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.
The pre-trial legal wrangling over accused killer Jason Pleau took on new dimensions Wednesday when his attorney told a federal judge the death penalty is unconstitutional and should be taken off the table in his case. Pleau is one of three people charged with the killing of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main in 2010.
Senator Jack Reed says he thinks background checks would be effective in curbing gun violence. TheNew York Times reports that opposition to background checks is holding back federal gun control legislation.
The image of a Johnston, Rhode Island boy being cradled and kissed by Pope Francis has brought people around the world to tears. Now, his parents are speaking out about the extraordinary encounter.
It happened Easter morning after Mass. Among the thousands of people who thronged St. Peter’s Square to see newly installed Pope Francis, the pontiff chose to stop his Popemobile to hug eight-year-old Dominic Gondreau of Johnston.
A housing facility for disabled veterans will be dedicated Tuesday afternoon to a fallen Rhode Island Marine.
Seven years ago today, Marine Sgt. Brian St. Germain was riding in a truck across Iraq when it rolled over in a flash flood. The Rhode Island chapter of Operation Stand Down is honoring St. Germain’s life and service, by putting his name on its West Warwick facility for homeless and disabled veterans.
Operation Stand Down’s Tony DeQuattro says this is part of a push that started two years ago to rename all of their facilities after fallen troops.
It’s been a month since the so-called “sequestration” cuts went into effect, the $85 billion in slashed federal spending for the rest of 2013. Although the Defense Department will shoulder half the cuts, the Rhode Island National Guard says it has heard of no immediate changes. But the hammer’s coming down on social service programs.
The family of a missing Brown student says while tips are pouring in, there are still no significant leads. The 22-year-old has been missing since March 16th. Providence Police had said that the family thought Sunil Tripathi committed suicide, but the family is now ruling that out.
The father of Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi says every day the family calls homeless shelters, hospitals and is plastering fliers up in areas his son liked to visit, hoping that someone knows where he is.
Rhode Island authorities have until the end of April to make a decision about whether to allow the sale of Westerly Hospital to Connecticut-based Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, but on Wednesday members of the Westerly community will have the chance to comment on the proposed sale.
The Department of Health and the attorney general’s office have final say on the deal, but Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says public input helps to inform the decision.
The John Hope Settlement House is losing $30,000 a month, according to its director, Nina Pande. She says the problems started about six years ago when the nonprofit discontinued two contracts with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families that were worth $2 million a year. Then in 2011, a private foundation grant worth $1.3 million a year expired.
When asked whether the organization would survive past this year she replied, “I wish I had a crystal ball and could tell you that. I mean we’re chipping away at it slowly. What I can tell you is we’ve reduced the monthly deficit since November until now by about $15,000 or $18,000 a month.” “So we are successful at reducing expenses and increasing revenues but it all depends on how funding flows into the organization,” she says.
The red ink at Hope House has prompted the legislative Black and Latino Caucus to request a hearing with the agency’s leaders. Hope House board chair Matthew Stark turned down the invitation, saying the purpose of the proposed forum was unclear.
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