crime en Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision <p></p><p>Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36120 at Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision South Kingstown Ranked One Of Nation's Safest Towns <p>South Kingstown is the 27th safest community in the nation, according to data from the national organization Neighborhood Scout.</p><p>It reports the total number of violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents in towns of 25,000 residents or more. Despite being the state's largest town and the home of the University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown was the only Rhode Island town ranked in the top 100. South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia said the town's high ranking is due to more than just the police.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:28:12 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 29303 at Bonus Q&A: Adrain on Providence's Economy, Schools, and his Campaign for Mayor <p>Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins Bonus Q&amp;A this week to discuss education, the economy, and a host of other issues related to the race for City Hall.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 28743 at Warwick Police Seek Help From The Public <p>Warwick police are releasing new information about a murder that took place in a public park last spring.</p><p>Now they are hoping the public can help.</p><p></p><p>On May 17<sup>th</sup> 2013 John Fay was murdered while jogging through Warwick City Park.</p><p>Near the scene of the crime police found a ten inch, two-and a half pound sledge hammer.</p><p>They’ve now released photos of the hammer, in the hope that the public can help identify the owner or provide any other information about the tool.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:37:13 +0000 John Bender 28006 at Warwick Police Seek Help From The Public Three Men Arrested In Providence Arson Scheme <p>Three men have been arrested on charges of participating in an arson-for-hire scheme.&nbsp;</p><p>The three men are charged in federal court with setting fire to an occupied multi-family home in Providence in exchange for a payment of $7,500.&nbsp; The fire happened in the early hours of November 2<sup>nd</sup></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:17:15 +0000 Flo Jonic 26160 at Kilmartin Wants Background Checks for Strip Club Workers <p></p><p>Attorney General<a href=""> Peter Kilmartin</a> says his office is developing legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session that would require background checks for workers in Rhode Island's adult entertainment industry.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:55:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 24092 at Kilmartin Wants Background Checks for Strip Club Workers DC Navy Yard Shooter Visited Newport in August <p>The former Naval reservist who on Monday killed at least 12 people in Washington, DC, visited Newport in August.</p><p>Two officers responded to the Marriott hotel on America’s Cup Avenue for a harassment incident at about 6:30 in the morning on August 7. According to a police report, Aaron Alexis told the officers he was a naval contractor and travels often.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:40:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 21811 at Visitors Call Providence Nonviolence Program a Model <p>Visitors from Chicago and Newark, New Jersey, are completing on Friday a two-day visit examining the work of<a href=""> the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence</a>.</p><p>Christopher Mallette heads a three-year-old program called the <a href="">Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy</a>. Mallette says the Chicago strategy, like the one in Providence, utilizes street workers who try to mediate disputes and prevent violent conflicts.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:49:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 19837 at Hot City: Providence Crime Stats <p><iframe src="//" style="border:none;" frameborder="0" height="923" scrolling="no" width="550"></iframe></p><div style="width:550px;border-top:1px solid #acacac;padding-top:3px;font-family:Arial;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"><a href="//" style="color:#acacac;text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">City-wide Crime Stats</a> | <a href="//" style="color:#acacac;text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">Create infographics</a></div><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Data from: </strong>Providence Police Department</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:32:31 +0000 Catherine Welch 18719 at Hot City: Crime on Smith Hill’s Oakland Avenue <p>With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July. Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the North End saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch visits a street in that area where a dozen crimes happened in one month.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:33:07 +0000 Catherine Welch 19088 at Hot City: Crime on Smith Hill’s Oakland Avenue