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The Final Day For Mail Ballots Is Today


Today is the final day for voters to apply for mail ballots for the upcoming September 9th primary.  The forms need to be returned to the applicant’s local board of canvassers no later than 21 days before the primary.

Ethics Commission To Investigate Beach Concession Contracts


The Ethics Commission is going to investigate whether Representative Peter Palumbo violated ethics rules by bidding on a contract for beach concessions. Palumbo was the high bidder for the contract but backed out leaving former Democratic Party Chairman David Caprio as the next highest bidder. There is also an investigation going on by the State police.

Details Emerge About Shot Suspect


More details are emerging about the man who remains hospitalized with serious injuries after being shot by a Warwick police officer.  Kenneth Cunningham was wanted for violating probation in a California murder case.  It turns out he was also wanted in Rhode Island on several outstanding warrants.  Cunningham allegedly fired first at police Monday before he was shot.

Three Rescued From Boat In Newport


The Coast Guard and the Newport Harbormaster helped a disabled vessel with three people on board after an engine overheated off the coast of Newport yesterday. The boat was near Fort Adams yesterday morning when the engine started to smoke. Three people were transferred to the harbormaster’s boat and no injuries were reported.  The boat was towed into Newport Harbor.

RIPTA Fall Service Changes Effective Aug. 23rd


RIPTA has announced that its Fall service changes will take place starting August 23rd.  The service changes are to accommodate seasonal changes and passenger use. There have been additional trips added to the Newport/Providence and Salve Regina routes. Passengers are encouraged to check new schedules for how these service changes may affect them. www.ripta.com

Man Wanted In California Shot In Warwick


A man was shot multiple times yesterday after exchanging gunfire with Warwick Police.  Kenneth Cunningham, 39, was in critical condition after he was shot.  Cunningham is wanted in California for a parole violation in a murder case. The incident began in the Oakland Beach area and while police were pursuing the truck that Cunningham was driving, he pulled out a gun, pointed at the officers and gunfire was exchanged.

Yachting Center Wants Violations Bound Together


The Newport Yachting Center has requested that all its pending noise violations be bound together for one Municipal Court trial that is scheduled for September. According to the Daily News, the Yachting Center wants to bundle them together so that they could minimize the number of times that expert witnesses would have to come to Newport for trials.

Rhode Island Unemployment Not Highest


Rhode Island no longer has the unwanted distinction of being the state with the highest unemployment rate.  The state's jobless rate has dropped to seven-point-seven-percent, a two tenths drop from June.  Mississippi takes over as the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country, checking in at eight-percent in July.  The state with the lowest unemployment rate in the country is North Dakota at two-point-eight percent.

Former Congressman St. Germain Dies


Rhode Island is mourning the death of former Congressman Fernande St. Germain.  The Woonsocket native passed away over the weekend in Newport at the age of 86.  St. Germain represented Rhode Island's first district on Congress from 1960 until 1989.  Current first district Congressman David Cicilline says St. Germain was a soldier, accomplished lawyer and distinguished public servant whose legacy will benefit the state for years to come.

Navy Salute To Summer Concert And Fireworks Returns


The Navy Salute to Summer Concert and Fireworks returns to the lawn of Dewey Field on board Naval Station Newport this Saturday.  The concert will feature the music of Navy Band Northeast and Wayz & Means. The concert begins at 5, fireworks should begin around 9:15.  For more information check out the Naval Station Newport Rhode Island fan page on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/NAVSTANewport

Tiverton Crossings Public Informational Meeting To Be Held Tomorrow


Carpionato Properties will be holding a public informational meeting tomorrow night in the Tiverton High School Auditorium.  The meeting will outline the plan for the proposed Tiverton Crossings project. According to the Daily News, the project includes 454,000 square feet of retail, residential and office space. The property for the proposed site is zoned residential and will require zoning changes from the Town Council.

Touro Synagogue Holds Annual Reading of Washington Letter


Touro Synagogue held its annual reading of George Washington’s historic letter “To the Hebrew Congregation at Newport” yesterday afternoon.  The letter was written by Washington 224 years with the message of religious freedoms and tolerance as one of the foundations that the country was built upon.

New Push To Ban Smoking At Beaches


There's a renewed push to ban smoking at all public beaches on Aquidneck Island.  Officials say thousands of cigarette butts are picked up from the beaches each year, and it needs to stop.  In order for such a ban to be put into effect, each community on the Island must approve an ordinance.  The group Clean Ocean Access is hoping to have a ban in place before the beach season begins next summer.

Fools' Rules Regatta Held In Jamestown


Jamestown held it’s 37th annual Fools’ Rules regatta yesterday. The Regatta showcases boats built with non-nautical items and many of the boats have specific themes.  The homemade boat competition takes place at Jamestown’s Town Beach each summer.

RI Social Services Getting Federal Funds


Rhode Island social service agencies will be getting nearly $681,000 in funds to help families in need with emergency food, rent and utility payments.  A little more than 60% of that money will go to Providence with the remainder going to the “State Set-Aside Committee” which can award the money to other communities throughout the state.  The Federal funds are provided through FEMA’s emergency food and shelter program.

