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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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RI News
2:28 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

South Kingstown Ranked One Of Nation's Safest Towns

South Kingstown is the 27th safest community in the nation, according to data from the national organization Neighborhood Scout.

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.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Adrain on Providence's Economy, Schools, and his Campaign for Mayor

Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss education, the economy, and a host of other issues related to the race for City Hall.

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Police
3:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Warwick Police Seek Help From The Public

The sledge hammer found in Warwick near the scene of a murder last May.
Credit Warwick Police

Warwick police are releasing new information about a murder that took place in a public park last spring.

Now they are hoping the public can help.

On May 17th 2013 John Fay was murdered while jogging through Warwick City Park.

Near the scene of the crime police found a ten inch, two-and a half pound sledge hammer.

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.

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RI News
9:17 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Three Men Arrested In Providence Arson Scheme

Three men have been arrested on charges of participating in an arson-for-hire scheme. 

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.  The fire happened in the early hours of November 2nd

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On Politics
3:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kilmartin Wants Background Checks for Strip Club Workers

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin 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.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

DC Navy Yard Shooter Visited Newport in August

The former Naval reservist who on Monday killed at least 12 people in Washington, DC, visited Newport in August.

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.

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RIPR News
3:49 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Visitors Call Providence Nonviolence Program a Model

Visitors from Chicago and Newark, New Jersey, are completing on Friday a two-day visit examining the work of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.

Christopher Mallette heads a three-year-old program called the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. Mallette says the Chicago strategy, like the one in Providence, utilizes street workers who try to mediate disputes and prevent violent conflicts.

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Hot City
11:32 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Providence Crime Stats

City-wide Crime Stats | Create infographics

Data from: Providence Police Department

Hot City: Crime in Providence
7:33 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Crime on Smith Hill’s Oakland Avenue

A dozen crimes were reported on Oakland Avenue in Smith Hill in July of 2012.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

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.

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