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D2 Girls Basketball Playoffs preview: Tourney promises exciting play

Do you like ridiculously good guard play, terrific ball movement and a breakneck pace?. Welcome to the Division II girls basketball tournament. If there was some way the RIIL could develop a RedZone channel for postseason basketball, this would be the tourney to do it for. There was a lot of parity


Laura Reale, who killed Colin Foote in 2010, arrested again on drug charge

CHARLESTOWN -- A woman who admitted she smoked marijuana the day she struck and killed a Charlestown man in 2010 has been arrested again on a drug-possession charge, the second time she’s been accused of violating her probation.


Westerly schools department lays out 2019-20 budget plan for finance board

WESTERLY — School officials explained and defended their proposed $60,437,244 education budget for 2019-20 before the Board of Finance Thursday and questioned the basis for a $1.2 million cut made by Town Manager J. Mark Rooney.


Father of 2010 crash victim wants driver to finish her sentence after latest arrest

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) -- Laura Reale, the woman convicted of causing a deadly Charlestown crash in 2010, has been re-arrested on a drug offense by Westerly Police. Reale, 35, admitted to smoking marijuana earlier on the day in 2010 when police said she ran a red light and hit Colin Foote, 27, who wa


Fitch rallies past New London to reach ECC Div. I semifinals

Fitch’s Shaun Morales (2) and Jonathan Cooper celebrate a foul during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s ECC Division I boys’ basketball tournament quarterfinal game in Groton. The fourth-seeded Falcons rallied to beat the No. 4 Whalers 49-40. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)


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.


Owner of 2Wives, No Anchor facing federal narcotics, money laundering charges

The owner of 2Wives Brick Oven Pizza in New London and No Anchor Fine Food & Provisions in Noank has been arrested on federal narcotics and money laundering offenses. Tom Carson, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut, said he couldn't provide more details because the complaint re


CT shoreline towns that will be under water in Category 3 hurricane

Each year, there are new studies projecting the effect rising sea levels could have on shoreline communities. The combination of rising sea level and a powerful Category 3 hurricane could be catastrophic.


6 named to Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's Class of 2019

Six inductees have been named to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame for 2019. This year's class includes Jon Campbell, Claudia Lennear, Phil Madeira, Neal & The Vipers, Alan Fox and Rico Turchetti. Fox and Turchetti are being inducted posthumously.


Connecticut man pleads guilty to murdering wife 3 weeks after wedding

NEW LONDON, Connecticut -- A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife just three weeks after their wedding nearly a decade ago and will serve the minimum 25-year prison sentence.


Hummel Report: Cutbacks at Block Island airport raise concerns about safety, service | Video

NEW SHOREHAM — A veteran pilot, town officials and a state senator are imploring the agency overseeing Block Island State Airport to restore cuts made here last fall, saying the reduction in staffing is compromising safety and service.


Rhode Island faithful watching Catholic sex abuse summit closely

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- As Pope Francis opened a four-day landmark sex abuse prevention summit at the Vatican Thursday to educate Catholic bishops and other high-ranking clergy, Catholics in Rhode Island will be watching to see what comes out of it.


Troopers ID suspected car jacker killed by police

State Police have identified the carjacking suspect who was killed during an exchange of gunfire with troopers and Willimantic police Wednesday as a 39-year-old Hartford man. Kyron Marcel Sands was shot by police after a multi-town chase that including carjacking attempts and gunfire at officers and


DEM unveils new beach parking rate proposals

WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Islanders may have to pay increased fees to access state beaches this summer. In a listening session at Westerly Town Hall Wednesday, the RI DEM provided information about proposed beach parking and camping fees.


Police, fire officials investigating Thursday fire on Sacco Drive; no cause has been determined

WESTERLY — The cause of a Thursday morning fire along Sacco Drive remains under investigation and officials said late Monday that there were several “unusual circumstances” involved that are making it difficult to determine an exact cause.


Thieves Hit The Waterford Ulta Beauty Yet Again: Police

WATERFORD, CT - For the fourth time recently, thieves have hit the Ulta Beauty store in Waterford. According to police, a woman entered the store at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday and is accused of stealing $500 in cosmetics and accessories.


Masters of Robotics: Two teams from Shoreline Robotics headed to world competition in Detroit later this year

WESTERLY — With the clock ticking, two robots whirred and pivoted as they expertly picked up balls and cubes, known as “minerals,” depositing them into bins attached to a simulated planetary rover in the Terrace Room of the Westerly Public Library Wednesday afternoon.


Robert Kraft, owner of New England Patriots, charged in prostitution bust

(WFSB/AP) Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, is facing charges following a prostitution bust in Jupiter, Florida. Police in Florida made the announcement Friday morning.


Rev. Jean Barry, former executive director of WARM Center, remembered as a force in helping region's needy

The Rev. Jean Barry, a fierce advocate for the region’s homeless and hungry who helped change the way people think about poverty and was instrumental in transforming a small soup kitchen on Spruce Street into a comprehensive social services agency that tends to the needs of thousands each year, died


Volunteer fire department's engine a 'total loss' after crash

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — A fire engine from the Lake Mishnock Fire Department is now out of service after it was involved in a crash Thursday morning. According to the Lake Mishnock Fire/Rescue Facebook page, Engine 1 was responding to a fire just before 6:30 a.m. when it crashed on Regina Driv