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Patriots desperate for a win against Steelers | WPRI
WPRI | December 16, 2018
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WPRI) -- For the third straight year, the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet in the regular season.The circumstances in which these two franchises meet is different than that of what we've become accustomed to over the past two decades.Both teams enter Week 1...
2 people killed in wrong-way highway crash | WPRI
WPRI | December 16, 2018
Stonington, Conn. (WPRI) -- Two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on Route 95 just over the Rhode Island border early Sunday morning.Connecticut State Police were called to just past Exit 92 in Stonington on the south bound part of the road after a two car crash just after 1 a.m.One of those ...
Owner, former employees of New England Compounding Center convicted | WPRI
WPRI | December 16, 2018
BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) -- Former employees as well as an owner of New England Compounding Center (NECC) faced a judge Thursday, for their roles at NECC.Eleven former owners, executives, and employees of NECC have been convicted of federal criminal charges after the company caused the nationwide fungal...
Large police presence in Easton, investigation underway | WPRI
WPRI | December 16, 2018
EASTON, Mass. (WPRI) -- A large police presence remains on the scene of Allen Road in Easton, Massachusetts following an unknown incident.Police and fire have been on scene since about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.An Eyewitness News as crew  is in Easton gathering information.  We will bring you updates both...
Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP | WPRI
WPRI | December 16, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions...
Strasbourg remembers victims of the Christmas market attack | WPRI
WPRI | December 16, 2018
PARIS (AP) — Residents of the eastern French city of Strasbourg filled a city square Sunday for a memorial to the four people shot dead and the dozen wounded by a gunman at their famous Christmas market.The hour-long ceremony took place in Kleber Square by the city's Christmas market, near where t...
Piece of sunken USS Arizona heading to Rhode Island | WPRI
WPRI | December 16, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A piece of a battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Rhode Island for display at an education center.Tim Gray, founder of the nonprofit World War II Foundation, recently opened the foundation's Global Education Center in South Kingstow...
2nd annual 'Wrapping It Up For Charity' held at Warwick Mall | WPRI
WPRI | December 15, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- Members of the Eyewitness News team brought a little extra holiday cheer to busy shoppers at Warwick Mall on Saturday.  Once again Eyewitness News was proud to host its annual 'Wrapping It Up For Charity' event.The wrapping was free, but people were encouraged to make a d...
HealthSource RI Director responds to ACA ruling | WPRI
WPRI | December 15, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The head of Rhode Island's health insurance marketplace is responding to a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.  The U.S. District Judge in Texas cited last year's tax cut bill for eliminating a penalty for not having coverage.  "It ...
Thousands gather to say goodbye to fallen firefighter | WPRI
WPRI | December 15, 2018
WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) -- Firefighters from countless New England departments gathered in Worcester, to say their final goodbyes to Christopher Roy."Today isn't about us," said Providence Firefighter's Union President Derek Silva. "It's about a 36-year-old firefighter with 2 and a half years on the...
Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement | WPRI
WPRI | December 15, 2018
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.The U.S. claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that ...
Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling | WPRI
WPRI | December 15, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP/WPRI) — After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was "invalid," President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now."Get it done!" the president instr...
A new legislative commission is studying privacy protection online | WPRI
WPRI | December 15, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A new legislative commission is studying online privacy protection.Democratic Rep. Evan Shanley was elected chairman of the 11-member Rhode Island Online Data Transparency and Privacy Protection Commission. Its inaugural meeting was Tuesday.The group is charged with recommen...
Second annual
WPRI | December 15, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- If you have gifts that need wrapping, come to the Warwick Mall Saturday.Starting at noon, anchors and reporters from Eyewitness News, as well as hosts from The Rhode Show will be hosting the second annual "Wrapping It Up For Charity" event.Wrapping is completely free, but you...
Providence Journal | December 15, 2018
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has helped raise more than $1 million since 2011 for local charities through its popular Pell Bridge Run and other races. But those events have been run with high operating costs, no outside oversight and no set criteria on who receives grants.
Providence Journal | December 15, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Frustration bubbled over at a State House hearing Thursday on the magnitude of the state's budget woes this year and next, when the state is facing a potential $160-million deficit.House Finance Committee Chairman Marvin Abney publicly vented his "disappointment'' that the d...
