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UPDATE: 3 missing off Westerly beach during storm surge rescued

WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) -- 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. 

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...

Five crewmen missing after report of downed U.S. Army helicopter in Hawaii

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 OAHU, H.I. – First responders are searching for five missing crewmen after receiving a report of a downed US Army helicopter off the coast of Hawaii...

Fishing vessel sinks, spills fuel into New Bedford harbor

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Clean up efforts are underway in New Bedford after a fishing vessel sank at the pier, spilling fuel into the harbor....

Work to begin on park dedicated to marathon bombing victim

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (AP) - The mother of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing says she's pleased that work is about to begin on a park named after her son...

USDA recalls salad bowls due to incorrect gluten-free label

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling thousands of chicken Caesar salad products sold at supermarkets throughout New England and New York state due to misbranding...

Police chase 15-year-old on stolen motorcycle through three towns, ending with crash in Taunton

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 REHOBOTH, Mass. – A 15-year-old on a stolen motorcycle led police on a chase through Rehoboth, Dighton, and Taunton Tuesday evening...

Timothy Levesque trial continues today

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — A crow bar took center stage during opening statements Tuesday morning...

Worcester council meeting approves Pawsox plan

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WORCESTER, Mass. (WLNE) — City leaders in Worcester voted Tuesday evening in favor of trying to negotiate...

New Bedford vigil honors Charlottesville victims, looks to spark change Video included

Residents gathered in New Bedford Tuesday night to send a message--that hate and violence have no place in our communities. They came together in solidarity with the victims in Charlottesville--and in hopes of sparking change. It may have been a dank and dreary evening, but that didn't dampen the spirits of about 200 people who turned out in front of City Hall. They spoke with one un...

Fugitive from California arrested in Dartmouth

Trevell Scott. Courtesy of the Dartmouth Police Department Trevell Scott. Courtesy of the Dartmouth Police Department

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 DARTMOUTH, M.A. (WLNE) —  A man wanted as a fugitive from California was arrested Tuesday..

School district proposes ending cheese sandwich policy

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island school district is considering doing away with ...

Attleboro woman, Pawtucket man arrested for 'one pot' meth lab

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By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 VERNON, C.T. (WLNE) — An Attleboro woman and Pawtucket man were arrested by Connecticut ..

UPDATE: Police ID bicyclist hit, killed by car in East Providence

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle in East Providence...

Tracking the opioid crisis in real-time

Roger Williams University Criminal Justice Professor Sean Varano has created a real-time overdose tracker that is now being used in 27 Plymouth County police departments.

"What I think we are trying to do is really transform police culture, to say yeah we do actually have a role in public health,” said Varano.

New Bedford man arrested for break-in at Dartmouth home

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) – Dartmouth Police arrested a New Bedford man Tuesday for his involvement in a house break-in on Monday, August 7th...

Swastikas, swears, found spray painted at elementary school playground in Bellingham

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BELLINGHAM, Mass. (WLNE) – Swastikas, swears, and other graffiti were found at an elementary school playground in Bellingham Tuesday...

New Boston transit chief has no transit experience

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (AP) - The Boston area's troubled public transit system has hired a business executive with experience in corporate turnarounds to be its next leader....

UPDATE: Removal of mysterious object in Westerly cancelled due to deteriorating beach conditions

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) – The planned extraction of the mysterious object in the water near Watch Hill in Westerly has been canceled due to deteriorating conditions on the beach...

Sen. Reed praises bipartisan expansion of GI Bill benefits

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says the passage of bipartisan legislation to expand college aid for military veterans is a remarkable example of the good Congress can do when its members work together....

Jury finds four Teamsters not guilty in Top Chef extortion trial

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) – The jury has reached a verdict in the extortion trial of four Teamsters accused of threatening crew members of the reality TV show Top Chef...

Worcester city council to discuss potential PawSox deal tonight

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WORCESTER, Mass. (WLNE) – During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, council members are set to discuss a resolution allowing the City Manager to try and negotiate a deal, bringing the team to Worcester....

Former Attleboro police officer facing federal child porn charge to appear in court this week

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE) – The former Attleboro police officer facing a federal child pornography charge is expected to plead guilty in court this week...

Frontier Airlines begins service at Rhode Island airport

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A low-cost domestic airline has begun offering flights at Rhode Island's main airport...

