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Man vacationing in Milwaukee dies in fall from drawbridge

Aug. 16, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Rhode Island man vacationing in Milwaukee fell to his death after a drawbridge was raised while he was walking across it. Richard Dujardin, 77, of Providence, Rhode Island, was crossing the Kilbourn Avenue Bridge in downtown Milwaukee on Monday afternoon with...

Northeastern farmers face new challenges with severe drought

Aug. 15, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vermont farmer Brian Kemp is used to seeing the pastures at Mountain Meadows Farm grow slower in the hot, late summer, but this year the grass is at a standstill. That's “very nerve-wracking” when you're grazing 600 to 700 cattle, said Kemp, who manages...

Police captain charged with smashing man's head to ground

Aug. 11, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A veteran police captain in Rhode Island shown on video smashing a handcuffed man’s face into the pavement over the July 4 weekend was charged with simple assault Thursday. Providence Police Capt. Stephen Gencarella pleaded not guilty during his...

Rhode Islanders returning from summer hotspot brawl on ferry

Aug. 09, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders who flocked to a summer hotspot on Monday for the Victory Day holiday got into brawls at a resort and on a ferry ride home, leading to eight arrests. The fighting started at a beach resort on Block Island that was hosting a reggae festival....

New Rhode Island National Guard colonel breaks barriers

Aug. 07, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has its first Black colonel. Sharon Harmon attained the rank of colonel at a promotion ceremony Saturday at the Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Fogarty, in East Greenwich, the National Guard said in a statement. ...

Scientists expand study on air quality impact on health

Aug. 06, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

Scientists at the Oregon Institute of Technology were recently awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government that could result in research that improves health outcomes in Southern Oregon due to wildfire smoke. Since 2019, a team of Oregon Tech scientists has been studying...

Police seek to fire officer after video shows excess force

Aug. 05, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police department is seeking to fire an officer after video showed him smashing a handcuffed man’s face into the pavement during a fireworks celebration on Fourth of July weekend. The Providence Police Department said Friday that Capt....

Man involved in shootout that injured 9 gets 14 years

Aug. 02, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another person involved in a gang shootout in a residential neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, last year that resulted in injuries to nine people has been sent to prison, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Thursday. Ricardo Cosme Tejada, 21,...

Rhode Island sues 5 landlords over alleged lead hazards

Jul. 18, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has sued five more landlords who rent properties in which children with lead poisoning live, the state attorney general said Monday. The three properties in Providence, one in Central Falls, and one in Newport all contain “significant lead...

Man who helped torch police cruiser gets 3 years in jail

Jul. 14, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who poured a flammable liquid into a police cruiser during a night of violent unrest in Providence in the summer of 2020, turning a small fire into an inferno that turned the vehicle into a charred wreck, was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison....