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Elorza campaign responds to plagiarism accusations

By News Staff news@abc6.com Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza is responding to a letter he sent out to 7,000 likely voters that has a paragraph that is nearly identical to a letter Central Falls Mayor James Diossa sent in 2012. His campaign manager, Marisa O'Gara, sent ABC 6 this statement: "A former advisor helped our campaign write the first draft of this letter, and this same advisor had also worked on James Diossa's letter. Jorge relayed his personal story, our advisor presented ...

Lt. Col. Michael Winquist named new Cranston Police Chief

After months of turmoil at the Cranston Police Department, Mayor Allan Fung has named Lt. Col. Michael Winquist as the new leader.

Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

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By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comWESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Military officials in Massachusetts say they've confirmed that the pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed.Col. James Keefe says his ``thoughts and prayers are with the family'' of the pilot, whose identity hasn't been disclosed. The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. The F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednes...

Serious accident on I-95 South in Attleboro injures three

By Sean Cahillnews@abc6.comCrews are on scene of a serious accident on I-95 south at exit 3 in Attleboro.Both Northbound and Southbound lanes are closed, according to the Massachusetts State Police.We will bring you more information as it becomes available.(C) WLNE/TV 2014

Local Market Basket employees elated to be back at work Video included

By Nicole Braziernbrazier@abc6.comThe Market Basket saga is finally over and the store's beloved chief is back in charge.Arthur T. Demoulas will buy out his rival cousin Arthur S for $1.5 billion.Like a political victory speech, Artie T. spoke to several hundred cheering workers Thursday morning:“Words cannot express how much I appreciate you... words cannot express how much I missed you... and words cannot express how much I love you.”New Bedford Market Basket employees spent nearly two mont...

Bristol Company Vows To Move Forward Video included

By: Liz Tuftsltufts@abc6.comA Bristol powerboat company is vowing to move on after its beloved owner died. Michael Fiore suffered severe injuries this week, after a boating accident in Missouri. His business partner and father are working to keep his dream alive. Inside Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company in Bristol, employees are hard at work transforming this mold of wood into this high speed powerboat, but one key person is missing. Everything under this roof, from start to finish, is a...

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Mayoral Candidate Elorza Discusses His Shoplifting Arrest Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.comProvidence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza was out promoting his arts agenda, but he was having to also explain his arrest for shoplifting 19 years ago."I sent a letter out to 7,000 likely voters a number of months ago, and the reason why I put it in that letter was because I made a mistake as a teenager. I wanted everyone to know, I wanted to be up front. I wanted to be honest," said Jorge Elorza, (D) Candidate for Providence Mayor.Elorza stole a...

Police: Man assaulted juvenile girl near Tolman High School

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comPawtucket Police are asking for help identifying the man they believe assaulted a girl earlier this month.Police say the suspect assaulted a juvenile girl near Tolman High School on August 3.Few details have been released but police do say that they need the public's help identifying him. If you think you may know who he is, please call Pawtucket Police Detectives at 401-727-9100 ext. 737.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

WATCH: GOP candidates square off in debate at ABC 6 Studios Video included

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroRepublican Gubernatorial candidates Ken Block and Allan Fung continued to exchange barbs back and forth in the ABC6 primary debate on Wednesday night. The candidates vying for the Republican nomination argued about who has the best economic plans and who has the best experience. Fung challenged Block on his experience noting that Block is “all talk” while Fung has implemented plans as mayor of Cranston. Block responded by callin...

Newport's Kings Park Beach reopened to swimming

By The Associated Press 2014news@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island health officials have recommended the closure to swimming of a beach in Newport because of bacteria in the water. The state Department of Health on Tuesday said it had found elevated bacteria levels at King Park Beach and urged swimmers to avoid the water.Officials will recommend the beach be re-opened to swimming after the bacteria counts fall to acceptable levels. The department monitors water quality throughout ...

Catastrophe: fans shocked by Hello Kitty news

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroShocking news for Hello Kitty fans, the beloved character is not actually a cat. An anthropologist who studied the Japanese character let the cat out of the bag in an interview with the Los Angeles times this week. Christine Yano told the paper that the creator simply meant for hello kitty to be a little girl from London who actually has her own pet cat named Charmmy Kitty.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Man arrested in hit-and-run that killed beagle

By Alana CerroneAcerrone@abc6.comRaynham Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for a hit-and-run accident that killed a 2-year-old dog.Police say 24-year-old Ryan Vliet of Taunton was riding his dirt bike on Britton St. on the afternoon of August 17 when he struck and killed Zelda the beagle, who was being walked on her leash by a 14-year-old boy on the side of the road.When police tried to stop him in the same area two days later, he fled.Vliet is charged with cruelty to ani...

New Bedford Teen robbed on the way to school

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By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroNew Bedford Police are investigating an incident where a 15-year-old was robbed while she walked from her home to the bus stop on Thursday morning. The girl was walking on Rounds Street when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her backpack. A struggle then broke out and the girl lost a bracelet she was wearing. The suspect grabbed the bracelet and the girl was able to break free an run back to her house. The man w...

Sword-wielding man barricaded himself inside East Providence home

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comA portion of Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence was shut down Thursday morning as police tried to negotiate with a sword-wielding man who barricaded himself inside his home.Police say the 66-year-old man was wielding a sword inside of his Delway Road home when his roommate woke up and heard him making threatening statements.The concerned roommate called police around 6:30 a.m., and when crews arrived they found the suspect locked inside of his bedroo...

Fung taps top ranking State Trooper to lead police department

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroCranston Mayor Allan Fung has selected Lt. Colonel Michael Winquist of the Rhode Island State Police to head up the Cranston Police Department. Winquist has been with the Rhode Island State Police for 24 years. Most recently he served as the Deputy Superintendent and the Chief of Field Operations for State Police. He has also served on the narcotics unit, the Providence Police gang taskforce, and the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, f...

Algae bloom prompts advisory in Cranston reservoir

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressRhode Island health officials say residents should avoid recreational activities at a reservoir where an algae bloom has formed.The state Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management announced a health advisory for J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston because of a blue-green algae bloom.Officials say residents should avoid recreational activities, such as boating, swimming and fishing. People should also not eat fish from the r...

Dangerous rip currents expected at local beaches

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroSwimmers at local beaches are warned to be vigilant today and throughout Labor Day weekend as strong rip currents are expected. The currents are caused by Hurricane Cristobal which is moving between Nova Scotia and Bermuda causing a heavy surf off the New England coast. According to the Associated Press the storm has taken the lives of at least 7 swimmers due to dangerous rip currents.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Dee from the Desk: Primary Problems

In the end this whole primary season will boil down to one thing, and it is not ideas. It's each candidate's get out the vote efforts. This year is an off year election. There is no presidential race to captivate the attention of the average voter and quite frankly the average Rhode Islander is not super engaged in politics. Many probably are not turning out to vote on primary day because despite the age old saying that every vote counts many citizens don't quite see it that way. Let's just l...

Market Basket Deal Reached

By Mike Glynnmglynn@abc6.comAn agreement to sell Market Basket to former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas has been reached. The agreement brings an end to weeks of protests and boycotts of the grocery store chain. Sources close to sale say Arthur T. Demoulas paid more than $1.5 billion dollars and will now have complete control over the company.Demoulas also released a statement saying that he will return to normal day-to-day operations and he along with his management team will return to the company w...

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Highlights of ABC6 News Republican Gubernatorial Debate Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.com"Tonight, these two men face off in our studios, fighting for your vote," said the opening announcer on ABC6.It didn't take long for the two Republicans running for Governor to mix it up; one accusing the other of raising taxes."What Mr. Fung glosses over is that in his first 3 years as mayor, he raised taxes and in two of those years, he asked for a bigger tax increase than what the state cap allowed," said Ken Block (R) Candidate for Rhode Isla...

Two injured in highway motorcycle accident

By Sean Cahillscahill@abc6.comAn accident involving a car and motorcycle on I-95 South Wednesday night sent a man and woman to the hospital.The accident occurred between exits 2 and 3 at around 7:45 p.m.State Police say the male motorcycle operator and his female passenger were injured. The man was med-flighted to Rhode Island Hospital with serious but non-lifethreatening injuries. The passenger was also taken to the hospital.The driver of the car was not injured. The highway was temporarily ...

