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Lawyer: Mom in infants case in prison unit Video included

The massive effort to clean up the vermin infested Blackstone home where the remains of three infants were found last week continues this afternoon. For the first time, we get an inside look at the basement of the home where Erika Murray's boyfriend was living.

Westerly Police search for man who robbed bank at McQuade's Marketplace

By News Staff news@abc6.com Westerly Police are looking for a suspect in a bank robbery at the Washington Trust Bank on Main Street. Police say just before 6:30 p.m., a man approached a teller and demanded money. The suspect indicated to the he had a gun but no weapon was shown. The man was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. Police describe him as white male, in his 20's, of average build and height, with short, light colored hair. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshir...

Neighbor credited with alerting police to house of horrors speaks out Video included

The woman credited with calling police and getting four kids out of the Blackstone home dubbed the house of horrors is speaking out. She contacted police two weeks before the remains of three infants and multiple animals were found in the home.

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Color-highlighted Ballot Proposed for Newport Casino Vote Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.comIf voters in Newport and statewide say "yes," table games will be allowed at the Newport Grand slot parlor.Now supporters of that effort have made a unique request.They want voters in Newport to have color coded ballots to highlight that vote.We created a mock up ballot to show what a yellow–highlighted race might look like."The local voters needs to approve of disapprove. And they have the final say regardless of what the statewide voter says. A...

Enterovirus Hit the Northeast Video included

By: Liz Tufts A virus that has made thousands of kids sick across the Midwest has now hit the northeast. A dozen children have tested positive in New York and several others in Connecticut for the Enterovirus. Health officials are now worried it's in Rhode Island. They are testing more than a dozen kids who were seen this weekend at hospitals across the state who had severe symptoms. Those results are expected back in two weeks.

EXCLUSIVE: Providence home used for sex, drugs Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin PROVIDENCE, RI- At 223 Wadsworth Street in Providence, overgrown grass and boarded windows signal the home is empty. But, even with a ‘no trespassing sign' the word vacancy doesn't carry any weight here. "I know these people have no where to go, but they just show up like it's a free hotel," said neighbor, Dustin Hedberg. One of the squatters, Alfonso Palcios said, "People drink, they smoke, some shoot up. I try not to mess with that stuff– I tr...

Brotherhood of Corrections Officers endorses Hodgson

By News Staff news@abc6.com A major endorsement for Rhode Island Attorney General Candidate Dawson Hodgson was announced Monday. The republican has the support of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Corrections Officers. The president of the brotherhood cites Hodgson's experience as a prosecutor and as a ranking member of the Rhode Island State Senate's Judiciary Committee, as reasons to endorse Hodgson. Hodgson says he is grateful for the endorsement and it speaks volumes about his plan to crea...

GOP challenging Moderate Party's new candidate Video included

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island's Republican Party is challenging the Moderate Party's replacement of its original gubernatorial candidate, saying it's concerned the nominating process was circumvented.GOP Chairman Mark Smiley said Monday he filed an objection over the Moderate Party's replacement of James Spooner with Cool Moose Party founder Robert Healey. The party says it's ``extremely concerned that the Moderate Party has circumvented the legitima...

Chafee sees state as future leader in wind energy

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Gov. Lincoln Chafee says Rhode Island will have a major role to play in the offshore wind industry, even though a developer chose to use a Massachusetts port to build a large wind farm. Rhode Island officials had hoped Cape Wind would use New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island's Quonset Point for the staging and construction of a proposed 130-turbine wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, bringing jobs and economic activity to...

Brothers admit sending 239 pounds of pot on plane

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Two brothers have pleaded guilty to charges they conspired to ship 239 pounds of marijuana on a single-engine plane from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island. Thirty-seven-year-old Benjamin Daniels, of West Bountiful, Utah, pleaded guilty Monday. His brother, 32-year-old Michael Daniels, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty in August.Authorities said at the time the brothers were arrested that they had monitored the plane as it crosse...

Mass voc-tech schools leave kids waiting Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comDIGHTON - Sarah DeArruda will be finishing school in just a few months, but the Bristol County Agricultural High School senior says she's not worried about finding a job. "It's definitely beneficial to know that if you come to this school you do learn a lot of real world situations and a lot of skills that are going to help you," she said. The horticultural major feels ready to tackle her field... but others are concerned. A recent report shows ...

Police search for inmate who escaped work detail

By News Staff news@abc6.com A search is underway for an ACI inmate who walked away from a work detail Monday afternoon. State Police say 25–year–old Keurys Penav, also known as Michael Santanna, left his minimum security detail on Power Road in Cranston around 12:50 p.m. The Providence man is serving a 54 month sentence for a breaking and entering conviction. State Police ask anyone who has seen this man to call 911.(C) WLNE/TV 2014

Fox belatedly files campaign finance report

By The Associated Pressnew@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Former House Speaker Gordon Fox has belatedly filed his campaign finance report for the second quarter and says he continues to have nearly $250,000 in his campaign account.Fox resigned his leadership post in March a day after his home and Statehouse office were raided by the FBI, IRS and State Police. The Board of Elections, which oversees campaign finance reports, has said they were contacted by authorities about Fox.The report for ...

US Navy awards Electric Boat

By News Staff news@abc6.com The U.S. Navy has awarded a $234 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat. The money will go towards planning yard work, engineering, and technical support for nuclear submarines. Under the terms of the award, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering, material and logistics support, and research and development activities for active U.S. submarines and submersibles. Electric Boat's engineering and design organization will be utilized, which is made ...

19 deaths linked to GM switch flaw

By News Staff news@abc6.com 19 deaths have been linked to the General Motors ignition switch flaw. The number was released today by the attorney overseeing a compensation fund for victims. Originally, the company said 13 deaths were tied to the problem, which went unreported for a decade years after company engineers discovered it. GM has recalled nearly 2.6 million vehicles this year because of the problem. © WLNE-TV 2014

Kent Hospital Announces New Weight Loss Surgery Program Video included

By Matt Blanchettemblanchette@abc6.comtwitter:@mattblanchette Those in need of weight loss surgery have a new resource thanks to Care New England and Kent Hospital. Behind doctor Jeannine Giovanni, Kent Hospital is now offering a comprehensive surgical weight loss program to help those who suffer from obesity and other weight–related diseases. The program starts with planning, continues through surgery and long term post–op planning. "Surgery as we explain to patients is the first step to get...

Developers back yellow highlight for ballot issue

The Associated Press NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Prospective developers of a casino at Newport Grand have endorsed a bid by city officials to highlight casino referendum questions in yellow to reduce voter confusion. The City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to ask Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis to present the two casino-related questions on yellow paper to eliminate voter ``uncertainty.'' The issue came up after city officials realized there would be no separate local and statewide casino ...

USS Saratoga arrives in South Texas to be scrapped

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas, where it will be scrapped. The Saratoga on Friday reached the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville. The Navy is paying Esco Marine a penny to dispose of the Saratoga. It plans to make money by selling what it recovers from the ship. The Saratoga had departed Rhode Island on Aug. 21. It was named for the decisive battle...

Services for fallen soldier to be held

Services for fallen soldier to be held Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com The Northborough, Mass. paratrooper killed in a firefight earlier this month will be laid to rest this week. Friends and family will gather his home town Monday and Tuesday as they prepare to say good– bye to Spc. Brian Arsenault. Calling hours for the specialist will be held this afternoon from 3 to 8 pm at St. Rose of Lima church in Northborough. A funeral mass will be held at the same church Tuesday morning. Arsenault, 28, was killed September 4th d...

People gather for vigil in Blackstone Video included

By Michael LaCrosse mlacrosse@abc6.com Hundreds gathered behind the JFK Elementary School in Blackstone Sunday night for a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of three dead babies. The remains of the three infants were pulled from a home on St. Paul Street last week. “I just felt like I had to do something you know you feel helpless and you jut feel so bad for the kids,” said Lynn Morin, Blackstone. “It's just three mom friends that got together and we just decided to organize it we all have...

Prudence Island Ferry service ends Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin BRISTOL, RI- There's champagne for what may seem like a celebration- but it's not. Sunday was the last trip to Prudence Island for the sole–ferry service that's been in operation since the 80's. Carol Teague lives on the island. She said, “I'm sad that the people that we've dealt with for years, you know, we won't be seeing them anymore. And hopefully the new carrier will treat us with respect and we will work out fine." A and R Marine is taking...

Lawyer: Hopeful tests show dead infants stillborn

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home says he's optimistic that forensic testing will show the babies weren't born alive, and therefore weren't harmed or killed by his client. Thirty-one-year-old Erika Murray was charged Friday with fetal death concealment and other counts after authorities found their bodies in her squalid, vermin-infested Blackstone home. A medical examiner is determining ...

Providence Police search for suspect in high speed chase

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Providence Police are searching for a suspect who fled from the scene after driving under the influence and nearly hitting police early this morning. Officers stopped the suspect, identified as Osvaldo Negron, 23, of Providence, after he was seen driving onto a sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue just before 2 am. Negron tried exiting the vehicle before officers ordered him back inside, where he claimed he “needed to go home.” Officers smelled a strong odor of a...

One hurt in crash on 95 North in Pawtucket

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com One woman was sent to the hospital after a car accident on Route 95 North in Pawtucket Saturday night. It happened at approximately 10:22 pm when troopers received a report of a single vehicle crash just north of Exit 29. Police say the combination of wet, slick roads and poor visibility caused the operator to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a light pole on a curve near the Broadway overpass. The driver was sent to Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket w...

Westerly man pleads guilty to theft of government funds

By News Staff news@abc6.com A Westerly man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on Friday for theft of government funds. Donald S. Gingerella, 53, admitted to the court that he applied for and collected a total of $82,346 in public assistance payments based on fraudulent statements. He received payments from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP). In Novembe...

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"The Sunday Political Brunch" September 14, 2014, by ABC6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 email: mcurtis@abc6.com“The Sunday Political Brunch” -- September 14, 2014(Providence, Rhode Island) -- I know they drive most people crazy, but polls are a part of politics. People always tell me how much they hate all of the polls, only to turn around and ask me, “Who's ahead?” I'm a numbers guy. I love polls. I love to analyze and dissect them. I love to skewer them, too, (after the fact), when they are horribly wrong. A new CNN 2016 Presidential Poll is out from I...

Blackstone vermin-infested home cleaned Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin BLACKSTONE, MA- Over the next four days, this home will look like a decontamination scene out of a movie. Crews will dress in full protective HAZMAT suits while they disinfect and gut the home where the bodies of three decomposing babies, dead animals and mounds of dirty diapers were found inside. Town Administrator, Dan Keyes said, "You always say that my God, it doesn't happen in our town. Well, it did and there's no playbook for this at all a...

Fire damages North Kingstown home

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Two people are displaced after a fire at a 2-story home early this morning in North Kingstown. The fire started on the second floor of the one-family home on 230 Hatchery Road. Fire officials say a “careless” smoking act caused the fire from a bedroom in the home. Two occupants were inside but made it out safely without injuries. One firefighter was sent to South County Hospital receiving treatment for exhaustion and fatigue, while another firefighter sustai...

Fire crews work to extinguish landfill fire in Nantucket

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Police and Fire Departments are on scene at a landfill fire in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Fire crews are currently working to extinguish the fire, which started on a pile made up of wood pallet and compost in the landfill. Police say it could take several hours before the fire is put out. © WLNE-TV 2014

Police investigate car fire in New Bedford

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Police are investigating after a stolen car was found engulfed in flames in New Bedford. Just after midnight this morning, reports came in that a car was on fire in the lot of the Jewish Cemetery at 1400 Old Plainville Road. The New Bedford Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the flames.Police say that the car, a 1997 Honda Civic, was reported stolen by its owner. The New Bedford Fire and Police Departments are investigating. © WLNE-T 2014

Lawyer for PC student alleging rape to press case

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Providence College student who accused two Brown University football players of rape has hired a Boston lawyer and former sex crimes prosecutor to represent her.Wendy J. Murphy has taken up the Brown case after a grand jury declined to indict the players last month.Murphy accused the state attorney general's office of trying to ``stonewall'' her attempts to gather documents and challenged a District Court judge's decision to seal c...

Dan Harrop stops by ABC 6 studios Video included

By News Staff news@abc6.com The third major candidate for Providence mayor is speaking out on the heels of Tuesday's primary results. Republican candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop dropped by our ABC 6 studios Friday to talk about his financial plan for the city. Harrop criticized both Democratic nominee Jorge Elorza and Independent candidate Vincent “Buddy” Cianci for not having adequate plans to deal with the city's money problems. Harrop wants Providence to file for bankruptcy and start all over ...

Woman held without bail after 3 dead infants found in home

Woman held without bail after 3 dead infants found in home Video included

One day after the remains of three infants were discovered inside of her Blackstone home, 31 year old Erika Murray silently faced a judge, appearing quite disheveled.

