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The band whose indoor pyrotechnics started the Station nightclub fire is returning to New England for the first time since then.  "The Providence Journal" reports Great White is playing on August 15th in Mechanic Falls, Maine.  With a death toll of 100, the Station fire in West Warwick on February 20th, 2003, is the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. 

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There's no evidence of West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Rhode Island.  The July 13th test results of 124 mosquito pools from traps statewide are negative.  Test results from the State Health Laboratories are pending from 145 pools collected on July 20th.  Despite the negative findings thus far, health experts urge the public to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.    

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A man is under arrest accused of a series of burglaries.  Police arrested James Stanzione at an East Providence apartment complex and say he is responsible for breaking into a pair of homes on Thursday morning and two additional ones on Sunday.  Police accuse Stanzione of slipping into the windows of the homes and burglarizing them of wallets, cell phones and cameras.  Police say surveillance video from a convenience store led them to Stanzione.  They say Stanzione was purchasing something while using a stolen debit card.

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A Tiverton home shook after a tree on its property was struck not once but twice by lightning.  Tiverton fire says the house on Main Road was hit by back to back lightning strikes early Monday morning.  Fire officials say the home is also a daycare and there were children playing inside at the time of the strikes.  No one was injured during the strikes.  The home did suffer a loss of power.

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A woman is in custody after police say she hired a hitman to kill one of her neighbors.  Michelle Larracuente is charged with soliciting another to commit murder and soliciting another to commit first-degree arson.  Providence police say Larracuente approached an undercover officer about wanting to murder another police officer's mother.  Larracuente is said to have asked the undercover officer to injure the woman, burn down her house and vandalize another home for money.  Larracuente is currently on home confinement after she was released on 100-thousand-dollars bail.

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A man who was bitten by a poisonous snake is back home.  John Hunter was bitten by a copperhead snake on Thursday while he and his wife were working in their yard.  Hunter was bitten while trying to remove the snake from his yard.  After five days of treatment he was finally allowed to return home.  The snake is currently being held by the Department of Environmental Management which is investigating how the snake ended up in the Hunter's yard.

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Police are looking for suspects after finding a man with a stab wound.  James Hazard told police he was stabbed by a Jamaican man with dreads and facial hair when they found him in Providence yesterday.  He had one stab wound in his stomach and is in the hospital.  It's not known what led up to the stabbing. 

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No one is injured in a Bristol apartment fire.  Investigators say the blaze broke out Saturday afternoon at a unit on Wood Street.  All five family members living in the apartment were able to escape the flames.  Investigators didn't say how much damage was caused by the blaze and they're investigating the cause. 

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Police are looking for a hit and run driver.  Authorities say the driver rear ended a taxi on Saturday in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood and injured seven people riding inside.  Investigators say none of the injuries the passengers in the taxi sustained were life threatening.  Police did not immediately release a description of the suspect vehicle. 

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State police are looking into a deadly motorcycle crash on Interstate 95 in Providence.  Investigators say Kerlence Pierre was changing lanes Saturday night when he lost control of his bike and slammed into the back of an S-U-V.  State police say no charges will be filed against any of the drivers on the road with Pierre.  It's still not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor. 

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A Coventry officer is injured responding to a street fight.  Police say the officer was called to the scene early Saturday morning on Magnolia Lane about three men fighting.  Police say the officer was hit with a car mirror as a van fled the scene.  Police caught up to the men later in the morning.  Only one of the men, Matthew LaRoche, was charged with assaulting an officer.  All three are facing simple assault and disorderly conduct charges. 

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Health officials want you to stay out of Blackamore Pond in Cranston.  State health and environmental officials announced yesterday they found blue-green algae blooms in the pond.  Swimming, boating and fishing in the lake are now banned until the toxic algae subsides.  The health department says pets and children are at the biggest risk for adverse effects from going in the water. 

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A man accused of stealing items from a Pawtucket car is arrested.  Police say Andrew McIlmail had gone through at least a couple other cars on Central Avenue late Wednesday night.  Police reportedly found a back pack belonging to the 20-year old with things he'd taken from a car.  McIlmail is facing four charges, including tampering with an automobile, according to WPRI-TV. 

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Eight men are behind bars for crimes including sex trafficking of a minor and indecent solicitation of a child.  The men were all arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year old girl who investigators say they found in New Jersey in April.  All eight men were arrested this week and police say their investigation is ongoing.  One man is facing federal charges in the case. 

