Richard Baccari, Sr. the head of development company Churchill and Banks, is stepping down after forty years with the company. Churchill and Banks rose to prominence developing supermarkets across the state, as well as the Lincoln Mall, and T.F. Green Airport parking lot
It’s been five years since North Providence Town Councilman Paul Caranci put on a wire and recorded his fellow council members accepting bribes. He gave the recordings to the FBI and helped convict three councilmen and a town solicitor on charges of public corruption. On Wednesday, Caranci receives an award in Washington, DC, from the National Association of Secretaries of State, recognizing an act of political bravery.
Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.
It’s been almost two years since five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies received a financial windfall from the Google settlement. Google was forced to pay a $500 million fine for illegally selling drugs to Americans without a prescription. About half of the money was returned to the Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that investigated and tried the case. How the three largest recipients are spending the money.
Noted Rhode Island developer Richard Baccari has been indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
The federal prosecutors allege that Baccari paid $50,000 in bribes to North Providence political leaders to purchase their votes to win a town zoning change to clear the path for development of a Stop & Shop supermarket.
Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Dave Fallon to dissect the charges against Baccari.
The new State Board of Education holds its first meeting tonight. The mayor is planning for upgraded security at North Providence public schools. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
Plus an interview with the new Board of Ed Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso and an interview with the Director of the Division of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor.
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North Providence police officers will soon be riding in style. The town is completely replacing its fleet of cruisers. RIPR’s Flo Jonic tells us how they’re paying for it.
The town of North Providence is poised to buy 32 new police vehicles with proceeds it earned through the successful prosecution of Google. Google agreed to pay a $500 million fine for marketing illegal Canadian prescription drugs to Americans. As one of the Rhode Island investigating agencies, North Providence earned 60 million dollars of the settlement.