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BOE orders House Speaker to repay $72K to his PAC Video included

By: Rebecca Turco Email: rturco@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Board of Elections ordered House Speaker Nick Mattiello to repay roughly $72,000 to his political action committee (PAC), finding he violated campaign finance law, following more than a year of investigating his finances. The Board found Mattiello’s campaign received a total of $73,067.80 in goods and services from the Fund for Democratic Leadship, the PAC of which Mattiello is the chairman, but the ...

Avedisian to step down as mayor, head up RIPTA

In an afternoon RIPTA board meeting all members vote in favor of Scott Avedisian as the agency's next CEO. The 18-year mayor of Warwick says he’s taking the job, but it was a hard decision to leave city hall.

Naval Station Newport falsified training records Video included

A local firefighter is blowing the whistle on fire and EMS management at the Newport Naval Station. That man revealing Navy employees were intentionally making up training records.

No tax increases, no raise for teachers in budget proposal

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has unveiled his budget proposal for Rhode Island's capital city that includes no tax increases and no raise for city teachers. More than 300 teachers gathered to protest the Democratic mayor as he presented City Council with his 2018-2019 budget Tuesday.      Teachers have been working without a new contract since August, and there have been no negotiations since Jan...

Former secretary of state Brown says he'll run for governor

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown is running for governor. Brown's campaign said Wednesday that he's seeking the Democratic nomination. He had been exploring a run as an independent. Brown was elected to a single term in 2002. He says the state has problems and he's convinced of the need for change. Brown ran in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 2006 against Sheldon Whitehouse, and large...

2 Dallas police officers wounded in shooting outside store

Two Dallas police officers have been critically wounded in a shooting outside a hardware store. The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside a...

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he'll play in 2018

 Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he is returning for his ninth NFL season.         Gronkowski made the announcement in a post on Instagram ...

State will receive more than $2 million for opioid efforts

Rhode Island's delegation has announced another round of federal funding for the state's opioid response.         U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, and Jack..

Cranston Police: Wanted felon arrested in connection to carjacking

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A Rhode Island man has been arrested in connection to a carjacking that took place in Boston. The Cranston Police Department says 22-year-old Travone..

Backlash surrounding lawmaker's controversial tweet reaches gubernatorial race Video included

By: Rebecca Turco Email: rturco@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island state representative who called a Parkland school shooting survivor a “dummy” on Twitter Monday has apologized. Rep. Mike Chippendale (R – Foster, Coventry, Glocester) sent a statement Tuesday saying he’s sorry, calling his word choice “inappropriate,” but adding he won’t apologize for “zealously defending the 2nd Amendment.” Yesterday it...

Pellet gun shatters school bus window

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Providence, R.I. (WLNE) - A teenager was arrested for shooting the window of a school bus window with a pellet gun. In a statement from Superintendent Phil Auger says the incident happened Monday afternoon in bus number six of Fishing Cove Elementary School. Some students were grazed with broken glass from the window, but no one was injured. The bus driver pulled off from the area and immediate called police. Auger says the kids were transferr...

Former Fall River Mayor Asks President Trump for Help Saving Jobs

FALL RIVER, M.A. (WLNE) -- On Friday, Philip's announced that its Fall River plant would be shutting down and relocating to another facility in Monterrey, Mexico, laying off 160 workers in the process.

Medicaid enrollments continue to surpass expectations

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The latest forecast shows about 300,000 Rhode Island residents will be enrolled in Medicaid by June, which is 6,000 more than the governor estimated in her budget plan. The Providence Journal reports the estimates released by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Monday predict Medicaid spending will be $18.3 million over budget. The federal government will cover the majority of the increase. Howe...

Providence detective arrested and charged for assault

By: Niza Vinas Email: nvinas@abc6.com Providence, R.I. (WLNE) - A detective of the Providence Police Department was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on Monday night. Police say John Black was charged with domestic simple assault after an argument with his girlfriend in her Atwells Avenue apartment. 

