Latest Providence News

Top adviser to governor resignes after DUI arrest

Jul. 11, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top adviser to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has resigned after he was charged with driving under the influence. Daniel Connors, a former Democratic state lawmaker who rose to become Senate majority leader, was pulled over by Narragansett police on Wednesday, according to court...

Anti-eviction effort starts; clam shack ends dining service

Jul. 10, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday announced a $7 million effort to help residents facing eviction. The Safe Harbor program administered by the United Way of Rhode Island will help tenants and landlords reach a new payment plan for past due rent in order to avoid the court eviction...

Infamous counterfeiter recently released from prison dies

Jul. 9, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who proclaimed himself the “world’s greatest counterfeiter” has died just weeks after his release from his latest prison sentence. The Providence Journal reports Louis “The Coin” Colavecchio died Monday in hospice care after...

PawSox, strip club among recipients of coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

The minor league affiliate for MLB’s Boston Red Sox and an infamous Providence strip club are among nearly 2,500 companies in Rhode Island that were awarded emergency loans of more than $150,000 as part of Congress’ $2 trillion stimulus package to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus...

Police release name of Providence shooting victim

Jul. 3, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the contractor shot and killed at a Providence home he was working on earlier this week. Jorge Gonzalez Colon, 37, was shot multiple times at about 11 p.m. Wednesday outside the home in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood. He was taken to Rhode...

1 man killed in late night shooting in Providence

Jul. 2, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A contractor was shot and killed at a home he was working on late Wednesday night, police said at a Thursday news conference. The 37-year-old victim, whose name was not made public, was shot multiple times at about 11 p.m. outside the home in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood....

State sees uptick in new confirmed cases, fewer in hospital

Jul. 2, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island had an increase in the number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but the number of patients hospitalized with the disease continues to decline, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. There were 74 new confirmed cases, up from 36 the previous day. The...

Teacher's aide faces sex solicitation of a minor charges

Jul. 1, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A teacher's assistant at a Rhode Island high school who is also a children's summer camp counselor was charged Wednesday with soliciting sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Alexander Carlson, 26, of Lincoln, faces two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and...

Court rules for retirees in pension dispute with Providence

Jul. 1, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Supreme Court has dealt a legal setback to Providence in disputes with retired city workers that could prove costly. The city violated the U.S. and state constitutions in 2012 when it suspended cost-of-living adjustments on retiree pensions for an indefinite amount of...

Providence to provide $1M in rental assistance, legal aid

Jun. 30, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence on Tuesday announced $1 million in rental assistance and legal aid for families struggling to pay their rent amid the coronavirus pandemic that has caused massive job losses. “Even before COVID, we knew people were having trouble living here in the...