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Prudence Island Ferry service ends Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin BRISTOL, RI- There's champagne for what may seem like a celebration- but it's not. Sunday was the last trip to Prudence Island for the sole–ferry service that's been in operation since the 80's. Carol Teague lives on the island. She said, “I'm sad that the people that we've dealt with for years, you know, we won't be seeing them anymore. And hopefully the new carrier will treat us with respect and we will work out fine." A and R Marine is taking...

Lawyer: Hopeful tests show dead infants stillborn

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home says he's optimistic that forensic testing will show the babies weren't born alive, and therefore weren't harmed or killed by his client. Thirty-one-year-old Erika Murray was charged Friday with fetal death concealment and other counts after authorities found their bodies in her squalid, vermin-infested Blackstone home. A medical examiner is determining ...

Providence Police search for suspect in high speed chase

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Providence Police are searching for a suspect who fled from the scene after driving under the influence and nearly hitting police early this morning. Officers stopped the suspect, identified as Osvaldo Negron, 23, of Providence, after he was seen driving onto a sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue just before 2 am. Negron tried exiting the vehicle before officers ordered him back inside, where he claimed he “needed to go home.” Officers smelled a strong odor of a...

One hurt in crash on 95 North in Pawtucket

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com One woman was sent to the hospital after a car accident on Route 95 North in Pawtucket Saturday night. It happened at approximately 10:22 pm when troopers received a report of a single vehicle crash just north of Exit 29. Police say the combination of wet, slick roads and poor visibility caused the operator to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a light pole on a curve near the Broadway overpass. The driver was sent to Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket w...

Westerly man pleads guilty to theft of government funds

By News Staff news@abc6.com A Westerly man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on Friday for theft of government funds. Donald S. Gingerella, 53, admitted to the court that he applied for and collected a total of $82,346 in public assistance payments based on fraudulent statements. He received payments from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP). In Novembe...

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"The Sunday Political Brunch" September 14, 2014, by ABC6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 email: mcurtis@abc6.com“The Sunday Political Brunch” -- September 14, 2014(Providence, Rhode Island) -- I know they drive most people crazy, but polls are a part of politics. People always tell me how much they hate all of the polls, only to turn around and ask me, “Who's ahead?” I'm a numbers guy. I love polls. I love to analyze and dissect them. I love to skewer them, too, (after the fact), when they are horribly wrong. A new CNN 2016 Presidential Poll is out from I...

Blackstone vermin-infested home cleaned Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin BLACKSTONE, MA- Over the next four days, this home will look like a decontamination scene out of a movie. Crews will dress in full protective HAZMAT suits while they disinfect and gut the home where the bodies of three decomposing babies, dead animals and mounds of dirty diapers were found inside. Town Administrator, Dan Keyes said, "You always say that my God, it doesn't happen in our town. Well, it did and there's no playbook for this at all a...

Fire damages North Kingstown home

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Two people are displaced after a fire at a 2-story home early this morning in North Kingstown. The fire started on the second floor of the one-family home on 230 Hatchery Road. Fire officials say a “careless” smoking act caused the fire from a bedroom in the home. Two occupants were inside but made it out safely without injuries. One firefighter was sent to South County Hospital receiving treatment for exhaustion and fatigue, while another firefighter sustai...

Fire crews work to extinguish landfill fire in Nantucket

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Police and Fire Departments are on scene at a landfill fire in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Fire crews are currently working to extinguish the fire, which started on a pile made up of wood pallet and compost in the landfill. Police say it could take several hours before the fire is put out. © WLNE-TV 2014

Police investigate car fire in New Bedford

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Police are investigating after a stolen car was found engulfed in flames in New Bedford. Just after midnight this morning, reports came in that a car was on fire in the lot of the Jewish Cemetery at 1400 Old Plainville Road. The New Bedford Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the flames.Police say that the car, a 1997 Honda Civic, was reported stolen by its owner. The New Bedford Fire and Police Departments are investigating. © WLNE-T 2014

Lawyer for PC student alleging rape to press case

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Providence College student who accused two Brown University football players of rape has hired a Boston lawyer and former sex crimes prosecutor to represent her.Wendy J. Murphy has taken up the Brown case after a grand jury declined to indict the players last month.Murphy accused the state attorney general's office of trying to ``stonewall'' her attempts to gather documents and challenged a District Court judge's decision to seal c...