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A man is back in Rhode Island facing assault and reckless driving charges.  WPRI-TV reports Jonathan Torres was extradited yesterday after being held in Massachusetts for nearly three months.  He reportedly assaulted his sister and took her car from a Pawtucket home in April, leading police on a high speed chase that ended in North Attleboro.  He's facing five assault charges in addition to five other counts, including reckless driving.  He'll be behind bars until his next court appearance in October.

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Starting next February, students at the University of Rhode Island can spend a semester in Cuba.  The university is partnering with the Institute of Philosophy in the capital city of Havana.  Students will stay in an apartment complex and learn about economic development in Latin America.  The three-month program will also feature a short internship.  Students can start applying for the program in a week. 

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The U.S. Geological Survey is confirming that a small earthquake shook Rhode Island early yesterday morning.  The earthquake was 2.3 magnitude, and it struck the Providence area before 4 a.m. yesterday.  No injuries or damage is being reported from the quake.  Around 90 people reported the earthquake to the National Earthquake Center after it occurred.

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A 33-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly tried to carry a loaded handgun onto a plane at TF Green Airport.  TSA agents made the discovery as David Allen of Providence tried to enter the gated area.  The incident occurred Tuesday morning as Allen tried to board a plane to Baltimore Washington International Airport.  Allen faces up to ten-years in prison if he's convicted.

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A Woonsocket man is facing a formal indictment for allegedly molesting a girl under the age of 14-years-old.  A Providence County grand jury has indicted 52-year-old Michael Powell on three counts of child molestation and one count of indecent exposure.  Powell is being held without bail.  He's scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court August 12th.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today will sign an ordinance establishing a tax break program for large projects on former Interstate-195 land.  The ordinance establishes that projects between ten and 50-million-dollars or more on the land will receive a 15-year tax break package.  The owner would pay no property taxes in the first year under the plan, then would only pay taxes on the land itself in the second through fourth years.  The rate would then begin rising incrementally until full taxation is achieved in year 15.

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Rhode Island's chief medical examiner is being placed on administrative leave.  The move by the state health director comes as Christina Stanley's office deals with accreditation issues and a large case backlog.  The office was recently downgraded by the National Association of Medical Examiners because of the case backlog.  It has also suffered because of understaffing and leadership turnover.

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People in Tiverton have succeeded in stopping a 100-million-dollar development from taking place.  Amid fierce resident opposition, the Town Council this week rejected the Tiverton Glen commercial development on Main Road.  The project was first proposed as Tiverton Crossing in 2013, but was later scaled back into the plan that is now rejected.  A previous shopping center development for the same tract of land was also shot down by the town in 2006.

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Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is hosting an open government summit on Friday in Bristol.  The at the Roger Williams School of Law summit will feature a presentation explaining  Rhode Island's open meetings and records laws.  The summit will also feature a question and answer session with members of the open government unit.  The summit is free and open to the public, but people planning to attend should register with the state attorney general's office.

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Former Providence Public Works Director Paul Thomas is suing the city and former Mayor Angel Tavaras over his firing in 2012.  Thomas alleges that he was fired because he refused orders to hire unqualified people made by the Tavaras administration.  The suit alleges that he was ordered to hire the unqualified candidates because of their ethnic background.  The suit seeks damages and reinstatement as public works director.

 

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Governor Raimondo is bringing the dormant state Children's Cabinet back to life.  The cabinet was created by a state law passed in 1991, but cabinet members had not met since 2007.  That all changed yesterday, when Raimondo reconvened the ten member committee.  The governor says it's unacceptable that the panel did not meet for so long, saying the state must do better for its children.

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State legislative leaders are on board with raises Governor Raimondo is giving some members of her cabinet.  Senate President Teresa Pavia-Weed and House Speaker Nick Mattiello both say the requests are reasonable.  Raimondo's plan to increase the salaries of the six lowest paid members of her cabinet to 135-thousand dollars a year.  State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell says the raise proposal is absurd.

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Testing for West Nile Virus and Triple-E continue across Rhode Island.  The Department of Environmental Management says test results from over 100 pools of mosquitoes all are negative for both viruses.  Despite the negative tests, people are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding grounds around their homes.  Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and a single cup of water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes.

