7:50 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Proposed Extraction Ordinances By Charlestown Challenged By Industry

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trucked in 90,000 cubic yards of sand from two Rhode Island quarries to replenish the beach after Superstorm Sandy. The first quarry didn't have enough sand, so the Corps subcontracted Copar Quarries for the rest.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Yesterday we brought you the story of homeowners in the communities of Westerly and Charlestown who say their lives have been disrupted by the rock blasting at a neighboring quarry. Charlestown is working on ordinances that would regulate this industry. Town officials are trying to balance the interest of homeowners and sand and gravel business owners. But one local operator said those proposed ordinances would create hardships for the industry – an industry he said is already struggling to survive. This is the second installment of a two-part series.

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8:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Westerly Quarry Still A Quandary For Neighboring Residents

A bird's eye view of the Westerly Quarry in April 2010 from Google Earth.
Google Earth Images

On the surface, this story is about sand and gravel. And it’s not, actually. It's a story about how stone becomes sand and gravel. And about the people who built homes around what used to be a dormant quarry in Westerly. It’s the first installment of a two-part series.

Charlestown resident Denise Rhodes lives about 1,000 feet away from this quarry, just across the border in Westerly. She invited local town council members and Rhode Island Public Radio to her house on a day when the town issued a “Code Red alert.” 

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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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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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