Police departments from across Rhode Island are reporting on the impact of the state’s relatively new Good Samaritan Law. The law shields from prosecution anyone seeking medical assistance for someone who’s experiencing a drug overdose, with exceptions for crimes involving manufacturing and distributing drugs.
The Good Samaritan law – also known as Good Sam - took effect in June 2012. And the idea was to encourage more people to call 911 for a friend who’s overdosing. Before the law, the caller could be arrested on drug possession or other charges.
Cranston police are investigating two city councilors’ allegations that their wards were blanketed with parking tickets in retaliation for their votes against a proposed police contract.
On November 14th the Cranston City Council voted 4-3 against a contract that would have given police officers an eleven percent raise over three years. The next morning the wards of two councilors who had voted against the contract were blanketed with parking tickets.
Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.
Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.
There's still no sign of that pregnant Pawtucket woman who vanished a week ago. But police say there’s no evidence to support the theory that the woman has been abducted.
Twenty-one-year-old Luisa Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket. The day before she disappeared she had reported a sexual assault to police. Her family fears her assailants came back to silence her. But Pawtucket Police spokesman Arthur Martins said there’s no evidence to support a kidnapping theory.
Pawtucket police say there is no reason to believe a missing, pregnant woman has been abducted. Relatives of 21-year-old Luisa Pena have expressed concern that she was kidnapped by men she had accused of sexual assault. But Pawtucket police spokesman Major Arthur Martins says there is no evidence of that.
Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket. Relatives say she has the mind of a ten-year-old, has difficulty expressing herself and can’t drive.
Warwick police suspect alcohol may have played a role in the mysterious deaths of a 39-year-old woman and her three-year-old son.
Kathleen and Ryan Frink were found dead in a parked car in Warwick Saturday. The car was hot and there was evidence the mother had vomited. Warwick police Captain Robert Nelson said Frink’s family reports she had a history of alcoholism.
State police report an East Greenwich police officer has been arrested on charges of using excessive force on a man who was in custody.
State police said East Greenwich police Lt. Paul Nahrgang had a confrontation with a prisoner, then lunged at him and grabbed him around the neck. Nahrgang alerted East Greenwich police Chief Thomas Coyle about the incident. Coyle viewed the incident on surveillance tape and then alerted state police.
The investigation continues this morning into an apparent double murder/suicide in Warwick. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the Oakland Beach area. Police say 45-year old John Oliveira shot his former girlfriend, Carla Bowen, multiple times and then killed her boyfriend before turning the gun on himself. All three victims were dead at the scene.
The crime was reported by one of Bowen’s 12-year-old twin boys. He fled out a dormer window and ran to a neighbor for help. The other twin remained on the roof until police rescued him.
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.