Dan Harrop stops by ABC 6 studios Video included

By News Staff news@abc6.com The third major candidate for Providence mayor is speaking out on the heels of Tuesday's primary results. Republican candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop dropped by our ABC 6 studios Friday to talk about his financial plan for the city. Harrop criticized both Democratic nominee Jorge Elorza and Independent candidate Vincent “Buddy” Cianci for not having adequate plans to deal with the city's money problems. Harrop wants Providence to file for bankruptcy and start all over ...

Woman held without bail after 3 dead infants found in home

Woman held without bail after 3 dead infants found in home Video included

One day after the remains of three infants were discovered inside of her Blackstone home, 31 year old Erika Murray silently faced a judge, appearing quite disheveled.

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Miss Rhode Island is Ready for Miss America!!! Sunday 8 p.m. Only on ABC6 Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.com"Ivy DePew, Miss Providence," declared the pageant announcer.And with that 23 year old Ivy DePew was crowned "Miss Rhode Island 2014.”Ivy has competed in pageants for eight years, but got nervous after all the other finalists were called out first."I took a deep breath and said, 'Well this has been a great eight years, I'm ready to go home'. And then they said my name and I realized my life had been changed forever in that moment. I was so thrill...

DA appoints special prosecutor for Flanagan accusations

By Sean Cahill scahill@abc6.com Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter announced in statement today that he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the accusations made by Fall River City Councilman Jasiel Correia against Mayor William Flanagan. Citing concerns of an appearance of conflict on both sides, Sutter has appointed former state and federal prosecutor William H. Connolly to run the investigation. Connolly has been handling special prosecutions for the Bristol County D...

Boston company recalls smoke alarms

By News Staff news@abc6.com A Boston based Kidde is recalling more than a million smoke alarms and combination smoke and c.o. detector units. The company is recalling them because they may not reset after a power outage. The units are hard wired into a home's power. They were sold at Home Depot, HD Supply and Amazon.com. For more information about the recall go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Kidde-Recalls-Smoke-and-Combination-SmokeCO-Alarms/(C) WLNE/TV 2014

East Providence man arrested for August armed bank robbery

By Sean Cahill scahill@abc6.com An East Providence man was arrested Thursday for an early August robbery of a bank in Swansea. East Providence Police arrested Alan Cuthill, 28, for the August 1st armed robbery of BayCoast Bank located at 554 Wilbur Ave. Cuthill is being held in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts, pending extradition. He is being charged with robbery while armed and masked. Police say the suspect entered the bank dressed in black with his face covered, b...

Police investigate fatal motorcycle accident in Cranston

By News Staff news@abc6.com Police are investigating after a fatal motorcycle accident Thursday night in Cranston. The accident happened at approximately 9:40 pm on Route 37 West, just east of Natick Avenue. The operator was identified as Ryan Barta of Somerset, Massachusetts. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Barta was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The accident is being investigated by Accident Reconstruction crews from the Cranston police Department. © WLNE-T 2014

New Bedford to be Cape Wind staging area

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) _ The developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have signed a lease agreement with the state to use New Bedford for staging and construction of the 130 turbine project. Gov. Deval Patrick joined Cape Wind officials in making the official announcement on Friday at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston. Officials said the work will begin in January at the South Coast Marin...

Portsmouth man arrested for embezzling over $500,000

By News Staff news@abc6.com State Police arrested a Portsmouth man for allegedly embezzling $527,934 from the Newport Bay Club Homeowners Association. Timothy F. Roche, 54, was arrested today and charged with embezzlement over $100. Police investigated after receiving a complaint from Newport Nay Club Homeowners Association Board of Directors. Roche is the former general manager of the association. An arrest warrant was issued, stating that Roche allegedly issued 34 unauthorized checks for h...

Police arrest Burrillville teen in drug bust

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Burrillville Police have arrested a teen on charges of manufacturing and distributing narcotics. The 19-year-old resident of Burrillville was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home this morning. Police seized multiple pounds of marijuana and the drug “Shatter”. Detectives also seized manufacturing implements, such as a stove used to purify marijuana, and other tools. Detectives believe this was a large-scale distribution operation. © WLNE-T...

Providence man arrested on child porn charges

By News Staff news@abc6.com The Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested a Providence man on child pornography charges. On September 12th, David J. Harris, 60, was arrested for possession of child pornography. Harris was arrested previously on April 1st, 2014, resulting from a complaint initiated at the Foster Police Department, where Harris was identified as allegedly soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sexual purposes. An arrest warrant was issued ...

