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RI News
9:03 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Underground Explosion In Providence Lifts Eight Manhole Covers

Police evacuated a portion of the Jewelry District in Providence, while investigating the cause of the underground explosion.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Dozens of people were evacuated from buildings on the outskirts of downtown Providence following an underground explosion yesterday.

National grid confirmed that the explosion was caused by pressure built up inside an underground utility vault.

Sarah Longley from was working in the Women and Infants building on Chestnut Street only feet away from the explosion.

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RI News
1:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Two Injured From Explosion In Providence’s Jewelry District

Police evacuated 300 Richmond Street after an explosion sent manhole covers into the air.
Credit Megan Hall

Two people are injured after an underground blast caused manhole covers to fly. Providence fire fighters were responding to a call around 11:00am Monday of a strange odor at 300 Richmond in Providence’s Jewelry District when National Grid said a mix of fire and gases caused eight manhole covers to fly into the air.  

National Grid said there were readings of high levels of carbon monoxide at the location. Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare said two pedestrians were slightly injured.

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Hot City: Crime in Providence
8:58 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Hot City: What's Happening on the Streets

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July.

Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the north end saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Teny Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence about what’s happening on the streets of Providence.

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Hot City
11:32 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Providence Crime Stats

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Data from: Providence Police Department

Hot City: Crime in Providence
7:33 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Crime on Smith Hill’s Oakland Avenue

A dozen crimes were reported on Oakland Avenue in Smith Hill in July of 2012.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July. Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the North End saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch visits a street in that area where a dozen crimes happened in one month.

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RI News
4:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of 12-year-old Providence Girl

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements announces the arrest of two suspects in the murder of 12-year-old girl.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

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.

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RI News
8:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Examiner to Help ID Body Found in Water

A state medical examiner is expected to determine Wednesday whether a body found in Providence off of India Point is that of missing Brown student Sunil Tripathi.

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements tells RIPR that police suspect the body found Tuesday may be that of Tripathi.

Tripathi has been missing since he left his apartment in mid-March.

His family has made an energetic effort to find him through social media and other approaches.

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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RI News
7:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Providence Police fire a 15-year veteran

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. 

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