Thursday, April 4, 2013
State Police issued a call for help in identifying the caller, who said "the Mexican gangs" were "out to get" state troopers.
Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who called the Warren Police Department and threatened State Police officers. According to O'Donnell, the caller contacted the local department on Feb. 8, the day after Benjamin Servideo, 24, of Newport, pleaded guilty to two traffic violations stemming from a fatal car accident in East Greenwich. Rhode Island Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin and the state police declined to file criminal charges against Servideo in the accident, which killed Sullynette Sanchez, 23, of Providence. At the time, Sanchez was eight months pregnant. Doctors removed the baby, but he died two weeks later. "State Police officers will be assassinated within the next…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
State Police are reportedly leading an investigation into a fatal crash on the Mt. Hope Bridge Saturday night.
Updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Motorists were directed to find alternate routes Saturday night after police closed Mt. Hope Bridge to all traffic following a serious motor vehicle crash. Multiple sources from both the Portsmouth Fire and Police Departments confirmed the crash involved a fatality. Information about the victim or possible victims is unknown at this time. According to The Providence Journal, one man died and five other people were injured after a two-vehicle crash around 7 p.m. The identity of the deceased man and those injured have not been released. Multiple people were reported to be injured, according to Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesperson for the Portsmouth Fire Department. Portsmouth and Bristol Rescues were called …
Friday, July 13, 2012
A member of the State Police is being punished after giving a talk show a police report.
A state trooper is being penalized after allegedly giving a police report to radio talk show WPRO, reports The Providence Journal on Friday. According to The Journal, the report was about a graduation party allegedly hosted by the governor's son, Caleb Chafee. The identity of the state trooper being disciplined was not released. State Police are investigating an incident in which a "highly intoxicated" 18-year-old woman was found walking along Route 102 in Exeter on May 28 after apparently leaving a party. Chafee, son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, allegedly hosted the party and told the girl not to call 911 until she was away from the property, according to the report. Caleb Chafee, 18, graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School on May 27.
Friday, March 16, 2012
The primary seat belt law allows officers to fine motorists $85 for not buckling up at any time of the day.
State Police have a message for motorists: click your seat belt or face a $85 fine. Local law enforcement throughout the state will start heavily enforcing nighttime seat belt use. Violators will be fined $85 for each person in the vehicle who is not wearing a belt. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), 79 percent of vehicle fatalities in Rhode Island occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. In those crashes, nearly three-fourths of motorists were killed for not wearing their seatbelts. The campaign will be the second law enforcement effort conducted under the state's new primary seat belt law. Enacted last June, the statue allows police to fine drivers at any time for not buckling up. Under the prior law, drivers had to be pulled …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
A large 9/11 memorial display outside the Portsmouth Fire Department on Sunday attracted many onlookers.
A large 9/11 memorial display set up outside the Portsmouth Fire Department attracted the attention of many driving by Sunday. Many onlookers took photos and hocked their vehicle's horns as they passed. The display featured a large American flag covering the front facade of the building, three fire engines in front, a wreath and an American flag flying from the engine ladder. Featured in the gallery above are photos of the memorial. Did you take photos of the 9/11 memorial in Portsmouth? Feel free to add them to the gallery above!
Friday, December 31, 2010
The "tragic death" of URI Instructor Katheryn "Katia" Cabral was unintentional, but investigators may never know what led Cabral to "The Cove," said State Police on Friday.
State Police say they may never know exactly what led to the death of a beloved University of Rhode Island instructor, but know her passing was not intentional or the work of foul play. "We believe she inadvertently drove her vehicle into the water," said Lt. Ray Studley, assistant detective commander for the Rhode Island State Police, on Friday. "It was a tragic accident." Katheryn "Katia" Cabral, 56, of Warren, was found inside the rear of a submerged vehicle at Gull Cove in Portsmouth on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. The cause of death was previously determined to have been an accidental drowning. The vehicle drove into the water at what is referred to as "The Cove," according to police. "The vehicle was in drive," Studley said. "It …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased woman found inside a station wagon at Gull Cove Friday.
A woman's body was found in the rear of a partially-submerged white station wagon discovered late Friday morning at Gull Cove, off Route 24 North. "There's been a body found," said Police Chief Lance Hebert. "It's still under investigation at this time." Police responded to Gull Cove on Friday shortly after 11 a.m. for a report of a vehicle submerged in the freezing water. Officers at the scene said that when they arrived, they discovered the woman's body within the rear of the vehicle. Police, fire and rescue crews are on the scene at this time, attempting to pull the vehicle out of the water. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time as police continue to investigate. "We are awaiting other agencies at this time," Hebert …
State police representatives said, however, that the regulations have been in effect for more than a decade and wouldn't affect change access to information.
If a woman gets arrested and charged with drunken driving on the way to work in the morning, should the public have the right to know that she's an elementary school teacher? Media representatives in Rhode Island and the RI ACLU spoke out during a public hearing on access to public records at State Police Headquarters Thursday afternoon. They argued that the new regulations—which would prohibit the release of information from arrest reports such as place of employment, actual date of birth and names and addresses of alleged victims in a case—would prevent the public from knowing key information about how police work and about crime in their neighborhoods. Scott Pickering, president of the Rhode Island Press Association and a regional …