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8:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

State Police To Host Forum Addressing Community Relations

State Police Captain Steven O'Donnell
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Rhode Island State Police and a number of organizations are holding a public forum Monday to discuss the gap between law enforcement and minority communities. 

Col. Steven O’Donnell said it’s a chance for law enforcement to explain how they do their job and in return residents can reflect on how police are perceived. “There’s so much that we do that people really don’t know, and I think it’s important that they know what we’re doing. We’re not always going to be perfect, but if we engage that community there’s a better understanding of how we do business,” said O’Donnell.

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RI News
12:02 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

RI State Police Hitting The Road Looking For Drunk Drivers

Rhode Island State Police will add troopers to patrols for the holiday starting Friday.
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More troopers will be out on the roads starting Friday cracking down on drunk drivers.

State Police will roll out two initiatives. The first one starts Friday with troopers looking out for aggressive drivers, drivers who are texting, seatbelt violations, and drunk or impaired drivers. That runs through New Year’s Day.

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RI News
5:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Heroin Ringleaders In Rhode Island Plead Guilty

Two leaders of a heroin distribution ring have pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Providence to drug and weapons charges. The pleas come after a sixteen-month investigation to disrupt their drug trafficking organization.

Richard Pena and Henry Ortiz pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and fentanyl. State police head Colonel Steven O'Donnell said that’s one result of months of work by a team of investigators from several agencies. The other is busting up a sizeable drug operation.

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RI News
3:07 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Rhode Island Commemorates The Thirteenth Anniversary Of 9/11

Rhode Island State Police troopers lined up along the steps of the Statehouse main hall.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Many Rhode Islanders marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at a ceremony at the statehouse today.

On hand were elected officials, members of the state’s police and fire units, as well as victims’ family members. Pat Nassaney, the father of Shawn Nassaney, who died on United Airlines Flight 175, which struck the south tower of the World Trade Center, addressed the crowd.

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RI News
4:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist Of RI State Police To Head Cranston Police Department

Michael Winquist at Cranston City Council.
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Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist, of the Rhode Island State Police, has been announced as Cranston’s new police chief.  The appointment comes following a difficult period for the department.

Winquist steps into the position following the retirement of former chief Marco Palombo Jr. Palombo left in the midst of a scandal during which police officers ticketed cars in wards of city councilors who voted against a police contract. The search for his successor also drew controversy, with some groups claiming that the search criteria effectively ruled out candidates of color.

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RI News
10:56 am
Thu June 19, 2014

No Criminal Charges To Be Filed Against The Central Coventry Fire District

The Rhode Island State Police and the Attorney General have concluded their investigation into beleaguered Central Coventry fire district.  There are no pending criminal charges.

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RI News
2:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Boston Marathon: RI Trooper Doesn’t Consider Himself A Hero

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian is running this year's marathon after helping victims of last year's bombings.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian had just crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He was one of many who rushed into the chaos to help the injured. He talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch about that day and how it's changed him a year later.

Last year’s marathon was the 117th and 117 is Bastajian’s  badge number. It was a beautiful day, other state troopers were also running the marathon and he did it, he crossed the finish line. Minutes later, as he was on his way to the medical tent, the first bomb exploded.

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RI News
2:05 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Fung Calls For Firing Police Captain Who Ordered Parking Ticket Blitz

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced the findings of an investigation into a parking ticket blitz.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced Thursday that the investigation into a police parking ticket scandal has been concluded. State police confirm a Cranston police captain violated police regulations.

Fung took the podium at a press conference to break the news: “Today we are announcing the

recommendation, and that is the recommendation of termination for Cranston police captain Stephen Antonucci.”

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RI News
9:10 am
Fri January 10, 2014

State Police Will Investigate Cranston Police Ticketing Blitz

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
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State Police have responded to calls by two Cranston city councilors to investigate a ticketing blitz that took place in November.

Mayor Allan Fung announced the State police's participation at a press conference Thursday.

The two city councilors, Paul Archetto and Steven Stycos, say their wards were unfairly targeted with parking tickets because they voted against a proposed police contract earlier in the year.

Some 130 tickets were issued in their wards; only nine tickets were issued in the rest of the city during the same time period.

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RI News
1:46 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

RI State Police: DUI Arrests Up In 2013

Rhode Island State Police said there have been more than 500 DUI arrests in 2013. That's up from 2012, and doesn't count the busy New Year holiday.
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The Rhode Island State Police have beefed up patrols, cracking down on drunken drivers. State police are also pulling over drivers for texting and driving and not wearing a seat belt.

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