-year-old boy's mother had asked a friend to drop off the child with the boy's father in S...
Neighbors in Need: WPRI 12 to host Hurricane Michael Relief Drive | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In response to the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Michael, WPRI 12 will host a Hurricane Relief Drive on Thursday, October 18, and will report live from the American Red Cross in Providence. The campaign will encourage WPRI 12 viewers to make contributions through ...
Solar farm replaces former North Providence landfill | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — State and local leaders celebrated the completion of a new solar farm in North Providence on Wednesday.Southern Sky Renewable Energy, the company behind the solar farm, said the former municipal landfill on Smithfield Road is now producing clean energy for the town....
House break-in caught on camera in Westport helps police catch suspect | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
WESTPORT, Mass (WPRI) -- Police have arrested a man in connection with a home break-in caught on camera earlier this week in Westport.According to the Westport Police Department, the homeowner told police she received an alert on her phone about movement in her Kirby Road apartment while she wasn'...
Police searching for missing Pawtucket man | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Pawtucket are reaching out to the public for help as they work to track down a man who wandered away from his home Thursday morning.According to police, Luis Alberto Mujica Ramirez, who goes by "Tito," left his Goff Avenue home around 8 a.m. and hasn't been hear...
In Mexico Beach after Michael, some coming home find no home | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered.Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after ...
Suspects accused of dealing drugs at bar arraigned | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Four suspects charged in connection with alleged drug-dealing at a Cranston bar were arraigned Thursday morning.A justice of the peace arraigned Michael Lanouette, Matthew Crosby, Jonathan King, and Paul Troia at Cranston Police Headquarters. They were scheduled to be arr...
Police arrest 4 on drug charges at Cranston pub, including owner | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston Police have arrested four men in connection to a drug investigation at a bar in the city. Members of the Cranston Police Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the East Providence Vice Unit, conducted a search...
Price going on short rest as Sox set sights on pennant | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
HOUSTON (WPRI) — They say you need to have a short memory in baseball, and that certainly holds true for the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.Fans who stayed up for Wednesday night's four-and-a-half-hour thriller may have been a bit drowsy Thursday morning but for the two teams involved, it was b...
Red Sox one win away from World Series after thriller in Houston | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
HOUSTON (AP) -- Left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch with the bases loaded for the final out, and the Boston Red Sox held off the Houston Astros 8-6 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.Boosted by a questionable fan interference call early in a back-and-f...
Trump threatens to close border if migrant caravan isn't stopped | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention — and pressure — turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to stop them — a nearly unthinkable move that would dis...
North Smithfield gas leak results in brief evacuation | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Crews doing construction work in North Smithfield hit a gas line Thursday afternoon, prompting a brief evacuation.According to a spokesperson for National Grid, the break occurred on Main Street, in the area of Greene and Railroad Streets.The roadway was closed down...
Police: Teen found with gun, ammo in Woonsocket High School | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) -- Police have charged a 14-year-old Woonsocket High School student after they say he was found with a pistol and ammo on school grounds Thursday.According to the Woonsocket Police Department, a school resource officer was notified by a school administrator who said she saw t...
Scituate police arrest 4 in armed home invasion | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
SCITUATE. R.I. (WPRI) — Police have arrested four people as they investigate an armed home invasion in Scituate Thursday evening.According to Scituate Police Chief Donald Delaere, the incident took place at a home on Matteson Road.Delaere said officers received a 911 call about the home invasion...
Surveillance video helps police catch suspected stone thief | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have captured a man suspected of stealing stones from a wall outside a Westport home.Police said tips began pouring in Monday after they posted surveillance footage on their Facebook page, which showed a man attempting to pry stones from a wall on Bridge Street, nea...
Residents return to home of convicted child rapist to continue protest | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Residents in the Washington Park neighborhood are making their voices heard by continuing to rally outside the home of a convicted child rapist who recently moved there.Plain-clothes officers are now stationed outside the home of Richard Gardner, who moved into the Was...
Man accused of breaking into, robbing ex-girlfriend's home | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass (WPRI) -- A woman's ex-boyfriend is accused of breaking into her home and stealing electronics and other items, according to police.According to the Fall River Police Department, he victim told police a neighbor witnessed her ex-boyfriend breaking into her Johnson Street apartment ...
East Greenwich boy fighting back against rare disease | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) —  A little boy fighting a rare disease is making improvements and regaining the use of some of his limbs at Hasbro Children's Hospital after suddenly losing control of his body in September.Isaiah Hazard, a 5-year-old boy from East Greenwich, was diagnosed with acute fl...
Candidate charged with stealing opponent's campaign signs | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) -- A Republican state senate candidate who police say stole campaign signs from his Democratic opponent has pleaded not guilty.Scott Copley, 43, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor larceny.West Greenwich police arrested Copley in September after Sen. Leonidas Raptak...
Residents still without gas brace for cold following explosions | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WPRI) - Thousands are still without gas in the Merrimack Valley section of Massachusetts following last month's deadly gas explosions, which could pose a big challenge as those temperatures continue to drop. Columbia Gas says it has replaced 30 miles of the pipeline since the expl...
As temperatures drop, fire officials recommend checking CO detectors | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As heaters begin to rumble on in Rhode Island due to the arrival of cooler temperatures, fire marshals urge residents to check their carbon monoxide detectors.Just an hour from the Rhode Island border in Wales, Mass., a person died Tuesday from a carbon monoxide leak...
AAA: Deadly crash risk increases when teen drivers have only teen passengers | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — New research from the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety shows when teenage drivers are chauffeuring their peers, the rate for deaths for all people involved in a crash increases.The jump is significant, according to AAA Northeast's Diana Imon...
Unemployment rate reaches lowest point in nearly 30 years | WPRI
WPRI | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9 percent in September, reaching its lowest point in nearly 30 years.Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday it's the lowest rate seen in Rhode Island since June 1989.The state Department of Labor and Training says it's o...
Providence Journal | October 18, 2018
"The relative ease with which the temporary staff we hire as enumerators were able to utilize the technology was great," said Ron Jarmin, the acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau. "That's why we saw increased productivity among enumerators."
Providence Journal | October 18, 2018
In Providence’s 15 wards, 36 candidates are running for City Council. This is the last installment of a five-part series summarizing the council races in the primary election on Sept. 12.Ward 13Four newcomers are competing in this race after Councilman Bryan Principe decided not to run for a t...
Providence Journal | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At a forum Wednesday night hosted by Direct Action for Rights and Equality, an advocacy organization for the rights of low-income residents, City Council candidates from eight of the city’s 15 wards answered questions about the dearth of affordable and low-income hou...
Providence Journal | October 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — People trying get drivers licenses at DMVs across the United States and Canada were thwarted by the crash of an international database for nearly 90 minutes Monday.Josh Block, a spokesman for the R.I. Department of Administration, said the American Association of Motor Vehi...
Man, woman charged with kidnapping, armed robbery | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Two people are facing kidnapping and armed robbery charges, following an incident at a Fall River home.Fall River police said they arrested Jonathan Belton, 44, and Kathleen Snitzer, 32, early Tuesday morning. According to police, a 53-year-old man claimed the pair threa...
Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
TORONTO (AP) — Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it.Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line at ...
Scope of Michael's fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South.The scope of the storm's fury bec...
Community to discuss new neighbor: a convicted child rapist | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Residents of Providence's Washington Park neighborhood are set to meet Wednesday night to discuss the recent relocation of a convicted child rapist into their community.Richard Gardner was released from prison in Massachusetts last week. He was convicted of sexually assau...
Police conducting drug investigation at Cranston pub | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Members of the Cranston Police Department are conducting a search at a popular eatery as part of an investigation into illegal drug distribution.According to Col. Michael Winquist, police have arrest warrants for three people who frequent Knightsville Pub on Cranston Stree...
Spygate at Fenway? MLB investigating Astros | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
(AP/WPRI) - The Houston Astros might find themselves defending more than their World Series title.With the Red Sox and Astros engaged in the American League Championship Series, it appears as though an employee for the Astros has been accused of trying to spy on the Sox. Metro Boston reports, an As...
Fall River may try to recall another mayor | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) - Questions continue to swirl around the future of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia.The Fall River City Council plans to vote next week if Correia is able to perform his duties as mayor. The mayor says he will not resign, saying all the federal fraud charges against him ar...
Lane closures coming to I-195 this weekend | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — More traffic pattern changes are coming to I-195 in East Providence this weekend.Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) plans to shift lanes on the highway in order to continue demolishing portions of the structurally deficie...
After complaint over fine, Mattiello cut contractor board's budget | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Back in 2016, the head of the state Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board was summoned to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's office to discuss a fine involving one of Rhode Island's best-known businesses."He wasn't happy," George Whalen, who was leading the agency a...
Mayor: Despite losing retailers, Silver City Galleria will endure | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Taunton's Silver City Galleria, once a bustling retail destination, is now a shell of its former self, with the ghosts of stores past haunting its interior.The mall currently houses a branch of Bristol Community College, a gym and a bowling alley, but it's been losing reta...
After community meeting, crowd marches to child molester's new home | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — What started as a meeting to discuss a convicted child rapist moving into a Providence community has resulted in a large crowd marching to the man's home.Richard Gardner was released from prison in Massachusetts last week. He was convicted of sexually assaulting children ...
Craig Price's attempted murder trial delayed for 6th time | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The attempted murder trial of convicted Rhode Island serial killer Craig Price has been delayed for a sixth time.Price, 44, was set to go on trial on Oct. 22, but it was pushed back a month to Nov. 26, according to Carol Hingson, a spokesperson for the district attorney in...
Rogers HS students complain of chilly classrooms, rodents | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — On Election Day next month, Rhode Island voters will be asked whether the state should borrow $250 million for school repairs. A study last year revealed that schools across the state are in need of more than $2 billion worth of work, and students and staff at Rogers High S...
Providence parking enforcement officer charged with stealing from meters | WPRI
WPRI | October 17, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A veteran parking enforcement officer is facing a criminal charge for allegedly stealing coins from a meter, according to Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.Frances Holt, who has worked for the city since 1989, is expected to be arraigned in District Court Wednesday.P...