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Miss Rhode Island is Ready for Miss America!!! Sunday 8 p.m. Only on ABC6 Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.com"Ivy DePew, Miss Providence," declared the pageant announcer.And with that 23 year old Ivy DePew was crowned "Miss Rhode Island 2014.”Ivy has competed in pageants for eight years, but got nervous after all the other finalists were called out first."I took a deep breath and said, 'Well this has been a great eight years, I'm ready to go home'. And then they said my name and I realized my life had been changed forever in that moment. I was so thrill...

DA appoints special prosecutor for Flanagan accusations

By Sean Cahill scahill@abc6.com Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter announced in statement today that he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the accusations made by Fall River City Councilman Jasiel Correia against Mayor William Flanagan. Citing concerns of an appearance of conflict on both sides, Sutter has appointed former state and federal prosecutor William H. Connolly to run the investigation. Connolly has been handling special prosecutions for the Bristol County D...

Boston company recalls smoke alarms

By News Staff news@abc6.com A Boston based Kidde is recalling more than a million smoke alarms and combination smoke and c.o. detector units. The company is recalling them because they may not reset after a power outage. The units are hard wired into a home's power. They were sold at Home Depot, HD Supply and Amazon.com. For more information about the recall go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Kidde-Recalls-Smoke-and-Combination-SmokeCO-Alarms/(C) WLNE/TV 2014

East Providence man arrested for August armed bank robbery

By Sean Cahill scahill@abc6.com An East Providence man was arrested Thursday for an early August robbery of a bank in Swansea. East Providence Police arrested Alan Cuthill, 28, for the August 1st armed robbery of BayCoast Bank located at 554 Wilbur Ave. Cuthill is being held in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts, pending extradition. He is being charged with robbery while armed and masked. Police say the suspect entered the bank dressed in black with his face covered, b...

Police investigate fatal motorcycle accident in Cranston

By News Staff news@abc6.com Police are investigating after a fatal motorcycle accident Thursday night in Cranston. The accident happened at approximately 9:40 pm on Route 37 West, just east of Natick Avenue. The operator was identified as Ryan Barta of Somerset, Massachusetts. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Barta was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The accident is being investigated by Accident Reconstruction crews from the Cranston police Department. © WLNE-T 2014

New Bedford to be Cape Wind staging area

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) _ The developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have signed a lease agreement with the state to use New Bedford for staging and construction of the 130 turbine project. Gov. Deval Patrick joined Cape Wind officials in making the official announcement on Friday at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston. Officials said the work will begin in January at the South Coast Marin...

Portsmouth man arrested for embezzling over $500,000

By News Staff news@abc6.com State Police arrested a Portsmouth man for allegedly embezzling $527,934 from the Newport Bay Club Homeowners Association. Timothy F. Roche, 54, was arrested today and charged with embezzlement over $100. Police investigated after receiving a complaint from Newport Nay Club Homeowners Association Board of Directors. Roche is the former general manager of the association. An arrest warrant was issued, stating that Roche allegedly issued 34 unauthorized checks for h...

Police arrest Burrillville teen in drug bust

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Burrillville Police have arrested a teen on charges of manufacturing and distributing narcotics. The 19-year-old resident of Burrillville was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home this morning. Police seized multiple pounds of marijuana and the drug “Shatter”. Detectives also seized manufacturing implements, such as a stove used to purify marijuana, and other tools. Detectives believe this was a large-scale distribution operation. © WLNE-T...

Providence man arrested on child porn charges

By News Staff news@abc6.com The Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested a Providence man on child pornography charges. On September 12th, David J. Harris, 60, was arrested for possession of child pornography. Harris was arrested previously on April 1st, 2014, resulting from a complaint initiated at the Foster Police Department, where Harris was identified as allegedly soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sexual purposes. An arrest warrant was issued ...

Man arrested for soliciting sex at Pawtucket polling site

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Pawtucket Police have arrested a man for loitering for prostitution at Kennedy Manor polls during Tuesday's primary. William Seiler, 30, a city man and volunteer at the polls, offered to perform a sex act on another volunteer. The victim, a 20-year-old male from Central Falls, called reported him to police. Major Arthur Martins confirmed that Seiler told the man to go into a bathroom where he would perform a sex act on the man for $5. Officers arrested Seil...

