<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/rhode-islandhttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usSun, 24 Jun 2018 03:09:29 -0400Sun, 24 Jun 2018 03:09:29 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Gov. Raimondo Will Not Send National Guard to Border]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:17:57 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_18170053185783.jpg

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced on Tuesday that she would not be sending National Guard units from the state if asked to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border because of President Donald Trump's family separation policy.

On her Twitter account, the Democratic governor wrote "The Trump Administration's family separation policy is immoral, unjust, and un-American."

"I have not yet been asked, but if I am, I will not deploy units from the Rhode Island National Guard to the southern border to support the Administration's policy that is ripping families apart," she continued.

She finished by writing "the President alone can end family separation. I'm standing with all good-hearted people in our nation and calling on President Trump to end this inhumane policy."

Raimondo's announcement mirrored Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's decision, which was announced the day before.

President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with congressional Republicans on Tuesday as outrage over the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy continued to heat up.

Nearly 2,000 migrant children were separated from their parents during a six-week period in April and May following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of the policy, which refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

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<![CDATA[2 New England States Make Worst Road Trip Destination List]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:31:19 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/generic-beach-resized.jpg

As kids count the days until their last class at school, parents finalize their family getaways, meaning summer is just around the corner. WalletHub created a ranking of U.S. states based on how well they can host a summer vacation, just in time for those who yet to know where to go this year.

Various New England states scored high and low on the 2018’s Best and Worst States for Summer Road Trips. Taking attractions, safety, gas prices and other costs into consideration, the list revealed surprising information on some beloved New England areas.

Unfortunately, Rhode Island was placed last on the overall list for best summer spots, with Connecticut following closely behind.

Both states scored amongst the top five listed for priciest automobile repairs.

In addition to the costly fixings, Rhode Island also placed fourth in having the lowest total area designated as national parkland. Connecticut was also recognized for its costly camping price.

Although Wyoming scored the top spot as the overall best, Maine was branded as the 16th best state and top state for summer fun in New England. It was recognized for having the lowest cost of car repairs and having one of the fewest car thefts in the U.S.

Vermont was considered to have the fewest car thefts per capita with New Hampshire closely following.

WalletHub also offered sage advice from university officials for travellers.

JCentral Connecticut State University Director of Tourism and Hospitality Studies, Jeffrey Kreeger, suggested national parks as a great vacation spot. More affordable than theme parks but less visited, national parks make a great alternative for many, according to Kreeger.

While fast food restaurants may be a convenient and tempting stop for long distance drivers, packing a cooler is a better choice, according to Gabriella Petrick of Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration. The cooler allows healthier items to be stored during timely trips and can also be used to store local goods from farmer’s markets, according to Petrick.

Whether your family prefers an exciting adventure filled with thrills or a relaxing break with a picturesque view, you can find your ideal spot in many New England hot spots.

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<![CDATA[14 Things to Do Along Connecticut & Rhode Island's Coast]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:15:06 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000016073497.JPG

Thinking of going to Connecticut and Rhode Island, but still trying to figure out what to see?

We have you covered with some great places to check out along the coast this summer:

