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An investigation is underway in Providence after white supremacist flyers were found in an East Side neighborhood. Authorities are classifying the incident as a hate crime.

Twenty-two flyers were found by law enforcement on Thursday morning, stuffed into rice filled plastic baggies. They were dropped in a neighborhood that’s home to a large Jewish Community Center, and Brown University. The flyers contained racist and anti-Semitic messages. Initial tests for toxic substances came back negative

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Teny Gross moved to Rhode Island in 2001 to lead a new organization dedicated to reducing violence in Providence. Fourteen years later, Gross will work his last day Friday at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. The 49-year-old Israeli native is leaving to start a new nonviolence group in Chicago, although Gross says he’ll continue to spend some time in Rhode Island. He sat down to reflect on his time leading the institute and efforts to reduce violence in Rhode Island.

County Health Rankings 2015 / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released its annual County Health Rankings, and Rhode Island's counties (Providence in particular) seem to be faring worse than the national average on a few measures, and much better on a few, too.

Pawtucket Police, along with police in Massachusetts have arrested a man suspected of stabbing 53 year old William McKenna.  McKenna is the younger brother of state Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg.


There have been a series of recent media reports about shootings and other violent incidents in Providence. The issue has also become part of the debate in race to choose a new Providence mayor. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements joins us now to discuss what police are doing to address the violence and what may be behind it. Clements spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.

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Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza each claimed on Friday that they'd do a better job in reducing crime and improving public safety in Providence.

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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.

South Kingstown Ranked One Of Nation's Safest Towns

Feb 18, 2014

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.

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.

Warwick Police Seek Help From The Public

Jan 22, 2014
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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.

Three Men Arrested In Providence Arson Scheme

Dec 12, 2013

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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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.

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.

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.

City-wide Crime Stats | Create infographics

Data from: Providence Police Department