Ex-Urban League worker gets prison for embezzling

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A former accountant at the Urban League has been sentenced to one year in prison and two years of home confinement for embezzling more than $250,000 from the nonprofit group. The Rhode Island attorney general's office says 42-year-old Manivone Phimmahom of Cumberland was sentenced Friday. She pleaded no contest in July to forgery and embezzlement. Phimmahom must also pay full restitution and was ordered not to enter any gambling ...

Narragansett Fire Department receiving grant

By News Staff news@abc6.com The Narragansett Fire Department will receive a $54,726 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The department plans to use the funds to purchase protective turnout gear and bailout systems. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Across the nation, more than $274 million has been awarded through the program for operation...

New Bedford man arrested for attempted armed robbery

By News Staff news@abc6.com New Bedford Police have arrested a man for attempting to rob a 7-11 at knife point. It happened around midnight when Edward Tuffo, 50, of New Bedford, entered the 7-11 and demanded money from the female clerk, brandishing a knife. The owner of the 7-11 then threatened Tuffo with a baseball bat, prompting him to flee the store. The owner followed Tuffo to the area of Mitchell Street, where Tuffo then discarded clothing and a kitchen knife. The suspect was then taken...

Police investigate shooting in Providence

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Providence Police are investigating a shooting on Camp Street. At about 10:14 pm, police responded to 166 Camp Street to find a man suffering a single gunshot wound to the leg. The victim's injuries do not appear to by life-threatening. No further information has been released at this time. © WLNE-TV 2014

Board of Licenses rules on troubled bar

By News Staff news@abc6.com A troubled bar on Federal Hill has been ordered shut down for almost two months. Police say multiple shots were fired near Skarr Hookah Lounge back in July. The shooting left bullet holes in a nearby building's windows. On Thursday, the Providence Board of Licenses shut the club down for 60 days starting on Sept. 19th. The bar was also fined $2,000 for providing entertainment without a license and fined $36,000 for 72 violations of hookah. The bar has the right to...

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More Debate Over Rhode Island Voter ID Law Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 Email: mcurtis@abc6.comBy most accounts voting in Rhode Island had few problems on Tuesday.But for the first time ever, voters - yes even famous voters (like Mayor Angel Taveras) - had to present photo ID's to cast a ballot.But the ACLU had poll watchers at 12 of the states 411 precincts, and said some voters were wrongly turned away."It is of great concern to us that people who showed up at the polling place without proper ID, were told they didn't have the right to ...

9/11 Bike ride of remembrance

9/11 Bike ride of remembrance Video included

By: Chelsea Priestcpriest@abc6.comHundreds of bikes rode down Post Road in Warwick Thursday afternoon, finishing the first leg of a four day journey from Boston to The Freedom Tower in New York City. It's a ride in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.John Gagliano is a board member of the "Tour De Force", the annual ride. He explains, "every day we have a moment of silence and reflect on why we are here. It's not just a bike ride, we have a purpose."This year, the group started at the Boston M...

Your Town, Your Life: Somerset Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comSOMERSET - Somerset has a lot to offer. It's a quaint town in Bristol County with a population of right around 17,000 people. Once actually part of Swansea, Somerset has a beautiful waterfront area. that was once a vibrant ship–building community back in the mid 1600's. Today some of the buildings lining the waterfront have been repurposed, but they were once used for sailboat construction back when business was booming.As scenic and historic as ...

Providence to get federal money for streetcars

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Providence is slated to get about $13 million in federal funding to help pay for a planned streetcar system that would run from College Hill near Brown University to south Providence near Rhode Island Hospital.The state's congressional delegation announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the city's grant application. The approval means the federal government will pay about 11 percent of the $117.8 million...

Local Doctors Prepare For Rare Virus Video included

By Liz Tuftsltufts@abc6.comA potentially deadly virus is spreading fast among kids. It's not in Rhode Island yet, but health officials are preparing for an outbreak here at any time.Matt Cornejo's 13–year–old–son is one of thousands of kids across 12 states that have now tested positive for the rare Enterovirus D68.The closest case is in Ohio.Symptoms start off just like the common cold, runny nose, coughing and sneezing, but then those symptoms get severe.Dr. Michael Smit specializes in Pedi...

Miss Rhode Island back in running in time for voting deadline Thursday

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comAfter two trips to the hospital, Miss Rhode Island is back in the running at the Miss America Pageant.Ivy Depew performed in the talent competition Wednesday night in Atlantic City, playing "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" on her flute.Ivy fainted on stage Tuesday night, and was hospitalized.Thankfully, Ivy is okay now and will compete in the finals on Sunday night.Vote for Ivy by midnight Thursday here:http://www.missamerica.org/vote/default.aspxRemember, the...