Eight Beaches Are Closed To Swimming


The Department of Health has recommended the closure of eight beaches.  Barrington Town Beach, Easton's Beach in Newport, Goddard Memorial State Park Beach and Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick, Peabody's Beach in Middletown, Scarborough State Beach (North and South) in Narragansett, Third Beach in Middletown, and Warren Town Beach in Warren are closed to swimming due to high bacteria counts. Officials will continue to monitor the water quality and recommend re-opening when the area is safe for swimming.

State Unemployment Rate Drops


Rhode Island's unemployment rate is slightly lower.  The state Department of Labor and Training says Rhode Island's jobless rate was seven-point-seven percent in July.  That's two-tenths of a percent lower than June's numbers.  The state gained 12-hundred jobs during the month, with the state labor force currently standing at 558-thousand people.

 

More Bodies Found From Funeral Home


Authorities say three bodies found in a Johnston storage facility are linked to the Pennine Funeral Home on Federal Hill in Providence.  Police were called to United Storage on Putnam Pike and discovered two badly decomposed adult bodies in coffins.  The body of an infant was found in a small container.  Documents with the bodies linked them to the embattled funeral home.  Authorities discovered nine bodies at the funeral home last month, including one of a baby who died in 2001.

Police Investigating 5 Car Crash In Charlestown


Police are investigating a five car crash that happened yesterday afternoon in Charlestown. The accident happened on Route 1 near East Beach Road just after 4pm.  There were no serious injuries and there has been no word on what caused the crash.

Woman Sentenced For Cocaine Trafficking


A Providence woman is receiving four-years in prison for her role in a narcotics trafficking conspiracy.  Ashley Sekator-Graham previously pleaded guilty to charges that she participated in a cocaine and crack distribution network.  Sekator-Graham and her husband Damon Graham admit that they sold drugs and kept them at a home and a storage unit in Narragansett.  In addition to drugs, police found around 90-thousand-dollars in cash, pistols and ammunition.

Owners Of Cleaning Company Have Been Arrested


Two Fall River women, the owners of A Magic Touch cleaning company have been arrested.  Jaqueline Maloney, 26, and Kortnie Vickery, 26, have been charged with stealing items from homes they were working in. Middletown Police report that the women pawned jewelry that was stolen from homes they were hired to clean for cash at several local pawn shops throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The investigation is ongoing and there may be additional victims in the Aquidneck Island area. Anyone who had hired the company in the past and has discovered items missing from their homes should notify their local police department.

Man Rescued Off Beach In Charlestown


A New York man has been rescued from surf with waves as high as 12 feet off the coast of Charlestown.  Michael Novak, 55, of South Salem New York was about 400 feet off shore on a boogie board after being caught in rip currents while swimming at Blue Shutters Town Beach.  Novak’s wife made the call to  authorities to get him help. The beach had been closed because of the bad weather.

Former Cop Guilty Of Cyberstalking


A former Barrington police sergeant is avoiding prison by pleading guilty to charges related to cyberstalking.  Joseph Andreozzi of Pawtucket was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison term and probation.  Andreozzi was charged with domestic cyberstalking after sending threatening text messages to his former wife.  The 20-year veteran of the Barrington police force resigned his position this week.

Warwick Beach Closed To Swimming


The Rhode Island Department of Health has recommended that swimmers avoid Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick because of high bacteria counts.  It will reopen when the counts have returned to acceptable levels.

Torrential Rains Cause Localized Flooding


The flood waters have subsided across Rhode Island after downpours caused serious local flooding.  Some areas of the state received more than four inches of rain yesterday, with the highest amount coming in Cranston.  Quickly rising water left many roads impassible until the storm drains could get caught up with the heavy flow.  No injuries or deaths are reported as a result of the flooding.

Three Arraigned For Highway Shooting


Three men are being held on high bails following their arraignment on charges that they opened fire on another driver on the highway.  The shooting occurred this past weekend on Interstate-95 in Providence.  The driver of the other vehicle tells police that he was driving to work when the car carrying the three men opened fire on him.  The man was not struck, but there were three bullet holes in the driver side door.

Shuttered Bar Seeks To Reopen


The owners of the Three-Dollar Bar on Federal Hill in Providence are seeking to reopen.  The bar was shut down last month after a man was killed during a fight in their rear parking lot.  The order was given after the state Board of Licenses learned that bar staff witnessed the fight and did not call police or seek to intervene.  The sides made their arguments before a hearing officer yesterday.

One Strike Law Passed For Adult Clubs


It's one strike and you're out for adult entertainment clubs in Providence.  A newly enacted measure allows the Board of Licenses to revoke the license of strip clubs where the owners are grossly negligent.  Examples of this conduct would be allowing prostitution or minors inside a club.  Mayor Angel Tavaras says this will allow swift action against those who would exploit children in these clubs.

Middletown Applies For Stormwater Management System Grant


Middletown has applied for a grant to pay for a new stormwater management system at Middletown High School.  The system would help clean up rainwater runoff that is flowing into drinking water supplies and would also help limit swimming bans at area beaches. If the grant money is awarded there will be a public meeting to explain the project details.

Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


Police and the FBI are looking for a suspect who committed an armed robbery at a Bank of America branch in Lincoln.  Police say the man walked into the Smithfield Avenue bank yesterday afternoon and pulled out a handgun, demanding cash.  The man grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.  The suspect was captured on video, but used a black mask and sunglasses to hide his identity.

Tiverton Police Looking For Break In Suspect


Tiverton Police are looking for Nicholas Gonzalez, 35, of Fall River.  Police believe Gonzalez is a suspect for a vehicle break in. Gonzalez is described as 5ft 6inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds with brown hair.  His last known address was 2000 Bay Street in Fall River. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Tiverton Police. (401) 625-6717

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State Receives Education Grant


The Rhode Island Department of Education is receiving a grant to help expand the use of technology in state schools.  The 100-thousand-dollar grant comes from the nonprofit the Learning Accelerator.  The California based organization will help the state to deliver blended learning, which is when technology is introduced into the traditional classroom setting.  The funds will not be used for equipment purchases, instead they will be used to help state schools to use computers to enhance classroom instruction.

Newport Police Department's 13th Annual National Night Out Against Crime


The Newport Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing Division will be holding their 13th Annual National Night Out Against Crime.  The event will be held on Easton’s Beach this Thursday from 4pm-6pm in conjunction with the Newport Recreation Departments Children’s Night. There will be information on bike safety, child car seat safety inspection information, gun safety as well as child I.D. kits.   The dunk tank will be back again with Mayor Harry Winthrop along with several Newport Police Officers and Newport Firefighters making an appearance at the dunk tank.  At the end of the night there will be a drawing for three sets of bicycles with helmets and locks.

Cost Of Single Family Home Drops


The average cost of a single family home in Rhode Island is on the decline.  The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says the median cost of a home in June was 230-thousand-dollars.  That's a four-percent decrease from June of last year.  On the positive side, the number of foreclosure and short sales was down significantly in the first half of the year. 

 

2 Injured In Motorcycle Crash On Pell Bridge


A 57 year old man suffered head injuries after his motorcycle skidded out of control as he and another rider approached the downtown exit of the Pell Bridge yesterday afternoon.  The man with the head injuries is in serious condition and the second motorcyclist, who is 53, was treated for minor injuries. Both men are from Connecticut and neither was wearing a helmet.

Man Stabbed At Tribal Annual Meeting


There was a stabbing at the Narragansett Indian Tribe’s annual meeting. Andrew Smith, 37, was stabbed in the chest after an altercation Saturday night. He was taken to the hospital with a stab wound to his left chest, damaging one of his lungs.  A criminal investigation is being conducted by the Narragansett Indian Tribe Police Department.

Warwick Teen Drowns In Exeter


A Warwick teenager is being identified as the victim of an apparent drowning in Exeter.  State environmental police say 19-year-old Jeremiah Zarty was swimming in Browning Mill Pond with friends when he submerged and did not surface.  The friends were able to locate Zarty and tried to administer CPR, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.  An autopsy is scheduled for today, but officials do not believe there is anything suspicious involved the death.

Free Voter ID Event In Portsmouth Tomorrow


This year, poll workers will be asking voters to show a current and valid photo ID when they vote at their polling places.  Tomorrow the Secretary of State’s office will be hosting a voter ID event at Atria Aquidneck Place in Portsmouth where the public can obtain a free voter ID.  The event will be held from 11am-1pm. Voter ID’s can also be obtained for free at the Secretary of State’s Office.

Victory Day Openings and Closings


Local and State offices are closed today in honor of Victory Day.  Post offices will be open, libraries and banks are closed. RIPTA will be operating on the holiday schedule and the Jamestown and Portsmouth transfer stations are closed today.  There will be no trash or recycling pick up today in Newport, Middletown or Tiverton. Those services will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.

Beach Attendance Is Up This Year


It's been a good year so far for Rhode Island's state beaches.  State officials say that beach attendance through July is well ahead of the numbers for the same period one year ago.  State environmental management officials say the increase is a bit of a surprise, especially since the Fourth of July weekend was largely a washout.  Officials speculate that the fewer number of days with oppressive heat and humidity may be driving up this year's numbers.

The Charles W. Morgan Is Back In Mystic


The last surviving ship from America’s 19th century whaling fleet is back home.  The Charles W. Morgan returned to Mystic Seaport this week after a three month journey along the southern coast of New England.  It had not left Mystic since arriving there in 1941.

Rhode Island Mall Development Planned


Plans are being formulated to bring Rhode Island's first indoor shopping mall back to life.  The owners of Rhode Island Mall in Warwick are planning to transform the facility into the state's first outlet mall.  The main portion of the mall has been closed since 2011, but original tenant Sears remains, along with several big box retailers in stand alone buildings.  A partnership of developers bought the property for 38-million-dollars and hope to begin construction next year.

Federal Hill Bar Loses Liquor License


The Three Dollar Bar on Federal Hill in Providence no longer has a liquor license.  City licensing officials made the decision after learning that bar employees may have watched a deadly beating take place in a rear parking lot and didn't stop it.  Jonathan Stack of Glocester died three days after being beaten with a piece of wood on July 23rd.  The city's public safety commissioner says nobody from the bar called police to report the fight.

State Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Beach Concessions


Common Cause Rhode Island, the states government watchdog group, has filed a complaint over state Representative Peter Palumbo’s bid to host concessions at three state beaches.  Palumbo was a high bidder for a 5 year contract last year, but he backed out, leaving Democratic Party Chairman David Caprio as the highest bidder. State Police are also investigating the contracts.

Rabid Fox Found And Killed In South Kingstown


A rabid fox in South Kingstown attacked two people within a few hours yesterday and had traveled from Albro Lane to the YMCA on Broad Rock Road.  South Kingstown Police and the DEM conducted a search and were able to locate and kill the fox. There was no word on the condition of the people that had been attacked.

Judge Dismisses Ochre Point Neighborhood Association Appeal


The Preservations Society of Newport County and the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association have been at odds on a proposed visitors center at The Breakers. The Daily News reports that yesterday a Superior Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit that the Neighborhood Association had filed to appeal a January decision by the Newport Zoning Board Of Review. The zoning board had issued the Preservation Society a certificate of appropriateness for a welcome center at The Breakers. The proposed welcome center would provide simple refreshment services and restrooms for the hundreds of thousands of people that visit the site annually.

State Unemployment Cap Remains The Same


Rhode Island residents receiving unemployment benefits will not see any increase in their maximum benefits in the new fiscal year.  Officials say this year's rate is again 566-dollars per beneficiary, and 707-dollars for those with more than five dependants.  That's the same rate that has been in place since 2011, when the legislature made changes in response to the unemployment trust fund running out of money.

Capping Of Coventry Landfill Set


The Coventry landfill has been closed for almost 40 years, but efforts to cap it appear finally ready to take place.  A major project is now underway that seeks to prevent hazardous materials dumped at the landfill from contaminating groundwater.  The cost of the project is expected to be around six-million-dollars, with Coventry and several companies picking up the tab.  The landfill accepted household and hazardous waste for decades before closing in 1975.

13 Year Old Missing Girl Found Safe


The 13 year old disabled girl who went missing for a second time was found safe at her mother’s home in West Greenwich.  Nadia Cosper is now back at the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders in Brockton where she has been living. Police have not released any details on how she was able to get from Brockton to Rhode Island.

Subpoenas To State Lawmakers Withdrawn


Rhode Island state lawmakers are no longer the subject of subpoenas in the 38 Studios lawsuit.  The law firm representing defendants in the suit over Curt Schilling's failed video game company has withdrawn the subpoena served on a lawmaker over the deal.  The lawyers also say there will be no more subpoenas served on state lawmakers in the case.  The lawyers are not saying what led to the change.

Charlestown Is Getting Red Light Cameras


Charlestown will be getting a red light camera installed at an intersection where a 27 year old man was struck and killed. In May 2010, Colin Foote was killed when the motorcycle he was riding was struck at the intersection of Route 1 and West Beach Road. There will be a warning period of 15 days when the cameras are first installed. After that, it will cost drivers $85 to run a red light. The ticket will be mailed home to drivers.

Assault Probed Near Woody Allen Filming


A man is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted two security guards at the Providence set of a Woody Allen movie.  Police say the unidentified 34-year-old man grabbed a female security guard's wrists, then struck another guard who tried to help.  The suspect was eventually subdued with the help of bystanders and charged with felony assault and simple assault.  He was also taken to the hospital for treatment of a cut on his head.

Warwick Girl Goes Missing Again


A 13-year-old Warwick girl with a brain injury is missing for the second time this summer.  Nadia Cosper walked away from the May Institute in Brockton, Massachusetts Sunday and has not been seen since.  She was last seen getting into an older sedan, possibly a Toyota Corolla or a Camry.  Cosper went missing for a few days in June and was later found safe in Pawtucket.

Tiverton Police Issue Reminder After Multiple Break-Ins


Tiverton police have received reports of 20 vehicle break-ins and one vehicle theft over the past week.  They are reminding residents never to leave valuables inside your car, or at the very least keep them our of sight. Police have not yet released information on any suspects or arrests. Anyone that may have witnessed one of the incidents or any suspicious activity is being asked to contact the Tiverton Police Department.

Subpoenas Coming In 38 Studios Case


Rhode Island's House Speaker is warning fellow lawmakers that some state representatives will be receiving subpoenas related to 38 Studios litigation.  Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says one representative has already been served, and more are expected soon.  Mattiello anticipates members who voted on the job creation bill that provided 85-million-dollars in loan guarantees for 38 Studios will likely be subpoenaed as well.  He says any representative receiving a subpoena should contact his office to discuss legal representation.

Discover Newport Receives Pinnacle Award


Discover Newport has been named one of the best Northeast Convention & Visitors Bureaus by Successful Meetings magazine and has received a 2014 Pinnacle Award.  The 2014 Pinnacle Awards are the mark of excellence for meeting destinations, hotels and conference centers. The awarded organizations have done an outstanding job servicing their meetings, incentive travel programs, trade shows and conventions during the year.

