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Cumberland Farms employee helps police catch woman who stole her credit card
WESTERLY — A Cumberland Farms employee who lost a credit card helped officers catch the woman who picked it up and used it to make numerous purchases at two convenience stores, including the victim's workplace.
Longtime custodian was first in the morning, first in the hearts of Dunn's Corners
WESTERLY — There was lots of whooping, shouting and applause coming from the 300-plus students, teachers and staffers who lined the halls of Dunn's Corners Elementary School Friday afternoon. Lots of applause. Lots of hugs. And plenty of tears.
Lacey named new Westerly police chief
WESTERLY — Shawn Lacey, a 30-year veteran of the Westerly Police Department, was sworn in as chief of police this morning. The appointment is the next achievement in a career that started on Jan. 25, 1988, when Lacey went to work as a patrolman. Prior to his swearing in by Town Clerk Donna Giordano,
Officer praised for reactions after rescuing man who set himself on fire
WESTERLY — Officials are praising the actions of a Westerly police officer who prevented a suicidal man from suffering serious injuries after he set himself on fire. Police Chief Shawn Lacey said Thursday that Patrolman Matthew Hayden reacted in a manner that was "not only professional, but recogniz
Stonington High School gets serious about harm of vaping
STONINGTON — With vaping on the rise, the high school is trying to raise awareness of its hazards and work on prevention. Vaping, the use of e-cigarettes, involves inhaling vapor from a nicotine vaporizer often called a “Juul,” named for one of the manufacturers. The vaporizer is about the same size
Speziale and Friends returns to the Knick for SUFA benefit
WESTERLY — The sixth annual Rock & Roll Christmas Show to benefit Westerly's animal shelter, Stand Up For Animals, will take place at The Knickerbocker Music Center this Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.
'Improperly discarded ash' cited as cause of Sherwood Drive brush fire
WESTERLY — Firefighters doused a brush fire along the property line between two Sherwood Drive homes on Wednesday afternoon after officials said improperly discarded ash caused a fire that spread quickly along a treeline.
Vigil held for Waterford mother killed by boyfriend
WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) - The Waterford family who lost a daughter to domestic violence this week is holding a vigil Friday night. They want to shed light on the problem and to let other victims living in silence know there is help.
Stonington Man Accidentally Shoots Neighbor's Fridge: Report
STONINGTON, CT — Police said a Stonington man was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm after he accidentally discharged his gun while cleaning it Tuesday night, the New London Day reported.
Animal Tails author at Savoy
WESTERLY — Nicole Cannella's new book, "The Good Book's Guide to Animal Tails," is the perfect gift for people who love animals and enjoy reading Bible stories. After all, Cannella said, "The Bible is full of faith and triumphs; trials and redemption and ... animals."
Boys swimming: Westerly tops Cranston East in opener
WESTERLY — Rhys Johnstone and Madigan Hiltz won two events each as the Westerly High boys swim team opened the season with a win against Cranston East, 60-33, at the Ocean Community YMCA Wednesday night.
Former Westerly finance worker makes restitution in misappropriation case
WAKEFIELD — The former Westerly Finance Department employee charged with misappropriating more than $9,000 from the school district has made restitution. According to Fourth Division District Court records, the employee, Lisa Guarnieri, of Westerly, made a payment of $8,193 on Nov. 1 and was credite
Police Seize Marijuana, Arrest Man: New London PD
NEW LONDON, CT — Police said a New London man was arrested Wednesday at approximately 3:19 p.m. during a Quality of Life patrol initiative in the area of Berkeley Avenue and Vauxhall Street. Officers seized approximately 5.1 ounces of marijuana and $277 cash as a result of the arrest, police said.
Cop saves man from frigid waters: ‘God definitely put me there for a reason’
A Rhode Island police officer is being hailed a hero after saving a man from drowning in cold water. Jamestown Police Officer Nathaniel Schaffer was covering another employee’s shift the night he responded to a frantic 911 call a little before 1 a.m. from a woman who said her friend was in the water
This One Bustling Town Is Quietly Becoming The Brewery Capital Of Rhode Island
The craft beer scene is exploding across the nation. And for a tiny state, Rhode Island has a surprising number of excellent breweries. You can even take the Rhode Island Brewery Trail to sample eleven of these gems scattered throughout the state. But there is one bustling spot that is slowly becomi
Lacey age bias case on hold pending selection of police chief
WAKEFIELD — The future of Westerly Police Capt Shawn Lacey's age discrimination lawsuit could depend on whether he is selected to become the next chief of the Westerly Police Department.
Stonington man charged after bullet is accidentally fired into neighbor's apartment
Stonington — Police charged a local man Tuesday night after they say he accidently discharged his gun while cleaning it, sending a bullet through the wall into an adjoining apartment, where it struck his neighbor’s refrigerator.
Domestic dispute leads to discovery of failed meth lab in Richmond
RICHMOND — A local man was arrested after the police said he got into an argument with his wife when she came home Friday night and found he was trying to make methamphetamine.
Report: Providence County accounts for majority of GDP in R.I., Washington County fastest growing in 2015
PROVIDENCE – Providence County accounted for more real gross domestic product in Rhode Island than all other counties combined in 2015, according to a prototype analysis of county-by-county GDP, the first of its kind, released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis Wednesday.
2 transported to hospital after head-on crash
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Westerly man was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and transported to the hospital following a head-on crash Monday evening on West Main Road. A second driver involved was also transported to the hospital as a precaution.