Man arrested for soliciting sex at Pawtucket polling site

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Pawtucket Police have arrested a man for loitering for prostitution at Kennedy Manor polls during Tuesday's primary. William Seiler, 30, a city man and volunteer at the polls, offered to perform a sex act on another volunteer. The victim, a 20-year-old male from Central Falls, called reported him to police. Major Arthur Martins confirmed that Seiler told the man to go into a bathroom where he would perform a sex act on the man for $5. Officers arrested Seil...

Ex-Urban League worker gets prison for embezzling

By The Associated Press news@abc6.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A former accountant at the Urban League has been sentenced to one year in prison and two years of home confinement for embezzling more than $250,000 from the nonprofit group. The Rhode Island attorney general's office says 42-year-old Manivone Phimmahom of Cumberland was sentenced Friday. She pleaded no contest in July to forgery and embezzlement. Phimmahom must also pay full restitution and was ordered not to enter any gambling ...

Narragansett Fire Department receiving grant

By News Staff news@abc6.com The Narragansett Fire Department will receive a $54,726 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The department plans to use the funds to purchase protective turnout gear and bailout systems. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Across the nation, more than $274 million has been awarded through the program for operation...

New Bedford man arrested for attempted armed robbery

By News Staff news@abc6.com New Bedford Police have arrested a man for attempting to rob a 7-11 at knife point. It happened around midnight when Edward Tuffo, 50, of New Bedford, entered the 7-11 and demanded money from the female clerk, brandishing a knife. The owner of the 7-11 then threatened Tuffo with a baseball bat, prompting him to flee the store. The owner followed Tuffo to the area of Mitchell Street, where Tuffo then discarded clothing and a kitchen knife. The suspect was then taken...

Police investigate shooting in Providence

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Providence Police are investigating a shooting on Camp Street. At about 10:14 pm, police responded to 166 Camp Street to find a man suffering a single gunshot wound to the leg. The victim's injuries do not appear to by life-threatening. No further information has been released at this time. © WLNE-TV 2014

Board of Licenses rules on troubled bar

By News Staff news@abc6.com A troubled bar on Federal Hill has been ordered shut down for almost two months. Police say multiple shots were fired near Skarr Hookah Lounge back in July. The shooting left bullet holes in a nearby building's windows. On Thursday, the Providence Board of Licenses shut the club down for 60 days starting on Sept. 19th. The bar was also fined $2,000 for providing entertainment without a license and fined $36,000 for 72 violations of hookah. The bar has the right to...

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More Debate Over Rhode Island Voter ID Law Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 Email: mcurtis@abc6.comBy most accounts voting in Rhode Island had few problems on Tuesday.But for the first time ever, voters - yes even famous voters (like Mayor Angel Taveras) - had to present photo ID's to cast a ballot.But the ACLU had poll watchers at 12 of the states 411 precincts, and said some voters were wrongly turned away."It is of great concern to us that people who showed up at the polling place without proper ID, were told they didn't have the right to ...

9/11 Bike ride of remembrance

9/11 Bike ride of remembrance Video included

By: Chelsea Priestcpriest@abc6.comHundreds of bikes rode down Post Road in Warwick Thursday afternoon, finishing the first leg of a four day journey from Boston to The Freedom Tower in New York City. It's a ride in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.John Gagliano is a board member of the "Tour De Force", the annual ride. He explains, "every day we have a moment of silence and reflect on why we are here. It's not just a bike ride, we have a purpose."This year, the group started at the Boston M...

Your Town, Your Life: Somerset Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comSOMERSET - Somerset has a lot to offer. It's a quaint town in Bristol County with a population of right around 17,000 people. Once actually part of Swansea, Somerset has a beautiful waterfront area. that was once a vibrant ship–building community back in the mid 1600's. Today some of the buildings lining the waterfront have been repurposed, but they were once used for sailboat construction back when business was booming.As scenic and historic as ...

Providence to get federal money for streetcars

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Providence is slated to get about $13 million in federal funding to help pay for a planned streetcar system that would run from College Hill near Brown University to south Providence near Rhode Island Hospital.The state's congressional delegation announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the city's grant application. The approval means the federal government will pay about 11 percent of the $117.8 million...

Local Doctors Prepare For Rare Virus Video included

By Liz Tuftsltufts@abc6.comA potentially deadly virus is spreading fast among kids. It's not in Rhode Island yet, but health officials are preparing for an outbreak here at any time.Matt Cornejo's 13–year–old–son is one of thousands of kids across 12 states that have now tested positive for the rare Enterovirus D68.The closest case is in Ohio.Symptoms start off just like the common cold, runny nose, coughing and sneezing, but then those symptoms get severe.Dr. Michael Smit specializes in Pedi...

Miss Rhode Island back in running in time for voting deadline Thursday

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comAfter two trips to the hospital, Miss Rhode Island is back in the running at the Miss America Pageant.Ivy Depew performed in the talent competition Wednesday night in Atlantic City, playing "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" on her flute.Ivy fainted on stage Tuesday night, and was hospitalized.Thankfully, Ivy is okay now and will compete in the finals on Sunday night.Vote for Ivy by midnight Thursday here:http://www.missamerica.org/vote/default.aspxRemember, the...

Rhode Island 9/11 victims remembered

Rhode Island 9/11 victims remembered Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com The flags above the Rhode Island State House few at half staff Thursday in tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. At 8:46 AM people across the state paused for a moment of silence. The day was marked by a remembrance hosted by the State of Rhode Island and Rhode Island State Police. During The September 11th, 2001 and War on Terror memorial ceremony a bell was rung for the 7 Rhode Islanders who were on board the planes that crash...

Providence Remembers 9-11

By Matt Blanchettemblanchette@abc6.comtwitter: @mattblanchetteThe Mayor of Providence Angel Taveras joined members of the Providence Fire Department to lower the flags and pay tribute on the anniversary of 9-11, which claimed the lives of 343 firefighters.Each and every year since the tragic events these men and women gather to honor those who serve as an inspiration to them to this day. "So not only do we celebrate their work but we renew our commitment to serve with that same dedication tha...

UPDATE: Police identify suspect in Warwick bank robbery

By Jennifer Petracca news@abc6.com Warwick Police are investigating a bank robbery that took place at the Santander Bank on Post Road in Warwick. Police responded to the 1927 Post Road location around 12:27 PM on Friday, August 1st. A male suspect entered the bank and demanded money from a teller before fleeing on foot north of Post Road with an undisclosed amount of money. He is described as a white male in his 20’s, between 5’10” and 6’2”, with a slender build and an unshaven face. ...

Judge: Pistorius can't be found guilty of murder

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressSouth African judge says prosecutors have not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, but the judge has yet to deliver her verdicts in the case.Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday was explaining her reasoning behind the upcoming verdicts in the case against the double-amputee Olympic athlete. Masipa said there were ``just not enough facts'' to support the finding of pre...

RI to hold 9/11 remembrances

RI to hold 9/11 remembrances Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Remembrances are being planned all across the country. Locally, people with gather together to honor those who lost their lives, survivors and heroes. STATEWIDE To mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Governor Lincoln Chafee will call for a voluntary statewide moment of silence at 8:46. That is the exact time the first plane went into the towers. Flags will also be ordered to ...

Newport gears up for 44th Annual International Boat Show Video included

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comThe Newport International Boat Show is back in the city beginning on Thursday, but ABC6 News got a sneak peek of the huge event's set-up.The show is one of the largest in-water boat shows in the country.13 acres of waterfront are already filled up with all makes and models of power boats and sailboats ranging from 16 to 85 feet – and you can actually go onboard and explore them.The show is also an opportunity for boat dealers from around the world to get the w...

Rhode Island leaders react to President's plan to combat ISIS Video included

Rhode Island's top congressional leaders watched President Barack Obama's prime-time remarks concerning ISIS very closely.

Obama: US to expand Islamic State strikes to Syria

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comWASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama says the United States will expand its offensive against Islamic State militants, authorizing military airstrikes in Syria. The declaration intensifies the U.S. effort to confront the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria and recently beheaded two Americans.In a prime-time address to the nation, Obama said the U.S. will confront Islamic State militants ``wherever they exist.''Obama administration o...

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General Election Campaign Begins for RI Governor Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6 email: mcurtis@abc6.comRepublican nominees for Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor are wasting no time.They campaigned at a Warwick senior center the morning after the primary.A big question now, is who public employees will back, since many oppose pension reformer Gina Raimondo.Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he'd welcome union support."And that's what I have done in Cranston. And that's what I'll do at the State House. So I am welcome and open to havin...

President Obama will address the nation on ISIS Video included

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comA rare prime time address by the President will outline the American strategy facing ISIS For some time now troops have already been heavily involved in the terrorist group's dealings in Iraq, but as its influence permeates into Syria the American military may become more involved. "I think what we're going to see initially, is that the president is going to push for aerial bombardment of ISIS targets in Syria," said Joseph Roberts, Prof. of Inte...