Clinton campaigns in Rhode Island for Magaziner Video included

Former President Bill Clinton threw his full support behind Democratic Treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner during a rally at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Wednesday.

Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comNEW YORK (AP) _ Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister has been accused of threatening to bomb a New York City woman and has been arrested.Police say Ailina Tsarnaeva made the threat via telephone Monday and turned herself in Wednesday. She's charged with aggravated harassment.Police say the North Bergen, New Jersey, resident is due in court Sept. 30.Tsarnaeva has been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since last...

Police: Cranston girl wounded by arrow; Suspect arrested

By News Staff news@abc6.com A young girl is recovering after being struck with an arrow in Cranston. Police say four young girls were walking a dog on Bain Street around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when 9-year-old Lexi Franco was hit. 27-year old Daniel King has been charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon. He told police he was trying to shoot a pigeon in his driveway with a bow and arrow. The young girl was been treated and released from the hospital. King was arraigned and held at the ...

Ex-top Chafee official Licht sworn in as judge

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The ex-director of Rhode Island's Department of Administration has been sworn in as a superior court judge.The ceremony for Richard Licht was held Wednesday at the Statehouse.Licht had served as Chafee's director of administration since he took office in 2011. He's also a former lieutenant governor and state senator. He was a practicing attorney before joining the administration.Department of Labor and Training Director Charles Fogar...

Barton Bridge moves into place Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.coms @DanaRGriffin WARWICK, RI- Moving at a slow walking pace, one–million pounds of steel and concrete crept through Route 2 near Division Road on the Warwick/West Warwick line. What should have be a two year project from demolition to installation is taking eleven days; wrapping up faster than usual because of a construction technique using pre–fabricated segments built off–site. Most drivers say they had no complaints about the construction The street was shut...

Police: Man beat elderly father with oxygen tank

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By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comA Middleborough man has been arrested after police say he beat his 87-year-old father with an oxygen tank.The alleged incident took place at a Forest Street home around noon Wednesday.The victim was flown to Boston for medical treatment.The son is in police custody.We will have more information on this investigation as it becomes available.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Plainridge Casino construction continues despite ballot question Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comPLAINVILLE - Bearing an American flag, covered in signatures - names of the men and women closest to the construction project - the final beam at the Plainridge Casino went up Wednesday morning in front of a proud group of workers. "It's always a great milestone when we top out. That's typically getting close to the halfway mark, we basically can get the building enclosed and that basically controls our destiny to get to the finish line," said Mi...

Decades later WWII Veteran receives anticipated honors

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA World War II Navy Veteran finally received a long awaited for military honor Wednesday afternoon. Raymond Mahon, who served aboard the USS Ancon during World War II, was presented several medals for his service that he had not received after the war. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Office assisted the 92-year-old Mahon in receiving the honors. Whitehouse presented Mahon the medals at his home at Saint Elizabeth Court Assiste...

Connecticut man gets 3 1/2 years in home invasion

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Connecticut man has gotten nearly 3 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in a 2010 home invasion that targeted an associate of a well-known crime family.The Rhode Island U.S. attorney's office said 62-year-old Gennaro Mieli, of Niantic, Connecticut, was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery.Mieli admitted conspiring with two other men, one from Central Falls ...

New Bedford drug raid nets two

By Matt Blanchette mblanchette@abc6.com twitter: @mattblanchette New Bedford police arrested two men after a drug raid on Tuesday that netted $20,000 worth of drugs and nearly $5,00 in cash. Police raided a home at 49 Roosevelt St. Outside the home the arrested Patrick Parent, 30, and Ashley Rezendes, 27. Both suspects are being charged with trafficking and possession and are expected to be arraigned Wednesday.As a result of the search, the following was seized; 83.5 grams of Heroin17 Suboxon...

Providence Mayor, Superintendent ride school bus

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By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com As is tradition, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Superintendent Susan Lusi greeted bus drivers and monitors at the First Student Bus Yard before crews headed out to pick up students for the first day of school. The two climbed onto one of the yellow buses and traveled with students to the newly re-opened West Broadway Middle School. “We have well over 100 buses– each and every day– good weather, bad weather that are out there picking up kids, maki...

