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Fall River man accused of stealing firearms from Maine State Police cruiser

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- A Fall River man is facing charges in connection with a firearms theft from a Maine State Police cruiser back in June 2018. According to Maine State Police, James "JayJay" Burns, 23, was arrested in following an months long investigation.


Multi-vehicle crash sends 3 to hospital

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A chain-reaction crash ended with three people being taken to the hospital in Portsmouth. According to Portsmouth police, a 24-year-old lost control of his Dodge Durango while he was traveling northbound on West Main Road. Police said the driver then swerved into the southb


MA Weather: Snow Totals Adjusted, Storm Timing Set

The newest forecast from the National Weather Service is emphasizing the uncertainty for how much of the precipitation this weekend will be snow and how much will be rain and sleet. The updated forecast followed an upgrade to a winter storm watch for north of the Pike, while most other areas remain


Craig Price pleads guilty to attempted murder in Florida

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Notorious Rhode Island serial killer Craig Price on Friday pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in Florida, where he has been serving a prison sentence since 2004, the Target 12 Investigators have confirmed.


Rhode Island governor releases proposed $9.9B state budget, including marijuana taxing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo released a $9.9 billion state budget plan Thursday that closes the deficit, invests more in education, and expands the sales tax.


LOCAL BRIEFS: Jan. 19-20

Officials at the Newport County NAACP said on Friday afternoon that the torch run departing from the Black Regiment Monument at Patriots Park for Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been canceled because of the snowy weather and brutal cold forecast for Monday.


SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Portsmouth rallies from large deficit to stun Wheeler

Portsmouth was held scoreless for more than eight minutes after the opening tip and never got a lead until there was under a minute left in the game as it edged Wheeler 42-40 on Thursday night.


Celebrating Mind, Body & Spirit with Newport's Wellness Week

It's Newport's annual celebration of mind, body and spirit!. Sunday officially kicks off Newport's Wellness Week. The Wellness Marketplace is a wellness-focused, vendor-style event at Newport Marriott on Sunday January 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be 25-30 businesses selling products & promotin


Fall River Firefighter Under Investigation For False 911 Calls

FALL RIVER (CBS) — A Fall River firefighter is under investigation for making false 911 calls. According to a statement by Fall River Fire Chief John Lynch, several false calls over the Christmas holiday showed a pattern noticed by the district chief on duty. The district chief and the lieutenant do


Banner plan receives mostly criticism at Portsmouth forum

PORTSMOUTH — Local business owners and others expressed doubts and voiced their concerns at a public forum Thursday night at Town Hall to discuss a proposed banner program for the town.


New owners rename Carnegie Abbey Club

PORTSMOUTH — The new owners of the Carnegie Abbey Club have renamed the 18-hole Scottish links golf course and other amenities there The Aquidneck Club. The new owners, a group of members from the original club, announced the switch in a prepared statement Thursday.


Portsmouth: Parking Ban In Place Starting Saturday PM

PORTSMOUTH, RI -- In anticipation of this weekend's winter storm, a parking ban will be in place throughout Portsmouth from 8 pm Saturday until further notice. (For more news and information like this, subscribe to the Portsmouth Patch for free. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patc


Three injured after four-vehicle wreck on West Main Road in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — First responders had to extract one motorist involved in a four-vehicle accident Thursday morning on West Main Road that seriously injured three people. Portsmouth police said a 24-year-old man was driving northbound on West Main near Hedly Street when he lost control of his Dodge Duran


Rhode Island man arrested in Rehoboth on several charges

REHOBOTH — A Rhode Island man was arrested early Friday morning on Route 44 and faces several charges, including drunken driving and drug possession. Police Sgt. James Casey stopped a GMC Yukon on Winthrop Street (Route 44) for speeding about 1:35 a.m., according to a department report.


R.I. Supreme Court: No discount ferry rate for Portsmouth services

PORTSMOUTH — The state Supreme Court upheld on Wednesday the Public Utilities Commission’s previous decision to deny the town of Portsmouth’s request for a discounted rate for ferry services from Bristol to Prudence Island for “municipal vehicles and passengers performing essential government servic


Athlete of the Week: Taylor Shapiro, Portsmouth High School

The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team has experienced something of a resurgence this season thanks, in part, to a few talent freshmen. One of them is Taylor Shapiro, who has displayed the type of work ethic Patriots coach Melissa Gendreau likes to see.


RI officials consider increased beach fees

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Rhode Island officials are mulling an increase in the state's beach parking fees. Governor Gina Raimondo's proposed budget includes a roughly $1.5 million revenue bump for the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), but it doesn't specify how the state would generate


Upcoming Events On The Bristol-Warren Calendar

BRISTOL-WARREN, RI — Looking for something to do this weekend? Patch is here to help. Our event calendar includes lots of local community events. Did we miss something? Not to worry. You can post the event to the calendar yourself using MyPatch.


21-year old New Bedford woman arrested for brandishing firearm during argument

On Wednesday, January 16, at about 7:15 p.m., Wareham Police were dispatched to the area of the Woods at Wareham for a report of a female who had pulled a firearm on a male. It was further reported that the female was operating a black sport utility type vehicle and was now exiting the property onto


Portsmouth to go ‘purple’ next week

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The town of Portsmouth will “go purple” for the 7th annual THP Project Purple Initiative from Jan. 22 to 27. Here’s how you can participate!. This year celebrates seven years of the THP Project Purple Initiative, a national initiative of The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation