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Politics
10:59 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the city's police force have been embroiled in controversy over a slew of suspicious parking tickets.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.  Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.

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RI News
4:11 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Cranston Police Chief Retires; Ticket Probe Ongoing

Col. Marco Palombo, Jr. released a statement announcing that he is retiring as Cranston’s chief of police. The news comes on the heels of a police parking ticket scandal.

Col. Palombo announced his retirement after 27 years with the Cranston police in a statement to the media. In it, he said he had been considering retirement for a while and is looking forward to new opportunities, including helping to solve cold cases and teaching police science.

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The Pulse
10:53 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here.

The Providence Center's Jim Gillen, Warwick police dept. Captain Joe Coffey, and Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay talk overdose and addiction at Tuesday night's Policy & Pinot, our ongoing discussion series at the Providence Athenaeum.
Credit Garry Bliss / The Providence Center

We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.

Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.

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Health Care
1:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Good Samaritan Law Barred 36 Prosecutions In 2013, Says AG

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.

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Cranston
9:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Cranston Investigating High Number Of Police Parking Tickets

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.

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RI News
9:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Tiverton Police Looking For Couple Behind Fundraising Scam

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.

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RI News
10:41 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pawtucket Police Do Not Believe Missing Woman Was Abducted

21 year old Pawtucket woman Luisa Pena, who has been missing since October 9th.
Credit Susan Vollucci

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.

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RI News
8:37 am
Tue October 15, 2013

UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted

Mother of missing woman, Luisa Pena is consoled by friends.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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.

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RI News
3:30 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Police Rule out Foul Play in Death of Mother and 3-year-old

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.

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RI News
12:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

East Greenwich Officer Charged With Assault on Man in Custody

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.

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