Providence Journal | December 15, 2018
Town Manager Gayle Corrigan reported on 12 memoranda of agreement or of understanding that were signed by the previous town manager or town solicitor, without, as the agenda item described it, "prior Council approval, authorization or deliberation."
Providence Journal | December 15, 2018
WASHINGTON — More Americans disapprove of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court than approve, and a narrow majority says congressional investigation of the new justice should not end with his elevation to the court, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.The Senate's 5...
Young, female boxer empowered both inside and outside the ring | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Providence native and boxer Sierra Martinez is not only strong inside the ring, she's even stronger outside of it.Martinez, 15, comes from a family of boxers. Her two older brothers and her father helped instill her fighting spirit."One day I told my dad I wanted to box, ...
Lincoln police ID 2 more home invasion suspects | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have identified another two suspects they say are connected to a Sunday night home invasion on Columbia Avenue.Lincoln police said they have arrest warrants out for Philip Child, 26, and Hailey Melendez, 26. Investigators believe both of them may be in the Fall Rive...
Worcester pays final respects to fallen firefighter | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The city of Worcester and firefighters from across the state are paying their final respects to a Worcester firefighter who died battling a house fire last weekend.Calling hours for firefighter Christopher Roy are scheduled for St. John's Catholic Church on Friday afternoon...
Christmas wish answered by tough, young elf named Lydia | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- Lydia Stalaboin stands strong over a mixing bowl as a fine cloud of flour and sugar float in the air."I love how you can get creative when you bake," she explains.If watching a 14-year old control an egg beater and shape globs of dough into Christmas cookies is not enoug...
Fall River cannabis store holds job fair following retail license approval | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Retailer Northeast Alternatives is looking to hire an additional 25 to 30 employees after their approval to sell recreational marijuana.A job fair is being held Friday, as well as Monday, in hopes of gaining new employees to help with the crowds once the store begins to ...
Big Game Bound: Division leaders going in opposite directions | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- We're heading down the road to Atlanta and one week closer to The Big Game.Anthony "AC" Calhoun is talking all the major headlines around the NFL leading up to Super Bowl LIII.This week, AC is talking about two teams with some of the most passionate fans in the league - the C...
Remembering Sandy Hook 6 years later; vigil to be held Friday | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
(WTNH) — Friday is the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, a massacre that took the lives of 20 children and six educators in 2012. The lives lost will continue to be remembered, friends and family alike. 7-year-old Daniel was one of the children killed 6 years ago.  RELATED: San...
Fall River cannabis store receives record number of applicants | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- A budding business in Massachusetts is inching closer and closer to the Rhode Island border after a Fall River medical marijuana dispensary was recently approved to begin selling recreational cannabis.The Cannabis Control Commission approved the final retail license fo...
Police: Missing Waltham woman found safe | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
WALTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — A 27-year-old woman that was reported missing has been found.Police say that Tealeesha Gillespie was located on Dec. 13 and is safe.Gillespie was reported missing after she was last seen on Dec. 1.Police believed that she could have been heading toward Rhode Island.
As Christmas nears, Amazon Fall River hub buzzing | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Out they go -- and go and go and go.Hundreds of thousands of smiling packages get packed every week in the Amazon fulfillment center on Innovation Way in Fall River.But during a holiday week, the number could double. The center, about the size of 40 football fields, is ...
Two bodies pulled from Providence River | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are investigating after two bodies were pulled from the Providence River Friday afternoon.Police were called shortly after noon for reports of a body found in the area of the Hurricane Barrier.Maj. David Lapatin told Eyewitness News two middle-aged mal...
Sandy Hook school receives threat on shooting anniversary | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School students have been sent home for the day after a bomb threat forced an evacuation on the sixth anniversary of the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.Newtown police say the threat was made at about 9 a.m. Friday and the school ...
Three dogs chosen to replace Archie in 'The Nutcracker' | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The search is over. Three dogs have been chosen to replace the beloved canine mascot, Archie, in Festival Ballet Providence's "The Nutcracker."Teddy, Phoebe and Bronx were chosen as finalists from an original group of nearly 50 dogs that auditioned for the role in early D...
White House photographer gives insight on documenting history | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WPRI) -- Pete Souza, originally from Dartmouth, has had the incredible responsibility of documenting American history through his camera lens.As White House photographer for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, Souza had access to the most secretive of meetings and t...
Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014.The charges Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years b...
Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option? | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring "all options" as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling membership."I ...
