police http://ripr.org en Stolen Tugboat Submerged, Stranded Off Sabin Point http://ripr.org/post/stolen-tugboat-submerged-stranded-sabin-point <p>East Providence authorities were called just after midnight on Monday when a tugboat in distress was spotted off Sabin Point. The boat had been reported stolen and was partially submerged when the search for anyone involved began. Sgt. Kenneth Luke says police in East Providence are still investigating the incident.</p><p>"D.E.M., the Harbor Patrol, and everybody else came in and did their investigation. Our V.C.I. unit went out and looked for evidence and prints. Other than that we're still investigating."</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:24:15 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 34613 at http://ripr.org Narragansett Town Officials React To URI Student Riot http://ripr.org/post/narragansett-town-officials-react-uri-student-riot <p>Narragansett Town Manager Pamela Nolan says that an off-campus party attended by 800 to 1,000 University of Rhode Island students over the past weekend turned into a riot. Beer bottles were thrown and property was destroyed on Greene Lane where the riot took place. Nolan says that although the town residents were upset over the incident, it was out of the ordinary.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:06:26 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 33268 at http://ripr.org University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police http://ripr.org/post/university-rhode-island-first-state-institution-arm-campus-police <p>The University of Rhode Island announced today it will arm its on-campus police force with guns.&nbsp; It's the only public higher education institution in the state to do so.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:34:45 +0000 John Bender 32074 at http://ripr.org University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police RI Students Arrested for Drug-Laced Candy http://ripr.org/post/ri-students-arrested-drug-laced-candy <p>Police say they have made several arrests after a Richmond teenager required medical attention from consuming marijuana-laced candy. One 14-year-old was charged with drug crimes in connection with the incident while another was caught with drug-laced candy and prescription pills. A Chariho High School student was arrested for drug crimes on Monday.</p><p>Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson said the candy could have contained more than just THC.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:38:05 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31713 at http://ripr.org Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension http://ripr.org/post/fung-says-retiring-police-chief-will-not-receive-enhanced-pension <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.&nbsp; Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:59:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 30754 at http://ripr.org Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension Cranston Police Chief Retires; Ticket Probe Ongoing http://ripr.org/post/cranston-police-chief-retires-ticket-probe-ongoing <p>Col. Marco Palombo, Jr. released a statement announcing that he is retiring as Cranston’s chief of police. The news comes on the heels of a police parking ticket scandal.</p><p>Col. Palombo announced his retirement after 27 years with the Cranston police in a statement to the media. In it, he said he had been considering retirement for a while and is looking forward to new opportunities, including helping to solve cold cases and teaching police science.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:11:05 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30594 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. http://ripr.org/post/miss-our-policy-pinot-overdose-listen-here <p>We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:53:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30572 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. Good Samaritan Law Barred 36 Prosecutions In 2013, Says AG http://ripr.org/post/good-samaritan-law-barred-36-prosecutions-2013-says-ag <p>Police departments from across Rhode Island are reporting on the impact of the state’s relatively new Good Samaritan Law. The law shields from prosecution anyone seeking medical assistance for someone who’s experiencing a drug overdose, with exceptions for crimes involving manufacturing and distributing drugs.</p><p>The Good Samaritan law – also known as Good Sam - took effect in June 2012. And the idea was to encourage more people to call 911 for a friend who’s overdosing. Before the law, the caller could be arrested on drug possession or other charges.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30057 at http://ripr.org Cranston Investigating High Number Of Police Parking Tickets http://ripr.org/post/cranston-investigating-high-number-police-parking-tickets <p>Cranston police are investigating two city councilors’ allegations that their wards were blanketed with parking tickets in retaliation for their votes against a proposed police contract.</p><p></p><p>On November 14<sup>th</sup> the Cranston City Council voted 4-3 against a contract that would have given police officers an eleven percent raise over three years.&nbsp; The next morning the wards of two councilors who had voted against the contract were blanketed with parking tickets.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:05:05 +0000 Flo Jonic 26464 at http://ripr.org Tiverton Police Looking For Couple Behind Fundraising Scam http://ripr.org/post/tiverton-police-looking-couple-behind-fundraising-scam <p>Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.</p><p></p><p>Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Flo Jonic 25365 at http://ripr.org