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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 Video included

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 Video included

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.

K-9 Officer in recovery after being shot

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Yartmouth, M.A. (WLNE)  - The K–9 Officer, Nero, who was shot in the line of duty is doing well in recovery, but his injuries will take months to heal.

Doctors at the Cape Cod Veterinarian Specialists say the bullet entered under his jaw, came through the trachea, through the esophagus and then landed on the other shoulder...

ICYMI: Runners finish coldest Boston Marathon in decades Video included

It will go down as one of the most challenging Boston Marathons in history. Runners and spectators braved the elements Monday for the 122nd running of the historic race. The event goes off rain or shine and this year it poured buckets...

ICYMI: Race spectators take the bad weather in stride Video included

Thousands of athletes from around the world braved the elements Monday as they competed in the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon. At the finish line, their loved ones, who said despite the cold, wind and rain, there was no where else they’d rather be...

Rhode Island's eviction rate highest in New England

 Rhode Island had the highest eviction rate among New England states in 2016, and Providence's rate nearly tripled Boston's.   The Providence...

State issues quarantine for Middletown petting zoo

The state has issued a quarantine of a Middletown, Rhode Island, petting zoo after three visitors are believed to have contracted a diarrheal disease from...

Tens of thousands sign petition to 'overhaul' criminal justice system after officer's death

More than 23,000 people have signed the petition that Lori Howard-Wagner started the day after Yarmouth K9 Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed. "I think it's the right thing to do, and it's something that needs to be done." She had met him a couple times on the job as a paramedic on the Cape. The sadness she felt hearing of his death now coupled with anger. 

North Smithfield Police Officer suffers broken wrist while apprehending fleeing suspect

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) -- A North Smithfield Police Officer suffered a broken wrist while trying to apprehend a fleeing suspect Saturday night. North Smithfield Police said they received calls from residents on Pound Hill Road ...

Central Falls Students Head to D.C. with Hopes to 'Change the World'

A bus full of 16 students pulled up to Central Falls High School Monday morning at 8 am sharp. But on spring break, these students weren't headed to class. They're headed to Washington D.C. to learn about things that aren't taught in the classroom.

Community gives back for One Boston Day Video included

Sunday marks the 5 year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. It's also One Boston Day, a day devoted to acts of kindness and service. It's also about celebrating the strength of the community and responding to hate with love.

Pawtucket Police investigating early morning shooting

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) -- Pawtucket police are investigating a shooting early Sunday morning that sent two people to the hospital. Pawtucket Fire Department confirmed that a shooting...

Conrad Roy's father raising money for suicide prevention Video included

More than $32,000 has been raised for suicide prevention in memory of Conrad Roy III. The community coming together to raise even more. Conrad Roy Jr., the father of the teen who committed suicide with the help of his now convicted girlfriend Michelle Carter, will be running the Boston Marathon on Monday.

RI lawmakers respond to U.S. airstrikes in Syria

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By Sam Vaccaro Email: svaccaro@abc6.com Twitter: @VaccaroABC6 WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLNE) – Rhode Island Congressional Delegates released a series of statements Friday and Saturday in response to the coalition airstrikes targeting possible Syrian chemical weapons facilities launched Friday night...

Providence Police officer, woman, injured in crash

 A crash that sent both a police officer and a woman to the hospital is under investigation Friday evening.  Providence Police said an officer was in a serious.....

Suspect in Yarmouth officer's murder goes before judge Video included

29-year-old Thomas Latanowich went before a judge Friday, charged with the murder of 32-year-old Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon. Latanowich is charged with shooting and killing Gannon, while he and other officers were trying to arrest Latanowich on a warrant at his home Thursday. Dozens of fellow police officers packed that courtroom as Latanowich was arraigned. The jud...

ABC6 Honors: Veteran and trauma surgeon who saved lives after Boston Marathon bombings

A trauma surgeon, who operated on victims of the Boston Marathon bombings after running the race himself, is now trying to make a life-saving skill universal.

Massachusetts Workers Rally In Support of Wage Theft Bill

Massachusetts Workers Rally In Support of Wage Theft Bill Video included

Has your paycheck ever come up short?  Maybe it was missing hours or overtime, or maybe your hourly wage was less than your employer promised.  It may be an honest mistake, or it may not be. A current proposal in Massachusetts would make it easier for officials to investigate claims of wage theft.  

Convicted killer released from ACI

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – A twice-convicted killer was released from the ACI Friday after serving nearly 7 years on assault charges. The office of the Attorney General confirmed that Terrell Muhammad...

