Latest Rhode Island News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 28, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Man who hid drugs in child's backpack gets 7-year sentence

Jun. 28, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who stored more than 1,000 counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine or fentanyl in a child’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack in the Rhode Island apartment he shared with his three children has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison,...

Man who had cache of weapons at home now faces state charges

Jun. 27, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man already facing federal charges in connection with an arsenal of more than 200 guns found at his home now also faces several state charges, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday. Ronald Andruchuk, 38, of Burrillville, faces state...

Ringleader of check fraud scheme gets 5 years in prison

Jun. 27, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ringleader of a plot that defrauded multiple Rhode Island banks out of tens of thousands of dollars through a counterfeit check scheme has been sentenced to five years in prison, federal prosecutors said Monday. Terrance Richardson, 30, of Providence,...

Off-duty officer charged with assault at abortion protest

Jun. 26, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty has now been charged in connection with Friday's demonstration at the State House. In a Saturday evening news release, state police said Providence...

Officer suspended for off-duty actions at abortion protest

Jun. 25, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty was suspended from his job with pay Saturday while the Providence Police Department conducts a criminal investigation into his actions. Jennifer Rourke,...

Rhode Island lawmakers pass budget and adjourn for the year

Jun. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers passed a flurry of major bills before the legislative session ended Friday, including the state budget and legislation to provide driver privilege cards to people who are in the country illegally. The General Assembly adjourned early...

States brace for fight over gun laws after high court ruling

Jun. 24, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Supreme Court’s decision overturning a gun-permitting law in New York has states with robust firearms restrictions scrambling to respond on two fronts — to figure out what concealed-carry measures they might be allowed to impose while also preparing to defend a...

States with strict gun-permitting laws consider next steps

Jun. 23, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York state law that had restricted who could obtain a permit to carry a gun in public. Under the law in place since 1913, New York residents needed to show proper cause, or an actual need, to carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense.....

Live updates | American Medical Association weighs in

Jun. 23, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on New York's gun law: The American Medical Association has called the ruling a “harmful and deeply disturbing decision.’’ "Firearm violence is a public health crisis, and easier access to weapons and fewer restrictions on...