UPDATE: RI State Rep apologizes after calling Parkland shooting survivor "dummy" on Twitter

An outspoken state lawmaker and fierce defender of the Second Amendment is facing backlash over his choice of words on Twitter, directed at a student survivor of the Parkland, Florida school tragedy. In the wake of the deadly shooting over the weekend at a waffle house in Nashville, Republican Rep. Mike Chippendale of Foster--and Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez, sp...

Police: Two men attempt to steal motorcycles from Glocester home

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By: Niza Vinas Email: nvinas@abc6.com

Glocester, R.I. (WLNE) – Police have arrested two men accused of burglary in the Paine Estates neighborhood.

Police say two men from New Bedford attempted to load three motorcycles into a Uhaul van from a garage of a home on Friday morning.

Spokesman: George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection

 A family spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife...

State rep. raising concerns about relocation of Eleanor Slater patients

By: Rebecca Turco Email: rturco@abc6.com CRANSTON, R.I. – A state representative is sounding the alarm on plans to move Rhode Island psychiatric patients from Eleanor Slater Hospital to Roosevelt Benton Center, a former training school building. "I have to raise the red flag, I have to," said Rep. Bob Lancia (R), who represents Cranston, where those buildings are located in the John O. Pastore Complex. Some patients are being moved because the Joint Commission foun...

Set-up begins for Volvo Ocean Race as 100,000+ expected to flock to Newport

It's the calm before the storm, but by May 8, Fort Adams will be transformed into the Volvo Race Village ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport – the only one in North America during the world-famous race.

Former lawyer arrested for embezzlement of $1.2M from clients

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 Rhode Island State Police announced the arrest of a former lawyer who voluntarily admitted to embezzling over $1.2 million from clients. Vincent J. ...

Pawtucket hit-and-run driver turns himself in

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The suspect wanted for a hit-and-run back in March turned himself in on Monday.  Pawtucket Police has been looking for the driver of a black van seen on..

Top political candidates release tax returns to public

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Despite no law requiring it, a majority of Rhode Island politicians running for election this year have released their tax returns. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and leading GOP challenger Allan Fung have made the top pages of their 2017 tax filings public. Also, Matt Brown, who has not officially declared if he is running for the governor's chair, has released his returns. The Providence Journal repo...

Employee stabbed at Lucia's Mexican Restaurant

By: Niza Vinas Email: nvinas@abc6.com Providence, R.I. (WLNE) - Police are looking for a man accused of stabbing an employee of Lucia’s Mexican Restaurant. The 24-year-old victim told police that the man who stabbed him was a patron who frequented the restaurant on Atwells Avenue. At about 11 P.M. the patron became belligerent after the bartender refused to serve him anymore alcohol. That’s when a kitchen employee asked the man to leave. The man pulled out a knife and s...

URI will try to improve fisheries management in Philippines

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The University of Rhode Island will try to improve fisheries management in the Philippines with a new $25 million federal grant.

URI said Monday it's the single largest grant in the university's history....

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com LONDON (AP) _ Kensington Palace says the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces. The palace says the child was born at 11:01 a.m., a few hours after Kate was admitted to London's St. Mary's Hospital in labor. Prince William was present for the birth of his son, who is fifth in line to the throne. The palace says ``the queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of ...

Tenth annual "Ronnie's Ride" gives Cranston students scholarships Video included

A coast guardsman killed in the line of duty honored 11 years after his death. His family keeping his memory alive by helping 20 Cranston students go to college.

Officials investigate garage fire in Freetown

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Freetown, M.A. (WLNE) - One person is hospitalized after a fire Saturday night on Ashlawn Street.

The fire began in a garage that was detached from the home.

Providence plans education summit to get community feedback

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Providence is holding an education summit to solicit feedback that will help shape policies and programs to improve teaching and learning. Mayor Jorge Elorza said Friday that the ``All In'' education summit will be held May 12 at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex. The Democratic mayor says the summit, the second of its kind, allows the voice of the community to influence decisions for the future of educati...

