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RI News
8:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

State Police To Host Forum Addressing Community Relations

State Police Captain Steven O'Donnell
Credit RIPR FILE

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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Politics
10:59 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the city's police force have been embroiled in controversy over a slew of suspicious parking tickets.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.  Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Cranston City Councilors Want State Police To Probe Ticket Scandal

Two Cranston city councilors are calling on the state police to take over an investigation into allegations that city police issued parking tickets as political retaliation. 

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE.

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RI News
9:03 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Protesters Demonstrate Against The Sakonnet River Tolls

Protestors camped out on the Sakonnet River Bridge to protest the implementation of tolls.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Starting this Monday morning, it will cost you a dime to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge.  The toll went into effect at midnight over the objections of protesters.

About 100 people hung over the sides of the Sakonnet River Bridge Sunday evening waving American flags and signs saying “No Tolls” and “Stop the Theft.” Motorists honked in agreement.

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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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RI News
8:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Support for ousted RIPTA head

Charles Odimgbe
Credit Catherine Welch

The anti urban sprawl group “Grow Smart Rhode Island” is coming to the support of Charles Odimgbe, the man who was ousted as head of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

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RI News
8:10 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Ousted RIPTA CEO to get $130K and health insurance

RIPTA bus at Kennedy Plaza
Credit RIPR file

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority  has severed ties with its CEO.  Charles Odimgbe  has agreed to leave the transit agency after months of being on paid administrative leave.

According to a separation agreement between Charles Odimgbe and  RIPTA, Odimgbe’s  last day with the agency was December 27th.  He will receive a severance payment of $130,000 plus compensation for any unused sick or vacation time.

Odimgbe was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a video camera was found covered up in a room where cash is handled.

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Education
7:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

State officials to review school safety

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island State Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday afternoon on School Safety in the state.    In attendance will be state public safety and emergency preparedness officials along with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

This hearing follows the fatal shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut last month.  26 students and staff were killed at the school.  In addition the gunman killed his mother and himself.