Police: No drug charges for man suspected of trying to cook meth | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) -- A man suspected of trying to cook meth in his Richmond home will not be charged with drug-making or possession, Richmond police said Thursday.However, police said 46-year-old Gregory Pendergraft was facing a number of domestic charges in connection with the incident, which...
Cranston police pilot body cameras | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Cranston Police Department will start piloting its new body camera program Friday.Police say that 10 members of the department's uniform division will be testing out the cameras. Attached to an officer's chest, they'll record video and audio of interactions between offi...
Fire breaks out at East Providence home | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters responded to a fire at a home Friday morning.The fire started just after 7 a.m. on Sheridan Avenue, which is in the Rumford Section of town, and was knocked down in 10 to 15 minutes.Chief Oscar Elmasian said that the home was occupied with three adult...
2 infants among 4 transported to hospital after Attleboro apartment fire | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) -- Four people, including two infants, were transported to the hospital following a fire inside an apartment complex Friday evening.The fire broke out around 4 p.m. at an apartment building on Knight Avenue.Fire officials said the fire started inside one apartment and did not...
Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Highway Exit Numbers Change Again | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
Here we go again.....More Rhode Island highways will soon be getting new exit numbers.The next phase of the highway renumbering project includes changing exit numbers on two highway segments and providing exits for two others that do not have them.The Department of Transportation will renumber Route...
Warwick's longtime police chief announces retirement | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- Colonel Stephen McCartney, who has been chief of the Warwick Police Department for more than a decade, has decided to hang up his hat at the end of the month.McCartney was named as chief in Warwick in 1999. Prior to that, he served the Providence Police Department for nearly...
Drug cartel kingpin tries to fire attorney at sentencing | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The kingpin of an international drug cartel that was broken up in what the feds dubbed Operation Triple Play, asked the court to fire his attorney a short time before he was sentenced.Juan Valdez, 51, was sentenced to 20 years in prison."I don't believe that [my attorney]...
North Kingstown police offer to receive package deliveries | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) -- It's a sign of the times.North Kingstown police are now making an unusual offer to their residents: You can have your mail and shipment deliveries sent to the police station, instead of risking porch pirates strolling off with them."Due to the high incidence of 'porch...
California woman pleads guilty in fatal Dartmouth hit-and-run | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- A California woman who left the scene of a fatal hit and run in Dartmouth earlier this year was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's office.Prosecutors said 59-year-old Natalie Vieira pleaded guilty to a one coun...
Reed-led inquiry uncovers US taxpayers footed $331M bill to fuel Saudi jets | WPRI
WPRI | December 14, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Following an inquiry led by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been sent a bill for about $331 million after the U.S. military failed to charge them for years of refueling missions.In March, Reed - who is the top Democra...
Providence Journal | December 14, 2018
WARWICK — An unauthorized practice has overpaid retiring city firefighters for accumulations of vacation time since 2015, a Providence Journal investigation shows.Asked about documents and information developed by The Journal, Mayor Joseph J. Solomon said Friday he was ordering a halt to the ...
Providence Journal | December 14, 2018
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. — The newly seated Town Council will meet Saturday morning to discuss whether to end the employment of Town Manager Gayle Corrigan and appoint one of the department heads as temporary acting manager.On Thursday, they will discuss whether to replace Town Solicitor David D'...
Providence Journal | December 14, 2018
But at hearing Tuesday, defense lawyer attacks commission, saying it oversteps its authority
Central Falls PD seek child molestation suspect | WPRI
WPRI | December 13, 2018
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are hoping the public can help them down a wanted child molestation suspect.According to a post on the department Facebook page, Saul Lopez, 62, is wanted on five counts of child molestation.Police did not release further information about the alleged crime.They...
Suspects identified in armed gas station robbery | WPRI
WPRI | December 13, 2018
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have identified two suspects involved in an armed robbery that occurred at Riverside Gas Station on Pawtucket Avenue.The suspects were identified as Timothy Jordan, 25, of East Providence and minor, whose name is not being released.The East Providence Police ...
Approved: Fall River cannabis store gets retail license | WPRI
WPRI | December 13, 2018
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- A Fall River medical marijuana dispensary looking to sell recreational cannabis just got the final go ahead.The Cannabis Control Commission approved the final retail license for Northeast Alternatives on Thursday during a meeting in Boston.Northeast Alternatives currently...