Suspect at large, 2 arrested in Attleboro burglary Video included

One suspect is still at large and 2 people are in custody after a burglary in Attleboro and brief pursuit on I-95 early Saturday morning.

Warwick residents outraged after 43 trees cut down by mistake

Maury Ryan was shocked to see the woods across from his Warwick home disappearing. "Nobody told us. Nobody gave us any notice at all," said Ryan. Last Thursday a contractor working on a sewer project, began chopping down tree after tree on city property belonging to John Brown Francis School. "It's night and day," said Ryan. The sewer authority says the tree-cutting wa...

'Hulk' finds forever home with family whose home is already wheelchair accessible Video included

Hulk, the dog who was paralyzed after being hit by a car in Jordan, has found his forever home in Rhode Island. And his new home is already equipped for his wheelchair. Amanda Destafeno and her family adopted Hulk last week. 

New Bedford Encouraging Residents to Use Rain Collection Barrels

New Bedford Encouraging Residents to Use Rain Collection Barrels Video included

As lawns turn green and gardens grow, so too may your water bills.  But, if you plan ahead, you could stop the meter from running. 

Local students participate in national walkout day Video included

today is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting that left 12 students and 1 teacher dead. At thousands of schools across the country today, students are walking out of class, taking a stance for changes in gun laws.

City to replace dozens of trees mistakenly cut down

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com WARWICK, R.I. (AP) _ Officials in a Rhode Island city are working to replace dozens of trees that were mistakenly cut down on land behind an elementary school. The Providence Journal reports that a contractor working on a sewer project mistakenly cleared the field behind Warwick's John Brown Francis School last week. About 40 trees were removed, many of them oaks. The sewer authority has agreed to replant and landscape the area, likely ...

Some New England Communities Still Cleaning Up From March Nor’easters

Some New England Communities Still Cleaning Up From March Nor’easters

Multiple March nor'easters hit some cities and towns so hard, they're still cleaning up, and it's proving to be a costly undertaking. As Framingham, Mass. Mayor Yvonne Spicer puts it, “This was not a typical season.” 

Police bust man for crack cocaine, save man from overdose during arrest

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A Providence man with over thirty-eight arrests on his record was busted as a result of an investigation into drug deals near the Coventry Greenway bike path...

Rhode Islanders with roots in Puerto Rico frustrated with blackouts

The people of Puerto Rico were once again in the dark. Residents faced the worst blackout since Hurricane Maria hit and Rhode Islanders with family there are growing frustrated.

Ex-boarding school priest faces new child sex abuse charges

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) _ A former Rhode Island boarding school priest currently imprisoned in Massachusetts is facing new child sex abuse charges in North Carolina. The Providence Journal reports Howard White Jr. faces nine counts for allegedly abusing a boy and a girl in the 1980s while he worked at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville, North Carolina. White is set to be released soon from the Suffolk County House of Correction...

Providence Cemetery Left in Despair, Locals Want Answers

Providence residents are looking for answers as to why a cemetery in the city has been left in despair.

Local Southwest fliers react to deadly incident

Rhode Islanders were flying Southwest Airlines into TF Green Wednesday, just a day after an engine exploded on Southwest flight 1380. Investigators now saying that engine showed signs of metal fatigue, as they go through pieces of it found 60 miles away from the Philadelphia airport where the plane made an emergency landing. Debris from that explosion shattered Jenn...

K9 Officer Nero released in hospital

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By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 YARMOUTH, M.A. (WLNE) —Yarmouth Police announced on Wednesday.  Police said in a Facebook post...

Johnston girl battling cancer gets princess photoshoot

It’s a little girls perfect day, makeup, dresses, and her very own princess photoshoot. But for 6-year-old Ella from Johnston, this day is ....

