Rhode Island State Police

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Rhode Island State Police have released hundreds of pages of emails from their investigation into 38 Studios, providing some clues about their probe of the failed video game company, and the $75 million loan guarantee it received from the state.

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Serious financial challenges continue to dog Rhode Island’s capital city. And now, there’s a cloud hanging over the Providence City Council, with two councilors  facing close public scrutiny.

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Rhode Island Public Safety officials say a software malfunction is responsible for the disruption in the state’s E-911 telephone system that took place Monday.

Rhode Islanders Hunker Down During Storm

Feb 9, 2017
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Rhode Islanders across the state are hunkering down through today’s snowstorm. Roads in Providence are quiet; the normally busy streets of the capital city are dead save for the snow plows and few brave souls driving. Inches are accumulating faster than can be plowed.

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In the first legislative committee hearing of 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the appointment of Col. Ann Assumpico as head of the state's Public Safety Department.

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State police will not pursue any criminal charges following their investigation into sexual abuse allegations at St. George’s School in Middletown. The state police, working in conjunction with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, announced the end of their investigation on Thursday afternoon.


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St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve are the biggest nights for drunk driving arrests, so State Police are getting ready for one of their busiest nights of the year.

Authorities plan to increase patrols on the road by 50 percent on New Year’s Eve, and by about 30 percent through the rest of the weekend.

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State Police are raising concerns about the state’s medical marijuana program. At issue is the role of caregivers, who are licensed by the state to grow a small number of plants for medical marijuana patients.

Rhode Island State Police spokesman Major Kevin O’Brien says last year police searched the homes of 21 caregivers. More than three-quarters of them were growing more marijuana than the law allows.

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State Police say they’ll be beefing up patrols during the upcoming New Year’s holiday.  State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell is urging motorists not to drink and drive.

State Police say they’ll use state Department of Transportation money to add extra patrols around the New Year’s holiday. Troopers will be raising enforcement for speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, and texting while driving, among other offenses.

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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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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.

Heroin Ringleaders In Rhode Island Plead Guilty

Oct 10, 2014

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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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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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.

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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