URI Quarterback Arrested In Maryland


University of Rhode Island quarterback Luke Casey is in hot water following his recent arrest in Maryland.  Casey was arrested last Friday at an all day concert in Columbia, Maryland on charges of second degree assault, disorderly conduct and possession of false identification.  URI has suspended the redshirt freshman indefinitely because of the arrest.  The incident occurred at the Mad Decent Block Party, where two people died and around 20 others were sickened by apparent drug overdoses.

RI Ranked Least Partisan State


Rhode Island is ranked as the least partisan state according to a new report from “Measuring American Legislatures”. California tops the list as having the most polarized legislature in the nation with Colorado coming in second. The report determines the rankings based on the ideological split between Democrats and Republicans.

RI Gas Prices Continue Steady Decline


Rhode Island gasoline prices are continuing their steady decline, and are at their lowest level since April.  AAA Southern New England says a gallon of self serve regular gas is three-dollars and 60-cents.  That's down four-cents in the last week and 14-cents lower than a month ago, but are still ten-cents a gallon higher than the national average. 

Health Department Screening Newborns For SCID


The state has expanded its program of infant screening. The Health Department began screening all newborns for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). The disease causes dangerously low levels of white blood cells that protect the body against infection.  The testing began on Friday.

Portsmouth Police Officer Hit By Alleged Drunk Driver


A Portsmouth police officer was send to the hospital after his parked cruiser was hit by an alleged drunk driver.  Bianca Jannetta, 24, of Barrington, was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. She will be arraigned in court this morning. The officer was treated and release from Newport hospital. The accident is under investigation by the State Police.

Man Dead In Newport Hit And Run


A man is dead and a woman is facing charges after a hit and run incident in Newport.  Police say the unidentified man was stumbling on the side of Admiral Kalbfus Road when he was struck and killed Saturday night.  The driver did not stay at the scene, but 33-year-old Jessica Gosdoski of Oceanside, New York later turned herself in to Newport Police.  She's free on ten-thousand-dollars bond after being charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Voter Registration Deadline For The Primary Is August 10th


The secretary of state is reminding voters that the deadline to register to vote in the September 9th primary is August 10th. You can download registration forms from the secretary of state’s website. www.Sos.ri.gov  State law requires voters to register at least 30 days ahead of the primary. 

Jazz Festival Wraps Up 60th Anniversary With Big Name Performers


The Newport Jazz Festival closed out yesterday with some big names hitting the main stage. Bobby McFerrin and David Sanborn were among those who performed. Festival founder George Wein also performed with his Newport All Stars. This year marked the 60th Anniversary of the festival. The Newport Jazz festival was the first outdoor jazz festival and has hosted some of the most famous acts in jazz.

Newport Jazz Festival Begins Today


The Newport Jazz Festival begins today. The three day festival will fill three stages and will consist of fourty-five sets of great jazz. Get the schedule of performances, information on the venues and parking by going to the festival website.

 

http://www.newportjazzfest.org/

Campaign Finance Updates


Angel Tavaras raised over 400-thousand-dollars for his run for governor in the second quarter of the year.  Most of the money raised by Tavaras during the period was from private donors, with around 17-thousand-dollars coming from political action committees.  The Tavaras campaign says the Providence mayor spent 445-thousand-dollars in the quarter.  He has over one-million-dollars in cash on hand as heading into the Democratic primary stretch run. 

 

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has a financial edge over Republican opponent Allan Fung. The filings made by both candidates with the Board of Elections show that Block finished the quarter that ended June 30th with more than a half-million dollars in his campaign account. Fung had $364,000 in his account.

President Will Stop In Newport


Newport will be part of a Northeast trip for President Obama.  The President is expected to attend a fundraising event at the end of August. The Obama’s are scheduled for a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard from August 9th to the 24th.

Police Make Large Marijuana Bust


A routine traffic stop by Rhode Island State Police turns into a large marijuana bust.  Police say they pulled over a car for traffic violations on Interstate-95 in Warwick and discovered seven pounds of marijuana inside.  Charged in the case are two men from New York City, Amalfis Medina and Francisco Pena of the Bronx.  Both men are being held without bail on charges of marijuana possession with intent to deliver.

Warren Town Beach Open


State health officials have recommended that the town beach in Warren be reopened to swimming.  The water quality tests show bacteria levels have returned to within acceptable limits.

Funeral Home Remains Examined


Officials believe some human remains found in a Providence funeral home had been there for more than a decade.  Six bodies and two cremated remains were found at Pennine Funeral Home on Federal Hill by a friend of home director Alfred Pennine.  Three of the bodies were in caskets, two others were in shipping containers.  He went to the home after Pennine took his own life at a New Hampshire campground earlier this month. 

Judge Tosses Candidate Stalking Conviction


A judge is throwing out the Internet stalking conviction of a top teachers union official over his actions during a 2010 state House campaign.  The judge ruled that e-mails sent by John Leidecker to former Representative Douglas Gablinske were protected political speech under the First Amendment.  Leidecker was convicted of the charge in 2011 and fined 100-dollars.  The e-mails he sent attacked Gablinske's position on education, highway tolls and other issues.