Rhode Island 9/11 victims remembered

Rhode Island 9/11 victims remembered Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com The flags above the Rhode Island State House few at half staff Thursday in tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. At 8:46 AM people across the state paused for a moment of silence. The day was marked by a remembrance hosted by the State of Rhode Island and Rhode Island State Police. During The September 11th, 2001 and War on Terror memorial ceremony a bell was rung for the 7 Rhode Islanders who were on board the planes that crash...

Providence Remembers 9-11

By Matt Blanchettemblanchette@abc6.comtwitter: @mattblanchetteThe Mayor of Providence Angel Taveras joined members of the Providence Fire Department to lower the flags and pay tribute on the anniversary of 9-11, which claimed the lives of 343 firefighters.Each and every year since the tragic events these men and women gather to honor those who serve as an inspiration to them to this day. "So not only do we celebrate their work but we renew our commitment to serve with that same dedication tha...

UPDATE: Police identify suspect in Warwick bank robbery

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Warwick Police are investigating a bank robbery that took place at the Santander Bank on Post Road in Warwick. Police responded to the 1927 Post Road location around 12:27 PM on Friday, August 1st. A male suspect entered the bank and demanded money from a teller before fleeing on foot north of Post Road with an undisclosed amount of money. He is described as a white male in his 20’s, between 5’10” and 6’2”, with a slender build and an unshaven face. ...

Judge: Pistorius can't be found guilty of murder

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressSouth African judge says prosecutors have not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, but the judge has yet to deliver her verdicts in the case.Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday was explaining her reasoning behind the upcoming verdicts in the case against the double-amputee Olympic athlete. Masipa said there were ``just not enough facts'' to support the finding of pre...

RI to hold 9/11 remembrances

RI to hold 9/11 remembrances Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Remembrances are being planned all across the country. Locally, people with gather together to honor those who lost their lives, survivors and heroes. STATEWIDE To mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Governor Lincoln Chafee will call for a voluntary statewide moment of silence at 8:46. That is the exact time the first plane went into the towers. Flags will also be ordered to ...

Newport gears up for 44th Annual International Boat Show Video included

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comThe Newport International Boat Show is back in the city beginning on Thursday, but ABC6 News got a sneak peek of the huge event's set-up.The show is one of the largest in-water boat shows in the country.13 acres of waterfront are already filled up with all makes and models of power boats and sailboats ranging from 16 to 85 feet – and you can actually go onboard and explore them.The show is also an opportunity for boat dealers from around the world to get the w...

Rhode Island leaders react to President's plan to combat ISIS Video included

Rhode Island's top congressional leaders watched President Barack Obama's prime-time remarks concerning ISIS very closely.

Obama: US to expand Islamic State strikes to Syria

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comWASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama says the United States will expand its offensive against Islamic State militants, authorizing military airstrikes in Syria. The declaration intensifies the U.S. effort to confront the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria and recently beheaded two Americans.In a prime-time address to the nation, Obama said the U.S. will confront Islamic State militants ``wherever they exist.''Obama administration o...

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General Election Campaign Begins for RI Governor Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 email: mcurtis@abc6.comRepublican nominees for Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor are wasting no time.They campaigned at a Warwick senior center the morning after the primary.A big question now, is who public employees will back, since many oppose pension reformer Gina Raimondo.Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he'd welcome union support."And that's what I have done in Cranston. And that's what I'll do at the State House. So I am welcome and open to havin...

President Obama will address the nation on ISIS Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comA rare prime time address by the President will outline the American strategy facing ISIS For some time now troops have already been heavily involved in the terrorist group's dealings in Iraq, but as its influence permeates into Syria the American military may become more involved. "I think what we're going to see initially, is that the president is going to push for aerial bombardment of ISIS targets in Syria," said Joseph Roberts, Prof. of Inte...

Pawtucket crumbling brick concerns Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin PAWTUCKET, RI- High above the city of Pawtucket, missing chunks of brick could be a hazard if they keep falling from the tower on top of city hall. The tower is structurally sound, but the chunks of brick could be a hazard if they keep falling. Public Works Director, Lance Hill said, "[The bricks] interact with the steel structure. They are putting some type of compression and they're breaking and cracking." Concerned the brick could fall on som...

