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Head of drug trafficking ring gets 15-year prison sentence

Jun. 23, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

The leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that imported millions of doses of cocaine and fentanyl to several U.S. states has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal authorities in Rhode Island said. Juni Rafael Jimenez-Martinez, 47, a Dominican national who had...

Former cheerleading coach charged with child molestation

Jun. 22, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former coach at a competitive cheerleading organization has been charged with sexually assaulting a student over a two-year period when the girl was from 12 to 14 years old, police said. Alyshia Tkacs, 33, of Cranston, faces five counts of...

Dan Rinaldi's Rhode Island-Style Fried Calamari

Jun. 21, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

Dan Rinaldi, a firefighter in Providence, Rhode Island, leaned on his state's fresh seafood for this dish. He says battered squid tossed with hot cherry peppers is a great representation of where he lives and of his Italian roots. He says his family has been making this recipe for generations. ...

Rhode Island House approves $13.6B state budget proposal

Jun. 17, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $13.6 billion state budget passed the Rhode Island House late Thursday, sending it to the Senate for a vote. The House version of the budget for the 2023 fiscal year accelerates phasing out the car tax, eliminating what would have been the final year of...

Georgia man gets 2-year sentence in counterfeit check scheme

Jun. 14, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Georgia man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Rhode Island to two years in prison for his role in a scheme that recruited homeless people to cash counterfeit checks at banks around New England in exchange for a small fee. The scheme that ran from...

House committee approves $13.6B state budget proposal

Jun. 10, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $13.6 billion state budget passed the finance committee in the Rhode Island House late Thursday, sending it to the chamber floor for a vote next week. The budget proposal is higher than the governor's recommendation. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee proposed...

Rhode Island reports 1st probable case of monkeypox

Jun. 09, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials in Rhode Island said Thursday they have identified the state's first probable case of monkeypox. A man in his 30s who lives in Providence County has tested positive for an orthopox virus, and confirmation for monkeypox is pending...

Former Rhode Island priest indicted on sex abuse charge

Jun. 06, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who served at several Rhode Island parishes has been indicted on a charge of sexually assaulting a juvenile about 40 years ago, the state attorney general's office said Monday. Kevin Fisette, 66, is scheduled to be arraigned...

Man gets life in prison for fatal beating of 78-year-old man

Jun. 04, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 78-year-old man during a 2013 home invasion. Leopoldo Belen, who was already serving a life sentence for a separate crime, was sentenced Thursday in Providence County Superior Court,...

Connecticut car crash kills 4; at least 3 from Rhode Island

May. 31, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

THOMPSON, Conn. (AP) — Four people died and a fifth was critically injured when a car ran off a northeastern Connecticut road and hit a tree, police said. At least three of the dead were from Rhode Island. Connecticut State Police are continuing to investigate the crash Monday...