West Broadway gets new name, welcomes back students

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By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com Starting a new school year means new backpacks, sneakers and of course those first day jitters. “It's cool, but I'm kind of scared because it's a new school for me,” said 6th grader Kathryn Gonclaves. Gonclaves is part of the very first class to attend the newly re–opened West Broadway Middle school. She and her peers were greeted Wednesday morning by Principal Bill Black who wasted no time inspiring them. “Feeling great! Excited that we're finally havin...

Military: Jet in Virginia crash based in Mass.

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressMilitary officials say the jet that crashed in western Virginia was an Air Force F-15C based in Massachusetts, and the pilot's status is unknown. Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Crosson says the pilot of the single-seat aircraft was with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.Guard spokesman Maj. Matthew Mutti says the jet was on a standard training exercise Wednesday with no munition onboard. He didn't say wher...

Second man arrested in North Providence homicide

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: ddequattro@abc6.com Twitter: @deedequattro A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Richard Catalano earlier this month. 18-year-old Viclei Hernandez is being charged with murder, conspiracy, burglary, and weapon crimes. Hernandez is accused of conspiring with Dari Garcia in the shooting death of Catalano on August 17. Garcia was arrested at the scene of the crime after he allegedlyshot and killed Catalano, shot his mother and th...

Toddler remains in critical condition after being struck by SUV

By News Staffnews@abc6.comA Providence toddler remains in critical condition after being struck by a neighbor's SUV on Gillen Street Tuesday morning.Police say the neighbor unknowingly hit the 15-month-old, identified as Justin Diaz Cabral, around 9:30 a.m.According to police, Justin's father was talking to a couple of people while Justin was in the yard. The neighbor, a 28-year-old woman, was preparing to back out of the driveway when she reportedly asked the father if there was anything beh...

Fatal crash shuts I-95 southbound in New Haven

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressConnecticut state police have shut down all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in New Haven after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and other vehicles.State officials say the accident happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday between exits 45 and 46, and it's not clear when the southbound lanes will reopen. The wreck is causing major traffic backups during the morning commute.State police haven't released information about the conditions of the...

RIPTA offers free rides due to poor air quality Video included

By Melissa Randallmrandall@abc6.comAir quality levels in parts of Rhode Island are expected to reach unhealthy levels Wednesday. Due to the air quality alert, all regular RIPTA buses and trolleys will be free for the day.Very hot, humid air is heading our way, and now the state is encouraging drivers to ditch their cars, and instead hop on a bus to cut down on pollutants. For the first time this summer, the DEM has declared an Air Quality Alert.The poor air quality is due to elevated ground l...

Gist recommends moving testing requirement to 2020

By Matt Blanchettemblanchette@abc6.comtwitter:@mattblanchette For the second time in three months, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is recommending pushing back the date to implement mandatory testing as a graduation requirement - this time until 2020.Gist was on hand at Tolman High School Tuesday to meet with teachers and greet students. The new system that bases graduation, in part, on standardized test scores, was originally supposed to start in 2014 and was then pushed bac...

Toddler struck by car in Providence identified Video included

A Providence toddler is in critical condition after being struck by a neighbor's car on Gillen Street Tuesday morning .Police say the neighbor unknowingly hit the little boy around 9:30 a.m.

Bristol man dies from injuries sustained in MO boating accident

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com A Bristol man is in critical condition this afternoon after a boat racing accident in Missouri. It happened on Saturday morning when Michael Fiore, 44, of Bristol, was racing on a 42 foot catamaran on the Lake of the Ozarks and lost control. The report from Missouri State Police reveals that Fiore was on the boat with another man, Joel Begin, 47, of Quebec, who was also injured in the accident. Police say the vessel lost control at a high speed due to wind i...

UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled; North Kingstown man found

By Sean Cahill scahill@abc6.com State Police have issued a Silver Alert for an 87-year-old man who was last seen at his home in North Kingstown. Alexander Brainard was last seen at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. Police describe Brainard as 6'0” tall and 170 pounds with a bald head and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a plaid shirt. Police say he has Alzheimer's disease. Brainard drives a 2008 silver Mercury Milan with a Rhode Island license plate “XELA”. If you have seen Alexander Br...

