Latest Rhode Island News

The Latest: Prosecutor: Trial ends 'long and dark chapter'

Jun. 22, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the guilty verdicts for Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme and his co-defendant Paul Weadick (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts says the murder conviction of an 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss "ends a long and dark chapter" in the...

Dutch skipper Bekking seeks elusive Volvo Ocean Race victory

Jun. 21, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bouwe Bekking has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles during the last 33 years and circled the globe nearly eight times trying to win the Volvo Ocean Race. After seven unsuccessful attempts, that elusive victory is just 700 nautical miles away if the Dutch skipper can place Team Brunel...

Jurors in Mafia boss trial to start 3rd day of deliberations

Jun. 21, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors are heading back to federal court for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former New England Mafia boss charged with killing a nightclub owner more than two decades ago. Jurors in the Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme case left the Boston courthouse Wednesday without...

Police: Man bit off piece of husband's nose during argument

Jun. 20, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island man bit off a piece of his husband's nose during a heated argument. The Providence Journal reports police responded to a disturbance at a Providence apartment Tuesday night. Officers found the victim outside the apartment with an injury to the right side of...

Senate changes rules following sexual misconduct scandal

Jun. 20, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate will require members to receive annual training after a senator was charged with extorting sex from a page earlier in the session. The Senate has unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday amending its rules to mandate training and establish a process to expel a...

Police replace stuffed cheetah lost on interstate

Jun. 20, 2018 7:57 AM EDT

RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) — A boy who lost a stuffed animal on a highway has a new one thanks to the Rhode Island State Police. Four-year-old Will Ketcher was riding in a car when his stuffed cheetah, Roger, fell out the window onto Interstate 95. Heartbroken, his dad suggested they write to the state police...

Head of drug trafficking ring pleads guilty

Jun. 15, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who authorities say was the head of a major fentanyl and cocaine trafficking ring in New England has pleaded guilty in federal court. The Providence Journal reports that 25-year-old Ramon Delossantos entered the plea Thursday in a Providence courthouse. He faces a sentence of...

Police: School fight goes into the street, disrupts funeral

Jun. 14, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island say a fight between high school students disrupted a funeral procession. The Providence Journal reports police responded to a fight at Ocean State Academy in Cranston Wednesday. Cranston Police say by the time officers had arrived, the fight had spread into the...

Rosa Parks family home to be offered at auction this summer

Jun. 14, 2018 8:11 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South will be offered at auction after being turned into a work of art and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean twice. Guernsey's auctioneers said it will offer the house where Parks' family lived in a midsummer auction in New...

Welcome center to open at mansion after long-running battle

Jun. 13, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The group that owns The Breakers mansion in Rhode Island is opening a welcome center that has drawn strenuous opposition from neighbors, preservationists and many descendants of the Vanderbilt family. The Preservation Society of Newport County is cutting the ribbon Thursday on the...