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…

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 …

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

      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 — 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.

        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.