<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/rhode-islandhttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:38:50 -0500Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:38:50 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[19-Year-Old Shot at Providence Place Mall, Suspect at Large]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:26:09 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Providence+011518.jpg

Providence, Rhode Island police are searching for whoever shot a young man at the Providence Place Mall Monday afternoon.

Providence Public Safety confirms a 19-year-old was shot on the second floor of the mall, at the backdoor by the parking garage, near Nordstrom.

Police say the victim, who has not been identified, was targeted. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Detectives are reviewing security camera footage as police search for the suspect.

"The assailant is at large but there's no doubt in my mind that within a short amount of time we'll identify him and apprehend him," Hugh Clements Jr., the Providence police chief, said Monday night.

Clements said this was the first shooting in the mall that he can recall.

The mall was evacuated after the incident.

The shooting remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Kayaker]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:11:50 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/US-Coast-Guard-Generic.jpg

The Coast Guard is suspending their search for a missing kayaker on the Providence River near Conimicut Point, Rhode Island.

Michael Perry, 46, of Warwick, was reported missing after he did not show up from a kayak trip. He left around noon, and his wife expected him to be on the water for an hour. She called 911 when he didn't return.

Perry was paddling a 10-foot orange kayak. It was not known if he had a life jacket.

The Coast Guard, along with several state agencies, searched for a total of 22 asset hours trying to find Perry.

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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Seeks Missing Kayaker in RI]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:05:50 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/US-Coast-Guard-Generic.jpg

The United States Coast Guard is looking for a Rhode Island man who went missing while kayaking Friday.

Michael Perry, 46, of Warwick, was reported missing after he did not show up from a kayak trip on the Providence River, in the area of Conimicut Point. He left around noon, and his wife expected him to be on the water for an hour. She called 911 when he didn't return.

Perry was paddling a 10-foot orange kayak. It was not known if he had a life jacket.

The Coast Guard sent two boats to search for Perry. Providence Police are also involved in the search.

No further information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Woman Struck, Killed on Rhode Island Highway]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:00:54 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/PawtucketCrash.jpg

Rhode Island State Police are investigating how a woman was struck and killed on Interstate 95 in Warwick on Thursday night.

The crash happened on the southbound side of the highway, near exit 29.

WJAR-TV reported that two vehicles were stopped at the scene, one of which had heavy front-end and windshield damage.

The identity of the woman killed has not been released.

WJAR-TV reports that the woman may have been running or walking along the highway when she was struck.



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<![CDATA['Sell Drugsz' Rapper Gets 3 Years for Heroin Trafficking]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:49:14 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/persaud2.jpg

A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" and "Feds Watching" was sentenced this week to three years in federal prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.

Michael Persaud, aka "Montana Millz," 30, of Johnston, pleaded guilty in October to five counts of distribution of fentanyl and one count each of possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl and distribution of heroin.

Prosecutors said he was arrested following a 4-1/2 month investigation during which an undercover East Providence police detective arranged for several purchases of heroin and fentanyl from Persaud, totaling nearly 22 grams of fentanyl and 2 grams of heroin.

In several instances, prosecutors said Persaud used other people to assist in the delivery of the drugs. On at least two occasions, he was driven by his girlfriend and mother of three of his children to deliver fentanyl to the undercover detective.

Last March, East Providence police and members of the Rhode Island Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of the mother of one of Persaud's children, where they seized 44 grams of fentanyl he had hidden in the residence.

Persaud also faces sentencing on similar charges out of Pennsylvania, where he was convicted in August as a result of an investigation into his drug trafficking activities in that state back in 2016.

The Lebanon County, Pennsylvania district attorney said Persaud and a female accomplice sold heroin to an undercover police officer during a month-long investigation. The district attorney said they sold 70 bags of heroin to an undercover officer in Lebanon and were arrested.

The Lebanon County district attorney said police raided the couple's hotel room and found more than 2 ounces of heroin worth about $11,500.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Child Porn for 2nd Time]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:39:27 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Hamlin1.jpg

For the second time, a Rhode Island man is facing charges in connection with child pornography, according to state police.

David B. Hamlin, 36, of West Warwick, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with possession and transfer of child pornography after a court-authorized search warrant was executed at his home.

Rhode Island State Police and officials with the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force said Hamlin was already on probation stemming from an arrest on Oct. 5, 2016, where he was charged with transfering child pornography. He pled no contest to an amended charge of access to computer for fraudulent purposes.

Following the Tuesday search at Hamlin's home, ICAC seized numerous items of digital media that they say could have him facing additional charges.

Hamlin is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the Noel Judicial Complex in Warwick.

It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Cranston Police Looking for Missing Elderly Woman]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 17:54:14 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/missing+cranston+woman.jpg

A 74-year-old woman is missing from Cranston, Rhode Island, according to her family.

The Cranston police department is investigating and believes Sharon Garber walked away from her residence in the Garden Hills neighborhood.

The family told police Garber was discovered missing around 9 a.m. Sunday.

Garber, of West Blue Ridge, is approximately 5'4", 125 pounds with shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes. 

A Code Red notification was sent out Sunday.

Police are very concerned due to the extreme weather conditions and frigid temperatures.

Cranston officers have been searching the immediate area and will continue to expand that search in an exhaustive effort to find Garber.

Anyone who may have seen Garber or who has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Cranston police department at 401-942-2211.

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<![CDATA[T-Rex Takes on The Snow in Rhode Island]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 20:24:20 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/trex.JPG

A costumed person dressed as a T-Rex to snowblow in East Providence, RI.



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<![CDATA[Retired Boxer Vinny Paz Surrenders to Police in Assault Case]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:32:08 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-622240256.jpg

Former boxer Vinny Paz has been released on $5,000 personal recognizance following an appearance in a Providence, Rhode Island, courtroom Wednesday morning after being accused of beating another man on New Year's Eve.

The Providence Journal reports that Paz, 55, of Warwick, turned himself into the Providence police earlier in the day before making a brief appearance in District Court.

He has been charged with one count of felony assault in connection with a Monday night attack at a Hawkins Street apartment building.

Police had issued a warrant for Paz's arrest after he reportedly showed up to the apartment at about 11:30 p.m. and accused Nathaniel Lavoie, 34, of stealing $16,000.

According to a police report, Lavoie told authorities that Paz, also known as Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil", Pazienza, punched him in the face repeatedly. The alleged attack left Lavoie with several broken teeth, a black eye, and bites on his left hand.

Paz then allegedly fled the apartment with his girlfriend in a black Jeep Cherokee.

Later in the day, he took to Twitter to say that he was the victim.

A check of Rhode Island state court records and WJAR-TV archives show Lavoie has a long rap sheet and has served time in prison.

It's unclear when Paz will make another appearance in court.



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<![CDATA[Retired Boxer Vinny Paz Wanted for Alleged Assault on Man]]>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:34:18 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-622240256.jpg

Police in Rhode Island are searching for retired boxing champ Vinny Paz following an alleged assault late Monday night in Providence.

A police report obtained by the Providence Journal showed that Paz, 55, of Warwick, is wanted by police on a felony assault charge.

Paz, who is also known as Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza, reportedly showed up to a Hawkins Street apartment at about 11:30 p.m. and accused a man of stealing $16,000.

As an argument ensued, it reportedly escalated into a fight.

A witness said Paz and his girlfriend, who went with him to the apartment, then fled the scene when the victim and another witness said they were calling police, according to the Providence Journal.

Authorities told the Providence Journal that the victim suffered several broken teeth, a black eye and bites on his left hand.

Paz responded to the accusations on social media Tuesday just before noon.

"STOP WITH BS STORY STOP !!!!!" he wrote on Twitter.

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Anyone with information on Paz's whereabouts is asked to call Providence police.



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<![CDATA[Fire Heavily Damages RI Breakfast Spot]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:17:40 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Smithfield+RI+fire.JPG

A fire early Friday morning severely damaged a Rhode Island breakfast spot.

The Smithfield Fire Department responded to the Coffee and Cream restaurant at Routes 146A and 104 at about 3 a.m., according to WJAR-TV.

Crews were able to knock the fire down but the building was heavily damaged.

No injuries were reported.

A post on the restaurant's Facebook page Friday morning said it's unclear how long repairs will take.

"We will be back before you know it serving your favorite breakfast foods very soon," the post said.

WJAR-TV reports that the restaurant is on the same property as the Beef Barn, which was not damaged.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Homicide Suspect in Custody After Standoff]]>Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:28:08 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Providence+Suspect.jpg

A man is in custody following a fatal stabbing and hours-long standoff in Providence, Rhode Island.

WJAR-TV reported that officers used force to enter a building on Tobey Street Tuesday morning where the suspect, Nathan Spardello, 28, was seen being taken out on a stretcher.

No other injuries were reported.

Police said Spardello had been wanted in connection with the death of a 46-year-old man who had been stabbed multiple times at 62 Russo St at about 3:15 p.m. Monday. The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police told WJAR-TV that the stabbing stemmed from some sort of domestic disturbance which started at another location in Providence.