  1. Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut: It's like stepping back in time when you head to the Mystic Seaport. Check out some of the 60 historic buildings, and visit the largest maritime museum in the United States. Click here for more details.
  2. Inn at Stonington, Stonington, Connecticut: Located in Stonington, which traces its roots to the 17th century, the Inn at Stonington has historic touches blended with modern-day luxury living. Click here for more information.
  3. Blue Heaven Rentals, Mystic, Connecticut: Trying to find a new way to take in the sights? Take a trip around Mystic on the water! Check out Blue Heaven Rentals for their wide array of kayak and paddle board rentals. Click here for more information.
  4. Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, Connecticut: Home to some of Mystic's best restaurants and shopping, Olde Mistick Village was designed to look like a New England village around 1720. There's also a luxury cinema for those looking to have more modern fun. Click here for more.
  5. Mystic Pizza, Mystic, Connecticut: Sorry, we can't all hang out with Julia Roberts -- but you can at least have a slice at the famous Mystic Pizza restaurant. Click here for the full menu and address.
  6. Spicer Mansion, Mystic, Connecticut: Need a place to stay? Originally built in 1853, the Spicer Mansion in Mystic is a luxury boutique inn that opened in 2016 after extensive renovations. You better book early, though, because there are only eight guest rooms. Click here for more information.
  7. Ford's Lobster, Noank, Connecticut: It's not a New England vacation without lobstah! Ford's Lobster in Noank uses locally sourced ingredients, and offers mainly seafood dishes. Click here for a full menu.
  8. Fort Trumbull State Park, New London, Connecticut: Fort Trumbull is a unique state park. The fort itself was built between 1839 to 1852, and contains displays and markers, including a touchable cannon and gun emplacements. There's also a one-of-a-kind fishing pier. Click here for more.
  9. Outer Light Brewing Company, Groton, Connecticut: Unwind after a fun day of exploring with a trip to Groton's Outer Light Brewing Company. In addition to offering an ale, stout, an IPA and a double IPA, the brewery offers seasonal and experimental brews. Click here for more information.
  10. Stone House, Little Compton, Rhode Island: When you visit Little Compton, consider booking a room at the Stone House. It's located at Sakonnet Point, and has guestrooms in the main house and luxury suites in a renovated wood barn. Click here for more.
  11. South Shore Beach, Little Compton, Rhode Island: Hang out with the locals at South Shore Beach in Little Compton. There's waves for surfing, as well. Click here for more.
  12. Commons Lunch, Little Compton, Rhode Island: Hungry after your day at the beach? Head over to Commons Lunch, a family-style restaurant in Little Compton. But you better hurry! The doors close at 3 p.m. Click here for more information.
  13. Young Family Farm, Little Compton, Rhode Island: Head over to the Young Family Farm, where the Young family has been farming since 1997. Their retail stand opens in May, and offers flowers, fruits, vegetables and hosts an annual Apple Festival. Click here for more.
  14. Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyards, Little Compton, Rhode Island: Enjoy some award-winning wines at Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton. The grapes are grown locally, enjoying unique maritime conditions, and are aged in French, Hungarian, Russian and American oak barrels. Click here for more information.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Man Who Attacked Pregnant Woman in Home Invasion]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 11:01:22 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Coventry+RI+home+invasion+suspect.JPG

Police are searching for the suspect who allegedly attacked a pregnant woman and her young son at their Coventry, Rhode Island home Monday afternoon.

WJAR-TV reports surveillance video captured the home invasion at the New London Turnpike residence in broad daylight.

Vanessa Lechance, who is 7 months pregnant, said she heard a loud bang while she and her 8-year-old son were in a bedroom. She said she initially thought it was her mother coming home.

"I opened my door to find out what was going on and at that point, the assailant came out of her room and met me in the hallway and he pushed me out of the way back into my son’s room," Lechance told WJAR-TV. "Then, I pushed him back and he punched my face."

The man was captured on home surveillance running out of the house and fleeing the scene in an orange Hyundai SUV.

Lechance and her son waited inside her son's bedroom until police arrived.

She said he did not end up taking anything from the house.

Police are investigating whether the suspect is connected to other area house breaks in East and West Greenwich in the last week.

The suspect is described as a man in his 30s with a medium build and dark hair. He was wearing a yellow baseball hate and white sweatshirt in the surveillance video.

Anyone with information on the suspect's identity is urged to contact Coventry Police Department at 401-826-1100 or email tips@coventrypd.org.

Photo Credit: WJAR-TV]]>
<![CDATA[RI Man Charged With Exposing Self to Teens in Mass. Target]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:01:24 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/200*120/Eduardo+Ramos+Villagran.JPG

A Rhode Island man has been arrested and charged with exposing himself to three teenage girls earlier this year at a Target store in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Eduardo Ramos Villagran, a 39-year-old Central Falls resident, was spotted Monday night in East Providence. Police there notified the Seekonk Police Department that he matched the description of the man caught on surveillance footage March 20.

Officers and detectives from Seekonk responded, and Villagran agreed to go with them to Massachusetts for questioning. Police say Villagran admitted to being at Target on the day in question, confirmed he was the one caught on camera and still had a receipt from the store dated March 20 in his pocket. He was arrested on three felony counts of open and gross lewdness.

