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Somerset residents speak out at meeting on power plant proposal Video included

Texas-based power marketer GSXI Wednesday night presented several ideas to taxpayers in Somerset to bring energy production back to the now-dormant Montaup or Brayton Point site--or possibly both.  "We are a site that's perfect for energy generation. Now it's up to the marketplace to figure out what's the best fuel to use at this site," said Lloyd Mendes of Somerset Economic Development. Among the options--solar, natural gas, biomass and hydrogen fuel cell--billed as.

Man thankful after close encounter with shark on Cape waters

Cleveland Bigelow considers himself incredibly lucky to be okay after an incredibly close encounter with a shark in the waters off of Wellfleet relatively unharmed. He was paddleboarding Wednesday morning when out of nowhere a shark grabbed hold of his board. 

Man injured by hit-and-run driver in Central Falls

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE) — A man was injured Wednesday night after he was struck by..

Man indicted in February hit-and-run death of Coventry teen

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – William Fallon has been indicted in the death of Matthew O’Gara, 19, after striking him with his truck and fleeing the scene....

Early morning vacant house fire in Westport deemed suspicious

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WESTPORT, Mass. (WLNE) – The Westport Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire on Forge Road at a home that was under construction....

Company wants to resurrect Somerset power plant into new one Video included

By Alana Cerrone acerrone@abc6.com @Alana_Cerrone SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) - A Texas company is hosting an informational session in Somerset about transforming an old power plant into a new one that is fueled by mesquite wood pellets. Houston-based GSXI wants to build the new plant at the site of the old Montaup Electric Company building. But the plan is being met with mixed reviews. The Coalition for Clean Air South Coast says another power plant is not what the town needs. ...

Smoke Shop owner arrested for selling marijuana edibles

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) — A 30-year-old man was arrested for selling a variety of edible items..

Two men arrested for illegal marijuana growing operation in Johnston near elementary school

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Two men were arrested Tuesday after police seized numerous firearms, cocaine, and marijuana from a Johnston home....

Over 700 "Letters of Action" accidentally sent to vehicle owners from DMV

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Over 700 “Letters of Action” were inadvertently sent to vehicle owners from the DMV stating that they did not have passing inspection records....

Coventry man arrested for DUI after driving wrong way, crashing on Route 10

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A Coventry man has been arrested after driving under the influence and crashing his car while driving the wrong way on Route 10 Wednesday morning....

Shark bites paddle board at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, person on board uninjured

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WELLFLEET, Mass. (WLNE) – A shark bit a stand-up paddle board at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet Wednesday morning....

Police seize $700,000 worth of counterfeit goods from Newport retailers

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Newport Police are cracking down on several businesses found to be selling counterfeit goods....

Jackpot reaches $700 million for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – For those who have been holding out on buying a Powerball ticket, Wednesday may be the day to play. The jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing has grown to $700 million.....

Voters elect Democrat Dawn Euer to fill RI Senate seat

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Voters in Jamestown and Newport have elected Democrat Dawn Euer to fill the Rhode Island Senate seat once held by Teresa Paiva-Weed....

North Providence swears in new Police Chief

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Retired State Police Major David Tikoian was officially..

Warwick Police seek suspect wanted for counterfeit bills

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By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — The Warwick Police Department are warning residents to be on alert..

Providence principal pleads not guilty for failing to report molestation allegations Video included

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The principal at Harry Kizirian Elementary School in Providence pleaded guilty in court today for covering up molestation allegations against a gym teacher....

Former correctional officer acquitted in manslaughter trial

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – A jury has found former correctional officer, Timothy Levesque, not ..

Placement of century-old battle gun at Seekonk memorial draws support, criticism Video included

By John Krinjak Email: jkrinjak@abc6.com Twitter: johnkrinjakABC6 SEEKONK, MA (WLNE) - It's a battle town officials never saw coming. A 1920 Howitzer donated to the town by the National Guard in Rehoboth--placed on the newly-built Veterans Memorial near the Seekonk Library. "It is a memorial, and it stands for the men who fought in those wars, and those are the weapons they used," said Betty Berg of Seekonk.  "I think overall it's been a positive reaction...

Public Utilities Commission approves 19% National Grid rate increase Video included

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – A National Grid rate hike was approved by the Public Utilities Commission Tuesday...

Suspect in fatal East Providence hit-and-run says he thought he hit a dog Video included

Maria Raposo, 46, was killed Monday night as she crossed Newport Avenue in East Providence and was struck by a vehicle...

Westerly School Department employee charged after depositing $8,400 worth of checks

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) – A former Westerly School Department employee has been arrested and charged after depositing $8,400 worth of checks meant for the Town of Westerly...