Ex-Rhode Island House Speaker being moved to halfway house

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island House Speaker will soon be transferred to a halfway house in Pawtucket after more than two years behind bars...

Professors team up to study chemicals contaminating water

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Professors at the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University are collaborating through a new research center to study chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide...

Worcester Council meeting set to discuss Pawsox

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WORCESTER, Mass. (WLNE) — Worcester is looking to “woo” the Pawsox following stalled negotiations...

Teen arrested for Boston Holocaust Memorial vandalism

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) — For the second time this summer, Boston city officials cleaned up the Holocaust...

Barrington residents, business owners react to new ordinance on tobacco, vaping Video included

Barrington is taking a stand on tobacco and vaping products--and who can buy them. A new ordinance, set to take effect September 5, would raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and vaping products from 18 to 21.  For the last four years, Louis Del Sesto has owned the E-Cig Shed on Maple Avenue. In that time, he's seen his business grow--as vaping has grown in popularity, with many seeing it as a safer alternative to cigarettes.  The ordinance'...

Norton Police officer attacked by pit bull

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORTON, Mass. (WLNE) -- A Norton Police officer was bitten by a pit bull while responding to a call on Union Road Monday afternoon. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, an officer responded to a report of a person bitten by a pit bull. The person was bit after the dog apparently made its way through a wire fence into the next-door neighbor's yard, who owns a small dog. Animal Control was notified, and deter...

Jury sides with Taylor Swift in groping lawsuit

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 Jury sides with Taylor Swift in groping lawsuit DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift hugged..

Connecticut man gets more than 12 years for sex trafficking 2 girls

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Federal authorities say a Connecticut man is headed to prison for more than 12 years for the sex trafficking of two girls. The U.S Attorney's office says 29-year-old Jason Prawl was also sentenced Monday in Hartford federal court to five years of supervised release.

Providence Police investigating man shot in face

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence Police are investigating what led to a man being shot in..

NEW DETAILS: Dartmouth Police arrest man who broke into home, fled police

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) -- Dartmouth Police arrested Michael Joseph Couto, 49, of Mattapoisett, after he allegedly attempted to run over an officer after fleeing the scene of a Tiverton break-in Saturday afternoon, according to a press release. Sergeant Peter Canuel spotted a 2005 Mercedes on Hixville Road in Dartmouth believed to be involved in the incident in Rhode Island where a man broke in to a Tiverton home an...

Man sentenced to three years in prison for forcing girlfriend to flee from police at knifepoint

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 SWANSEA, Mass. (WLNE) – A Swansea man was sentenced to three years in prison for forcing his girlfriend to elude police while at knifepoint in Seekonk in 2016...

Police: Girl, 8, killed as car plows into French pizzeria

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PARIS (AP) — French police say an 8-year-old girl was killed and at least five people..

Gordon Fox to serve remainder of sentence at halfway house in Pawtucket Video included

After more than two years in a Pennsylvania federal prison, Former House Speaker Gordon Fox will be moved to a halfway house in Pawtucket. Mayor Donald Grebien tells ABC 6 News that the move to the Houston House is considered to be "a transfer to a less secured facility, not a release."

Hundreds gather at State House to honor Charlottesville victims

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 Hundreds gathered at the Rhode Island Statehouse Sunday night to honor the victims of the Charlottesville attack...

New Bedford man arrested after D’Angelo’s assault

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – A New Bedford man was arrested after a fight at a Dartmouth D’Angelo’s Sandwich Shop on Sunday...

Police try out new database for documenting opioid overdoses

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment...

North Kingstown officer returns lost teddy bear

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — A little girl in North Kingstown lost her favorite stuffed animal...

Officer on fatal Charlottesville crash: 'Hahahaha love this'

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police department is investigating a Facebook comment by an officer who wrote "Hahahaha love this'' in response to a story about a car crashing into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others.....

New park to be named for marathon bombing's youngest victim

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (AP) - A groundbreaking will be held for a park dedicated to the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon attacks...

East Greenwich fire damages local business

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WLNE) —An East Greenwich business was forced to close for repairs following...

30th annual Dominican Festival held in Providence

Roger Williams Park filled with thousands of people today for the 30th annual Dominican Festival. 

