Providence Police

Health Care
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Data: Mental Health Professional Helps Police Handle Crisis Calls

The Warwick Police department will be embedding a mental health professional on its force. The idea is to replicate a program in Providence, and there’s new data about how that program is working.

The Warwick program will be similar to the one in Providence, where a mental health team member rides along with cops to reach out to people in crisis and make an evaluation on the scene when needed. The so-called “community diversion clinician” tries to help people avoid jail when mental health treatment could be the better option.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:58 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Providence Club Owners To Control Violent Patrons

Providence must figure out a way to deal with the violence springing up in Federal Hill and other neighborhoods with clubs.
Credit RIPR FILE

Street crime is once again a political topic in Providence. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for nightclub owners to better control their rowdy customers.

Federal Hill is more restaurant theme park than Little Italy these days. While the Providence neighborhood is dear to older generations of Italian-Americans, it is no longer the fulcrum of such revered up-from-poverty Rhode Islanders as former Sen. John Pastore, who grew up there.

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On Politics
2:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy

Who will sit in the mayor's office next term? There will be at least four candidates for the job on the general election ballot.
Credit RIPR FILE

So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.

Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.

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On Politics
6:30 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Paxson says Brown student sanctioned for sexual assault will not come back to campus next fall

Brown University President Christina Paxson, in a statement,  says the male student who was sanctioned for a sexual assault on a 22-year old female student will not be returning to the university.

The case became public after the woman involved, 22-year old Lena Sclove, held a press conference on the Brown campus last week to speak out about the university’s handling of an assault and rape that she said was committed on her by a fellow male student.

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On Politics
11:11 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Rep. Ray Hull Mulling Providence Mayoral Bid

State Rep. Ray Hull, D-Providence is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the Sept. 9 primary.

Hull is  a Providence police sergeant who represents House District 6, which takes in parts of the neighborhoods of Manton, Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill near the Providence College campus.

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RI News
1:59 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Everyone Is Irish At Providence City Hall

Mimi Anagiro (left) and Josephine Tabis, who turns 98 in a couple of days, celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Providence City Hall.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Providence City Hall celebrated St. Patrick’s Day today with music and dancing.

This traditional tune kicked off the celebration at city hall. Members of the Providence Police Pipes and Drums looked sharp in their kilts and spats as they played and marched.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras welcomed everyone, flanked by a row of dignitaries from the police chief to parade committee members. Providence College president Reverend Brian Shanley said a prayer for the crowd, invoking the words of St. Patrick. And students from the Goulding Irish dance school performed.

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RI News
1:38 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Three More Arrests in Murder of 12-year-old Providence Girl

Providence police have made three more arrests in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old Providence girl and the shooting of three women at a graduation party in June. 

The latest arrests bring to five the number of suspects in the murder of 12-year-old Aynis Vargas. 

Shortly after her murder police arrested Branden Castro and Ricardo Vasquez of the Harriet Street gang. Now, police have arrested three more suspects, including a 17-year-old juvenile. 

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RI News
2:41 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Police Say Suspicious Package Contained a Computer

Providence Police respond to a suspicious package.
Credit Bradley Campbell

Providence Police responded this afternoon to a suspicious package found next to the Omni Hotel in downtown. The package was found on the sidewalk. Police quickly blocked off streets to the area. But Police Commissioner Steven Pare says the package contained a computer and nothing more. Pare said the entire force is on high alert after the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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Crime
1:20 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Murders Up, Overall Crime Down in Providence

Providence police say although there were five more murders, overall crime dropped by 4 percent in 2012.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Police say crime in the city fell four percent last year.  The news comes as detectives investigate the capital city’s first murder of the year. Twenty-year-old Wesley Smith was gunned down Wednesday night on Dudley Street in south Providence.

Both burglaries and robberies fell by double digits, continuing a 20-year trend.

There were five more murders last year than there were in 2011. But Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says even the higher number is consistent with the city’s 20 year average of 20 murders per year.

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RI News
1:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Several Tips but No Solid Leads on Missing Brown Student

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi has been missing since March 16th,
Credit Tripathi Family Photo

The family of a missing Brown student says while tips are pouring in, there are still no significant leads. The 22-year-old has been missing since March 16th.  Providence Police had said that the family thought Sunil Tripathi committed suicide, but the family is now ruling that out.

The father of Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi  says every day the family calls homeless shelters, hospitals and is plastering fliers up in areas his son liked to visit, hoping that someone knows where he is.

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