Thursday, May 2, 2013
Senator Christopher Ottiano, a sponsor of the bill, has withdrawn this controversial proposal after hearing from many Prudence Island residents.
Senator Christopher Ottiano (Dist. 11, Portsmouth and Bristol) has withdrawn his bill, which would create a "Prudence Island Ferry Authority" to help resolve the problem of ferry service for Prudence Island residents. While Ottiano's Senate bill 532 has been withdrawn, an identical House bill, H-5600, sponsored by Reps. Raymond Gallison, John G. Edwards, Dennis Canario and Kenneth Marshall, has been referred to the House Finance Committee. The bill, if approved, would create a quasi-governmental body with members of Portsmouth and Bristol governments. The authority would determine the course of action to resolve Prudence Island's current ferry problem. As of Dec. 1, ferry services between Bristol's mainland and Prudence Island, a part…
Friday, November 30, 2012
All hunters are reminded to wear fluorescent orange throughout shotgun deer hunting season, which begins on Dec. 1.
The following is from a press release. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds all Rhode Islanders that, for safety reasons, they must wear fluorescent orange when in state management areas during the shotgun deer hunting season, which opens on Saturday, Dec. 1. Hunters are required to wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange during the shotgun season. Throughout all shotgun deer seasons, all other users of state management areas also must wear at least 500 square inches of solid, daylight fluorescent orange material. For all hunters and management area users, the orange clothing should include a hat and vest worn above the waist and visible in all directions. Archers are exempt from wearing hunter orange in areas …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
DEM is cautioning dog owners about the re-emergence of a dog disease that is now considered rare in Rhode Island.
The following is from a press release. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is cautioning dog owners about the re-emergence of a dog disease that is now considered rare in Rhode Island. Canine distemper was recently diagnosed in a raccoon on Prudence Island. The raccoon was submitted for testing after island residents notified DEM about numerous raccoon deaths and a large number of raccoons that displayed abnormal behavior. DEM and the Department of Health worked with local authorities to first rule out rabies as a possible cause. When rabies was not confirmed, DEM authorized testing for canine distemper virus, which was confirmed. Canine distemper does not affect humans. It is a virus that usually affects dogs, but can also…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The fatal victim of a Prudence Island house fire last month has been identified.
The tragic news that friends and relatives believed to be true was confirmed by police Tuesday when officials confirmed the identity of a body found in the remains of a Prudence Island house fire. Portsmouth police say the victim has been positively identified as 28-year-old Shannon Cubellis, a tenant of the property. The victim was identified by the Rhode Island Department of Health through DNA testing, according to police. Cubellis, who attended Portsmouth High School, was well-known on the island. More than 200 people attended a memorial service for Cubellis days after the fire, according to The Sakonnet Times. The body was discovered in the remains of a fire, which destroyed a house on Sept. 25 on Prudence Island. The fire, …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The location of a man, who rented a house destroyed by fire on Prudence Island Tuesday, is still unknown.
The whereabouts of a man, who rented a Prudence Island house completely demolished in a fire Tuesday, is still unknown, reports The Sakonnet Times Friday afternoon. On Tuesday morning, Portsmouth fire crews battled a fast-moving house fire at 0151 Concord Ave. on Prudence Island. The blaze completely destroyed the single-family home on Concord Avenue, located near the west side of the island. Officials later announced a search for the house's tenant, Shannon Cubellis. Police were back on scene investigating on Thursday, but have not located the tenant, according to The Sakonnet Times. Officials also discovered a body in the remains of a house fire. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
One person has been found dead after a fire destroyed a house on Prudence Island Tuesday morning.
Officials have discovered a body in the remains of a house fire on Prudence Island, reported The Sakonnet Times on Tuesday afternoon. The Providence Journal also reports officials are now confirming a person was killed in the fire. The victim's identity has not been released. "During a search of the ruins, investigators discovered one set of human remains," wrote Portsmouth Police Chief Lance Hebert in an e-mailed statement Tuesday afternoon. "The Portsmouth police are working in conjunction with the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal and Medical Examiner’s Office to investigate the incident and identify the remains." Portsmouth fire crews battled a fast-moving house fire on Prudence Island on Tuesday morning. The blaze completely …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Members of the Portsmouth Fire Department battled a structure fire on Prudence Island this morning.
Updated at 10:34 a.m. Corrected at 11:25: A previous version of this article reported an incorrect address. The fire occurred at 0151 Concord Ave. Portsmouth fire crews battled a fast-moving house fire on Prudence Island this morning. The blaze completely destroyed the single-family home on Concord Avenue. Police are currently searching for Shannon Cabellas, a man who was renting the property, according to The Sakonnet Times. Police detectives and members of the Rhode Island Fire Marshal's Office are currently on scene investigating this fire. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) was also called to the island Tuesday to assist with the investigation. The cause of the blaze is unknown. It is also unknown if anyone was inside…
Friday, September 14, 2012
A man was run over by his own vehicle yesterday morning.
A 58-year-old Prudence Island man was injured Thursday morning after his own vehicle ran over his leg, according to a fire department spokesman. Members of the Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department were called to 0820 Narragansett Ave. at 8:48 a.m., according to Capt. Mike O'Brien, spokesman for the Portsmouth Fire Department. A 58-year-old man reported being run over by his vehicle. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time and remains under investigation. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle run over the man's leg. The victim was transported to Sand Point Dock, where Portsmouth Marine 2 transported the man back to the mainland. He was then transported to Rhode Island Hospital. The man has since been treated for a leg …
Monday, February 27, 2012
A sewage spill in Pawtucket has prompted the closing of the Conimicut Triangle and Upper Narragansett Bay to shellfishing as of noon today.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Correction: A previous version incorrectly referred to the incident as an "oil spill." The closure was enacted after a raw sewage spill. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has closed the Conimicut Triangle and Area A of Upper Narragansett Bay to shellfishing due to a sewage spill in Pawtucket. The closure went into effect at noon today. According to DEM, a significant, but unknown quantity of raw sewage entered the Seekonk River from a sewage overflow from the Narragansett Bay Commission’s wastewater collection system in the area of Berry Spring Street and School Street in Pawtucket. Officials from the Narragansett Bay Commission discovered the overflow from the Bucklin Point sewer system this morning and began emergency …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Portsmouth Town Council met Tuesday night at Town Hall.
The Portsmouth Town Council voted to appoint a new deputy fire chief Tuesday night at Town Hall. Capt. Michael M. Cranson was named the new deputy fire chief after a 4-1 vote with Councilor Liz Pedro in opposition. Councilors Michael Buddemeyer and Judi Staven were absent. Cranson, a more than 20-year member of the Portsmouth Fire Department, will replace former Deputy Chief Joseph Bento III, who announced his retirement in early December. Bento served as deputy chief for less than a year and a half. "I'm very excited to be able to serve as deputy chief of the fire department," Cranson said. A Newport native, Cranson has lived in Portsmouth since 1997. He graduated from Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth, MA, and Providence College…