Latest Rhode Island News

Police: Woman fleeing traffic stop crashed into town hall

Sep. 19, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island woman fleeing a traffic stop crashed into a town hall building so violently that her car broke in two. North Smithfield police say they tried to pull over a car at about 9 p.m. Wednesday for driving erratically, but the vehicle would not stop. The...

Rhode Island unemployment rate increases slightly

Sep. 19, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August rose one-tenth of a percentage point over July, but was down three-tenths of a percentage point when compared to August 2018. The state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday that the state unemployment rate...

Rhode Island expands sports betting app to second casino

Sep. 19, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Revenue says mobile sports betting in the state has expanded to a second casino. The Providence Journal reports the Sportsbook Rhode Island mobile app's service expanded Wednesday and is now available at the Tiverton Casino Hotel. The app initially...

Second scooter rental company to leave Providence

Sep. 19, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another electric scooter-sharing company will no longer be offering its service in Providence. A Lime spokesman says the city didn't issue them enough scooter permits for the program to be financially sustainable. Providence has doubled the number of available scooter slots from 300...

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...

Child welfare officials disclose death of 4-year-old boy

Sep. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island child welfare authorities say a 4-year-old Middletown boy who died over the summer was a victim of "maltreatment." The state Department of Children, Youth & Families disclosed the June 10 death for the first time on Wednesday. An investigation was started in June....

3 men charged in man's death will await trial in custody

Sep. 18, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three men police say were involved in a brutal assault that escalated into the stabbing death of a Rhode Island man after he left a Providence nightclub will be held without bail as they await trial on murder charges. Dayquon Stevens, Emery Janarelli-Page and Sequoya Reels-Felder...

Providence man pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

Sep. 18, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who was found to have drugs and a gun in his car after he was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Scott Arnum, of Providence, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including possession with the intent to...

Couples pleads guilty to stealing from federal government

Sep. 18, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island husband and wife prosecutors say defrauded the federal government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in welfare and other benefits over 16 years have pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say 71-year-old Lens Chappell and 40-year-old Mulin Alexandre, who both used aliases,...