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A detainee at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls was found unresponsive in his cell Monday. The detainee, Nelson Romero was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Romero was placed at Wyatt by U.S. marshals from Connecticut. He was arrested on March 16 on a federal criminal complaint charging him with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Officials are awaiting an autopsy from the medical examiner. A spokesperson for the privately run detention facility says foul play is not suspected.

State Lawmakers Honor Viola Davis

Mar 2, 2017
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Rhode Island lawmakers took a moment to honor Central Falls native Viola Davis, Wednesday. The House passed a resolution to congratulate Davis- the first black woman to win an Emmy, Tony, and Oscar for acting.

Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Feb 27, 2017
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After three nominations, Viola Davis won her first Oscar Sunday night. The Central Falls native won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, young people from Central Falls spent their afternoon learning King’s principles of nonviolence. The group is heading to Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington later this week.

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James Morales, the man who escaped a Central Falls detention facility on New Year’s Eve, appeared in court Friday for the first time since his capture outside of Boston Thursday. Morales was ordered to stay in federal custody.

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A Massachusetts man who climbed through razor wire to escape a detention center in Central Falls last weekend is back in custody.

James Morales has ties to Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts where authorities had concentrated their search and where he was eventually captured late Thursday. 

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Three correctional officers and one supervisor from the Wyatt Detention Facility are now on paid leave following the escape of prisoner James Morales. The private prison is conducting an investigation into the New Year’s Eve incident.

Elisabeth Harrison

In Central Falls, prison officials at the Wyatt Detention Center said Wednesday they are conducting a "top to bottom" investigation into the escape of prisoner James Morales over the weekend. 

Sixty Rhode Island teachers are heading back to college to learn how to teach English as a second language. The program, a collaboration between urban school districts, the state and the Rhode Island Foundation, will cover the cost of tuition so that more teachers can gain certifications to teach English Language Learners or teach in bi-lingual programs known as dual language classrooms.

Courtesy of the Shelton family

Henry Shelton, a Roman Catholic priest turned social justice and political activist, longtime voice in Rhode Island for those who had none, passionate advocate for the poor and dispossessed  and thorn in the side of the state’s business and political establishment, died Wednesday at home in Cranston surrounded by his family. He was 86.

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The corporation that runs a detention facility in Central Falls is responding to the announcement that the federal government plans to stop using some private prisons.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates says privately run prisons are both less safe and less effective than low-security federal prisons. That’s why she’s directed the federal government to stop renewing contracts with private prisons.

Officials running the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls say they haven’t received official word from the federal government about their future contracts.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa
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Central Falls Mayor James Diossa joins RIPR's Chuck Hinman and Scott Mackay for a discussion of school funding, politics, and housing and the arts in Central Falls.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa
Aaron Read RIPR

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa joins Political Roundtable to discuss how to improve relations the  between police and minorities, the Rhode Island business climate and the proposed commuter rail station for Pawtucket and Central Falls.

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