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Tanker in Navy collision had safety violations

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 SINGAPORE (AP) — The oil tanker involved in a collision with the USS John S. McCain destroyer...

Great American Eclipse: Local viewing parties Video included

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — For the first time in 90 years, the path of totality will sweep across the US...

Body pulled from Barrington pond

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BARRINGTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A body has been recovered from Brickyard Pond in Barrington...

Massachusetts Gov. Baker to headline Rhode Island GOP event

By: Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is heading to Rhode Island looking to inspire his fellow Republicans. Baker is the headliner at a Republican Party of Rhode Island fundraising cocktail reception scheduled for Monday night at The Hope Club in Providence. Party Chairman Brandon Bell calls Baker "the most popular governor in the nation," and indeed Baker has rated highly in several natio...

Few arrests during 'Free Speech' counterprotests

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (WLNE) -- Massachusetts State Police (MSP) announced Saturday's operations at the "Free Speech" counterprotests a success, with just 17 arrests amongst roughly 15,000 people. MSP assisted with at least 17 arrests, most for disorderly conduct. MSP accompanied Boston Police throughout the day with "numerous" patrol troopers, as well as Air Wing, tactical and K9 units. MSP also utilized &quo...

Rhode Island is checking water for chemical contamination

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island has begun checking water systems for chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide. Perfluorinated chemicals have been linked to cancer and other illnesses but currently aren't federally regulated in drinking water. Water has been contaminated near sites of industrial facilities and U.S. military bases. The state Department of Health and Brown University are partnering to ch...

Divers to examine mysterious circular object at beach

By: Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - Divers are expected to examine a mysterious object with steel legs that has puzzled onlookers since it was found lodged underwater off a Rhode Island beach. East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says divers will go underwater to get a closer look at the metal object. Crews hope to pull it out around the end of next week. The circular object located about 10 feet (3 meters) off shore at ...

Pawtucket mayor forms new 'Financial Advisory Team'

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) -- Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien is banding together financial sector professionals for an advisory committee for the city's economic development. Called the 'Financial Advisory Team,' the group consists of 13 business professionals and six city officials. The team was formed to "support and advise" public and private economic development, with a goal of continuing upward trends. The group w...

Fire and explosion in Rehoboth sends 3 to hospital Video included

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 REHOBOTH, Mass. (WLNE) -- Rehoboth firefighters and emergency crews from surrounding towns responded to a fire resulting from an explosion at a home Sunday morning. The call came in for an explosion at 257 Anawan St. around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Fire officials on the scene say three people were transported to the hospital after an explosion came from an area of the house where the hot water heater and other appli...

Anti-hate rally held in Attleboro Video included

After all that's happened in the last week and with what was going on in Boston today, a crowd of people gathered in Attleboro to send the message that theres no place for hate in Massachusetts.

The Latest: Speaker calls conservative rally 'unplanned'

By: Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (AP) -- The Latest on a conservative rally and counter-demonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local): 1:45 p.m. One of the planned speakers of a conservative activist rally that appeared to end shortly after it began says the event "fell apart.'' Dozens of rallygoers gathered Saturday on Boston Common, but then left less than an hour after the event was getting underway. Thousands ...

1,000 trees to be given away to Rhode Island homeowners

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- State environmental officials are once again working with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away 1,000 trees this spring to help homeowners conserve energy, reduce utility costs and beautify their neighborhoods. The state Department of Environmental Management says a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs when planted properly.         Online...

Thousands march through Boston week after Virginia bloodshed

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of leftist counterprotesters marched peaceably through downtown Boston on Saturday, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism ahead of a rally being staged by conservative activists a week after a Virginia demonstration turned deadly. Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers — some in uniform, others undercover — were deployed to keep t...

Tiverton Fire offers $5,000 reward for info on possible arson

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 TIVERTON, R.I. (WLNE) -- The Tiverton Fire Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information about a possible arson that happened at an antique store Friday morning. Tiverton Fire says a patrol officer responded to a fire alarm going off at Briars Antiques on Main Road around 5 a.m., and spotted a small fire.  Firefighters quickly put out the fire, and damage was minimal. The cause of the fire remains under i...

Local Red Sox fans react to proposed name change for Yawkey Way Video included

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry says he's haunted by Tom Yawkey's past--a reference to the former owner's beliefs about black ball players. Now he's publicly saying he wants the team to push the city to re-name Yawkey Way.  "I think the Red Sox were the last team to integrate and the history associated with the name isn't a good one," said Mike Galego of East Providence. ...

Children run over by car while playing inside cardboard box in New Bedford Video included

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEW BEDFORD, M.A. (WLNE) —  A 5-year-old girl is fighting for her life after she and her 6-year..

Rhode Island native assumes command of Naval Station Newport

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A U.S. Navy captain and Rhode Island native is now in command..

Man busted for possession of more than 200 grams of heroin

Courtesy of the Pawtucket Police Department Courtesy of the Pawtucket Police Department

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — A 31-year-old man was arrested on Friday after authorities executed..

Man arrested for DUI after driving 111 mph on 95N, 4 others arrested

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Five people were arrested early Friday evening for driving under..

Police investigating teen shot in Central Falls

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE)— A 17-year old male was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital..

Former Charlestown cop pleads guilty to drug charges

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A former Charlestown police officer pled guilty to multiple charges...

UPDATE: 1 American killed in Spain vehicle attacks

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s El Pais newspaper says that Barcelona police...

Back to school ‘one-click’ shopping

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — It is time for parents and students to get ready for the start of a new school year...

Governor Baker signs resolution denouncing white nationalism

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — Republican Governor Charlie Baker has joined with Democratic leaders to sign a resolution...