3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The mayor of Charlottesville blamed the nation's intensifying political divisions for the violent clashes between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters that left three dead. Mayor Michael Signer on Saturday bemoaned the "very sad and regrettable coarseness in our politics.'' Three were killed and dozens were injured amid what is believed to be the largest group of w...

Taunton man caught texting and driving, flees police

By: News Desk Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) -- A Taunton man fled state police after a traffic stop led to the discovery of an illegal firearm on Route 24 Saturday morning. Massachusetts State troopers initiated a traffic stop at about 10:41 a.m. on Route 24 southbound in Avon, Mass. for a 2000 Toyota Camry Solara allegedly to have violated texting-and-driving laws and marked lanes. The driver was indentified as Nicholas H. Davis, 31, of Taunton. An in...

Police seek help identifying body found in Connecticut river

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a body that was recovered from a Connecticut river last month. Officers responded to a report of a possible dead body in the Shetucket River in Norwich on July 22. Two people who had been fishing in the area pointed authorities to the floating body. Authorities say the initial appearance led police to believe the body is a white man who had been d...

Three Families Displaced by Valley Street Fire

By: News Desk Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 Three families were displaced following a fire on Valley Street in Providence. Flames broke out early Saturday morning at the triple-decker home near the corner of Orms Street. We're told five adults and three children lived at the home. They did get out safely. The Red Cross is assisting all of them tonight. © WLNE-TV / ABC6 2017

New Bedford Voc-Tech school displays Heath's Medal of Heroism Video included

Only ABC6 was with his wife Rosemary Heath when she saw the honor for the first time.

Former nonprofit group official gets prison for embezzlement

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A former finance director of a Providence nonprofit group is headed to prison for embezzling from the organization. Charles Denno, of East Providence, was sentenced Friday to 33 months in federal prison and must pay $630,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to wire fraud in March. Prosecutors say the 67-year-old Denno took more than $700,000 from the Providence Plan from late 2012 throu...

Senator Reed condemns 'white supremacists' during violence in Virginia

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- Rhode Island U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued a statement condemning the "white supremacist" rallies in Charlottesville, Va. The Associated Press reported hundreds of protesters clashing in Charlottesville, Va. during a white nationalist rally protesting the city's decision to remove a confederate statue from a city park, and a gathering of counter-protesters. Democratic Governor of Virginia Terr...

Person struck by train in Pawtucket, second incident in hours

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) -- Pawtucket Police told ABC6 News a person was struck by a train in Pawtucket Saturday afternoon. The victim was alert and conscious when first-responders arrived. They were immediately transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Officers have not yet returned from the scene of the accident, and were not immediately available for further comment. This is the second person struck by a train in northern Rhod...

State Police investigating rollover accident with only minor injuries in Cranston

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) -- Rhode Island State Police are still investigating the cause of a rollover crash on I-95 southbound in Cranston overnight Sunday. After a car flipped over onto an embankment, one man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital overnight with only minor complaints of pain. State police say the victim was traveling in the high speed lane when he somehow lost control of his vehicle, crossed all four lanes o...

Man struck by train in Providence, cause unknown

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- A man is in serious condition after he was struck by a train in Providence Saturday morning, police say. Providence Police and Fire responded to a call for a person was struck by an Amtrak train near 81 Pilsudski St. in Providence around 7 a.m. Saturday. The 26-year-old victim was found conscious and alert on the scene, and was immediately transported to Rhode Island Hospital. He is expected t...

Coast Guard searching Mt. Hope Bay after finding unmanned raft

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) -- The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water after an unmanned, homemade raft was found drifting in Mt. Hope Bay, according to a press release sent around 10 a.m. Saturday. A good Samaritan alerted the Coast Guard to the empty raft at about 7 a.m. Saturday, near the mouth of the Taunton River on the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border. A response boat crew from...

  • Hundreds Run to Help Others Rise Above Cancer in Warwick

    Hundreds Run to Help Others Rise Above Cancer in Warwick

    A special race with a special cause, drawing hundreds of people in Warwick.  ABC6 Sports Director Ken Bell was the emcee of the Lifespan Event to fight cancer.

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    A special race with a special cause, drawing hundreds of people in Warwick.  ABC6 Sports Director Ken Bell was the emcee of the Lifespan Event to fight cancer.

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  • 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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