Pawtucket crumbling brick concerns Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin PAWTUCKET, RI- High above the city of Pawtucket, missing chunks of brick could be a hazard if they keep falling from the tower on top of city hall. The tower is structurally sound, but the chunks of brick could be a hazard if they keep falling. Public Works Director, Lance Hill said, "[The bricks] interact with the steel structure. They are putting some type of compression and they're breaking and cracking." Concerned the brick could fall on som...

What to expect for apple picking this year

What to expect for apple picking this year Video included

By: Chelsea Priest, cpriest@abc6.comFor over 40 years, Pippin Orchard in Cranston has seen every different type of growing season you can imagine. This August ended almost 2 degrees below average and through the whole summer we didn't see many excessively hot days. The cooler summer season has pushed back the start of the picking season almost two weeks."Here we are a few weeks behind but it's helpful because they stay on the tree and it helps them ripen up a little more as opposed to having ...

AP: Source says Rice video sent to NFL

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible.''The official, speak...

Second man arrested in Colt State Park shooting, stabbing

By News Staff news@abc6.com A Fall River man has been arrested in connection to a shooting and stabbing that happened at Colt State Park in Bristol over the Memorial Day weekend. State Police arrested 23-year-old Jordan Lyttle on charges of Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine). Police say on May 25th, a gang fight broke out at the park and Lyttle stabbed 24–year-old Lang Bounama Lek in the chest. Lek t...

Moment of silence, U.S. flags at half-staff to honor 9/11 victims

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comGovernor Lincoln Chafee has called for a statewide moment of silence Thursday to mark the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.The voluntary moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. will honor those who lost their lives onSeptember 11, 2001.“It is with great sadness that we prepare to mark the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks,” Governor Chafee said. “To honor that day's many victims, from Rhode Island, across the country and aro...

Cianci kicks of Mayoral campaign

Cianci kicks off Mayoral campaign Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com Surrounded by supporters at his Broad Street campaign headquarters Vincent “Buddy” Cianci named the staff that he hopes will help lead him back to City Hall. In his first time calling a press conference since announcing a come back bid, the convicted felon and Providence Mayoral candidate outlined reasons why he says the city is on the wrong track. “I see high unemployment. I see under performing schools. I see streets that really need to be paved… I s...

Police and firefighters remember Sept. 11 victims

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Police and firefighters in Rhode Island will gather to remember the victims of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.The Rhode Island State Police planned a statewide commemoration for Thursday morning at the State House in Providence. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. The lieutenant governor, law enforcement officers and other state leaders, as well as family members of the victims, plan to speak. The Providence Fire Department will al...

Police: Man wanted for Providence stabbing death

By News Staff news@abc6.com Providence Police have released photos of the man wanted for the stabbing death of a Massachusetts man over the weekend. Police are looking for 27-year-old Malcolm Querido. His last known address is 27 Young Street in North Providence. Police say Querido is responsible for the stabbing death of 38–year–old Robert Bullard of Medford, Massachusetts. Police say Bullard was stabbed inside a 3rd floor apartment at 164 Allston Street on Sunday night. Anyone with informa...

UPDATE: Miss Rhode Island out of hospital

By: News StaffEmail: News@abc6.comTwitter:@abc6It was a scary night at the Miss American Pageant as Miss Rhode Island Ivy Depew collapsed on stage. Depew collapsed during an award ceremony with New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Depew was taken to the hospital to be treated. Officials say it appears the beauty queen overheated. Last night was the first night of the preliminary competition. The next Miss American will be crowned Sunday night.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Foolproof to launch beer sales in Vermont

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comRhode Island's own Foolproof Brewing Company will now be selling its beers in Vermont.The Pawtucket-based company announced Wednesday that its beers will be distributed state-wide in Vermont exclusively by g.housen beginning September 24.“Vermont is a pinnacle market for craft beer in New England and a perfect fit for Foolproof,” said Nick Garrison, Foolproof's president and founder. “With the growing demand for local canned craft beer, Vermont is a clear choi...

Primary day elections run smoothly, voter turnout low

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroPrimary Day turnout in Rhode Island was relatively low on Tuesday at about 21%. Of the 21% of people who turned out to cast a ballot, just under 20% or 31,530 voted in the Republican Primary and just over 80% or 126,996 voted in the Democratic Primary. Altogether, 158,526 of the 741,776 registered voters in Rhode Island made it out to the polls. In a similar midterm election in 2010, only 18% of voters turned out. According to Bo...