Yarmouth community pays tribute to fallen officer Video included

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By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 YARMOUTH, MA (WLNE) – Members of the Yarmouth community are coming together in remembrance of fallen Yarmouth Police Officer killed Thursday in Barnstable. Less than 24 hours after ...

Bishop Stang High School pays tribute to slain Yarmouth officer

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 DARTMOUTH, MA (WLNE) – A Massachusetts high school is paying tribute to the Yarmouth Police Department officer killed Thursday while serving a warrant. Officer Sean Gannon was a native of New Bedford and attended Bishop Stang...

RI House passes bills on guns, DACA, revenge porn

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed several pieces of legislation Thursday, including a bill to create a so-called 'red flag' law in Rhode Island. 'Red flag' bill The 'red flag' law would help law enforcement take guns away from people who display a danger to themselves or others. That person wouldn't be able to own or buy a gun. The bill would also void any concealed carry permits the...

Deloitte execs in hot seat at State House over botched UHIP rollout Video included

Officials from Deloitte went before legislators Thursday night over the botched rollout of the UHIP system in September 2016. "On behalf of Deloitte we want to apologize to you and to the people of Rhode Island," said Deborah Sills, National Managing Principal for Deloitte. Despite the apology, representatives had trouble getting straight answers on why the computer s...

Police: Yarmouth officer shot while serving warrant, dies

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 A Yarmouth Police officer was killed in the line of duty Thrusday afternoon.  The Yarmouth Police Deapartment announced the passing on Facebook at ...

Rhode Island House passes red flag bill and bump stock ban

 The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted to implement a statewide "red flag" policy and ban bump stocks.       Lawmakers passed the two bills...

Center Span of Old Sakonnet River Bridge Removed

Center Span of Old Sakonnet River Bridge Removed Video included

After several delays because of weather and safety concerns, the next big step in dismantling the old Sakonnet River Bridge got underway on Thursday.  For people who grew up in that area, the bridge was more than just a bridge.  Some of those people shared their stories with us.

Amgen credits tax incentives, quality of life for decision to expand in RI Video included

 According to Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island was up against stiff national - and international – competition to be home to Amgen's new expanded plant. "We were facing competition that quite frankly we believe can under-cut us on price.

CharterCare announces plans to purchase, reopen Memorial Hospital Video included

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Several months after the announcement that Memorial Hospital will be closing, a local healthcare company announced plans to keep it open. Providence-based healthcare company...

Police investigating shots fired outside courthouse

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Police are investigating reports of shots fired outside the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence. The Providence Journal reports that the courthouse....

Bryant University says hello to new mascot Tupper II

By News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) – Bryant University rolled out the red carpet for the debut of their new mascot Thursday. Around 10:45 a.m. Thursday the University set the stage for Tupper II...

R.I. State Police Helping out with Boston Marathon

With just four days to go until the big race, runners and spectators are already making their way to the city. And on the fifth anniversary of the marathon bombing, security is once again a big concern. 

  • Therapy Dog "Justice" to Join Providence Police

    Therapy Dog "Justice" to Join Providence Police

    By: Kainani Stevens kstevens@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE)----A first of it’s kind therapy is the newest recruit to the Providence Police Department. Justice, is a six-month-old Golden Doodle who is currently being trained to become a certified therapy dog. Police in Providence currently work alongside social workers from non-profit Family Services of Rhode Island when responding to violent crimes. This partnership allows crime victims to have immediate resources for emoti...More >>
    By: Kainani Stevens kstevens@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE)----A first of it’s kind therapy is the newest recruit to the Providence Police Department. Justice, is a six-month-old Golden Doodle who is currently being trained to become a certified therapy dog. Police in Providence currently work alongside social workers from non-profit Family Services of Rhode Island when responding to violent crimes. This partnership allows crime victims to have immediate resources for emoti...More >>
  • WATCH: ABC6 Push for Six Half Hour Special giving fans an inside look at Super Bowl fever in Minnesota

    WATCH: ABC6 Push for Six Half Hour Special giving fans an inside look at Super Bowl fever in Minnesota

    ABC6 Sports gives you a feel for what it's like to be in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII.  Sports Director Nick Coit is joined by Ian Steele and Kainani Stevens for a PUSH FOR SIX Special.

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    ABC6 Sports gives you a feel for what it's like to be in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII.  Sports Director Nick Coit is joined by Ian Steele and Kainani Stevens for a PUSH FOR SIX Special.

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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 >>
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