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An 18-year-old Westerly man injured in a boating mishap in Narragansett Bay is recovering from serious injuries.  Harrison Gatch was initially in serious condition in the hospital after suffering a severe arm injury.  Gatch apparently fell from the boat after it began having mechanical issues, and his arm was cut by a propeller.  Gatch has been upgraded to good condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

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A new report indicates that Rhode Island ranks in the bottom half of the nation in overall child well being.  The Kids Count Data Book rates Rhode Island 31st in the nation, down five spots from last year.  The report takes into account economic, health, education, family and community factors in ranking the states.  Rhode Island ranks well behind the five other New England states in the report.

 

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Governor Gina Raimondo is forming a working group charged with finding ways to cap health care spending.  Raimondo yesterday signed an executive order creating the Working Group for Healthcare Innovation.  The panel is composed of health care professionals, patient advocates, members of the business community and policy makers.  Raimondo says they are continuing to take bold actions like this to keep people healthier.

 

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A bicyclist who was struck and killed Friday night in Warwick was a former aide to Senators John and Lincoln Chafee.  Police say 64-year-old Charles Hawkins was walking his bicycle across Bald Hill Road when he was struck by a car.  The North Providence resident was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.  He was struck by a 1976 Datsun 280Z driven by a 23-year-old Cranston man, who is not charged with any offenses at this time.

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Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is upset with the large number of questionable unaccredited educational institutions that have received GI Bill benefits.  Reed is one of several senators who have written to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on the issue.  They say the VA is charged with protecting veterans from unscrupulous entities by only allowing accredited institutions with strong instruction practices.  They say 260-million-dollars in GI Bill money went to unaccredited institutions between 2009 and 2014.

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Two Cranston councilors are unhappy with a settlement with a police captain at the center of a ticket writing scandal.  Captain Stephen Antonucci allegedly ordered a flurry of parking ticket writing in the wards of council Majority Leader Paul Archetto and councilman Steven Stycos.  He was charged with numerous violations of department rules but is being allowed to retire in April of next year with full benefits.  In exchange, Antonucci cannot sue the city or the department.

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The Providence City Council's Finance Committee will gather this week to consider a proposal to place a new hotel where the vacant Fogarty Building stands.  A developer is seeking to pay no property taxes in the first three years.  The developer will pay eleven-percent in the fourth year, with eleven-percent increases until year 13 when full taxation would begin.  The building was built in 1968 and closed in 2003, and has been the subject of several redevelopment proposals since then.

 

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A newly enacted law seeks to provide a buffer between school children and Rhode Island's most dangerous sex offenders.  The law extends the current distance a level three sex offender must live from a school from 300 feet to one-thousand feet.  Level three sex offenders are considered to be the highest risk of reoffending.  The new law impacts more than 200 level three offenders registered with the state.

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A Connecticut man is dead following a scuba diving incident off the coast of Jamestown.  The unidentified 40-year-old man was found unresponsive in the water near Fort Wetherill yesterday morning.  The man was diving with a group of people when he began having difficulty.  State environmental management police are investigating.

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Officials are confirming that a 14-year-old girl who was pulled from the water off Narragansett has died.  Maia Stanton of Southfield, Massachusetts was snorkeling with her father when she disappeared Wednesday afternoon.  Stanton was pulled from the water after being missing for around two hours, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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Major changes are coming to the state-run Eleanor Slater Hospital.  Governor Gina Raimondo says changes in management and the day to day operation of the hospital are coming in the next few months.  Studies have shown that inefficient operation and poor leadership have hurt the hospital, which has a main campus in Cranston.  Raimondo says the state wants better care for the vulnerable patients at the hospital, and for tax dollars to be spent wisely. 

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A 35-year-old woman is dead after she apparently jumped from a Providence Place parking garage.  Police say the 35-year-old woman was running from Nordstrom security when she ran into the garage and jumped from the first floor ledge.  She suffered severe injuries in the fall, and was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.

 

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A man wanted for murder in Puerto Rico is in custody in Providence.  Pedro Torres was arrested when members of a federal violent fugitive task force saw him enter a home on Goddard Street in Providence.  Torres is wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred last August.  Police searched the Goddard Street home after his arrest and say an illegal handgun and crack cocaine were located.

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Rhode Island's unemployment rate is down slightly.  State labor officials say the unemployment rate in June was five-point-nine percent, which is down slightly from May's adjusted rate of six-percent.  Just over nine-thousand people collected unemployment benefits in the state in June.  That's 16-hundred people fewer than June of last year. 

