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D2 Boys Basketball Playoffs preview: In this tournament, it's anyone's game

Anyone feeling confident about their chances in the Division II boys basketball tournament is fooling themselves. There’s no reason to think you’re the favorite because this tournament is anyone’s game.


City Hall exhibit shows Providence's roots in South Side

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- During Black History Month, an exhibit on the third floor of Providence City Hall is now showing the history of many African-Americans and people of color who played roles in shaping the city's development.


February 22: Upcoming Events On The Providence Calendar

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --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.


Providence police spent $100K watching Weymouth child rapist's home

Police in Rhode Island have paid $102,812 on police details to monitor the home of a serial child rapist from Weymouth who moved into the city last fall. Police began monitoring the home of Richard Gardner, a Weymouth native, on Oct. 17 after his move to the neighborhood sparked outrage among reside


4 charged with breaking into Cranston HS West

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police arrested four people for allegedly breaking into and vandalizing Cranston High School West early Friday morning. Officers were alerted to the break-in when the burglar alarm went off a little before 5 a.m., according to Cranston Police Major Todd Patalano.


City Year Providence receives $70K from City Council

PROVIDENCE – City Year Providence received a $70,000 boost from the City Council on Feb. 15 to support the nonprofit’s partnership with city schools. The funds were set aside by the council and city administration during last year’s budget cycle, according to a news release.


State police, 7 people inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) -- Seven people and the Rhode Island State Police were inducted into the Special Olympics of Rhode Island Hall of Fame Thursday night. The event was held at Twin River and included a ceremony and dinner for attendees.


Hunt for North Providence mom's killer still on after 12 years

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Jaclyn McKenna glows when she's asked about her mother Cynthia. "She was amazing," McKenna said. "She was a great mother." Jaclyn grew up the middle of three sisters in North Providence. She says her mom was always considerate, no matter the day or holiday.


Huge Crash Closes I-95 In Attleboro

One person was critically injured in an eight-vehicle crash that forced closure of northbound Interstate 95 in Attleboro, Massachusetts State Police said. As of 7:50 am, one northbound lane had been opened, police said, but most traffic was being diverted at Exit 5.


Pawtucket Father Charged After Infant Ingests Unknown Drug

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- A Pawtucket father is facing child neglect charges after his 15-month-old daughter ingested and unknown drug. According to Pawtucket Police, the incident occurred on February 15. Michael Wittlin, 30, called 911 after finding a white, rock-like substance in the infant's mouth. Witt


Lack of funds preventing design and construction of new state archives facility

For decades, Rhode Islanders have sought a permanent facility to house, preserve and exhibit the documents collected in the state archives. A July 1924 Providence… — Subscriber-only Content.


City officials order "deplorable" Providence building vacated

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Providence city councilors voted unanimously Wednesday night to vacate the building located on Ernest Street, which houses the city's VIN check station as well as the sewer department.


'Broken system' for state worker injuries is costing RI taxpayers millions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – In 2009, Rhode Island's state retirement board ruled unanimously that Deputy Sheriff Patricia Patterson didn’t qualify for an accidental disability pension based on an injury she had sustained three years earlier.


Former Republican candidate arraigned on fraud, election law charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island Republican fundraiser and former 2016 congressional candidate was arraigned Friday on accusations he conducted a fundraising “scheme,” converting more than $1 million in donations for personal use.


Pawtucket Police arrest two men for dumping hazardous waste near stream

Pawtucket, RI (WLNE) - Pawtucket police arrested two men Wednesday afternoon for emptying a container full of gasoline near a stream. The arrest came following a tip from a city inspector who had observed two men emptying a large black plastic gasoline container onto a grassy area near a stream in t


Providence Weather Forecast For The Weekend Ahead

PROVIDENCE, RI — Time for your weekend weather forecast, as reported by Darksky. Light rain in the morning. Partly cloudy throughout the day. Mostly cloudy throughout the day.


Friends say crash victim left big impression on coworkers, customers

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Cumberland Farms employees say it was hard not to become friends with former coworker Valdano Almeida. Almeida, 26, died Monday after he was hit by a truck while walking to his mother's home in Riverside. The driver, Arnold Butler, 35, was arrested on a DUI charge.


Police monitoring of sex offender's home cost nearly $103,000

PROVIDENCE — The city's Public Safety Department spent a total of $102,812 on police details to monitor the home of a registered sex offender who moved into Washington Park last fall.


A councilwoman's remarkable rise from poverty to politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9) takes her seat in City Hall's Room B for a Finance Committee meeting, quickly focusing on the brief agenda. Soon, she is listening to testimony from a municipal judge for what some might call her "night job."


Brockton woman seriously injured in Attleboro crash

ATTLEBORO — A Brockton woman who was a passenger inside a car that caused a serious 8-vehicle collision on the highway Friday morning was hospitalized with serious injuries, officials said.