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Providence Police arrest two men after chase

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Police say two men were arrested after a car and foot chase early Saturday morning in Providence. Alkhalif Sirleaf, 19, and Reynolds Youboty, 19, both ...

Cranston Pen Pal Program Bridges the Gap Between Generations

Cranston Pen Pal Program Bridges the Gap Between Generations Video included

A program is bridging the gap between generations.  This Valentine’s Day, a lunch date, of sorts, spanned those generations.  The gathering was the culmination of a pen pal project between two Cranston elementary schools: Edgewood Highland and Glen Hills.

Saturday Night Snow (2-17-2018)

Saturday Night Snow (2-17-2018)

Snow is moving through southern New England overnight Saturday night into very early Sunday morning.  Snow will be heavy at times, with some rain mixing in at the south facing coastline, plus Cape Cod & the islands.

Security expert weighs in as several local schools experience copycat threats

Americans are on edge as copycat threats are made in the wake of the tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting. And those nerves are felt close to home.

BREAKING: Providence Police, Medical Examiner on scene for body found in water

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Providence Police and the Office of the Medical Examiner are on scene for reports of a body found in the Providence River...

Ceremony to mark deadly nightclub fire postponed due to snow

By The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – A ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of a deadly nightclub fire that killed 100 people has been postponed due to an expected snowstorm...

State Senator arrested for video voyeurism, extortion Video included

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State Sen. Nicholas Kettle was arrested Friday for video voyeurism and extortion. Republican  Sen. Nicholas Kettle, of Coventry, was arrested Richmond Friday afternoon, and charged with one count of video voyeurism, and two counts of extortion, after a month-long investigation. Kettle was arraigned by a justice of the peace Friday night at State Police Headquarters in Scituate.

Providence high school basketball team qualifies for national Special Olympics

The unified basketball team from Mt. Pleasant High School will compete in the National Special Olympics this summer officials announced. The team, dubbed the...

Westport teen threatens to shoot up school

A student at Westport High School, could be facing felony charges for threatening to shoot up Westport High School. According to Westport Police...

RI State Trooper injured when cruiser was hit on I-95 N

By: Anthony Vega Email: avega@abc6.com Twitter: @avegaABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — A State Trooper was injured after his cruiser was hit by another car...

Tim Tries It: Curling

Tim Tries It: Curling Video included

With the Winter Olympics, comes the realization that there are a lot of unique winter sports that we may only see on TV once every 4 years.  Yet, some of them can be so much fun to watch, and look like they might be fun to try.  We sent our own Tim Studebaker to Cranston to give one of those seldom seen sports a try.

East Providence councilor says National Grid lights quote is unfair

Out of the 5,000 street lights in the city of East Providence, only 3800 work. 1200 were shut off years ago to save the taxpayers money.

Johnston Police seek help finding missing man

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Johnston Police are seeking help locating a 69-year-old who has been reported missing. Police are searching for Kenneth Stedman, who was last seen at the McDonald’s on Atwood Ave...

Bullets found in bathroom of Woonsocket middle school

Hamlet Middle School was placed on lockdown after bullets were found in a boy’s bathroom Friday afternoon. Detective Sergeant Matthew...

Students at The Gordon School take action following FL tragedy

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- Kids at The Gordon School in East Providence are taking a pro-active stance following the tragedy in Florida earlier this week. During a workshop on Friday some students chose to write letters to those affected by the shooting, others made posters for an upcoming anti-gun violence rally and some chose to write to lawmakers about gun control. "I feel like it's important to empathize for those affected and to talk about how ...

Man charged in Attleboro murder held without bail Video included

A South Boston man is charged with murder after months on the run after a robbery gone bad left one man dead. Police have been looking for Jaquan Cohen since that murder.

Florida students quit class to protest shootings

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A group of high schoolers has walked out of classes to protest gun violence after a mass shooting killed 17 people at a neighboring school...

Judge seeks answers in case of detained Guatemalan mother

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — A federal judge in Boston has ordered immigration officials to explain why a Guatemalan mother was detained...

One person shot in Pawtucket home invasion

By: Anthony Vega Email: avega@abc6.com Twitter: @avegaABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Pawtucket police are investigating an early morning home invasion...

