Smiley drop outs of Providence mayor's race
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Brett Smiley has dropped out of the three-way Democratic primary in the Providence mayoral race and will throw his support behind Jorge Elorza.
Smiley said Friday he was withdrawing because he doesn't want either Council President Michael Solomon or independent Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. to win.
Smiley said Solomon's election would be a step backward for the city. He also said Solomon is not the right person to take on Cianci.
Smiley will remain on the Sept. 9 ballot. Elorza will take on Solomon in the Democratic primary.
Smiley and Elorza spoke at a news conference Friday.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Daniel Harrop and Cianci in the general election. Incumbent Mayor Angel Taveras is running for governor.
Man accused of swinging samurai sword at people
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Pawtucket man accused of swinging a samurai sword at a group of people has been arrested.
Twenty-eight-year-old Timothy Greve was charged with three counts of felony assault, disorderly conduct and two counts of simple assault.
Police said witnesses saw Greve swing the sword at people after an argument with neighbors late Wednesday.
Police said Greve was taken to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island to be treated for injuries from another incident and that he allegedly assaulted officers and hospital staff there.
Greve was arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence and held on bail.
The Woonsocket Call first reported the arrest.
It was not immediately known if Greve had retained an attorney.
Information from: The Call, http://www.woonsocketcall.com
Red Cross helping 9 Providence fire victims
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The American Red Cross says it's helping four adults and five children who were displaced after a house fire in Providence.
Red Cross spokesman Paul Shipman says the agency is helping the two families with emergency housing and food needs after the fire on Bellevue Avenue on Thursday. The families also got kits with personal care items including toothbrushes and deodorant.
The Red Cross provides disaster assistance to victims free of charge, through donations and volunteers.
It's not clear what started the fire. Officials are investigating.
Cool summer cuts into Tiverton beach revenue
TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) - Revenue at Tiverton's two town-run beaches is way down this summer, and officials say the weather is mostly to blame.
Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik says below-normal temperatures have kept people off Fogland and Grinnell's beaches.
He says Grinnell's Beach was projected to bring in about $10,000 during a 10-week season while Fogland was budgeted to bring in about $16,000.
He tells The Herald News that while revenue from Fogland is close to normal, revenue from Grinnell's is off by almost half.
He acknowledges that higher fees may have played a role. While town residents can still get into the beaches for free, fees for non-residents doubled on July 1 to $10 per car on weekdays and $20 on weekends.
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