Four Beaches Reopen


Three beaches in Middletown and one in Newport are open to swimming once again.  State health officials say the bacteria levels at Atlantic Beach, Peabody’s Beach, Third Beach and Easton’s Beach have returned to within normal limits. The town beach in Warren remains closed due to elevated bacteria counts.

Newport Man Getting Incucted Into National Sailing Hall Of Fame


The Annapolis, Maryland based National Sailing Hall Of Fame has announced that Harry Anderson Jr. is among eight inductees into the class of 2014. Anderson, a long time Newport resident, has been involved with sailing for more than 60 years and he served as an America’s Cup race official for more than 20 years. His induction ceremony is scheduled for September.

Three Dollar Bar To Remain Closed


A bar on Providence's Federal Hill that was the scene of a recent homicide will remain closed for the time being.  The Board of Licenses says the Three-Dollar Bar will remain closed as they review reports of a large fight at the establishment on Sunday.  In that incident, police say they found 15 people fighting behind the bar, and a crowd of dozens more refused to disperse.  That followed a July 23rd incident where a Glocester man was beaten to death.

State To Help Preserve Land In North Kingstown


The Department of Environmental Management will help in the purchase of 45 acres of land in North Kingstown as part of an effort to preserve almost 500 acres along the Narrow River. The land, adjacent to Upper Pond, is being purchased for $300,000 in a cooperative effort by the state, the Narrow River Land Trust the Town of North Kingstown. 43 of the acres will remain open space and two acres will be used for parking and trail entrances.

Middletown Police Department Awarded National Accreditation


The Middletown Police Department has received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The accreditation follows three years of work completed by police personnel to ensure the department’s standard operating procedures, policies, and actions are consistent with national standards.  Middletown is now one of eight Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agencies within the state.

New Prudence Island Ferry Operator Starts In September


Ferry passenger service between Bristol and Prudence Island will have a new operator.  A & R Marine will be the new operator and is expected to begin service on September 15th.  Prudence Ferry, the current operator announced on their facebook page that they will be stopping service on September 14th. Prudence Ferry will be looking to start a new service from elsewhere in the Spring.

Tonight's Bridgefest Events


It's day three of Bridgefest and there are two great events going on tonight you may be interested in attending.

 

6:00pm: Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. presents a Family Concert with Bari Koral Family Rock Band and Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo. Also featuring a special dance performance with choreography by Jackie Henderson from Off the Curb and Able Mind & Body.
 
6:30pm: Canfield House Jazz Supper Club. An elegant evening of dining and dancing with the Lois Vaughan Quintet. Revisit the heyday of the Jazz Era as you enjoy the Monte Carlo feel of Richard Canfield’s historic Newport casino.

 

Get more information and complete details on the Bridgefest website by clicking the link below.

http://newportbridgefest.com/2014-calendar-of-events/

Beaches Closed By High Bacteria Levels


Five Rhode Island beaches are closed to swimmers because of elevated bacteria levels in the water.  Three of the beaches are in Middletown, Atlantic Beach, Peabody's and Third Beach.  The others recommended for closure are Easton's Beach in Newport and the Warren town beach.  The state Department of Health will continue to monitor the water and will reopen the beaches for swimming when bacteria reaches acceptable levels.

Governor Holding Ceremony To Sign Breast Density Bill


Governor Chafee is ceremonially signing legislation today aimed at raising awareness of a potential risk factor for breast cancer. The General Assembly passed the legislation that requires that each mammogram report include notification of any finding of dense breast tissue and a suggestion that additional screening may be beneficial to some. 

Attorneyt Generals Office Grants $250,000 For Repairs To Portsmouth Wind Turbine


The Portsmouth wind turbine could be spinning again within the next 6 months.  In June, the town council decided to fix the turbine, rather than tear it down. The repairs are estimated to cost $885,000. The town will be getting a $250,000 grant from a federal Clean Air Act lawsuit paid out to the state and this will help offset that cost.

Wilson's of Wickford Meets Fundraising Goal


A Wickford retail staple is staying open for business thanks to the community's generosity.  Wilson's, a clothing store that's been open in Wickford since 1944, was facing a shutdown amidst a tough economy.  But owner Jim Wilson was able to raise over 150-thousand dollars on the crowd funding site crowdtilt.com.  Now, Wilson says, he'll be able to pay his bills as well as buy new merchandise for the store.

Tiverton Police Investigating Break-Ins


Police in Tiverton and Little Compton are investigating two breaking and entering complaints. Yesterday police responded to the complaints and tracked two suspects to a wooded area of Main Road and Windmill Hill Drive. A link to the description of the suspects can be found on on their facebook page. Anyone who observes any disturbances in their yard or views suspicious people or activity is asked to contact Tiverton Police headquarters.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiverton-Police-Department/438443289611211?rf=191106960908242

Evan Smith To Serve on DMAI Board Of Directors


Evan Smith, President and CEO of Discover Newport, has been chosen to serve on the Destination Marketing Association International board of directors.  The association includes nearly 600 destination marketing organizations, from 16 countries and provides nearly 4,000 members educational resources, networking opportunities and marketing intelligence worldwide.

