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2nd Providence employee fired after noose found in vehicle

Nov. 20, 2019 2:21 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials say a second city worker has been fired after another employee reported finding a noose in a vehicle on a job site. A spokeswoman for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the second worker was fired after a union hearing on Wednesday. The first was fired on...

Providence to start regulating short-term rentals next week

Nov. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city of Providence will soon start regulating short-term housing rentals, including those booked through Airbnb. The Providence Department of Planning and Development says a zoning ordinance regulating rentals takes effect Nov. 30. A short-term rental is a property rented for 28...

City employee fired after noose found in vehicle

Nov. 19, 2019 10:43 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city employee has been terminated and another suspended after someone reported finding a noose in a vehicle on a job site. A spokeswoman for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says that the report is under investigation by the Department of Human Resources and a hearing...

Pipkins, White lead Providence over Merrimack 93-56

Nov. 19, 2019 10:43 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Luwane Pipkins scored 18 points to lead six Providence players in double figures and the Friars controlled Merrimack in a 93-56 on Tuesday night. Maliek White added 15 points for Providence (4-1), Nate Watson scored 14, Kalif Young 13, Emmitt Holt 11 and David Duke 10. Mykel Derring...

State Democrats approve rules that restrict Women’s Caucus

Nov. 19, 2019 4:58 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Democratic Party has approved new bylaws that ban its Women’s Caucus from endorsing candidates on its own, spending money it raises and making public statements without the party’s approval. The Providence Journal reports the bylaws were approved...

Prosecutors: 13 charged in fentanyl trafficking conspiracy

Nov. 19, 2019 4:14 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 13 people face charges stemming from a six-month investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl and other drugs in Providence. Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman says federal search warrants were executed Tuesday by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and...

Providence officer pleads not guilty to domestic assault

Nov. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A probationary Providence police officer has pleaded not guilty to simple domestic assault. WJAR-TV reports that 28-year-old Craig Amado entered the plea Tuesday and was released on personal recognizance. The judge ordered Amado to have no contact with his girlfriend. Amado’s...

Oldest Roman Catholic church in Woonsocket to close

Nov. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EST

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — The first Roman Catholic church in Woonsocket, Rhode Island has been granted permission to close by the Diocese of Providence. The Diocese says Bishop Thomas Tobin granted the request by St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and sends his prayerful support to members of the parish....

Providence settles police overtime complaint for $1.5M

Nov. 19, 2019 10:07 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city of Providence has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the city’s police union over overtime payments hundreds of current and retired officers say they were owed. The Providence Journal reports that Mayor Jorge Elorza and City Treasurer James...

Rhode Island police officer’s personal rifle stolen

Nov. 19, 2019 8:24 AM EST

FOSTER, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer’s rifle remains missing after a car with the weapon inside was stolen. Authorities say the Providence officer’s personal car was stolen in Foster at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. Col. Hugh Clements says the rifle was not a department-issued duty...