Local police and military gear debate Video included

By Mike LaCrossemlacrosse@abc6.comThe debate over the militarization of local police departments is picking up. The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama's call for more separation between the nation's armed forces and civilian law enforcement. “It ultimately can really breed mistrust in the community, which is not what police departments should do,” said Stephen Brown, R...

Casino opponents rally in Newport Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin NEWPORT, RI- For years, residents have managed to keep table games out of Newport. David Jalava lives in Newport. He said, “I don't think there should be a casino in a beautiful town like this. It just brings a seedy element to it and there's so much more to do here." Hoping to keep that streak going, opponents are now worried it could end after state lawmakers voted in June to eliminate a separate local question on table games on the general el...

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Solomon Says He Barely Leads Cianci in Providence Mayor's Race Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 Email: mcurtis@abc6.comProvidence City Council President Michael Solomon says the momentum in the mayor's race is on his side.Surrounded by supporters, Solomon says his campaign poll shows a slim one–point lead over former Mayor Buddy Cianci."Some would ask, why would you release a poll showing yourself virtually tied with Buddy Cianci. Because I want the voters to know what I know. The voters of Providence deserve to know high the stakes are," said City Council Presi...

Cat recovering after being found in Woonsocket dumpster Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.com WOONSOCKET -With a name like Hope there's no doubt this one year old cat is a fighter. She was found inside a Woonsocket dumpster two weeks ago - a bag of bones with broken teeth from trying to force her way out of the trash. "And she was loaded with fleas. I've never seen a cat so full of fleas in almost 21 years that I've been here," said Deb Adam, Director of the Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary. Hope is recovering there with consistent vet care, goo...

RI and MA have some of the worst drivers

By: Liz Tuftsltufts@abc6.comRhode Island and Massachusetts have some of the worst drivers in the country.An annual report done by Allstate confirms what many of us already know it's a jungle out there on the roads.Providence came in 5th for having the worst drivers.Boston is 2nd and Worcester took the number one spot for worst drivers in the country.Based on the info used by all–state, on average drivers in providence will get into a car crash once every five and half years.Where do the best ...

Providence man accused of trafficking 17-year-old girl

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comA Providence man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking a 17-year-old Boston girl for commercial sexual activity.U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced Tuesday that 34-year-old Kemont Bowie was detained in federal custody on the charges of sex trafficking of a child and transportation of a minor.An affidavit states that the victim was allegedly taken against her will from South Station early in the morning of August 18, 2014. She was then driven to Rhode I...

Judge grants Hernandez bid to suppress evidence

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comFALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ A judge has granted a request by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence from two cellphones and three iPads taken from his home in a search during a 2013 murder investigation.Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled Tuesday that police didn't specifically list those items in a search warrant for Hernandez's home in North Attleborough on June 18, 2013.Prosecutors had argued that the warrant authorized...

RIPTA offering free service Wednesday due to unhealthy air quality

By News Staff news@abc6.com The DEM and RIPTA have announced that Wednesday August 27th, all RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, due to possible unhealthy air quality levels. The Department of Environmental Management predicts that the a very hot and very humid air mass along with west to southwest winds at times, will lead to unhealthy air conditions. They say Rhode Island residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions by traveling by bus or carpool whenever possibl...

Parents charged with hitting, bruising infant son

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comTwo young parents are facing charges after their 3-week-old son suffered bruising on multiple areas of his body.19-year-old Ryan Enos of Dighton, Mass., and 19-year-old Tanya Visinho of East Providence were arrested after the alleged incident that took place late Friday night or early into Saturday morning.Police say Enos eventually admitted to striking his 23-day-old son once, while Visinho claims he struck the infant 3 times. Police do believe the infant was...

Pell defends resume with statements from superiors

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroDemocratic Gubernatorial Candidate Clay Pell is defending his resume against recent attacks from his opponent Angel Taveras."I'm proud of my experience, and I'm grateful that leaders who I respect and admire, such as the former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, the former Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, and the former Under Secretary of Education of the United States, have chosen ...

