News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK (AP) - State and federal health officials are reporting a higher than usual number of deaths and illnesses from a rare, mosquito-borne virus this year. Eastern equine encephalitis has been diagnosed in 21 people in six states and five people have died. Most infections occur in the summer, so health officials do not think it will get much worse.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island child welfare authorities say a 4-year-old Middletown boy who died over the summer was a victim of "maltreatment." The state Department of Children, Youth & Families disclosed the June 10 death for the first time on Wednesday. An investigation was started in June. No additional information was disclosed.
BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge in Rhode Island has blocked the extradition of a man accused of killing a police officer and injuring two others in the Dominican Republic during a 2013 narcotics investigation. U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell on Wednesday also ordered the immediate release of Cristian Aguasvivas. He was originally apprehended in Massachusetts in 2015 but is currently in custody in Rhode Island.
BOSTON (AP) - A Rhode Island man has pleaded guilty to sending a series of threatening emails to a Massachusetts college professor who spoke in favor of abortion rights. Matthew Haviland, of North Kingstown, faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to stalking and transmitting a threat. Federal prosecutors say the 29-year-old Haviland sent the professor 28 threatening emails in March and days later sent threatening emails to the professor's university.
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