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WESTERLY — People in the community give police an advantage in fighting crime, Chief of Police Shawn Lacey told members of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon Friday at Ella's Fine Food & Drink.
CHICAGO — The wife of a Chicago police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald demanded on Thursday to know why her husband was transferred from an Illinois state prison where he was kept from harm to a federal prison in Connecticut where he was assaulted…
RICHMOND — A license plate stolen in New London helped lead police to a Richmond man wanted in connection with an October 2017 bank robbery in Connecticut.
WESTERLY — A homeless man was charged with breaking and entering last week after the owner of an unoccupied house on Post Road received an unusually high electric bill. The police said that the man, Jan Holt, 35, had been staying there for more than a month and had used an electric stove as …
HOPKINTON — A chimney fire caused a brief scare on Ashaway Road, but the flames fanned out quickly and damage was limited to the chimney itself, officials said.
HOPKINTON — The Rhode Island Southern Firefighter's League has bestowed its first Frederick A. Stanley Dedicated Service Award to Justin Lee, who took over from Stanley in 2015 as chief of the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire Department.
STONINGTON — A local woman is facing charges after police said she stabbed a man several times at a Stonington Road motel on Saturday night.
RICHMOND — There's a new officer working with Richmond police these days, but he's not quite like the others. He's furry and likes to track things with his nose.
Lt. Col. Kevin M. Barry, acting superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, announced Friday that a New York motorist was arrested and charged with possession of 60 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $120,000 after a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in West Greenwich earlier in the day.
STONINGTON — A off-duty Westerly police captain who fired one shot at a suspect's car during an incident in Pawcatuck was responding to an active threat and "his actions were justified," according to New London State's Attorney Michael Regan.
A Groton teenager, Zachary Sostak, waived his right to juvenile court proceedings and has been indicted by a Rhode Island grand jury for his alleged role in robberies in Hopkinton and West Warwick last year.
An information technology specialist who worked under contract for the Charlestown Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island has been stripped of system access and suspended indefinitely after police said he was charged in late January with possession of crystal meth.
The Rhode Island State Police this week launched Text-to-911, an enhanced system for dispatch centers that will allow people to send a text message to reach the state's E-911 communications center if they can't make a telephone call.
WESTERLY — Police are seeking help from the public in identifying a man who stole $175 in gift cards left behind by a customer at a Walmart register on Christmas Eve.
MYSTIC — Old Mystic Fire Chief Kenneth Richards Jr. has been appointed to serve on the National Fire Protection Association’s Standards Council, the highest U.S. authority overseeing firefighter standards and practices.
HOPKINTON — Members of the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire Department on Sunday doused a blaze that totaled a car parked in front of a home on Hopkinton Hill Road.
Rick J. Rathbun, a Richmond native and Chariho High School graduate, has had a long record of community service, capped off by his recent selection as chief of the Warwick Police Department.
RICHMOND — A Connecticut man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 and was involved in a crash has been charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
Richmond police arrested Michael J. Methot, 27, of Bristol, Conn., on Jan. 19. He was arraigned and granted permission to return to Connecticut, according to court records that also showed he subsequently pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge.
According to police, officers were called to I-95 North around 4:45 a.m. after receiving reports that a 2017 Nissan Rogue SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of the highway near the Exit 3 off-ramp.
While approaching the highway, officers said they came upon a guardrail in the center median of Main Street that "was heavily damaged including destruction of several signs that had been sheered away."
One of the officers followed damaged parts of the SUV that were left behind by the crash and found Methot parked behind a building at 139 Kingstown Road. He was given a field sobriety test and arrested.
At the station, police said Methot agreed to a breathalyzer test, which returned blood-alcohol content readings of .175 and .168 in separate phases.
RICHMOND — A Charlestown man is facing charges of driving under the influence after police said a traffic stop for speeding led officers to discover he was had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.
WESTERLY — The Patriots are ready to take on the Rams in Super Bowl LIII and there's plenty of reason to celebrate in southern New England — but law enforcement officials are urging residents to game plan in advance to avoid driving under the influence.
WESTERLY — A Westerly man is facing charges after the police said he stole money from his employer in view of a security camera three times in four hours.
WESTERLY — A Massachusetts man has been charged with driving under the influence after police said he ran a red light near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 78 on Tuesday afternoon and crashed into a car that was crossing onto Airport Road.
WESTERLY — Two local residents are recovering from what police have called minor injuries after they were struck Tuesday while walking along town roads.
A Westerly man convicted in October of possessing and sharing child pornography has been sentenced to more than 7 years months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.
WESTERLY — Police are praising a local contractor who captured a man, in possession of a machete, who had been sleeping in the basement of an unoccupied home on Canal Street.
WESTERLY — Police said a car crashed into the dining room of the Burger King restaurant on Franklin Street Saturday night after the driver hit a curb and then accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake.
WAKEFIELD — Additional charges have been filed against two former area residents that police said took numerous packages from porches in Westerly, Hopkinton and Stonington in December.
STONINGTON — A deputy chief at the Old Mystic Fire Department has been indefinitely relieved of duty following an alleged domestic incident that took place at his home earlier this month.
STONINGTON — A Pawcatuck man is facing charges of having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor over a two-year period beginning in 2015.
Lt. Col. Kevin M. Barry, acting superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, and Chief Sheriff David M. DeCesare are warning people to beware of a telephone scam demanding payment for fictitious fines.
The Rhode Island State Police on Saturday announced the arrest of a Connecticut youth baseball coach who is accused of using the internet to solicit a 14-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity at a Warwick hotel.
WESTERLY — Early notification and fast response helped to prevent the spread of a fire in a electric water heater at a home on Plympton Road.
WESTERLY — For the past decade, the Dunn's Corners Fire Department has been the top fundraiser for the annual Fight For Air Climb in Rhode Island, and its members are hoping to extend their bragging rights in 2019.
HARTFORD — While financial institutions in Connecticut have been stepping up to assist federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown, state officials are warning people who seeking help to steer clear of predatory online payday lenders.
A Warwick man involved in a 2016 collision in Charlestown that killed local musician Thomas Hug has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
RICHMOND — Rhode Island State Police are investigating the cause of a Monday morning crash along Interstate 95 South after officials said a car went off the highway and into the woods, striking a tree head-on.