Captain describes boat sinking, rescue by Coast Guard Video included

By John Krinjak Email: jkrinjak@abc6.com Twitter: @johnkrinjakABC6 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) -- It was supposed to be the final leg of a five-day fishing trip for the Sea Star and its captain Andrew Arnett. "We were on our way home. we'd had a stellar trip, boat was running fine," said Arnett. But around 8:30 Wednesday night, that all changed in an instant. "My first mate woke me up and said something was wrong, the boat doesn't look right," said Arnett. Tur...

Romney makes it official: He’s running for Utah Senate seat

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is trying for a political comeback as he launches a Senate campaign in Utah...

Fugitive arrested for December murder in Attleboro

Jaquan Cohen Jaquan Cohen

By: Anthony Vega Email: avega@abc6.com Twitter: @avegaABC6 ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE) — A South Boston man wanted for murder has been arrested by Attleboro police...

Durfee High School receives anonymous threat via social media

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — A Massachusetts high school will see extra police presence Friday after a possible threat was made via social media...

Nichols College recruiter describes Florida school shooting Video included

By John Krinjak Email: jkrinjak@abc6.com Twitter: @johnkrinjakABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) -- A recruiter from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. was among those inside Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as Wednesday's deadly shooting unfolded. Paul Brower is the Assistant Dean of Enrollment at Nichols. He returned to T.F. Green Airport Thursday night, and spoke to reporters about what he saw firsthand. Brower was at the high school with a football coach from Nichols, ...

Coventry Police seek suspect in "frozen turtle" case

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE) – Police are searching for a Coventry man who reportedly abandoned a household turtle, allowing its tank to fully freeze over. On February 7th Animal Control Officers responded to a home in Maple Root Village for reports of an abandoned animal. Officers on scene located a fish tank that was frozen solid, containing a turtle encased in the ice. The tank was removed from the home and transported to Anima...

Budget deficit threatens North Attleboro departments; jobs, school at risk Video included

Stacey Nassaney remembers when the Allen Avenue School closed three years ago, and the effect it had on her children.

Providence councilor calls for meeting to discuss safety in wake of FL shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) –Providence City Councilor Michael Correia is among those looking to take action in the wake of the dozen plus lives lost in Florida Wednesday. Correia is calling for a meeting with city officials including the Mayor, Police Commissioner, and Superintendent to look at gaps in school safety and ensure everything possible is being done to protect students. "We all say that it's not going to happen here in the city of Providence, well they didn't thin...

Florida shooting suspect charged with 17 counts of murder, ordered held without bail

By the Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 Parkland, Fla. (AP) – A Florida judge has ordered that the suspect in a deadly shooting rampage at a high school will be held without bond on 17 counts of murder. Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz ...

Woman injured as passenger in November I-95 shooting arrested on drug charges

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – The woman who was injured in the fatal police-involved shooting last November was arrested Wednesday and is now facing drug charges...

RI Coalition against Gun Violence, state legislators push for tighter gun laws

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Coalition against Gun Violence released a statement Thursday advocating for tighter gun laws and regulations across the state. The statement comes in the wake  ...

UPDATE: Police identify victim in fatal Fall River shooting Video included

A 24-year-old Fall River man was killed in a shooting late Wednesday afternoon...

Fishermen rescued by Coast Guard near Martha’s Vineyard

By: Anthony Vega Email: avega@abc6.com Twitter: @avegaABC6 BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) — Four people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their fishing boat sank near Martha’s Vineyard...

Suspect’s ‘disturbing’ social media posts being dissected

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A law enforcement official says the former student suspected of killing at least 17 people at a Florida high school...

Veteran Pascoag firefighter dies in the line of duty

By: Rebecca Turco Email: rturco@abc6.com PASCOAG, R.I. - A veteran Pascoag firefighter has died in the line of duty. Lt. Richard Jenks, 72, died Wednesday after fighting a chimney fire at a house on Hall Street, according to Pascoag Deputy Fire Chief Keith Carter. Jenks was one of the first of around 50 firefighters to arrive on the scene and tackle the flames. He tripped while he was inside and some firefighters escorted him outside to check up on him, then he collapsed, according...

ACI treatment program linked to fewer overdose deaths

Of the 13,000 people who move through the ACI every year, 15% have an opiate use disorder, and their risk of overdosing as soon as they get out is very high.

ABC6 Honors: Army veteran using opioid addiction recovery to help others

The battle with opioid addiction begins, for many people, as a way to escape physical or emotional pain. For Paul Kandarian, an Army veteran from Taunton, it was both. .