Apple to replace some bad iPhone 5 batteries

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comIf your iPhone 5 isn't charging and your battery life is terrible, you may be eligible for a new battery.It turns out some of the iPhone 5's sold between September 2012 and January 2013 have had bad batteries.Apple says the battery problem affects a very small number of people.To find out if you're eligible, click here.© WLNE-TV 2014

Jalice Café put on probation, shut down temperately

By Sean Cahill news@abc6.com A New Bedford bar where 7 people were shot last month received its punishment from the city's board of licensing Monday night. The Jalice Café will be shut-down for 14 days, 7 of those suspended, and was given one year of probation. In a second vote the board ruled the bars last call at 11:30 p.m. with everyone out by midnight for a year and 18-month probation. The bar on Acushnet Avenue was the scene of a shooting August 2nd when a party got out of hand and 7 pe...

RIPTA bus driver charged in road rage incident

By News Staff news@abc6.com A RIPTA bus driver is facing charges for road rage after an incident involving a woman in her car using her cell phone. Police say 57-year-old Edward Howell of Tiverton confronted a driver who was using her cell phone in her car. They say he tried to open her car door and pounded on the car roof. Officers say he was calling her an idiot, like the driver who hit and injured his nephew. Howell is charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct. He was put on administ...

Swansea homicide suspect held without bail Video included

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com The Swansea Police Department and Massachusetts State Police are investigating a homicide that took place early this morning in Swansea. Police responded to multiple 911 calls about a shooting in the roadway area of 356 Ocean Grove Avenue at 1:35 AM. A victim, identified as Melissa J. White, 23, of Swansea, was found lying in the street with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. White was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortl...

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Campaign Signs are Being Stolen and Vandalized in Rhode Island Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.comCampaign signs are cropping up all over the place with the primary coming soon on September 9th.But some candidates are being attacked; their campaign signs disappearing almost as soon as they go up."Right as of now, there's a total of 30 campaign signs that has been taken down," said incumbent Ward-8 City Councilor Wilbur Jennings.Q: How does that make you feel?"Well, I'm not feeling too good; it's not a good thing," Jennings added.Councilman Je...

Breast cancer survivor unveils designs at Style Week Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comPROVIDENCE - Fashion designer Caronah Cassell Johnson shows off one of her original designs - covered in shades of pink, it bears the traditional ribbons. The dress is in honor of the Gloria Gemma Foundation - a group she's called her second family since undergoing treatment for breast cancer 2 years ago. "I just knew I had to survive. I knew I had to live for my son and for my family, for my mother, for my father, my sisters, because I had a lot...

Beach cleared after large shark sighted

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comDUXBURY, Mass. (AP) _ Like a scene from the movie "Jaws,'' swimmers were ordered out of the water at the Duxbury town beach when a large shark was spotted near the shoreline.Officials said the shark, which was tracked by a state police helicopter, was estimated to be about 15 feet in length. The waters were closed at about 2 p.m. Monday after the shark ventured a little too close to the swimming area on the beach. The all clear was given about two hours lat...

Police continue search for missing teen Video included

By News Staff news@abc6.com West Warwick Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since Wednesday. Khia Lake was reported by her mother Thursday after not seeing her since around 10:30 p.m. the night before. Khia is 5'3” and weighs 120 pounds. She has dark brown shoulder length hair and with fair complexion. She was last seen wearing a black V-neck tank top and black shorts with the word “Dancer” on the back. Police say she frequents parks an...

Several armed robberies reported at same Taunton apt. complex Video included

Residents of the Taunton Woods apartment complex are keeping an extra eye out following five armed robberies of delivery drivers over the past few weeks.

ABC6 to broadcast first gubernatorial debate after the primary from Roger Williams University

One week after Rhode Island's primary elections, on Tuesday, September 16, WLNE-TV/ ABC 6 will broadcast the first gubernatorial debate at 7 pm live from the campus of Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol. The hour-long debate is made possible through the generous support of Cox Communications.ABC6 News Anchor John DeLuca will moderate the program. Panelists include ABC6 News Anchor and Chief Political Analyst Mark Curtis, WHJJ Radio talk show host Ron St. Pierre, and Robert Eisinger, D...

