Two suspects have been charged in the murder of a 12-year-old Providence girl. Police say 21-year-old Branden Castro and 20-year-old Ricardo Vasquez have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and other felony charges.
12-year-old Aynis Vargas was shot and killed at a party last month in the Hartford Avenue housing development. Three women were also injured.
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.
The Providence Police Department has fired an officer who admitted having sex with the victim of a domestic violence dispute. The city is moving to strip him of his pension.
On May 8, 2012 Providence police officer Khatchig Kazandjian had sexual relations with a woman who had been involved in a fight with her boyfriend. The woman reported it as a sexual assault the following day and Kazandjian was placed on paid administrative leave.