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Months later clean up at Odd Fellows fire site begins

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroThe cleanup is finally underway for a pile of rubble left behind after the Odd Fellows Building caught fire in Attleboro. The building caught fire at the beginning of January and had to be torn down as a result of the extensive damage and safety concerns. Since then the rubble has sat at the site. The owners of the building were waiting to hear fr...

One arrested in deadly bar assault

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroWoonsocket Police are investigating after an assault at a local bar led to a man’s death. On Friday night police rushed a patron of Charlie’s Bar who appeared to be intoxicated to Landmark Medical Center. The man’s condition worsened and he was sent to Rhode Island Hospital. On Sunday he died from his injuries. After an investigation it was determ...

Jay Leno will give commencement address at Emerson

By News Staff Twitter: Facebook: Information provided by the Associated Press BOSTON (AP) Comedian Jay Leno will return to his alma mater Emerson College to deliver the commencement address this spring. The small liberal arts college located in Boston anno...

11-year-old raises nearly $11,000 for One Fund creating Boston Strong wristbands Video included

Blue and yellow Boston Strong wristbands worn by everyone from President Barack Obama to the Red Sox were actually designed by a local 11–year–old. Lindsey Arruda of Somerset created the bracelets online and began ordering them the day after last year’s marathon.

Disabled teen’s tricycle stolen

By News Staff Twitter: Facebook: A Providence man says his disabled nephew’s $7,000 dollar specialized tricycle has been stolen from their home on Tanner street. It went missing on Monday; the 13-year old had been hospitalized at Boston children’s hospital for the past three years suffering from water on the brain. The specialized tricycle with a handicap seat, rear basket and spec...

Lincoln house fire sparked by an appliance

By News Staff Twitter: Facebook: Four individuals were forced out of their home Tuesday night after a refrigerator in the garage sparked a fire at a home on Winterberry CT in Lincoln, RI . According to firefighters the flames quickly spread from the garage to the upstairs bedroom and attic in the attached house causing smoke and wat...

Runners reflect on completing Boston Marathon

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin Providence, RI- Limp after limp, Walter Steere is taking the day to rest and relish his completion of the Boston Marathon. "I'm tired. It was an amazing day,” said Steere. The bombings prevented him from finishing last year and since then, he hasn't visited the finish line because the only way he wanted to see it was by running 26.2 miles from Hopkinton. Steere adds, "I write my name on my shirt. So, the whole race people were calling. I had Wal...

Three penguins make their first plunge

By: Dee DeQuattroTwitter:@deedequattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comThree baby penguins made their first swim this morning plunging into the water at the Mystic Aquarium. The three African penguin chicks were all hatched at in January. This morning they splashed around in the aquarium pool as local visitors enjoyed the show. The penguins developed their waterproof feathers this month and are now clear to swim. The penguins can be seen daily at the aquarium.(C) WLNE-TV...

Taunton heroin overdoses reach 140

By: Dee DeQuattroTwitter: @deedequattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comThe number of heroin overdoses in Taunton has now reached 140 . The most recent two happened on Sunday. One person overdosed at an apartment on Granite Street. Another was found unconscious in a parking lot on Weir Street.. She was revived after an EMT gave her Narcan. So fa...

Man who murdered ex-girlfriend to be sentenced

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA man found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend will learn his fate on Tuesday. Juan Diaz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the 2008 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend Mayra Cruz. 28-year-old Diaz was convicted three years ago and sentenced to two life sentences. The Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned the conviction noting that the jury instructions did not correctly explain the difference between first and sec...

Taunton gas station catches fire Video included

By: Dee DeQuattroTwitter: @DeeDeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comWashington Street in Taunton is closed between Tremont and Martin Parkway after a two alarm fire at a local gas station. The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. and heavy smoke was showing from the building. The fire was knocked down about 45 minutes later. Washington Street remains closed. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (C) WLNE-TV ...

PC student's documentary shows revitalization of Smith Hill

By: Alexandra Cowley A Providence College student is hoping his documentary will make a difference to people living in some of the worst neighborhoods in the state. The 20 minute film is called "Restoring Smith Hill" and sheds light on the need for affordable housing. Smith Hill isn't the only community in Rhode Island with boarded up homes and foreclosed properties. Because of a run down economy, you can find dilapidated, abandoned homes in almost any city or town in the st...


ABC 6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis: "The Sunday Political Brunch" -- April 20, 2014

Dr. Mark Curtis, Ed.D., is Chief Political Reporter for WLNE-TV ABC6Providence, RI and a Political Analyst for KGO Radio 810-AM, San Francisco. (Providence, Rhode Island) – Happy Easter everyone! When I say the word Easter, it immediately prompts images, doesn’t it? Images of colored eggs, a crucifixion, a bunny, a stone rolled from a tomb entrance - images both religious and secular. Most concepts prompt images, too, including politics. And the use of imagery in politics is often no accident...

