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RI News
3:59 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

FAA Probing RI Pilot Whose Passengers Were Shooting out of Chopper

The Federal Aviation Administration has some questions for a helicopter pilot who allowed some of his passengers to fire guns from the chopper Sunday.  It happened in a rural area of Charlestown.

Late Sunday afternoon, Charlestown police received calls about men shooting handguns, shotguns and rifles from a helicopter.  They were firing at a junked car. Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey Allen calls it reckless behavior that frightened people on the ground.

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RI News
7:26 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Narragansetts Remember Smoke Shop Raid 10 Years Later

Narragansetts observe 10th anniversary of raid on tribal smoke shop in Charlestown.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the Narragansett Smoke Shop raid --- an event that turned into a brawl in which tribal members and state troopers were injured.  The tribe marked the occasion at the former site of the smoke shop in Charlestown.

Ten years may have passed since dozens of state troopers stormed the Narragansett smoke shop in Charlestown, but hard feelings remain.  At a 10th anniversary event Sunday, tribal members denounced what they still consider an excessive use of force.  Randy Noka is tribal ambassador:

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