News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island police have made an arrest in the 1988 killing of a 10-year-old girl. Pawtucket police on Thursday said they have charged 59-year-old Joao Monteiro with murder in the death of Christine Cole. Christine was last seen alive on Jan. 6, 1988, after leaving a Pawtucket market where she had been sent by her mother to buy milk. Her body was found on a Warwick beach nearly two months later.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) - A dive team has located a sunken Navy warship off the coast of Maine. The Navy initially classified the sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on April 23, 1945, as being caused by a boiler explosion. But the Navy later determined it had been sunk by a German submarine. A dive team found the sunken wreck last summer and documented it for the Smithsonian Channel. Experts involved in the search announced the find this week.
BOSTON (AP) - A former employee of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 has been sentenced to two years of probation for working as an unlicensed pharmacy technician. Federal prosecutors say Scott Connolly of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, was unlicensed when he was hired at the New England Compounding Center. Officials say he used a supervisor's information so that he could fill orders. Officials say supervising pharmacists knew he was unlicensed. He pleaded guilty to fraud.
BOSTON (AP) - First responders would be allowed to treat and transport injured police dogs to veterinary hospitals under a proposal being considered by Massachusetts lawmakers. The bill heard Thursday by a legislative committee is named for Nero, the K9 partner of Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon. Gannon was fatally shot last year while serving an arrest warrant. Nero was also shot, but because of current state law EMTs were not allowed to treat or transport him.
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