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Smithfield man dead after crash into woods off I-295

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — A Smithfield man died overnight in a highway crash near the Cumberland-Lincoln line. The man was identified Friday afternoon as John Jenkins, 65, of Ernest Street.


City’s title of Mardi Gras Queen 2019 up for grabs

WOONSOCKET — The race is on for the title of Mardi Gras Queen 2019. The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts Monday announced the names of the five contestants vying to be crowned queen of the 2019 Mardi Gras Ball festivities.


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.


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


Smithfield Resident Killed in Single-Car Crash

A Smithfield, Rhode Island resident died early Friday morning in a car crash, reports Rhode Island State Police. John Jenkins, 65, was driving south on Interstate 295 when his car went into the median and hit several trees around 1:15 a.m. The crash happened near exit 20 in Cumberland.


Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Closure to Detour Blackstone Valley Commuters

Bridge work in the Blackstone Valley will require an upcoming road closure. Next week, the DOT will be closing a portion of Old Great Road in North Smithfield. The closure happening underneath Route 146 starting on Wednesday, January 23rd.


Program to give students hands-on health career experience

WOONSOCKET – In partnership with the state Department of Health, the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center will test-run a pilot program designed to give students interested in health careers an opportunity to explore different medical specialties – hands-on style – to help them get an early b


RI man busted for OUI and drug possession during Rehoboth traffic stop

REHOBOTH — An Rhode Island man who was pulled over for alleged speeding was also charged with drunk driving and possession of a Class B drug, Rehoboth Police said. James Beeley, 51, of East Providence was pulled over on Route 44 at approximately 1:40 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.


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 hospital workers ratify labor deal

Healthcare workers at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I., and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield have reached a three-year contract agreement with management, according to The Valley Breeze.


5 things to do in Rhode Island this weekend

The Trad Arts Studio at Slater Mill holds its annual Knitting Weekend and Fiber Market on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket. It's an opportunity for artisans, crafters and fiber-curious to mingle with fiber farmers, yarn dyers, tool suppliers, authors and oth


Man Sentenced To Prison For Fatal 2017 Attleboro St. Patrick’s Day Crash

ATTLEBORO (CBS) — A Roslindale man who caused a 2017 fatal crash in Attleboro after bar-hopping in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day was sentenced to 5-8 years in state prison. Michael Spinale, 43, pleaded guilty to motor vehicle manslaughter-OUI and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Fall Riv



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Ranucci voted second runner-up at National Miss Teen North America pageant

“My nerves were insane backstage,” Megan Ranucci admitted after competing in Sunday’s Miss Rhode Island Teen North American Pageant inside the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket. “The anticipation is the worst part; but once I’m on stage competing everything fades away and I have the time of my life.”


One killed after car drives off road, into woods

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — One person was killed after a car went off the road and into the woods. The one-car crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday on 295 south in Cumberland, just south of the Mendon Road exit.


A visit to Holy Trinity Parish

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin celebrated Mass at the newly formed Holy Trinity Parish in Woonsocket on Sunday Dec. 16. The new parish was formed on July 1, 2018 at the site of the former Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church through the unification of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Sacred Heart and Holy Family Chur


Driver dies in crash on Route 295, Cumberland

CUMBERLAND -- One person is dead after an early-morning crash on Route 295 in Cumberland Friday, according to the state police. The car was heading south at about 1:15 a.m. when the driver lost control, went off the road into the center median and hit several trees, according to Rhode Island State P


Larceny, Domestic Assault: RISP Arrest Logs

WICKFORD, RI — Rhode Island State Police publish their arrest records daily, bringing the most up-to-date information on their activity to light. Below are some of the arrests Rhode Island State Police made on Jan. 16 and 17, 2019.


'Major winter storm' to hit Saturday, Sunday

PROVIDENCE -- A "major winter storm" will sweep into the region Saturday night into Sunday, probably bringing snow, sleet and rain, according to the National Weather Service. With the temperature expected to climb then drop Sunday, "exact precipitation types and impacts remain uncertain," the weathe


Judge sentences Dominican national to 9 years for major drug trafficking ring

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal judge on Friday sentenced one of three brothers who led one of Rhode Island's largest cocaine, heroin and fentanyl trafficking operations to serve nine years in prison, noting that the Dominican national is the unlikely beneficiary of recently passed federal criminal ju