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Three workers were injured after they fell 25 feet when the porch they were working on in New Bedford collapsed.

Fire officials say the second- and third-floor porches collapsed on Wednesday morning as work was being done on the three-story home.

The men told police they were on the third floor making arrangements to remove the porch and install windows.

Police say 39-year-old Polin Andrade and 42-year-old Concepcion Andrade suffered neck and back injuries and were taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

Another worker, 34-year-old Carlos Moreno-Ochoa, sustained a leg injury and told police he planned to take himself to St. Luke's Hospital.

City inspectors and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the scene.

 

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Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is demanding a federal crackdown on abuses in the campaign finance system.  Whitehouse says some organizations take advantage of loopholes to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on elections in secret.  He says the problem is especially bad with 501-C-Four social welfare organizations.


 

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A teenager who went missing while snorkeling off the shore of Narragansett was pulled unresponsive from the water.  A large scale search was ordered at around two p.m. yesterday when the teenage girl was reported missing.  After around two hours of searching, the girl was found and taken to the hospital.  The girl's name, age and condition were not being released as of early this morning.

 

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Charges are being dropped against a man and a woman accused of having sex in the parking lot of a Woonsocket Family Dollar store.  Prosecutors say they have no eyewitnesses who saw Danny Domenic Folco and Jennifer Bonsante having sex against a wall at the Clinton Street store.  The couple denied having sex when police arrived, but they were arrested days later when someone posted a video of their act on the Internet.  However, police say they cannot proceed without a witness and dropped the charges.

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National Grid is planning a 100-million-dollar refrigeration system in Providence to help meet the demand for liquefied natural gas.  The utility plans to capture natural gas from an existing pipeline and cool it into a liquefied form.  Currently National Grid receives liquefied natural gas by truck, and it takes over 23-hundred truck deliveries to fill its storage tank at Fields Point in Providence.  Demand for liquefied natural gas is growing worldwide, but National Grid says none from the new system would be sold overseas.

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It's official: the American burying beetle is now Rhode Island's state insect.

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the bill into law Wednesday and also announced a beetle-drawing competition to celebrate the state's newest symbol.

Third-graders at St. Michael's Country Day School in Newport had advocated for naming the beetle the state insect to raise awareness of its need for protection.

The American burying beetle was declared endangered in 1989. The species can be found on Block Island and in a handful of western states.

Raimondo says she is looking forward to seeing the entries for the beetle-drawing competition.

She says she wants to see beetles drawn as true Rhode Islanders, sipping on a Del's lemonade or hanging out on the beach.

The winning drawing will be displayed in the State House.

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A man is injured after being struck by a boat in Westerly.  Officials say 56-year-old James Delisle was swimming off East Beach near Watch Hill when he was hit by an unidentified boat that did not stop.  The incident occurred off the coast not far from the home owned by pop star Taylor Swift.  Delisle was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries after yesterday's incident.

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Rhode Island is getting its first Sonic Drive In restaurant.  The first Sonic in the state is opening in September on Putnam Pike in Smithfield.  Sonic currently has 35-hundred locations, including eateries in neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut.  The first New England Sonic opened in Peabody, Massachusetts in 2009.  The new location will have indoor dining for up to 70 people, and will also have ten drive up stalls that will be served by carhops on roller skates.

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Providence Police are trying to locate a 14-year-old boy wanted in connection with a gun theft.  Police are not identifying the boy, but say they have linked to the July fifth break in on Algonquin Street.  The teen allegedly stole a nine millimeter handgun, ammunition and various electronics from a friend's home.  He then is accused of taunting his friend on Facebook about the thefts and threatening his family.

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Officials are ruling out an unused cable buried under the sand as the cause of a Narragansett beach explosion.  The cable used to power lights on the Galilee Breachway jetty, which is now solar powered.  The cable was de-energized in 2007, and officials are confident that it did not cause the blast at Salty Brine State Beach on Saturday.  A Connecticut woman suffered broken ribs in the blast.

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A bill passed by the legislature in an effort to root out and eliminate racial profiling in Rhode Island is now law.  The measure requires police departments to collect racial data on all traffic stops and submit their numbers annually to the state.  The measure signed by Governor Gina Raimondo yesterday also bans searches of pedestrians without probable cause of criminal activity.