Get an iPhone 6 for free, if you sign with Verizon Wireless

By Matt Blanchettemblanchette@abc6.comtwitter@mattblanchette Consumers who are clamoring to get their hands on the new iPhone, which is set to be released next week.The catch? Customers must turn in their old iPhone and sign a two-year agreement with Verizon.CNNMoney reports Verizon is offering the 16GB version of the iPhone 6, as long as customers sign a new contract, and turn in their old iPhone 4 or 5. The 6 retails at $199. Verizon did not say for how long the offer would stand.The new iP...

Cranston Police investigate armed robbery at 7 Eleven

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroCranston Police are investigating an overnight armed robbery at the 7 Eleven where a suspect flashed a gun and demanded cash. The incident happened around midnight at the Reservoir Avenue convenient store. The man, described as an Asian male wearing gloves, a mask, and a bandana handed the clerk a grocery bag. The clerk filled it with money and the suspect fled on foot. Police are currently reviewing surveillance footage of the ...

UPDATE: Man held without bail in North Providence murder

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comThe man believed to be responsible for the shooting death of 26-year-old Richard Catalano in North Providence on Sunday has been held without bail.24-year-old Dari Max Garcia was arraigned Tuesday on the charges of first degree murder, 2 counts assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, assault with intent to commit a felony, and several firearms charges. Garcia has an extensive criminal record and has served time behind bars in the past.Garcia was previously arr...

Difficulties with emergency phone lines resolved in North Providence

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter; @deedequattroNorth Providence Police, Fire, and Building officials are experiencing intermittent inbound phone problems affecting some of the city's emergency lines. The numbers 233.1433, 233.1430 and 233.1419 are affected. Residents who need to report an emergency are asked to dial 911.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

RWU Dean breaks down RI Governor's Race Video included

By Matt Blanchettemblanchette@abc6.comtwitter: @mattblanchette After a heated primary season, Rhode Islanders will have a choice between Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung. Just hours after the voting was announced, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Roger Williams University Robert Eisinger joined ABC 6 News Anchors Matt Blanchette and Doreen Scanlon on set to break down how the primaries were won, and what voters can expect in the upcoming campaign season.

Central Falls Police arrest 3 in breaking and entering

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroThree people are under arrest in Central Falls after and Tuesday night breaking and entering on Washington Street. Police responded to the third floor apartment for reports of a breaking and entering in progress. There they found the doorway had been forced open and the apartment was in disarray. Police say that a suspect had just left the home with three other individuals that he met outside. About ten minutes later, police sp...

Providence Police investigate rape of 15-month-old

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroThe sexual assault of a baby girl is under investigation in Providence. Police say employees at the 15-month-old's daycare center noticed something wrong with the child on Sept. 2 when the baby was fussy and uncomfortable. The baby's mother was notified and she thought it was diaper rash. The next day the infant would not stop crying. The girl's mother brought her to Hasbro's Children Hospital. The hospital notified police that ...

Police seek owner of van with RI plates

Police seek owner of van with RI plates

By: Melissa Randall Mrandall@abc6.com Do you recognize this van? Police in Douglas, Mass. are trying to track down the vehicle's owner. They say it was used to commit several breaks in the town around 3 o'clock Monday morning. Officers located a man in the van, but he fled. The van was found a short time later crashed in the woods on North West Main Street. Police were unable to find the suspect who took off on foot. Several thousand dollars worth of stolen tools, construction equipment, ...

Changes made to polling locations

Changes made to polling locations Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com During the general election of 2012 some Providence voters were forced to wait in 3 hour lines to cast their ballots. Hoping to avoid that frustration during Tuesday's primary, several changes were put in place. Voters casting their ballots at the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex left feeling much more relaxed this time around. “It was pretty easy. Fast. I knew who I wanted to vote for,” said Melanie Symonds of Providence. Just two years ago city ...

Cianci ad hits airwaves

Cianci ad hits airwaves Video included

By: Melissa Randall mrandall@abc6.com Vincent "Buddy" Cianci is waiting no time. The former Providence Mayor officially kicked off his campaign last night. A new television ad is already hitting the air waves. Those commercials started airing just one hour after the primary polls closed Tuesday night. Voters can expect to see a lot more of Cianci now that the Independent candidate for Providence Mayor knows who we will go up against in the General Election this November. Jorge Elorza won t...

Fung overcomes Block in heated Primary race Video included

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroAfter a long fought campaign, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has overcome businessman Ken Block in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary. Fung announced his candidacy in 2013. A few months later businessman Ken Block who ran as a Moderate in 2010 announced that he would run again in 2014 but this time as a Republican causing a heated gubernatorial primary. Fung received the endorsement of the Republican Party as well as former Preside...