Shark attack on seal at crowded beach caught on video

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) - A shark attack on a seal at a Cape Cod beach sent beachgoers scrambling, and surfers a few yards away had to frantically swim to shore...

Two Kennedy's arrested for disorderly conduct, violating town noise law at family compound

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WLNE) – Two members of the Kennedy family were arrested after police responded to the family compound Sunday...

Former MBTA officer sentenced to 6 months in jail

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON, Mass (AP) - A former Massachusetts transit officer convicted of assaulting a woman has been sentenced to six months in jail....

Voters head to polls in Newport's District 13 to fill Paiva-Weed seat

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Voters in Newport’s District 13 will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots to fill the seat once held by Teresa Paiva Weed...

New Bedford man sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting girlfriend, intimidating her out of testifying

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – A New Bedford man who assaulted his girlfriend and attempted to intimidate her out of pursuing the criminal case has been sentenced to serve three years in prison....

Two arrested in connection to armed robbery in Woonsocket

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island State Police arrested two individuals Monday in connection to an armed robbery in Woonsocket....

Berkley man arrested for impersonating Taunton Police officer

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) – A Berkley man was arrested for impersonating a police officer at the Starbucks inside of the Target in Taunton....

6 Questions: David Tikoian named new Chief of Police in North Providence

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — It was just over 2 years ago David Tikoian retired from the Rhode Island State Police...

Meals on Wheels discontinue weekend service

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island will discontinue weekend meal delivery...

New North Providence police chief set to be sworn in today

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Retired Rhode Island State Police Major David Tikoian will officially take office...

UPDATE: Fire in Woonsocket leads to hazmat investigation Video included

Three first responders were taken to the hospital after tending to a call of a fire in an old mill in Woonsocket, and discovering some kind of hazardous materials. Firefighters responded to a call for a small fire on the second floor of the old mill at 20 Privilege St., which now houses several different companies. Three of them were taken to the hospital after inhaling the chemicals.

Police: Mansfield family targeted by fake kidnapping scam call

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 MANSFIELD, Mass. (WLNE) -- Mansfield Police say robocall scammers are getting "deviously crafty" with a new kind of call that almost cost a local family over the weekend. Multiple police departments responded to a situation Saturday afternoon starting in Mansfield where an unidentified person manipulated an entire family to believe a family member had been kidnapped for ransom by keeping a mother and daughter tied u...

Tribe camps out in Bristol as part of battle over land

On a piece of land overlooking Mount Hope Bay sits the PoMetacom Camp, established Sunday when dozens of members of the Pokanoket Tribe settled in to reclaim what they say is their land right.

Judge in Michelle Carter case considers 2 issues in court Monday

Today the judge in the Michelle Carter case, considering two different issues, including how to handle Carter's delayed prison sentence.

Body of Warren man recovered from Brickyard Pond in Barrington

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BARRINGTON, R.I. (WLNE) – A body was recovered from Brickyard Pond Sunday morning after a fisherman reported seeing a body in the water. Joseph E. Tavares, 46, of Warren, was identified as the man recovered from the water....

Grants awarded to improve southern Rhode Island communities

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded grants to seven nonprofits to improve communities in the southern part of the state....

Lincoln High School teacher and baseball coach arrested on embezzlement charge

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 LINCOLN, R.I. – A Lincoln High School baseball coach was arrested for embezzling thousands of dollars from the team’s fundraisers...

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

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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 Video included

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...

  • Pick of the Litter: Jamie

    Pick of the Litter: Jamie

    By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — This week’s Pick of the Litter is a 12-week-old Chihuahua, Pomeranian mix puppy called Jamie...

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    By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — This week’s Pick of the Litter is a 12-week-old Chihuahua, Pomeranian mix puppy called Jamie...

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  • Care New England cutting jobs at several hospitals across the state

    Care New England cutting jobs at several hospitals across the state

    By: News Staff news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Care New England announced Wednesday that jobs are being cut at several of its hospitals. The group isn’t saying yet how many people are being let go, but the layoffs do include both clinical and non-clinical staff. The vast majority are at Women and Infants Hospital. There are also some at Butler, Kent, and the VNA of Care New England. The announcement comes a week after Care New England said it’s planning to me...More >>
    By: News Staff news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Care New England announced Wednesday that jobs are being cut at several of its hospitals. The group isn’t saying yet how many people are being let go, but the layoffs do include both clinical and non-clinical staff. The vast majority are at Women and Infants Hospital. There are also some at Butler, Kent, and the VNA of Care New England. The announcement comes a week after Care New England said it’s planning to me...More >>
  • Double arm amputee runs Boston Marathon for RI girl battling cancer

    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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    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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