Body of Barrington boy found

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA man walking his dog found the body of a missing 12–year–old boy in Barrington. Police say the boy's mother reported him missing last Wednesday. A man found the boy's body near Legion Way. His death is not being considered suspicious. The boy was a student at Barrington Middle School.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Spectators reflect on marathon

Spectators reflect on marathon Video included

Boston pride wasn't hard to find at the Attleboro train station Monday afternoon as dozens of people decked out in Bean Town gear returned home after the marathon.

Bryant University memorial run Video included

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin SMITHFIELD, RI- With heads bowed, Bryant University students think of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings right before taking a one–mile run through the Smithfield campus. They're reminded that tragedy can happen at anytime, anywhere. “I just think it's important to never forget. What tore our community down but what really brought it together again; to show our strength," said organizer, Ashley Cardona. Cardona organized this run last y...

Chafee declares May 1 'Day of Reason'

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressGov. Lincoln Chafee has signed a proclamation declaring a ``Day of Reason'' in Rhode Island. The proclamation declares May 1 the Day of Reason. The Humanists of Rhode Island and the Secular Coalition for Rhode Island say they requested it. The proclamation says the application of reason has ``proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth by cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interaction among people.'' The groups say they're planni...

Former Speaker Fox selling East Side home

By Alana Cerrone Former Speaker of the House Gordon Fox is selling his East Side home. His house on Gorton Street is on the market for $615,000. It's listed as a 5–bed, 3–bath, 2600 square foot property. Fox resigned as speaker a month ago after FBI, IRS and State Police raided his home and State House office. (C) WLNE–TV 2014

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon again

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressRita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings. Jeptoo finished Monday's race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion. Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba finished second with an unofficial time of 2:19:59. American Shalane Flanagan finished ...

Taxi driver killed in Zakim Bridge crash

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressA fiery crash on the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge has shut down all northbound lanes of Interstate 93 and caused a huge traffic tie-up in Boston. The crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer sent flames and black smoke into the sky during the Monday morning commute. One southbound lane and the ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to the bridge were also shut down. There was no word on a cause and whether anyone was hurt.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Runners arrived in Hopkinton amid tight security

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressRunners and spectators started arriving at the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton as the sun came up amid tight security. Police and military uniforms were everywhere _ including on the roofs of some buildings _ in Hopkinton center Monday as buses bearing the message ``Boston Strong'' disgorged runners. But rather than creating a tense situation, everyone appeared relaxed. Some runners even thanked the police officers for making them fee...

Local runners prep for Boston Marathon Video included

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin PROVIDENCE, RI- The 26.2 mile trek was cut short for many last year. Andrea Ambs crossed the Boston Marathon finish line exactly 4-seconds before the first bomb went off. "When bad things happen and I don't think they'll stop happening but, when they happen, we are strong enough to over come it,” said Ambs. Barrington runner, Dan Horton said, "It's kind of in spite of all that, you know, it kind of gives you even more strength; you know, fight b...

Traffic stop leads to firearm and drug charges

By Alana A routine traffic stop in Providence ended in the arrest of 3 people Friday night. Rhode Island State Police Troopers pulled over a car for a seatbelt violation on Branch Avenue around 10:40 Friday night. Troopers smelled marijuana inside the vehicle, and after a search, found a black Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver, fully loaded, and a bag of marijuana. They also seized a loaded Cobra .380 caliber handgun. The driver, 24-year-old Medina Goncalves, ...

Not all want University of Rhode Island cops armed

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressThe University of Rhode Island's plan to arm campus police is drawing mixed reviews from students and faculty. Some say it's a decision that's long overdue at the only public university in the country where campus police do not carry firearms. Others fear more guns on campus will mean more violence. Jacob Wilson, a senior fisheries science major, says the decision makes sense and the weapons will be put in the right hands. Senior Emily Cotter s...

UPDATE: Police locate parent of wandering toddler in Woonsocket

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail:ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroWoonsocket Police are looking for the parent or guardian of a toddler found walking alone on Ballou Street on Saturday. The boy was found in the area of 30 Ballou Street by police. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Woonsocket Police Department at 401.766.1212.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Body found by highway is missing Massachusetts boy

By The Associated Press WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ Authorities say a child's body has been found off a Massachusetts highway and it matches the height and weight of a 5-year-old boy who has

Marathon runner back in the race

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin FOXBORO, MA- "It was a spectacular day. It was sunny, and the perfect temperature. The whole time I was thinking how great my legs felt, what a great day it was," said Andrea Ambs. Ambs crossed the Boston Marathon finish line exactly 4-seconds before the first bomb went off. "I thought a speaker had blown. I thought it was just a piece of equipment so I wasn't too worried at that point. When I heard the second one, I knew. I just had this feelin...