Raimondo prevails in Democratic Primary with strong lead Video included

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroAfter a heated three-way race, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo prevailed over her opponents Clay Pell and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in the Democratic Primary. Raimondo, who has served one term as General Treasurer of Rhode Island, is most known for her work with the Rhode Island pension overhaul plan. The plan was passed into law by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 2011 but was quickly challenged in court by local unions...

Roger Williams University tops list for best dining hall

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroA local university is offering more than just a good education, they offer a great meal.According to Thrillist.com, Roger Williams University, has one of the nations best college dining halls in the country.The Bristol college topped the list for some of the delicious dining options they offer students including a lobster and steak dinner, a Thanksgiving feast, and Valentines Day chocolate fountains.The University of Massachuset...

Elorza wins Providence Mayoral Primary Video included

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroJorge Elorza will face off against former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, and Republican Dan Harrop in the General Election. Elorza overcame his sole Democratic opponent City Council President Michael Solomon on Tuesday. Solomon wasn't always Elorza's only opponent, initially it was a three way race between Elorza, Solomon, and Brett Smiley. Smiley dropped out last month as part of an effort to ensure that Buddy Cianci would not...

Key results from Tuesday's Massachusetts primary

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comUS HOUSE:Iraq war veteran and political newcomer Seth Moulton defeated nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in the Democratic primary, making Tierney the first sitting Massachusetts congressman to lose a primary since 1992. Moulton will face Richard Tisei in the November election to represent the state's 6th Congressional District.GOVERNOR:The governor's race is down to Attorney General Martha Coakley for the Democrats and Republican Charlie Baker. Ea...

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras responds to losing primary race

Nicole Brazier@NicoleBrazierTVnbrazier@abc6.comPROVIDENCE - Angel Taveras supporters gathered at Hanley's Ale House in Providence to hear from the Providence Mayor... after finding out his opponent, current Treasurer Gina Raimondo came out the victor in the primary race. "I may not be the nominee, but I want all Rhode Islanders to know, that our state is worth fighting for... Thank you for giving me the tremendous honor of sharing my vision for Rhode Island and allowing me to spend time with ...

Cumberland elects new mayor

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter:@deedequattroWilliam Murray is the new Mayor of Cumberland overcoming his Democratic opponents Daniel Alves and Manuel Dacosta with 49% of the vote.Dacosta grabbed 38% of the vote and Alves got 13.2%. There is no Republican candidate running in the general election. The seat was left vacant when sitting Mayor Dan McKee announced his run for Lt. Governor.(C) WLNE-TV 2014

Gorbea wins Dems' secretary of state nomination

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Nellie Gorbea has won the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island secretary of state. The former deputy secretary of state defeated businessman Guillaume De Ramel in Tuesday's primary. The 47-year-old Gorbea ran the office's day-to-day operations from 2002 to 2006. She has also worked with several nonprofit groups in the state, including HousingWorks RI and the Women's Fund.Gorbea says she wants to make elections fair and accurate...

McKee wins Democratic nod for lieutenant governor

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee has scored an upset victory in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island lieutenant governor. The six-term mayor defeated Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and departing state Rep. Frank Ferri in Tuesday's primary. Mollis had led in the polls and enjoyed the most name recognition. McKee says he represents a new way of thinking and would use the office to boost the state's economy. Hi...

Westport man, woman charged with selling marijuana in a school zone

By News Staff news@abc6.com Two Westport residents have been charged with selling marijuana in a school zone as part of the investigation in the August 15th break in at Marguerite's Restaurant. Westport Police executed a search warrant Tuesday morning at 407 Old County Road searching for evidence related to the restaurant breaking where 11 art pieces valued at $15,000 were stolen. Tyler Arruda, 22, with his last known address in Somerset, and Matthew Cordeiro, 22, of Fall River, were arres...

Caprio concedes to Magaziner in treasurer race

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroSeth Magaziner has won the Democratic Primary for the office of General Treasurer. Magaziner overcame former General Treasurer Frank Caprio. Caprio left the treasurers office in 2010 when he ran for governor on the Democratic ticket. Caprio came in third in the governor's race behind Lincoln Chafee and Republican John Robitaille. During the primary for treasurer Magaziner brought former Presdient Bill Clinton to Rhode Island t...

Cianci to start official campaign with ad and party

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroFormer Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci is kicking off his official campaign tonight with a party at GPub after the primary and his first television ad. The ad set to air after 9 p.m. on ABC6 compares the city today to when Cianci was Mayor in 2002. Cianci is running as an independent and will face off against the winner of the Democratic Primary and Republican Dan Harrop. Cianci is the longest standing mayor in the city of Provid...