Newport Jazz Fest In 60th Year


The legendary Newport Jazz Festival kicks off its 60th year this Friday.  The festival is still produced by 88-year-old George Wein, the passionate jazz enthusiast who brought the very first jazz festival to Newport in 1954.  He said ticket sales for this year's festival are already ahead of last year and the year before.  He expects around 20-thousand people to attend. 

Anti-illegal Immigration Rally In Providence


An anti-illegal immigration group rallied at the statehouse in Providence Saturday.  The non-profit Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement organized the rally after news broke that 119 undocumented children who have recently crossed the southern border, are now being housed in Rhode Island.  Protestors said government assistance shouldn't be going to illegal immigrants when so many U.S. veterans are homeless and struggling.

Teenager Arrested In Connection With Little Compton Stabbing


A teenager has been arrested after his father was found stabbed at a Little Compton home.  The father was found by police with a stab wound to the neck and he was taken to the hospital.  The teen has not been identified due to his age but was taken to the state juvenile facility and is expected to be in court today. The teen is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon with intent to commit murder.

2x4 Beating Victim Dies


The Glocester man beaten with a two-by-four last week during an argument died on Saturday.  Thirty-four-year-old Jonathan Stack was beaten during a fight with two other men over the sale of a truck in Federal Hill on Wednesday.  Forty-eight-year-old Daniel Lastarza was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon last week, but authorities said his charges will now be upped to murder.

Bridgefest Begins Today


Bridgefest begins today. The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County created Bridgefest 6 years ago. The 4 day festival includes music and music related activities throughout the area. You can all the information on Bridgefest including the events schedule on their website. www.newportbridgefest.com

Newport Folk Festival Begins Today


The 55th Newport Folk Festival kicks off today.  The three day festival at Fort Adams begins with Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses along with 14 other acts filling 4 stages throughout the day. There will also be a special program to honor Pete Seegar who helped start the festival and was involved with it until he died in January. 

Officials Recommend Closing Scarborough State Beach South


Public health officials recommend closing Scarborough State Beach South in Scarborough State Park to swimmers.  Officials say high bacteria counts are to blame.  They say they will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen the beach when it is safe.  Meanwhile, the Scarborough North beach remains open. www.health.ri.gov/beaches/

RI Sailer Falls To His Death In Virginia


A Rhode Island sailor falls six stories to his death from a barracks at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.  Base officials say 22-year-old Morgan Louis Hayman from Pawtucket was involved in a fight with another sailor just prior to his fall Tuesday night.  The U.S. Navy says no charges have been filed, but N-C-I-S is investigating.  The other sailor was treated for his injuries at the hospital and released. 

Warwick Man Has Second Lottery Win


A Warwick man is celebrating his second scratch ticket win in eight months. Kevin Gilchrist won $75,000 back in December and this week he won another $40,000. He hasn’t decided how he is going to spend the money, but he is planning on giving some to his children.  Gilchrist purchased both winning tickets from Lakewood Liquors in Warwick.

Chafee Says Number Of Migrant Children Drops


Governor Lincoln Chafee says the number of migrant children crossing the nation's border is dropping.  Chafee says federal officials have informed him of the drop in numbers, indicating that the need for temporary housing for those kids is dropping.  Chafee says he has not received any requests from the federal government to house any children.

Man Pleads Guilty To Making Meth In Newport


A Pawtucket man that was charged with manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine in a Newport motel room has pleaded guilty. 51 year old Sean Costigan is facing up to 100 years in federal prison and a potential fine of up to $5 million dollars. He will be sentenced in November.

Newport City Councilman Arrested For Assault


Newport City Councilor Michael Farley was arrested and pleaded no contest to simple assault charges.  Farley was accused of assaulting a contractor working on the house next to his back in June. Farley was arraigned yesterday and has been ordered to pay restitution and ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

Man Killed In Coventry Crash


A Connecticut man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle on Plainfield Pike in Coventry.  35 year old Scott Deware of Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene. The one car crash remains under investigation.

Kickemuit River Re-opens For Shellfishing


The Kickemuit River is reopening to shellfish harvesting this morning barring any heavy rainfall.  The area was closed after a sewage overflow from a Bristol pump station last month. Get more information on the DEM website.  www.dem.ri.gov/news/2014/pr/0723141.htm

 

Providence Journal Newspaper Sold


The "Providence Journal" is being sold.  Dallas based AH Belo says they're selling the "Journal's" print and online operations to New Media Investment Group for 46-million dollars.  The purchase will include the "Journal's" production facility on Kinsley Avenue.  However, the new owners will lease the paper's headquarters on Fountain Street and parking lot for one year.  AH Belo has operated the paper for the last 17 years.

Single Family Home Costs Rise


The cost of a single-family home in Rhode Island is on the rise.  The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says the average cost of a single family home in the state was 220-thousand dollars in the second quarter.  That's a five-percent increase from the same period one year ago.  However, the number of homes that were sold was down four percent from 2013 levels.