Grand Jury declines to indict former Brown Football players accused of rape

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA Providence Grand Jury declined to indict two former football players at Brown University who were accused of raping a Providence College Student. The sophomores left the campus back in April after being accused of drugging and raping the victim. The victim claimed she was at Louie's Bar in Providence where she consumed one shot and drank water. She said she believed she was drug because her body went limp. She said she was ...

Providence teachers skip school kick off

Providence teachers skip school kick off

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com The 2014– 2015 school year is underway in Providence. This morning teachers and administrators gathered at the Providence Career and Technical Academy for convocation- which was optional. Many teachers showed up, but hundreds of others choose not to participate at the request of union leadership. “It was a difficult decision to have to have been made, but it had to be made,” said Maribeth Calabro, Union President. The PTU and school district have been...

Pedestrian struck, injured in Dartmouth

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Police are investigating an accident in which a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle in Dartmouth. It happened around 1 AM Sunday morning in the area of 635 State Road. The pedestrian, a 34-year-old male from Fall River, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. The operator, a 62-year-old female from Dartmouth, was not injured in the crash. The condition of the injured pedestrian is unknown at this time. © WLNE-TV 2014

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  • New Bedford drug raid nets two

    New Bedford drug raid nets two

    By Matt Blanchette mblanchette@abc6.com twitter: @mattblanchette New Bedford police arrested two men after a drug raid on Tuesday that netted $20,000 worth of drugs and nearly $5,00 in cash. Police raided a home at 49 Roosevelt St. Outside the home the arrested Patrick Parent, 30, and Ashley Rezendes, 27. Both suspects are being charged with trafficking and possession and are expected to be arraigned Wednesday.As a result of the search, the following was seized; 83.5 grams of Heroin17 Suboxon...More >>
    By Matt Blanchette mblanchette@abc6.com twitter: @mattblanchette New Bedford police arrested two men after a drug raid on Tuesday that netted $20,000 worth of drugs and nearly $5,00 in cash. Police raided a home at 49 Roosevelt St. Outside the home the arrested Patrick Parent, 30, and Ashley Rezendes, 27. Both suspects are being charged with trafficking and possession and are expected to be arraigned Wednesday.As a result of the search, the following was seized; 83.5 grams of Heroin17 Suboxon...More >>
  • Catastrophe: fans shocked by Hello Kitty news

    Catastrophe: fans shocked by Hello Kitty news

    By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroShocking news for Hello Kitty fans, the beloved character is not actually a cat. An anthropologist who studied the Japanese character let the cat out of the bag in an interview with the Los Angeles times this week. Christine Yano told the paper that the creator simply meant for hello kitty to be a little girl from London who actually has her own pet cat named Charmmy Kitty.(C) WLNE-TV 2014More >>
    By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroShocking news for Hello Kitty fans, the beloved character is not actually a cat. An anthropologist who studied the Japanese character let the cat out of the bag in an interview with the Los Angeles times this week. Christine Yano told the paper that the creator simply meant for hello kitty to be a little girl from London who actually has her own pet cat named Charmmy Kitty.(C) WLNE-TV 2014More >>
  • Fung taps top ranking State Trooper to lead police department

    Fung taps top ranking State Trooper to lead police department

    By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroCranston Mayor Allan Fung has selected Lt. Colonel Michael Winquist of the Rhode Island State Police to head up the Cranston Police Department. Winquist has been with the Rhode Island State Police for 24 years. Most recently he served as the Deputy Superintendent and the Chief of Field Operations for State Police. He has also served on the narcotics unit, the Providence Police gang taskforce, and the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, f...More >>
    By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroCranston Mayor Allan Fung has selected Lt. Colonel Michael Winquist of the Rhode Island State Police to head up the Cranston Police Department. Winquist has been with the Rhode Island State Police for 24 years. Most recently he served as the Deputy Superintendent and the Chief of Field Operations for State Police. He has also served on the narcotics unit, the Providence Police gang taskforce, and the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, f...More >>
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