Friday, May 24, 2013
What would you say to local, state and national Emergency Medical Service personnel?
This week -- May 19 to 25 -- is National EMS Week and the theme is "EMS: One Mission. One Team." In 1968, President Gerald Ford signed the first EMS Week proclamation, designating a time for the nation to celebrate the emergency medical technician paramedic as well as an opportunity to educate the public about the critical role of EMS in the community, according to EMS.gov. May 22 has been designated as Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day, according to emsweekideas.org. Every day our local, state and national EMS respond to crisis situations. Recently, Boston's EMS was in the spotlight because of last month's bombings; and today, Emergency Medical Service personnel in Moore, Oklahoma, are in the national spotlight as they …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Parents are being warned after a suspicious man allegedly approached Portsmouth Middle School students at a bus stop this morning.
The Portsmouth School District is warning parents of a suspicious man after he allegedly approached Portsmouth Middle School students at a bus stop this morning. The Portsmouth School District released the following special bulletin to parents on Thursday. Portsmouth police were called to assist. This morning at the Park & Mason bus stop in Island Park several middle school students were approached by male who sought to engage them in conversation. This male was also seen at several bus stops on Park Avenue, including the one at Park and Morgan in Island Park. The students became uncomfortable with the individual’s presence. The incident was immediately reported to the bus monitor who then reported this information to the …
A Portsmouth woman died after a head-on vehicle crash on West Main Road near Raytheon. Her identity was previously withheld pending family notification.
Authorities have released the name of the woman who was pronounced dead after a head-on vehicle crash on May 13 on West Main Road. Ethel Chafton, 78, of Second Street, Portsmouth, died on May 13, 2013, after sustaining injuries in a head-on crash on West Main Road in Portsmouth. A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was travelling south on West Main Road around 10 a.m. on May 13, when it crossed over the double-yellow lines near Locust Avenue and collided head-on with a 2008 Isuzu Box truck, police said. Portsmouth Rescue crews used hydraulic tools to remove the woman trapped in the vehicle. She was transported to Newport Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The name of the victim was previously withheld pending notification to next of kin. The …
A fire was extinguished at 27 Lawton Brook Lane on Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.
The following was updated at 8:51 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters from three area communities extinguished a fire at an eight-unit condominium complex in Portsmouth Wednesday night. Six of the units were evacuated due to the fire. Portsmouth firefighters received a 911 phone call at 8:49 p.m., reporting a kitchen fire at 27 Lawton Brook Lane. The Portsmouth Fire Department received a second 911 call was made from 26 Lawton Brook Lane, reporting that this unit was filling with smoke. Both 27 and 26 Lawton Brook Lane are part of single structure that houses eight condominium units. Six of the units, which were occupied by residents, were evacuated. Crews, led by Captain Howard Tighe, arrived to find a fire in the kitchen and “heavy black …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A docked boat burned to the waterline Wednesday morning.
A privately owned powerboat docked at Newport Onshore burned down to the waterline around 5:30 Wednesday morning, according to the Newport Fire Department. No injuries were reported. A witness said, when investigators were on scene, the boat was emitting black smoke and flames. The boat's name is reportedly Plan B. The boat has been towed to Newport Shipyard where will be pumped out. The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently under investigation by the Newport Police and Fire Departments.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Residents advised to monitor weather and seek shelter in event of hazardous weather.
The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Special Weather Statement for the possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Thunderstorms have already been forming in Southern New Hampshire and additional storms are expected to develop across Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island during the afternoon hours. Some of these storms will produce damaging wind gusts, hail, lightning and heavy rainfall. The main threats will be gusting winds and heavy downpourts, according to the NWS. Residents should closely monitor weather conditions during the afternoon hours and take shelter immediately should dangerous weather develop.
The Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department made its final donation, marking the dissolution of the organization after 77 years.
For 77 years, Portsmouth's Volunteer Fire Department has supplied the town with state-of-the-art medical rescue equipment, but with a final donation last week that burden will now be on the taxpayers. On Friday, the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department unveiled its final donation - a 2012 International/Horton Model 623 Medium Duty Ambulance at the cost of $205,000. "This is top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art equipment and this is something that we may not be able to provide going forward," said Portsmouth Fire Department Chief Michael M. Cranston during a ceremony on Friday. As this ambulance - and cardiac monitoring device - will be the last donated equipment to the town, taxpayers will need to figure in another line item in Portsmouth's…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Luke Walker of Middletown is currently in Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition.
A motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon left Middletown resident Luke Walker, 54, with life threatening injuries. Walker is currently at Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition. Around Sunday around 1:30 p.m., the Middletown Police Department and Middletown Fire Department responded to the accident in front of the Newport Creamery. Police said the motorcycle was traveling south on West Main Road and a car, operated by Patricia J. Nassirou, 67, of Newport, made a left turn from the northbound lane of West Main Road to enter the parking lot of 208 West Main Road. The front of the motorcycle came into contact with the passenger side of the car, said police. The department’s accident reconstruction team responded to the scene and …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Take a look at some of the more compelling police reports from around the state. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Hulk Smash? Getting arrested can be an incredibly angering experience for some. For one New Jersey man, the rage that followed his arrest could be described as…Hulk-ish? Smithfield police arrested a 21-year-old man on DUI charges after he had allegedly crashed his car into a tree. At the police station, the man took a Breathalyzer test, then allegedly stood up from his chair, walked over to the sink and tore it from the wall, breaking the pipes attaching it. Police were able to subdue the man/Hulk impersonator with a Taser. When Your Alibi Needs an Alibi This week’s best fake alibi goes to a Providence man accused of robbery. When police caught up to the man who allegedly stole $341 from Kattan’s Market in Cranston, he told them he couldn…
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
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Sunday, May 19
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. There were 24 DUI fatalities in Rhode Island in 2012, which were 34 percent of traffic-related fatalities last year, according to Mothers …