Mobile home fire displaces two

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroAn adult and a child are displaced after a mobile home fire in Charlestown. A fire broke out in the mobile home on Foxtrot Drive Friday evening. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Red Cross is currently assisting the displaced individuals. (C) WLNE-TV 2014

Man arrested in Woonsocket for allegedly dealing heroin

Man arrested in Woonsocket for allegedly dealing heroin

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: news@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA man in Woonsocket has been arrested for allegedly selling heroin and cocaine out of his apartment for the past several weeks. On Friday, police executed a search warrant at the Mill Street apartment of 25-year-old Murphy Ramos. Inside police say they discovered 51 grams of crack cocaine, 56.5 grams of heroin, $1,775 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. Ramos was arrested and is being charged with delivery of heroin, delivery of crack c...

Fairhaven Police warn of suspicious man

Fairhaven Police warn of suspicious man

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail:ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequatttoFairhaven Police are warning residents about a suspicious man who demanded a young boy get into his vehicle. Police say that the boy was walking on Evergreen Street on Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. when a grey pickup truck slowed down beside him and the driver demanded that the boy “get his ass in the truck.” The child immediately ran to a friend’s...

Woonsocket Police arrested drug dealer

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail:ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroAfter a lengthy investigation, Woonsocket Police have arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of selling drugs. On Thursday police executed a search warrant of Mark Briggs apartment on Diamond Hill Road. There they seized crack cocaine, $2,234 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. Briggs was arrested and charged with delivery of crack cocaine, maintaining ...

Missing Rehoboth woman found dead in her car

Missing Rehoboth woman found dead in her car

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @DeedequattroA Rehobeth woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in her vehicle on Friday night. 57-year-old Joyce Eddy went missing after following her husband home from an East Providence Burger King around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. When her husband arrived home he realized his wife was not behind him. Eddy was found dead in her car outside Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro on Thursday night around 10:30 p.m. Police are not suspecting f...

Police ID suspected alcohol thief

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA man suspected of stealing a large amount of liquor from Phred’s Drug in Cranston on April 12 has been identified. Police believed 39-year-old Shane Martin entered the store and concealed over $100 of alcohol bottle on his person and walked out of the store. Anyone with any information as to Martin’s whereabouts is asked to contact Cranston police ...

Body of man pulled from water in New Bedford

Body of man pulled from water in New Bedford

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA body was recovered from the waters in New Bedford late Friday night. According to police the body of Joshua Greaves was found by an underwater vehicle in the waters near Pope Island. Greaves went missing after leaving a bar early Thursday morning. The cause of death is unclear at this time. (C) WLNE-TV 2014

New Bedford teacher accused of assaulting 9-year-old student

By News Staff A New Bedford middle school teacher is on paid leave after a parent told police she assaulted her son in class. Police are investigating an incident at the Devalles School. A

New Bedford man gets life sentence in 2008 stabbing murder

By News Staff A New Bedford man convicted of second degree murder in the stabbing death of Joshua Fitzgerald of Fairhaven has been sentenced to life in prison. Brandon Callender was


Duplicate Road Names Cause Confusion in North Providence Video included

by ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis There are lots of streets in busy North Providence, including some with duplicate names. For example there is an Adams street in the Centerdale

Police seized 30 pounds of pot at Stop & Shop distribution facility

By Sean Cahill Freetown Police have seized thirty pounds of marijuana after the security staff at the Stop & Shop distribution facility. Police got the call today at around 11:45 a.m.

Bristol business owner dies after dragster crash

By: Alexandra Cowley A community in Bristol is in mourning Friday after a beloved business owner passes away. 51–year–old Steve Elmslie was in a freak accident last week with his dragster.

Police search for missing Rehoboth woman

By Sean Cahill Rehoboth Police are looking for a woman who disappeared while following her husband home from a Burger King restaurant. Police say Joyce Eddy, 57, was last seen at 9:30

Michael's Stores confirms credit card breach

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter: @deedequattro Michael's now joining the list of stores dealing with a security breach. The company says about 2.6 million or about 7% of all debit

Bowhead whale spotted in Cape Cod Bay

By Sean Cahill Scientists for the Center for Coastal Studies observed a rare sight in Cape Cod Bay late last week. A bowhead whale was spotted for only the second time in recorded history

Man pleads guilty to beating dog with club

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter: @deedequattro A man accused of beating a Chihuahua with a club, killing it plead guilty to charges on Thursday. 22-year-old Chandny Lach admitted

Man charged with DUI after accident with child in the car

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter: @deedequattro A man is facing several charges after allegedly drunk driving and causing an accident while a seven-year-old boy was riding unrestrained

Woman Arrested for Prostitution in East Greenwich Video included

Police in East Greenwich arrested Tiffany M. Burgess, age 33, of 31 Clym Street, Providence, RI for one count each of Prostitution and Obstruction

Conjuring house owner says she is harassed

Nicole - Last summer movie–goers all over the world were introduced to a Harrisville farmhouse that is supposedly haunted by evil spirits, causing death and

MEMA sets up Massachusetts Alerts app for Boston Marathon

By: News Staff Email: The Boston Athletic Association (the BAA) has partnered with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to ensure that runners and spectators have the ability

Bryant ask students not to take selfies with president at graduation

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter: @deedequattro Bryant University is asking students not to selfies with the University President at graduation. While the University is encouraging

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