Massachusetts man charged with prostituting woman in Warwick hotel

By News Staff news@abc6.com A disturbance at Warwick hotel Sunday night led to the arrest of a Massachusetts man on sex trafficking charges. Police responded to the rear parking lot of the La Quinta Inn for a disturbance between a white female and black male. The woman was visibly shaking and told police she feared for her life and wanted to get away from the man. She said she just wanted to return home to Oklahoma but Wilson kept all her belongings to include clothes, identification, and mo...

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Last Minute Campaigning as Candidates for Governor Vote Video included

Twitter: @markcurtisABC6email: mcurtis@abc6.comProvidence Mayor Angel Taveras was joined at the polls by his wife and daughter, and hoped that voters would make him the Democratic nominee for Governor."I'm excited about this and I 'm excited about my daughter being able to share this moment with her dad and wither her mom, so pretty special day. So I feel pretty good," said Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, (D) Candidate for Rhode Island Governor.Fellow Democrat Clay Pell and his wife Michelle ...

Providence mayoral candidates make final push before polls close Video included

It has been one of the most heated mayoral races in Providence in years, and now the Democratic candidates vying for the city's top spot are making their final push before the polls close.

Mayor Flanagan accused of gun intimidation Video included

By Dana Griffin dgriffin@abc6.com @DanaRGriffin FALL RIVER, MA- Accused of turning a "show-and-tell" into a threat, city councilman Jasiel Correia claims Mayor Will Flanagan tried to intimidate him for signing a petition to recall him as mayor of Fall River. "The mayor actually took out his own firearm from his console, put it on the left side of his dashboard and said–I never leave my home without this," said Jasiel Correia II. Two men were also in the back seat- a local businessman and anot...

Rhode Island voting officials say turnout is light

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressRhode Island voting officials say turnout has been light so far, and there have been no major issues yet during voting in the primary.Raina Smith, spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, says things are running smoothly during Tuesday's voting.Tomas Avila, a commissioner for the Providence board of canvassers, says they had not yet seen a huge turnout in the city as of Tuesday afternoon, but says the bulk of the voters are expected to com...

West Nile found in mosquitoes in South Kingstown

By The Associated Pressnews@abc6.comSOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) _ State environmental officials are warning that West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in South Kingstown.The state Department of Environmental Management says on Tuesday that a sample of mosquitoes collected Sept. 2 in the Great Swamp tested positive for the virus.No human cases have been reported this year in Rhode Island, but it's the second time a set of mosquitoes has been found with West Nile. The first time was Aug. ...

Newport mural planned to stop graffiti

Newport mural planned to stop graffiti Video included

By: Chelsea Priestcpriest@abc6.comHunter Park is just minutes into Newport just off the bridge. It's a wide open space for the community to enjoy but for years the Newport Clean Cities Program has had to paint, and re-paint the 200-foot wall at the park due to graffiti. After years of planning, local organizations have a plan to keep the graffiti away.Kristin Littlefield is a coordinator with the Newport Clean Cities Program. She explains her idea, "I had the idea if we do a mural on this wal...

Cranston Police investigate threat at the Saint Paul School

By News Staff news@abc6.com Police are investigating a threat posted on the Saint Paul School Facebook page. Cranston police say the message was posted Monday night. They won't give out any information about what exactly it said but say the school has contacted all of the students' families to warn them of the threat. Both Cranston and Rhode Island State Police searched the building prior to class this morning. They determined it was safe. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cransto...

Sentencing delayed again in fatal DUI crash

By: Alexandra Cowleyacowley@abc6.comThe man convicted of killing his girlfriend in a drunk driving crash, breaks down in court. His sentence is now delayed. Brandon Borge has already plead no contest to the 2012 drunk driving crash in which he lost his girlfriend and both of his legs. He was supposed to learn his sentence today, but Borge broke down, explaining his confusion with the proceedings. "The thing is, I don't remember anything so I'm going by whatever I read in the papers," said Bor...

Saunderstown man arrested on child molestation charges

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comA Saunderstown man has been arrested on child molestation charges after an alleged incident at a Newport International Polo event.It is alleged that 52-year-old Brian Smith approached two ten-year-old children at a Newport International Polo event on July 19. While talking to them, police say he touched the children, including underneath one child's skirt.An investigation by Portsmouth Police Detectives led to Smith's arrest on Monday in Lynnfield, Mass. He wa...

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