 

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For the first time in decades, the Rhode island legislature has not seen a single bill they passed vetoed by the governor.  The deadline for Governor Gina Raimondo to sign or veto bills has passed, and she has either signed or allowed all bills sent to her to become law.  One includes a measure that requires all police departments in the state to collect racial data on traffic stops conducted by police.  Raimondo is planning a ceremonial bill signing for that measure today in Providence.

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Eight firefighters are injured following a large fire in a vacant Providence apartment building.  The fire broke out yesterday afternoon at the large building on Portland Street.  Arriving crews found the building heavily involved in flames, and there were initial reports of people trapped on the third floor.  Two firefighters suffered injuries related to electricity, another fell down some stairs and five others suffered eye injuries. 

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A Warwick man is facing decades in prison after being convicted of murdering an escort he met through the web site Backpage.com.  James Adams was found guilty by a Providence jury yesterday of murder for the killing of Mary Grier in 2012.  Her body was found stuffed behind a couch in a Cranston garage that was linked to Adams.  He was also convicted of robbing another escort and a woman he met at a bar.

 

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A visit to the riverside property sought for a baseball stadium in Providence by a Pawtucket Red Sox official brought out a small group of protesters.  Around 50 people came out to oppose the plan yesterday, saying the land should be used as a park.  Others on hand complain that Pawtucket is a struggling city that cannot afford to lose the team.  The PawSox are seeking a lease deal where the state would provide 150-million-dollars to the team over 30 years for moving to Providence.

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A judge is vacating the murder conviction of Raymond Tempest, convicted in the 1982 murder of a woman in Woonsocket.  The ruling comes after a hearing where Tempest's attorneys argued that DNA evidence clears him of killing Doreen Picard.  The judge refused to release Tempest on bail, scheduling a hearing on the matter for August fourth.  Picard was 22-years-old when she was killed in 1982, and Tempest was convicted of the crime a decade later.

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A Warwick man is accused of driving his car 121 miles per hour on Interstate-295 in Lincoln.  State Police say 63-year-old Louis Picard was clocked on radar driving nearly twice the 65 miles per hour speed limit Saturday morning.  Police say that once Picard was stopped, he failed a field sobriety test and later a chemical test at the barracks.  He's charged with first offense DUI and reckless driving, and was released without having to post bail.

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Police are trying to identify suspects who abducted a man outside a Providence nightclub.  Police say the victim was grabbed outside the club on Snow Street early yesterday, then driven to several ATM machines.  The suspects demanded the victim's card and PIN number, then withdrew cash several times before leaving the man in Olneyville.  The victim was not injured during the incident, and no arrests have been made.

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Miss Rhode Island is the second runner up in the Miss USA Pageant.  Anea Garcia of Cranston reached the top ten of last night's event after the swimsuit competition, and the top five after the evening gown competition.  However, she had a rough time with the question portion of the evening, needing the question repeated and then delivering an incomplete answer.  Garcia is a sophomore at Roger Williams University and is hoping to become an attorney after college.

 

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A West Warwick man is facing charges after he was spotted driving drunk on Interstate-95 in Warwick.  Police say Brian Rutter was forced to a stop by fast acting state troopers as he headed south in the northbound lanes early yesterday morning.  State Police credit the 911 callers for averting a serious accident, because without the notice he may not have been stopped in time.  Rutter is charged with first offense driving under the influence and reckless driving.

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Rhode Island officials are trying to determine whether a small explosion on a Narragansett beach was an unusual natural event.  The explosion at Salty Brine State Beach Saturday morning sent Kathleen Danise of Connecticut to the hospital for treatment of cracked ribs and other injuries.  The beach was evacuated, but there is no evidence an explosive device was involved.  Officials are now treating the blast as a possible natural event from a ground disturbance of some kind.

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WPRI-TV reports that police and firefighters have responded to Salty Brine Beach for a report of an explosion.

The Department of Environmental Management confirms that they received reports of an explosion on the beach and a person injured at about 11:15 Saturday morning.

Officials say a 50 year-old woman was hurt in the apparent explosion after she was thrown onto the rocks of the jetty. She was taken to South County Hospital but no further information on her condition is currently available.

The DEM subsequently requested that a bomb technician from the state fire marshal’s office respond to the scene but the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.

Salty Brine Beach is closed as officials investigate and police may expand their perimeter further.

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 Financial troubles have forced a homeless shelter in Warwick to close.