State extends tax deadline to midnight

 The Rhode Island Department of Revenue is extending the state income tax filing deadline by a day.                  The IRS website for making payments...

New Kitchen Provides 200 meals a Day at Pawtucket YMCA

New Kitchen Provides 200 meals a Day at Pawtucket YMCA Video included

The USDA says food insecurity, or the inability to afford adequate food, affects 1 in 8 Rhode Island families.  The Pawtucket Family YMCA wants to make sure the kids in its programs don't become part of that statistic. 

Final salute for fallen officer

Thousands of police officers, as well as family and friends, gathered in Yarmouth Wednesday morning for the funeral mass of officer Sean Gannon who was killed in the line of duty last week. His death is being mourned not just by the close knit Cape Cod community, but by the entire region...

“Bow ties for boys” event this weekend

A classy event is set to take place in Providence this weekend. Now in its sixth year, "Bow Ties for Boys" provides young men of color an opportunity to learn important skills. Ray Rickman, Executive Director of ‘Stages of Freedom’ says during the free program male mentors assist the boys in shaking hands, introducing themselves, and tying a bow tie...

Gov. Raimondo orders flags at half-staff to honor Barbara Bush

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff to honor former first lady Barbara Bush. Raimondo's order on Wednesday applies to all U.S. and Rhode Island flags at state buildings. It is in accordance with a presidential proclamation. Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. Raimondo says she remembers Bush as a strong woman, unafraid to speak her mind in the national...

Thousands attend procession, wake for Yarmouth officer

Thousands of people have gathered in Yarmouth to say their final goodbyes to Officer Sean Gannon, who was killed in the line of duty. A massive procession of police officers wound its way through the streets of Yarmouth to honor him.  Members of the community lined the streets as the procession made its way to St. Pius Church, where a wake was held Tuesday ni...

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

Former first lady Barbara Bush has died. She was 92. A family spokesman says she died Tuesday. The snowy-haired Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies...

Corrections officer sentenced for dealing heroin

 A former Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer has been sentenced to serve three-and-a-half years in state prison for dealing heroin.  Bristol County ....

Hasbro begins toy recycling program Video included

By: Rebecca Turco Email: rturco@abc6.com PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Hasbro is giving old toys a second life, through a new, first-of-its-kind recycling program. The donated Hasbro toys and games will be recycled into materials used to make playgrounds, park benches and flower pots – to name a few examples. "It's just a beautiful story around the circular economy and seeing our products with a new life,” explained Kathrin Belliveau, the head of sustainability at Hasbr...

14 cars vandalized, some with swastikas, lewd images at URI

Police at the University of Rhode Island say swastikas and lewd images have been carved into more than a dozen cars in the past two weeks.

UPDATE: Police identify driver in deadly Barrington crash Video included

The Barrington community is in mourning after a deadly car accident late last night. A 24 year old man died after his car hit a utility pole and plunged into the Barrington River

Police say Maximillan Bean of Barrington died in the accident.

Local Sanctuary Cares for Hundreds of Surrendered Exotic Pets

Local Sanctuary Cares for Hundreds of Surrendered Exotic Pets Video included

Getting a new pet, like a parrot or a tortoise, sounds fun at first. Oftentimes, reality sets in shortly after you bring the animal home.  There are non-profits that step in to help newly homeless pets, but they can't help everyone.  On top of that, their budgets can be very tight. 

Taunton Bertucci's Gives Memorial Bar Stool to Widow of Rampage Hero

To one local woman, the Taunton Bertucci's was more than a restaurant; It was a memorial to her late husband who was killed in the rampage there nearly two years ago. With the chain filing for bankruptcy and closing that location, she is now getting a piece of the restaurant to keep that memory alive.

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    By: Niza Vinas Email: nvinas@abc6.com

    Glocester, R.I. (WLNE) – Police have arrested two men accused of burglary in the Paine Estates neighborhood.

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