MA Teacher spending summer in Barcelona reacts to terror attack Video included

Brittany Ritland, a teacher in Massachusetts, is still trying to wrap her head around the pure terror that unfolded on the streets of Barcelona just hours ago..

Police investigating man arrested for sexually assaulting child

Raymond Lisi. Courtesy of the Cranston Police Department Raymond Lisi. Courtesy of the Cranston Police Department

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A 50-year-old man was arrested after allegations came forward that ..

Murder suspect arrested outside Providence recording studio Video included

A Providence rapper has been arrested leaving a recording studio. Twenty-three-year-old John Minaya, also known as “G-Money” was arrested last night and is charged with the murder of 22-year-old Devin Burney.

Two men arrested after Pawtucket beating

By: News Staff Email: News@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Police have two men in custody on felony assault charges after getting into an ...

RIDOT request to ban tractor trailers from certain roads denied for now Video included

A road bump for a controversial plan to ban tractor trailers from certain state highways in Rhode Island. The State Traffic Commission put the ki-bosh on the DOT's request, but even with that setback, the plan to keep big rigs off some roads still has some tread on it.

DEM, RIDOH confirm presence of West Nile Virus in RI

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)..

Man dead after New Bedford shooting

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEW BEDFORD, M.A. (WLNE) – New Bedford police are investigating an early Thursday morning shooting that left one man dead...

Dead turtle washes up on beach

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: ABC6 SOUTH KINGSTOWN , R.I. (WLNE) — A dead sea turtle was found Wednesday morning on East Matunuck...

Ward 3 Primary: Democrat Nirva Rebecca LaFortune wins

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — East Side residents in Providence have a new city councilor Thursday...

Surf, rip currents from Gert lead to one fatality, beach rescues in R.I., Mass. Video included

Three people are reported missing from a Westerly Beach after the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) says they were pulled out to sea by rip tides causes by the off-shore Hurricane Gert. 

Crews battle Pawtucket house fire

Crews battled a house fire on Merrick Street late Wednesday night. Firefighters were called to the home around 11:00 PM. Crews were able to put out the fire in less than an hour. They had to cut open the roof to douse the flames.  The home appears to have been vacant, and there was a large police presence at the scene following the fire.  No word at this hour on a cause.  No injuries were reported. This story will be updated.

Nirva LaFortune wins Providence City Council seat in Ward 3

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- In a landslide victory, Democrat Nirva Rebecca LaFortune won a seat on the Providence City Council in the Ward 3 Special Election.  LaFortune won 94 percent of the votes for Ward 3 -- 1,261 out of a total of 1,341 votes. She takes over for Democratic Councilman Kevin Jackson, who was overwhelmingly recalled by the ward's voters in May. Jackson was arrested and indicted last year on charges that he ...

Tim Tries It: Quahogging

Tim Tries It: Quahogging Video included

In today's Tim Tries It, Tim went to the town beach in North Kingstown to try digging for clams for the first time.  Watch the video for more!

Man found in Westerly parking lot died of head trauma

John Gardiner John Gardiner

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — An autopsy has determined that a 45-year-old man who died..

WWII vet receives Bronze Star he earned more than 70 years ago

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) - A World War II living in North Smithfield received the Bronze Star and other medals he earned, more than 70 years after the war...

Daniel Doyle files motion for bail pending appeal after embezzlement sentencing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- Daniel Doyle, the man who allegedly embezzled millions from the non-profit he funded, filed a motion for bail pending appeal Wednesday. The 68-year-old, West Hartford, Conn. man was convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from the Institute for International Sport, a non-profit organization he founded in the late 80's...

Man drowns at Nantucket beach, rough conditions to blame

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NANTUCKET, Mass. – A man drowned at Nobadeer Beach in Nantucket Wednesday afternoon due to rough water conditions...

Oakland Beach closed for swimming

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Authorities at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) have ..

Pawtucket man arrested on child porn charges while on bail for previous child porn charges

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A Pawtucket man was arrested for possession and transfer of child pornography while on bail for previous child pornography charges...

Reaction: Fallout following VA violence and President's remarks

President Trump’s Tuesday remarks placing blame on both sides involved in the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia are being met with strong reaction here in Rhode Island. "You can't put a spin on hatred and racism and unfortunately that's what we are hearing from President Trump,” said Providence City Councilor David Salvatore.

Dartmouth man selling magazines door-to-door without permit faces judge for outstanding warrant

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A Dartmouth man who went door to door selling magazines faced a judge Wednesday. Police say 27-year-old Tyrone Trevell Scott was acting suspicious and didn't have a permit...

Father forces children to blow into DUI lock in car after drinking

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. – A North Smithfield father was sentenced for cheating the ignition interlock system on his car meant to prevent him from drunk driving....

Residents vote to replace recalled city councilman

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Voters are heading to the polls to replace a Rhode Island city councilman who lost a recall election after he was indicted on embezzlement charges...

Judge dismisses charges in town house sharing ordinance case

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island says a judge has dismissed charges against several Narragansett residents accused of violating a town law that bars more than four unrelated people from living in the same residence...

Drone comes dangerously close to state police helicopter

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a drone came within about 100 feet of an agency helicopter, causing a potentially dangerous situation...

Rip currents closing area beaches for swimming Video included

Rough surf as a result of Hurricane Gert is shutting down some area beaches for swimming.

Olneyville man beat, hit with chair in Burger King parking lot

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 OLNEYVILLE, R.I. – An Olneyville man told police that he was held at gunpoint and beaten by five men Wednesday morning...

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