The Rhode Island Family Shelter announced Thursday it suspended its emergency shelter program as of last Sunday. It had been in operation for more than 25 years.

Rhode Island Family Shelter Executive Director Patti Macreading says families living in the shelter have been relocated.

She says the board of directors is looking at options for resuming the emergency shelter program. The shelter's affordable housing program has not been affected by the closure.

Macreading says the seven permanent affordable housing apartment units on the shelter's second floor will continue to be occupied.

 

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 Police say a 78-year-old woman in Rhode Island is in critical condition after being hit by a car and thrown through a store window.

It happened on Thursday morning in South Kingstown. Police say the woman, who has not been identified, was walking on the sidewalk in front of a store when she was hit by a car that was pulling into a parking spot.

The woman was pushed through the store's front glass window and sustained severe leg injuries.

Police say she was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center, where she remains in critical condition.

Police say no criminal charges have been filed.

The store closed on Thursday afternoon due to minor structural damage from the crash.

The South Kingstown Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the incident.

 

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Residents of a Middletown neighborhood are being warned after a cat tested positive for rabies.  The cat was living in a feral colony in the East Bay Village section of town when it was killed by a dog.  The cat was then tested and confirmed to have been infected with rabies.  Anyone who has had recent contact with feral cats in the West Main Road section of Middletown is urged to contact the state Department of Health.

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Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are recommending public defender Mary McElroy to be a federal judge.  The senators say McElroy is highly qualified and would serve on the federal bench with distinction.  This is the first step in the confirmation process, and the senators say they will support the Cranston resident throughout the process.  She would replace Judge Mary Lisi, who will become a senior judge in October.

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A longtime Warwick homeless shelter is suspending operations amid a financial crisis.  Rhode Island Family Shelter says it was forced to close this week after 25 years of around-the-clock service to the community.  The families who had been living at the shelter have been moved to other facilities.  The Board of Directors is looking at options that will allow the emergency shelter to resume operations.  The seven affordable housing apartment units on the second floor of the shelter will remain occupied.

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A man who was shot and wounded in Providence on Sunday has died from his injuries.  Dimitri Perry was shot in the head, and was being treated at Rhode Island Hospital until his death yesterday.  The Providence resident was found gravely wounded outside a car on Nebraska Street early Sunday morning.  No arrests have been made, and police believe Perry was targeted by his attacker in a possible gang related incident.

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The Providence City Council is giving its approval to the tax stabilization agreement for the I-195 Redevelopment District.  The measure establishes the level of tax credits for projects on the land formerly occupied by the highway.  The agreement reached with legislative leaders and Governor Gina Raimondo also covers the Capital Center Redevelopment District.  Raimondo says the agreement shows what can happen when businesses and labor groups work together towards a common goal.

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A Cranston firefighter request for a disability pension because of colon cancer is being rejected by the state Retirement Board.  The panel voted seven to six to reject Kevin Lang's appeal, likely sending the case into workers compensation court.  Lang is a smoker, and the city argues that the cancer is not a job related medical condition.  He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 after serving as a Cranston firefighter for almost two decades.

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An informational picket is scheduled for today outside Rhode Island Hospital.  Unionized nurses, therapists and other professionals at the hospital have voted to issue a ten day strike notice to the hospital.  They plan a 2:00 p.m. picket in front of the hospital, where officials say they are disappointed by the strike vote.  The contract between the hospital and the union expired June 30th, and the two sides are working under a one month extension.

 

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Work is set to begin this summer on the South Street Landing project in Providence.  The initial construction will be of the parking garage that will serve the complex.  The landing project is designed to bring about development in the jewelry district and on land recently freed up by the relocation of Interstate-195 in the city.  The garage will help serve the 220 unit apartment building and the education center that will be part of the project.

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A Providence man is facing charges in connection with the killing of a barber last summer in East Providence.  Thomas Mosley is accused of shooting Yusuf A'Vant as he cut a customer's hair last August.  The killing occurred at the shop A'Vant operated on Pawtucket Avenue.  Mosley was arraigned on a murder charge yesterday and ordered held without bail.

 

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Dr. Ken Wagner of New York is Governor Gina Raimondo's choice to become Rhode Island's next education commissioner.  Wagner currently serves as senior deputy commissioner for education policy at the New York state Department of Education.  He previously served as a principal and assistant principal at a Long Island, New York middle school.  The state Board of Education will consider the appointment next week.

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