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By: Chloe Leshner Cleshner@abc6.com @CLeshnerABC6 MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- State beaches opening up today and marking the unofficial start of summer. Despite cooler temperatures, many made the trip. It's not the best day to get a tan and a dip in the ocean would be far from refreshing, but the first official day of Rhode Island beach season was perfect for surfers. "It's waves, we're all here for the surf," says Quincy resident Brad Pinta. The wind making for decent sized w...

Feds: keep away from seals

By: The Associated Press news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Federal officials are warning people not to take selfies with seals, no matter how tempting. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries office says seal pupping season is under way in New England and that means people might see seal pups on the beach during Memorial Day weekend. But they say there is no selfie stick long enough to safely get a selfie of a seal pup. NOAA says people and pets should...

Ex-state lawmaker charged with assaulting man on front lawn

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By: The Associated Press news@abc6.com EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) _ A former Rhode Island lawmaker has been arrested after police say he got into a fight with another man on the front lawn of someone's home. Former House Minority Leader Robert Watson was charged Friday with simple assault and disorderly conduct. A man told East Greenwich police he was driving Watson to court when Watson allegedly hit him in the arm with a padlock. Police say Watson and the man later got into a figh...

State expands shellfishing access in Rhode Island waters

By: News Staff news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The state Department of Environmental Management has announced that it has expanded access to parts of Rhode Island waters considered prime shellfishing areas. The department says restrictions on portions of Upper Narragansett Bay were lifted at sunrise Saturday. All of Cormorant Cove on Block Island is now open to shellfishing for the first time in a decade. The seasonal closure of Greenwich Bay has been eliminated. Michael McG...

ABC6 Honors: WWII veteran who finally received medals 70 years after serving Video included

North Providence native Joseph Aquilante is a very active 91-year-old WWII veteran who finally received four medals for his service 70 years later.

Police: Brockton man charged with kidnapping missing girl

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By: News Staff news@abc6.com A 32–year–old man from Brockton is being charged with kidnapping, and assault and battery after a missing 6–year–old girl from Norton was found in his car. Police say Avery Howard was arrested on Foundry Street in Easton. The 6–year–old went missing just before noon on Friday after a fight with her parents. Police say they received a tip from someone who saw the little girl, on the side of the road talking with a bla...

Man accused in girlfriend's death faces a judge

By Alana Cerrone acerrone@abc6.com @Alana_Cerrone The man accused of killing his girlfriend in Fall River faced a judge in Rhode Island 26-year-old Scott Rego was taken right from Rhode Island Hospital where he's been since Monday night to Providence District Court. He showed up in a wheelchair and hospital gown. He's being charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, 36-year-old Kristina Reis. It happened Monday night at the couple's Linden Street home. Police ...

Cumberland 4th Grader Publishes Book

Cumberland 4th Grader Publishes Book Video included

Ten year old Simon Aydin's family is Syriac Orthodox.  They have a mission.  That mission is to preserve their language, music, culture, and religion.  The Cumberland 4th grader is continuing that mission by becoming a published author

Police investigate shots fired in Pawtucket

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Pawtucket Police responded to Magill Street at approximately 8:00 p.m...

Gunman in ‘93 school shooting facing new charges

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 ACUSHNET, Mass. (WLNE) — After spending 22-years in custody an Acushnet man once charged in the shooting death of a school nurse in 1993 is back in court Friday...

Rhode Island beaches opening Saturday

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — State beaches across Rhode Island are opening for the season beginning on Saturday just in time for the holiday weekend...

Hillary Clinton to address Wellesley College graduates

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is returning to her alma mater, Wellesley College, to deliver this year’s...

State officials remind drivers to stay safe during MDW

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — With the unofficial start of summer upon us, Rhode Island officials are reminding people to stay safe when behind the wheel...

MDW travelers in Cranston can register homes, have them checked on by police Video included

CRANSTON, RI – Cranston Police are asking all residents who plan to hit the road this Memorial Day Weekend to take a minute and register their addresses on their website, so they can keep an eye on people’s empty homes.

Brown University to start new medical group

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By: News Staff news@abc6.com Brown University announced a merge between six medical practices. A press release from Brown University states that the new group called ‘Brown Physicians Inc.’ will employ more than 500 doctors. The group was announced on Thursday. The goal of the new medical practice is to collaborate on research education and patient care in order to benefit Rhode Islanders. The new collaboration will launch in July. © WLNE-TV / ABC6  ...

Rhode Island House takes aim at left-lane "lollygagging"

By: The Associated Press news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban highway drivers from lingering in the left lane unless they're passing another vehicle. The House voted 60-8 to pass the bill Thursday. It now moves to the state Senate. Proponents say it's aimed at the ``lollygagging'' drivers traveling too slowly in the high-speed line, causing dangerous traffic conditions by angering other drivers who try to ...

15-year-old facing charges for giving students tattoos

By: News Staff news@abc6.com WESTERLY, R.I. – A Westerly High School student is facing charges for allegedly giving tattoos to two of her friends on school grounds. Police say the 15-year-old student used a makeshift needle to give the two minors a tattoo. School administrators were made aware of the situation on Friday. The student is facing charges because it’s unlawful to give a tattoo to a minor in the state. The two girls who received the tattoos are 15 and 16 ye...

Legal drama for Ocean State Theatre Company Video included

By: Rebecca Turco Email: rturco@abc6.com Twitter: @RTurcoABC6 Facebook: RebeccaTurcoABC6 WARWICK, R.I. – We're learning more about the financial struggles plaguing the Ocean State Theatre Company. Court documents show the theatre's landlord is suing, claiming the non-profit owes more than $860,000 in back rent and other charges. In a statement, Mutual Properties claims Ocean State Theatre owes them more than $1-million total. Tax filings over the years show the theatre co...

Double arm amputee runs Boston Marathon for RI girl battling cancer

By: News Staff news@abc6.com BOSTON, Mass. – A double arm amputee ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday for a 12-year-old Rhode Islander battling cancer. Hector Picard finished his 26.2 mile run while clutching the photo of a 12-year-old from Smithfield. Picard ran the marathon in honor of Anna Kitada who is currently battling bone cancer and is an amputee herself. The pair met for the first time Friday. “I’m trying to get back to running again and because Hecto...

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