Following the stabbing, authorities say Spardello fled to Tobey Street where he held a resident hostage for hours until police were able to get inside the building.

"They were able to breach open the door, a taser was deployed, the suspect was taken into custody and there are no injuries," said Providence Police Maj. Michael Correira.

Police say Spardello is facing multiple domestic charges. It's unclear what other charges he is facing.

The investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[70-Year-Old Man Dies in Newport Fire]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:22:36 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Newport+Rhode+Island+Fire+Department+Facebook.jpg

A fatal apartment fire is under investigation in Newport, Rhode Island.

Fire officials say firefighters responded to Bridgeview Condos on Girard Avenue just after 4:30 a.m. on Friday for a report of a fire, where they found an apartment on fire.

A 70-year-old man who lived there was found unresponsive inside the home. Paramedics took him to Newport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 5:30 a.m.

WJAR reports an injured woman was also found inside the apartment. Her condition is currently unknown.

The fire was contained the apartment, and local fire officials are working with the State Fire Marshal's office to determine the fire's cause.



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<![CDATA[New Owner of New England Store Chain to Redevelop Buildings]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:07:15 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bennys1.jpg

The real estate firm that purchased southern New England retail chain Benny's has announced it will redevelop the locations for retail use.

WJAR reports the Carpionato Group, which is buying most of the stores, announced the plan at a meeting of General Assembly leaders at the State House Thursday.

The current owners of the 93-year-old family-owned chain are retiring, citing a change in retail landscape. All Benny’s stores will be closed by the end of the year.

The Carpionato Group’s deal is for 29 stores across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The firm plans to spend $100 million on construction and hire at least 350 workers.

The buildings are expected to be ready for use in about a year. The Carpionato Group will not be receiving a tax break from the state.

Benny's President Arnold Bromberg told WJAR that the closure will affect the company’s 715 employees, including 386 who are full-time and 329 who are part-time staff members.



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<![CDATA[Longtime Rhode Island Prisons Chief to Retire in 2018]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:07:53 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/232*120/Prison+Yard.JPG

The longtime head of Rhode Island's prison system and the longest-serving state prison chief in the country is planning to retire.
 
The governor's office on Tuesday said Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall will retire in early 2018.
 
Wall was appointed in 2000 and has been working in Rhode Island's criminal justice system for three decades. The announcement highlighted his work developing inmate and parolee job training programs and a medication-assisted treatment program to address the opioid overdose crisis.
 
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo calls Wall a ``treasure'' and says he has dedicated his life to public service.
 
Her office says there will be a nationwide search for Wall's replacement. In the meantime, Assistant Director Patricia Coyne-Fague was named acting director.

The longtime head of Rhode Island's prison system and the longest-serving state prison chief in the country is planning to retire.

The governor's office on Tuesday said Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall will retire in early 2018.

Wall was appointed in 2000 and has been working in Rhode Island's criminal justice system for three decades. The announcement highlighted his work developing inmate and parolee job training programs and a medication-assisted treatment program to address the opioid overdose crisis.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo calls Wall a "treasure" and says he has dedicated his life to public service.

Her office says there will be a nationwide search for Wall's replacement. In the meantime, Assistant Director Patricia Coyne-Fague was named acting director.



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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Suspect in Boxer's Death]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:39:11 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/11-26-2017_0800_RI_Boxer_Killed_NECN.jpg

Police arrested a 21-year-old suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a Pawtucket boxer.

Pawtucket Sgt. Christopher LeFort says the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the city. Charges are pending against Cedric Dalomba, of 54 Friendship St., according to investigators and published reports.

Two men were found with gunshot wounds and taken to Rhode Island Hospital.    Police say 20-year-old Marcelino Debarros was pronounced dead at the hospital. Debarros was reportedly an amateur boxer who won the Golden Gloves Tournament last year.

The other alleged victim, Jalin Braxton, 23, was treated and released.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[4 More Benny's Stores Close Their Doors]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:41:22 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bennys1.jpg

A well-known family-owned retail business in Southern New England is closing its doors at four more locations on Friday.

WJAR reports that Benny's will close on Atwood Avenue in Cranston, Rhode Island, and at three locations in Massachusetts — Fall River, Plymouth, and Dennisport.

Arnold Bromberg, the company’s president, announced in September that after 93 years in business, the owners would be retiring.

Bromberg also cited the changing economy as part of the decision.

"The way the numbers added up and the way the future looked to us, the decision was unavoidable," Bromberg said during a press conference.

After Friday, only five Benny's stores will remain open until the end of the year. They will then close as well.



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