Rhode Island State Police

RI News
3:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Amber Alert for Missing Portsmouth, RI Teen Cancelled

The Amber alert issued by Rhode Island State Police for missing Portsmouth teen Kathryn Botelho has been canceled.  She was reported missing by her mother, and found later Wednesday night.  Police have not released details as to what may have happened.

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Thirteen year old Kathryn Botelho was last seen leaving her house with a man not known to her family.   Police have issued an amber alert for a 1990’s four-door red Chrysler, possibly a Sebring or Concorde. It may have a New Jersey license plate.

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RI News
12:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

East Greenwich Officer Charged With Assault on Man in Custody

State police report an East Greenwich police officer has been arrested on charges of using excessive force on a man who was in custody.

State police said East Greenwich police Lt. Paul Nahrgang had a confrontation with a prisoner, then lunged at him and grabbed him around the neck. Nahrgang alerted East Greenwich police Chief Thomas Coyle about the incident. Coyle viewed the incident on surveillance tape and then alerted state police.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
3:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

RI Trooper Who Aided Bombing Victims: I'm No Hero

State Trooper Roupen Bastijian finished the Boston Marathon just minutes before the first bomb went off.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Rhode Island state trooper who went to the aid of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is speaking out publicly about his experience for the first time.  The trooper rejects any suggestion that he’s a hero.

Trooper Roupen Bastajian has participated in five marathons. But the April 15th Boston Marathon was the first one he completed running all the way. He decided to compete because it was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon and 117 is his badge number.

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RI News
2:36 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

RI State Police Remember Those Who Died in the Line of Duty

Rhode Island State Police paused Thursday to remember the fallen.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

As the Rhode Island State Police took a moment to remember those who died in the line of duty, they also paused to honor trooper Roupen Bastajian who rushed to help survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Every year, Rhode Island state police gather to remember the seven troopers killed in the line of duty since the agency was founded in 1925.  But this year, a trooper who’s very much alive was honored as well. Trooper Roupen Bastajian received the State Police service ribbon for aide he rendered at the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Boston Marathon Explosion
4:45 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

RI Runners: Chaos Followed Explosion at Boston Marathon

Map of the Boston Marathon finish area
Credit Boston Athletic Association

Reports are coming in from Rhode Islanders who experienced the incident firsthand.  One North Kingstown runner finished the race moments before the explosions.  Frank Coseglia said he was a block and a half away when it happened, and wasn’t sure what was going on. 

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RIPTA
12:40 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

RIPTA Interim CEO Retiring from State Police

The number two man at the Rhode Island State Police is retiring next week. Deputy Superintendent Raymond Studley is stepping down after 22 years on the job.

His future with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is unclear.  Studley has been running RIPTA since last summer, when a camera was found covered over in a room where money is counted. 

RIPTA board chairman Scott Avedisian says no decision has been made on whether the agency will retain Studley. His title at RIPTA is interim CEO.

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RI News
11:54 am
Thu April 4, 2013

State Police Seeking Man Who Threatened to Kill a State Trooper

State Police looking for man who threatened to kill a state trooper.
Credit File / RIPR

State police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who called the Warren Police Department two months ago threatening to kill a state trooper.

It happened on February 8th. A man called Warren police saying that a Rhode Island trooper would be assassinated within the next 72 hours. The caller was upset that police did not lodge criminal charges against the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that claimed the life of a woman and her unborn child.

The call originated from a pay phone in Central Falls.

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RI News
3:17 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Warwick Attorney Charged With Embezzlement From an Elderly Client

State police have arrested a Warwick attorney on charges of embezzling from an elderly client.  The investigation was launched at the request of the state Supreme Court.

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