Latest Rhode Island News

Mosquito-borne virus triggers second round of spraying

Sep. 19, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island says it will launch a second round of aerial mosquito sprays in response to the increased risk of eastern equine encephalitis. The state health and environmental management departments made the announcement Thursday to begin spraying two targeted areas on Sept. 23. The...

A Massachusetts tree worker dies after being hit by a limb

Sep. 19, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

SWANSEA, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a tree worker who was hit by a tree limb on the job has died. WPRI reports 28-year-old Taylor Bowen, of Rehoboth, was up in a bucket truck in Swansea on Thursday when he was found unconscious. Swansea police say Bowen was lowered from the bucket and...

Council president calls city's $860M pension fund a 'crisis'

Sep. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city council president warns the city's unfunded liability for employee pensions and other retirement benefits has created a "crisis." Warwick City Council President Steven Merolla says he feels comfortable labeling the financial situation a "crisis" after the council...

Judge blocks extradition of man accused of killing officer

Sep. 18, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge blocked the extradition of a man Wednesday accused of killing a police officer and injuring two others in the Dominican Republic in 2013 and ordered him released. U.S. District Court Judge for Rhode Island John McConnell ruled that extraditing Cristian Aguasvivas, a Dominican...

Uptick seen in rare mosquito-borne virus in some US states

Sep. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. deaths and illnesses from a rare mosquito-borne virus are higher than usual this year, health officials report. Eastern equine encephalitis has been diagnosed in 21 people in six states, and five people have died. The infection is only being seen in certain counties...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to threatening professor

Sep. 18, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man has pleaded guilty to sending a series of threatening emails to a Massachusetts college professor who spoke in favor of abortion rights. Matthew Haviland, of North Kingstown, faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to stalking and transmitting a...

Detention center moves sale agreement to closed session

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island detention center has decided to move the discussion around a potential sale to a private operator behind closed doors. The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls has put aside consideration of agreement with creditors Monday night. The decision angered...

State trooper arrested after altercation outside nightclub

Sep. 17, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts state trooper has been charged with disorderly fighting and resisting arrest outside a Rhode Island nightclub. An arrest report shows Brian Kilfoyle, of Berkeley, Massachusetts, had been told to leave One Pelham East nightclub in Newport on Sunday morning but he kept...

Trucking company owners sentenced for false federal reports

Sep. 16, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The owners of two trucking companies that hauled refuse and scrap metal through Rhode Island and Massachusetts have been sentenced to a year of probation each for telling their employees to falsify federal truck safety reports. Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Leslie Cucino and...

Rhode Island man held on $100K bail in fatal hit and run

Sep. 16, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The Rhode Island driver charged with leaving the scene after striking and killing a woman walking with her 11-year-old son in Massachusetts has been held on $100,000 bail. Jeremy Schmidt was held after pleading not guilty Monday in Taunton District Court to charges including operating...