Tractor Trailer Burns At Home Depot


A tractor trailer loaded with retail products is now rubble after the rig caught fire in a Home Deport parking lot in Coventry.  The truck's diesel tanks let go during the fire, and crews needed to bring in a large amount of foam to absorb the 200 gallons that leaked.  The fire occurred near the garden section of the store, so the building itself was not threatened.  No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Three Arrested In Tiverton Car Breaks-Ins


Tiverton Police have arrested three suspects involved with a series of vehicle break-ins.  Kyle Simmons, 20, Devin O’Loughlin, 19, and a juvenile whose name has been with held were apprehended after a foot chase by police near Haskins Avenue.  Police were able to locate property from 6 separate vehicles during the arrest. Simmons and O’Loughlin were arraigned in District Court on 13 counts and bail was set at $2500 with surety.  Tiverton police are thanking residents in town for contacting them, their efforts led to the apprehension of the three suspects. Anyone with property damaged or stolen that has not reported it yet is being asked to contact the Tiverton Police Department at 625-6722.

Red Cross Seeks Local Shelter Volunteers


The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is looking for shelter volunteers in Middletown, Jamestown and surrounding communities to help in the event local shelters are needed in times of emergency or disaster. There will be a hurricane and blizzard preparation drill on Saturday morning at 7:30 at the Gaudet Middle School Gym. The drill will be held in conjunction with Emergency Management partners on Aquidneck Island.  The training is free and open to the public. You can get more details on their website: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/ri/American-Red-Cross-Seeks-Local-Shelter-Volunteers.

Police Remind Of Hot Car Dangers


The temperatures are beginning to rise, and Rhode Island State Police are warning of the dangers of leaving children unattended in hot cars.  Police say that anyone who spots a child alone inside a hot car should call 911 immediately.  If the child is in distress, people are urged to get them out of the vehicle, then use cool water to lower their body temperature.  Police say that whether it's in a parking lot or a driveway, people should not assume the parents know their children are in the vehicle.

Alex & Ani To Sue BJ's


Alex & Ani has been given the go-ahead to sue BJ’s Wholesale Club and others over $1 million dollars worth of charm bracelets.  Alex & Ani was told the bracelets were going into VIP bags at a horse competition in Florida and at the Austin Film Festival.  They found the bracelets for sale at BJ’s locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Suspect In Providence Killing Surrenders


The suspect wanted in the killing of a young Providence father over the weekend is now in police custody.  Police say Justin Andrade turned himself in yesterday afternoon and is charged with murder.  Andrade is accused of killing Ty-shon Perry early Saturday morning near Allston Street.  Police believe Perry may have been shot by mistake as part of a gang related dispute he had nothing to do with.

URI Students Win FAA Competition


Five URI Engineering Students have won the national FAA competition.  The team of engineering students has created a device called The Wingman. The Wingman helps with the delicate process of moving airplanes around the tarmac without having the wingtips collide. The device attaches to the wingtip and emits light and sound when the plane approaches a nearby object. The team will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to present their invention to FAA Officials. Get more details on the story URI website:  www.uri.edu/news/releases/?id=7124

Voluntary Fruit Recall Affects Some RI Stores


Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are impacted by this recall. No illnesses have been linked to this recall to date.

These products were sold in Rhode Island at Sam's Club, BJ's, Trader Joe's, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Save-A-Lot and very possibly other food establishments. The Rhode Island Department of Health is continuing to contact additional food establishments that may have the recalled products. These products are often, but not always, sold under the name of "Sweet 2 Eat".

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Get more information on the recall and the list of specific recall items on the Helath Departments website.  http://www.ri.gov/press/view/22500

No Injuries In Charlestown Boating Incident


Nine people were rescued from their boat after the steering system failed.  The Point Judith Coast Guard was one of the units that responded to the call in Charlestown.  There were no injuries.

Traffic Down At TF Green


Passenger traffic is down at TF Green Airport.  The Rhode Island Airport Corporation says the number of passengers using the Warwick airport was down more than seven-percent in June.  The total number of passengers flying into and out of TF Green is also down nearly seven-percent for the year.  Around half of the passengers that used the airport flew on Southwest Airlines.

Foster Man Facing Child Pornography Charges


A Foster man is facing charges accusing him of possessing and transferring child pornography.  State Police say 31-year-old Derek Holland was arrested after he was caught in an undercover investigation into the trading of child porn images an videos on the Internet.  Police say they executed a search warrant at Holland's home on Thomas Parker Road in Foster and found evidence on a computer there. 

Police Looking For Suspect In Deadly Shooting


A young father is dead after a shooting incident in Providence, and police are seeking his killer.  Twenty-year-old Ty-shon Perry was shot in the early morning hours Saturday on Allston Street.  He was pronounced dead a short time after arrival at the hospital.  Twenty-year-old Justice Andrade is the prime suspect in the killing, and anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately.

Middletown Boy Wins Baseball Competition


A Middletown boy won a national baseball competition.  9 year old, Alex Clemmey won the pitch, hit and run competition for his age group at the MLB All-Star Game.   The competition brings children from all across the country. Clemmey beat our two other national finalists and was also the winner of a state-wide competition at McCoy stadium.

Resume Will Be Needed To Collect Unemployment


A new regulation that the Department of Labor & Training will be launching will require anyone who is filing for unemployment claims with the state to post their resume on the EmployRI website. The new regulation starts September 1st and is part of a goal to get Rhode Islanders back to work within  6 weeks of unemployment.

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