RI Mother released from ICE custody tearfully addresses media

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) —It's a Valentines Day Lilian Calderon and Luis Gordillo won't soon forget. The Providence mother of two was released Tuesday after nearly a month in ICE custody,  just in time to spend the day with her family. "I didn't do anything wrong that would put me in this position. All I tried to do was go to an interview with my husband and then here I am x amount of weeks later,” said Calderon. Calderon, originally from Guatemala, came to...

UPDATE: Woman arrested after Norman, the "frozen cat", found near dumpster Video included

Next to a dumpster outside the Bayside Apartments on Sandy Lane, one of the employees of the property found cardboard box and went to throw it away. That’s when he noticed…there was something inside of it. It was a cat – but looked like a ball of fur.

UPDATE: State Police identifies driver in tractor-trailer rollover

By: Rachael Perry Email: rperry@abc6.com Twitter: @RachaelABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The ramp onto exit 22 on I-95 N will be closed ....

Gordon Fox expected to be released from Pawtucket halfway house

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The prison sentence for Former House Speaker Gordon Fox  ends Wednesday...

Portsmouth to fast-track school safety upgrades after incident Video included

It's been two weeks since police say 22-year-old Marcus Schlip forced his way into the Portsmouth High School gymnasium. After a teacher cracked the door, police say he punched and kicked her, then ordered students to line up against a wall. Police later found a military-style knife in his backpack. "It's happened and we can't ever let it happen again," said Portsmouth Superinte...

Opioid Crisis: Pregnant mom’s battling addiction Video included

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — One not often talked about problem in the opioid crisis is pregnant women battling addition. This includes those who continue to use drugs during their pregnancies and those who get treatment limiting their dosage...

Warning issued in Westerly after chemicals found in drinking water

A drinking water warning has been issued for residents in Westerly and part of Connecticut after excess chemicals were found in the water. Westerly Water Department said the warning was issued because...

Police search murdered ex-chiropractor's safety deposit box Video included

By: Rebecca Turco Email: rturco@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. – East Providence Police seized thousands in cash and other items from the safety deposit box of murdered former chiropractor Clive Bridgham, according to court documents. Police seized $7,200 cash, assorted antique jewelry, Bridgham’s will (dated 8/6/2002) and assorted documents, according to the search and forfeiture warrant receipt filed in district court February 5. Detectives discovered the existence of the...

RI mother detained by ICE reunited with family

Lilian Calderon and her husband Luis Gordillo Lilian Calderon and her husband Luis Gordillo

 A Rhode Island mother detained in January has been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Lilian’s detention was inhumane and unlawful," said...

Man wanted for providing Pawtucket police with fake name

By: Anthony Vega Email: avega@abc6.com Twitter: avega@ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Pawtucket police are searching for a man who they say gave them a fake name...

UPDATE: Man charged with break-ins during funerals held on $25K bail

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By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say broke into homes while the residents attended wakes or funerals...

UPDATE: Police identify man in deadly shooting in Central Falls

By: Anthony Vega Email: avega@abc6.com Twitter: @avegaABC6 CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE) — Central Falls police has identified a male who was shot in the city Sunday night...

Conflict for Catholics? Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day Video included

It's a diocesan dilemma the likes of which Catholics haven't seen since 1945. Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day this year. Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin wrote a column in the Rhode Island Catholic newspaper, stating "Ash Wednesday belongs to God." The Bishop says, "The themes of one day are totally incompatible with the themes of the other,"...

Woman says former Gordon School teacher sexually assaulted her at Virginia school

Anger and disbelief, those are the feelings of a Colorado woman after learning that the man who she says molested her in the 70's went on to teach in Rhode Island where he allegedly raped and assaulted several other girls. "I was so angry,” said Brooke Kildey. “I mean so angry, I can't even begin to tell you." 

School bus driver cited for crash involving middle school students

A school bus driver has been cited for allegedly crashing into two trees and fleeing the area with a bus full of ...

Donald Trump Jr. thankful wife, children safe

 Donald Trump Jr. says he's thankful that his wife and children are “safe and unharmed” after an 

Construction begins on truck toll gantries Video included

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Work is starting to install a new truck tolling system, but state officials...

2nd high school student dies after getting struck

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police say the second Massachusetts high school ...