What to expect for apple picking this year

What to expect for apple picking this year Video included

By: Chelsea Priest, cpriest@abc6.comFor over 40 years, Pippin Orchard in Cranston has seen every different type of growing season you can imagine. This August ended almost 2 degrees below average and through the whole summer we didn't see many excessively hot days. The cooler summer season has pushed back the start of the picking season almost two weeks."Here we are a few weeks behind but it's helpful because they stay on the tree and it helps them ripen up a little more as opposed to having ...

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  • Prudence Island Ferry service ends

    Prudence Island Ferry service ends

    By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin BRISTOL, RI- There's champagne for what may seem like a celebration- but it's not. Sunday was the last trip to Prudence Island for the sole–ferry service that's been in operation since the 80's. Carol Teague lives on the island. She said, “I'm sad that the people that we've dealt with for years, you know, we won't be seeing them anymore. And hopefully the new carrier will treat us with respect and we will work out fine." A and R Marine is taking...More >>
    By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin BRISTOL, RI- There's champagne for what may seem like a celebration- but it's not. Sunday was the last trip to Prudence Island for the sole–ferry service that's been in operation since the 80's. Carol Teague lives on the island. She said, “I'm sad that the people that we've dealt with for years, you know, we won't be seeing them anymore. And hopefully the new carrier will treat us with respect and we will work out fine." A and R Marine is taking...More >>
  • Elements Health Care Center Announces Low-Cost, Highly Effective Weight-Loss Class

    Elements Health Care Center Announces Low-Cost, Highly Effective Weight-Loss Class

    Center’s second weight loss group will follow upon highly successful predecessor, deliver 10 weeks of weight-loss strategy and coaching for only $75, Elements Health Care Center reports Somerset,...More >>
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    Color-highlighted Ballot Proposed for Newport Casino Vote

    Color-highlighted Ballot Proposed for Newport Casino Vote

    Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.comIf voters in Newport and statewide say "yes," table games will be allowed at the Newport Grand slot parlor.Now supporters of that effort have made a unique request.They want voters in Newport to have color coded ballots to highlight that vote.We created a mock up ballot to show what a yellow–highlighted race might look like."The local voters needs to approve of disapprove. And they have the final say regardless of what the statewide voter says. A...More >>
    Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.comIf voters in Newport and statewide say "yes," table games will be allowed at the Newport Grand slot parlor.Now supporters of that effort have made a unique request.They want voters in Newport to have color coded ballots to highlight that vote.We created a mock up ballot to show what a yellow–highlighted race might look like."The local voters needs to approve of disapprove. And they have the final say regardless of what the statewide voter says. A...More >>
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    More Debate Over Rhode Island Voter ID Law

    More Debate Over Rhode Island Voter ID Law

    Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 Email: mcurtis@abc6.comBy most accounts voting in Rhode Island had few problems on Tuesday.But for the first time ever, voters - yes even famous voters (like Mayor Angel Taveras) - had to present photo ID's to cast a ballot.But the ACLU had poll watchers at 12 of the states 411 precincts, and said some voters were wrongly turned away."It is of great concern to us that people who showed up at the polling place without proper ID, were told they didn't have the right to ...More >>
    Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 Email: mcurtis@abc6.comBy most accounts voting in Rhode Island had few problems on Tuesday.But for the first time ever, voters - yes even famous voters (like Mayor Angel Taveras) - had to present photo ID's to cast a ballot.But the ACLU had poll watchers at 12 of the states 411 precincts, and said some voters were wrongly turned away."It is of great concern to us that people who showed up at the polling place without proper ID, were told they didn't have the right to ...More >>
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    General Election Campaign Begins for RI Governor

    General Election Campaign Begins for RI Governor

    Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 email: mcurtis@abc6.comRepublican nominees for Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor are wasting no time.They campaigned at a Warwick senior center the morning after the primary.A big question now, is who public employees will back, since many oppose pension reformer Gina Raimondo.Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he'd welcome union support."And that's what I have done in Cranston. And that's what I'll do at the State House. So I am welcome and open to havin...More >>
    Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 email: mcurtis@abc6.comRepublican nominees for Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor are wasting no time.They campaigned at a Warwick senior center the morning after the primary.A big question now, is who public employees will back, since many oppose pension reformer Gina Raimondo.Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he'd welcome union support."And that's what I have done in Cranston. And that's what I'll do at the State House. So I am welcome and open to havin...More >>
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