Latest Westerly News

Rhode Island Air National Guard Tsgt. William Randall, left, and Westerly police officer Howard Mills approach a home while looking for New York license plates in driveways to inform them of self quarantine orders, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Westerly, R.I. States are pulling back the welcome mat for travelers from the New York area, which is the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak, and some say at least one state's measures are unconstitutional. Gov. Gina Raimondo ratcheted up the measures announcing she ordered the state National Guard to go door-to-door in coastal communities starting this weekend to find out whether any of the home's residents have recently arrived from New York and inform them of the quarantine order. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rhode Island door knocks in search of fleeing New Yorkers

Mar. 28, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

WESTERLY, RI (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state....

Rhode Island town settles police reserves union dues lawsuit

Mar. 8, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town has settled lawsuits brought by five reserve police officers who objected to what they said was the illegal and unauthorized deduction of union dues from their pay. The five Westerly reserve officers will receive about $65,000 in refunds, while two who were fired...

Express lanes to be installed at some beach parking lots

Feb. 26, 2020 5:38 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Express lanes will be installed at the parking lots at some of Rhode Island's state beaches, according to state environmental officials. The new lanes will be installed at five of the state's eight beaches prior to their official reopening Memorial Day weekend, the Providence...

Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters attend a rally led by student activists at Rhode Island's Statehouse on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Providence, R.I. They gathered to call for gun reform and mark Friday's two-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The rally was held immediately after the state's Democratic governor and attorney general held an event to push state lawmakers to pass a group of bills they think would help curb gun violence. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)

Governor and attorney general call for new gun control laws

Feb. 13, 2020 8:09 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Democratic governor and attorney general pushed state lawmakers to pass a group of bills they feel will help curb gun violence. Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Neronha held an event at the Statehouse Thursday to discuss eight gun control bills they're...

Bill to send gun applications to hometown police advances

Feb. 7, 2020 10:27 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House of Representatives has passed a bill to require gun sellers to send firearm purchase applications to police departments where the buyer lives, not just where the gun is purchased. The House passed the measure Thursday, sending it to the state Senate. Democratic...

Police: Man killed cousin in dispute over woman

Feb. 4, 2020 12:08 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing his cousin in Rhode Island during a dispute over a woman has waived rendition and been held on $1 million bond. Louis Seignious, 31, of Norwich, appeared in court Monday in New London, Connecticut as a fugitive from justice. He will be...

Connecticut man charged with killing cousin heads to court

Feb. 3, 2020 10:17 AM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing his cousin in Rhode Island is heading to court Monday to face a fugitive from justice charge. Louis Seignious, 31, of Norwich, is scheduled to be arraigned in New London, Connecticut. If he waives rendition he will be brought back to Rhode...

Police arrest Connecticut man accused of shooting his cousin

Feb. 2, 2020 9:57 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man accused of shooting and killing his cousin in Rhode Island has been arrested, according to police. Groton City Police said 31-year-old Louis Seignious, of Norwich, was arrested in Groton, Connecticut on Saturday. Officers received a tip and went to a local apartment...