Cranston rollover leads to DUI arrest

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By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A three car crash led to one man being arrested for a DUI early...

UPDATE: ID of victim of fatal fire in Johnston released

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A fire that sent three people to the hospital on Saturday has ...

UPDATE: State Fire Marshal identifies victim in deadly Portsmouth fire Video included

A massive fire claimed one life and consumed three homes on Narragansett Avenue Wednesday morning. Neighbors woke up to a frightening scene. "A big boom, like an explosion, and it woke me up," said neighbor Jane Drapeau. "It was scary as hell," said neighbor Donald Koch. "Just boom. Like fireworks in the sky." Propane tanks exploded as the fire spread...

Rhode Island GOP files ethics complaint against Raimondo

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint...

Police face criticism for Black History Month tweet

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — Boston police are facing heavy criticism online for a now-deleted post on Twitter for Black History...

Woonsocket High School fumigated for bed bugs

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Students at Woonsocket High School are heading back to school Monday morning after their building was treated...

Police: Teen fell asleep in stolen BMW, had no license

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island police have arrested a 17-year-old who they say fell asleep behind the wheel of a stolen...

Construction on Citizens Bank corporate campus more than halfway done Video included

Construction is well underway on an expansive Citizens Bank corporate campus in Johnston and thousands of people gathered today to check out the progress.

State Police arrest man, nab $400K of pot, hash oil

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By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — A man from California was arrested following the seizure of ...

RIC grad writes bill to prevent underage drinking deaths Video included

It's a tragic scenario that's played out on the National Stage. Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, found dead after a night of heavy drinking. Prosecutors say his frat brothers waited nearly 12 hours to call for help.  "If they had called, if they had called for medical assistance he might be alive today," said then-Rhode Island College student Derrik Trombley, who has si...

The Opioid Crisis: Combatting Addiction on Stage Video included

"Four Legs to Stand On" tells a story many can relate to, but few openly talk about. It chronicles the journey of a family struggling to deal with their daughter Sam's addiction to prescription opioids. She later graduates to heroin. The hard-hitting play was all inspired by what was going on in South Kingstown, the hometown of the playwright, Ana Bess Moyer Bell. While she w...

Kiwi fruit possibly linked to statewide allergic-like reactions

By: Rachael Perry Email: rperry@abc6.com Twitter: @RachaelABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The sale of kiwi fruit has been suspended from a ...

Thousands waiting for benefits as computer woes continue

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Health and Human Services ...

Fourteen busted in Pawtucket drug investigation

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By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Fourteen people were arrested as a result of a narcotics ...

North Attleboro fire, police help buy new wheelchair for resident Video included

A disabled North Attleboro man was given some of his freedom back today.  His wheelchair was damaged when he was clipped by a car so police and firefighters teamed up to help him get a replacement. Bruce Stewart is thrilled with his brand new electric scooter.

Local 'Dreamer' concerned after budget deal struck

Hours after President Trump signed into law a $400 billion budget there is some fear and frustration from local dreamers that an immigration solution was notably not included in the deal. "I am concerned as a dreamer that this lengthy floor debate will actually lead to many people loosing their status, people like me,” said Rodrigo Pimentel. Pimintel came to the U.S. at just 10 months old. In the wake of the budget vote, he has a strong message to Rhode Island's congressi...

Vigil held to remember young boys killed, allegedly by mother Video included

A crowd of at least a hundred people filled Prospect Street Thursday night to pay tribute to 5-year-old Lason and 8-year-old Edson Brito. According to POLICE, their mother, 43-year-old Latarsha Sanders admitted to stabbing and killing her sons in their home as part of a voodoo ritual.  Family members are still in shock over what happened, saying Sanders loved her kids. Sanders' fath...

Dow plunges 1,000 as market swoons again

By The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEW YORK (AP) – The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 1,000 points as a weeklong market swoon continued. The Dow is 10 percent below the record high it set just two weeks ago, putting it in what is known on Wall Street as a "correction". The Standard & Poor's 500, the benchmark for many index funds, is also 10 percent below the record high it set two weeks ago. Worries about inflati...

The Opioid Crisis: Treatment centers adapting to meet demands Video included

The Southeast corridor of Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of opioid use in the state. In 2016, 250 people in Bristol County died of an overdose. The epidemic is forcing a Fall River treatment center to change the way they operate, just so they can meet the demands.

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