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Triple stabbing in Providence, suspect in custody Video included

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Neighbors on Health Street in Providence confirmed that a stabbing had occurred early Sunday morning. Residents say that a birthday party, comprised of about 100 people, was taking place at 41 Health Street when the fight broke out. A resident told ABC 6 that the suspect's girlfriend got into a dispute over an alleged stolen cell phone, which prompted a verbal argument, leading to a physical altercation. The male suspect beat three people with a baseball bat...

Woman helps save passenger in deadly accident Video included

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Attleboro Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Saturday night around 10:30pm. It happened at the intersection of Washington Street and Mendon Road when a 2012 Toyota Highlander was struck from behind by a 1996 Mitsubishi convertible while stopped at a red light. One of the vehicles, which had been on fire, was put out by a passerby with a gas station extinguisher, police say. The 39-year-old female operator of the Toyota was transported to P...

3 rescued from water in Portsmouth

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com The Coast Guard rescued three boaters from the water in Portsmouth Sunday morning. Around 3 a.m., the Coast Guard received distress calls from a sinking vessel in Weaver Cove. Upon arriving, rescue crews pulled the three occupants from the water near their powerboat, which was partially underwater. The boaters were brought to EMTs on shore where they were treated for minor injuries. There is no word yet on what caused the boat to sink. © WLNE-TV 2014

Crews respond to car fire in Providence

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By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com The Providence Fire Department responded to a car fire early Sunday morning. Fire officials tell ABC 6 that the vehicle caught fire on Woodman Street, just off Elmwood Ave. in Providence. Crews were able to extinguish the vehicle and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. © WLNE-TV 2014

Coast Guard suspends search for swimmer

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By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Coast Guard rescue crews have suspended a search that began yesterday after a boy was reportedly seen jumping into the water in New Bedford and before disappearing. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeast New England were notified by New Bedford Police around 6 p.m. on Saturday after a woman claimed she saw a young boy, about 12 or 13 years of age, jump from the New Bedford pier into the water where he surfaced and then went under without resurfacing....

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"The Sunday Political Brunch!" August 31, 2014, by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 mcurtis@abc6.com(Providence, Rhode Island) – Happy Labor Day weekend to all! This marks the beginning of the final push to Election Day (or in some states such as Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Delaware, and New Hampshire - a Primary Election Day). I thought as the campaign hits the final stretch we'd “brunch” on what's at stake and the big races around the country. “The Grand Prize!” – The big thing up for grabs this year is control of the U.S. Senate. Right ...

URI new students move-in Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin KINGSTON, RI- About 36–hundred new students will get acquainted with the campus and surrounding community this weekend. URI is not only bringing in the people, it's bringing in money for local businesses. As URI President, David Dooley welcomes students to campus, he's giving tips on places to go for food, shopping, and entertainment. "Lot of folks arrive from out of state, they spend a lot of money over the course of the weekend- Labor Day week...

Coast Guard looking for owner of unmanned boat

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com BOSTON (AP) _ The U.S. Coast Guard says it's looking for the owner of an unmanned sailboat that washed ashore on Martha's Vineyard. Watchstanders in southern New England got a call around 10 p.m. Friday from local law enforcement about an unmarked 13-foot Hobie Cat ``Wave'' model that had washed ashore with its sail up and rudder down. Authorities said it had lines hanging and dirty footprints on deck. Boat and air crews searched the area for people in t...

Leatherback turtle rescued from lines off Cape Cod

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com BOSTON (AP) _ A U.S. Coast Guard crew and a Provincetown-based marine research center have freed a leatherback turtle that became entangled in lines near a buoy off of Cape Cod. Watchstanders in Boston got a call from the fishing boat Laura C, which saw the turtle in distress Friday near a buoy in Quicks Hole Pass. A Coast Guard crew from Station Woods Hole and a member of the Center for Coastal Studies responded. The turtle was freed from the lines and...

Reed highlights new law about burn injuries

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island's senior U.S. senator is highlighting passage of a new law that modernizes the legal federal definition of ``trauma'' to include burn injuries. Sen. Jack Reed toured the Trauma Division and Burn Center at Rhode Island Hospital Friday. He then joined first responders, doctors, burn care experts and leaders from the American College of Surgeons to talk about the law recently signed by President Barack Obama. Reed wrote...

Robitaille to endorse Block

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By News Staff news@abc6.com There was a big development yesterday in the race for Rhode Island Governor. ABC6 News has learned that prominent Republican John Robitaille will endorse Ken Block for Governor this year. Robitaille was the party's nominee for Governor in 2010, barely losing the race to Governor Chafee. Robitaille will hold a news conference on Tuesday to make the Block endorsement official. © WLNE-TV 2014

Fire damages popular Rehoboth restaurant

By News Staff news@abc6.com A two alarm fire broke out at the Palmer River Clam Shack and Dairy in Rehoboth just before 8PM Friday night. The fire shut down a portion of Route 6 while crews from Rehoboth and Swansea put out the flames. Fire officials tell us it started in the attic, causing damage to the roof. Everyone made it out safely. The restaurant just opened in June. © WLNE-TV 2014

Report: Conn. Police, Secret Service investigating

By News Staffnews@abc6.comConnecticut State Police are working with the U.S.Secret Service Friday to find a man who made a threat against President Obama, according to a report by the Hartford Courant.Officials are looking for a silver 2014 Volkswagen Jetta.President Obama is in Rhode Island Friday night for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event at a home in Newport. He is scheduled to leave later in the evening.(C) WLNE/TV 2014

Crowds gather to see President Obama in Newport Video included

By Mike LaCrossemlacrosse@abc6.comPresident Obama arrived by Marine One in Newport Friday night. The chopper landed just off of Ocean Ave."It was very cool. I hope he has a good time here and enjoys the food," said resident Tim Cohane."Exciting, it's very impressive," said resident Lisa Cohane.Obama was in Newport for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser.Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop was among those in attendance."We had our picture taken with him. He was very cordial to ev...

Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comBOSTON (AP) _ Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are asking to delay his trial until at least September 2015.In a court filing Friday, the attorneys said his Nov. 3 trial date would give them about half the preparation time federal courts have allowed other defendants facing a death sentence over the past decade.Tsarnaev is charged in the April 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. He has pleaded n...

Congressional delegation prepares for President Video included

President Obama landed at T.F. Green Airport at around 6:10 p.m. and is heading to Newport for a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser. He'll be met by members of the local congressional delegation, who will capitalize on the opportunity to speak with the commander in chief about the current threat to national security. Friday saw the elevation of London's terror alert level from substantial to severe thanks in part to a recent surge in publicized violent activity from the terror group IS...

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Elorza Campaign Now Dealing with Charges of Plagiarism Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 mcurtis@abc6.comFlanked by his campaign aides Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza visited ABC6 and other media outlets in Rhode Island Friday.This came one day after Elorza acknowledged a 19 year old shoplifting arrest.A campaign aide wrote Elorza's letter of apology, but plagiarized part of the statement from another politician."I had no clue that this paragraph had already been used in another letter. Had I known, there is no way I would have allowed it and th...

Newport warns of road closures for Obama visit Video included

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comNEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Newport officials are warning drivers about road closures and travel delays because of President Barack Obama's fundraising visit.The president is scheduled to be in Newport for a few hours Friday evening to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at a private residence. U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi also is expected to attend.Parking restrictions in Newport will be in effect from noon to 10...

Labor Day travel expected to be highest volume since 2008 Video included

It's expected to be a busy weekend on the roadways. In fact, AAA is predicting Labor Day travel to be the highest it has been since 2008.

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Miss East Greenwich Competes in National Pageant This Weekend Video included

A Rhode Island pageant contestant will be taking to the national stage this weekend. Earlier this summer, "Miss East Greenwich" Alexandra Curtis finished as "First Runner–up" in the Miss Rhode Island Pageant. Friday through Sunday she'll be competing in the "National Sweetheart Pageant" just outside of Chicago. For over 70 years that pageant has invited the "First Runners-up" from every state's "Miss America" contest, to compete. "Well I really hope the other states learn a little bit more ab...

RIPTA announces Labor Day schedule

By News Staff news@abc6.com RIPTA has announced that it will operate all regular fixed bus and trolley routes as a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, September 1st, for Labor Day. The statewide RIde Program will operate only ADA trips on September 1st, 2014. The Flex Service reservation line (1-877-906-FLEX) and the RIde reservation line (461-9760) will not be staffed on Monday. RIPTA Flex Services will not be available on September 1st, except for Route 210 (Kingston Flex Service) which will...

Teen missing, last seen in Yarmouth

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Yarmouth Police are searching for a teenage girl who ran away from the RFK Treatment Center in South Yarmouth. Michaela Gulley, 15, left the Treatment Center with another teenage girl, who has since turned herself in to authorities in Boston. Gulley has still not been located. Michaela is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5'9” and weighs 240 pounds. She was last seen on August 7th, 2014, in Yarmouth. She is now believed to b...

2 rescued from strong waves in Charlestown

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com An off-duty member of the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service, along with the help of lifeguards, rescued two beachgoers at Blue Shutters Town Beach. A 62-year-old grandmother was knocked down by a 6 foot wave and was unable to get back up due to continuous waves hitting her. The woman's grandson, in his late teens/early twenties, entered the water and also got caught up in the waves. Deputy Chief Jordan Dolock, was skim boarding just west of Blue Shutters...

MA woman arrested for DUI in Warwick

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Rhode Island State Police arrested a Massachusetts woman early Friday morning for driving under the influence on Route 95 North in Warwick. Ariel Frometa, 36, of Chelsea, MA, was stopped by troopers assigned to the Wickford Barracks after they witnessed her breaking multiple traffic violations, and after multiple 911 calls reporting erratic driving. After an investigation, including a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, troopers arrested Frometa for driving un...

Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash identified

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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...

Pawtucket man arrested on child porn charges

By News Staff news@abc6.com A Pawtucket man has been charged with possession and transfer of child porn. An undercover investigation by Rhode Island State Police ICAC Task Force led officers to an apartment in Pawtucket. Police arrested 30-year-old Hector Mendonza after getting a tip he was downloading child porn on his computer. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail. © WLNE-TV 2014

Shark spotted in Dighton

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By News Staff news@abc6.com A shark sighting was reported in Dighton, Massachusetts, this week. Dighton Harbormaster Ronald Marino and his son, Mark, spotted a basking shark in the Taunton River early Wednesday night. The estimated length is about 10 to 12 feet. Dr. Gregory Skomal, a senior marine fisheries biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, who has also appeared on Discovery Channel's Shark Week, has identified it as a basking shark. Basking sharks, when full grow...

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 Video included

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

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...

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    By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Neighbors on Health Street in Providence confirmed that a stabbing had occurred early Sunday morning. Residents say that a birthday party, comprised of about 100 people, was taking place at 41 Health Street when the fight broke out. A resident told ABC 6 that the suspect's girlfriend got into a dispute over an alleged stolen cell phone, which prompted a verbal argument, leading to a physical altercation. The male suspect beat three people with a baseball bat...More >>
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