After the incident, police had shared the surveillance photos and a sketch of the suspect. The three teen victims had gone to the police department to report the man, who appeared to be watching them from a distance. The teens became wary of the man and went to a register to check out, at which time the man was still watching them.

As the girls were getting in their car, they saw the man in front of their vehicle, about 20 feet away, according to police. The teenagers reported that the man exposed himself to them.

Authorities said the girls screamed and threatened to call police, at which point the man fled the scene.

Police are concerned this might not be an isolated incident and would like anyone with information to call 508-336-8123.

Photo Credit: Seekonk Police]]>
<![CDATA[Need a Mack Tractor? Company to Auction Benny's Equipment]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 11:22:33 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bennys1.jpg

The now-defunct New England retail chain Benny's is bidding a final farewell with an online auction of equipment.

The more than 2,000 pieces of equipment used by the company are being auctioned by the SJ Corio Company and include Mack tractors, electric pallet jacks, thermal printers, floor buffers, cash registers, ladders, and signs.

Online bidding registration opens on Thursday. The actual online bidding opens Monday and closes June 6.

Items can be viewed on the SJ Corio Company website.

Benny's closed all 31 of its stores in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts at the end of 2017 after 93 years in business.

Photo Credit: WJAR-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Chafee Not Seeking Political Office in 2018]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 11:27:12 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Lincoln+Chafee.jpg

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he will not run for office in 2018 after all.

Chafee made the announcement in a tweet Tuesday morning.

He had been considering a run for his old U.S. Senate seat. That would have pitted him against fellow Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. Chafee was a Republican in 2006 when Whitehouse won the seat.

Chafee had earlier considered a run for the governor's office he held for one term and surprised most everyone in the state when he announced in April that he was considering a run for Senate instead.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Apparent Fall at Providence Place Mall]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 09:16:16 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Providence+Place+night.JPG

A Rhode Island man was killed on Sunday night after an apparent fall at the Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island.

Police told WJAR-TV the 46-year-old man somehow fell from the area of the escalators on the cinema level to the food court level below at about 11 p.m.

The man's identity has not yet been released.

Police said the man's fall appears accidental but they are waiting to review surveillance video.

No other details have been provided.

Photo Credit: WJAR-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Family Seeks Thief Who Stole Car, Teen's Medical Device]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 05:44:18 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Joelante+Monterio.JPG

A Rhode Island family needs the public's help in finding the thief who took their car, along with a medical device for their son.

Alexandra Monterio told WJAR-TV she left her Lexus briefly unattended outside the family's Pawtucket home on Rhodes Street on Wednesday morning so that she could help her son, who is using crutches.

When Monterio went back outside, the car was gone, along with many valuable items.

"My son's backpack. His glasses. His laptop for school. His machine that's very important to me," Monteiro said to WJAR-TV.

She said the medical device for her 16-year-old son, Joelante, is needed for a surgery he recently had.

"He needs that machine to lengthen his bones... for his legs to be even," she said.

Monterio said before she went inside the house, she only saw a teenager around. She told police that the teenager had light skin and long hair. He was wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

The Rhode Island license plate of the family's stolen maroon Lexus is A-F 877. Anyone with information on the vehicle or suspect is urged to contact police.

<![CDATA[Police: 2 Wrong-Way Drivers Arrested in Rhode Island]]>Sun, 13 May 2018 14:37:26 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/RI+Wrongway+Drivers.PNG

Two drivers in Rhode Island were arrested following separate crashes where they were allegedly driving the wrong way on a highway.

The first arrest happened Saturday night following a crash on Route 4 in East Greenwich. Police say the driver was heading north in the south high-speed lane before hitting another car. They arrested 28-year-old Corey Miller of Pawtucket. He is being charged with DUI and driving to endanger. Miller was treated at Kent County Hospital for minor injuries. The driver and passenger that Miller hit were taken to South County Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and were later released.

The second crash happened early Sunday morning on Interstate 95 in Warwick. Police say they received numerous calls about a wrong-way driver heading south on the northbound lanes.

The wrong-way driver, identified as Cameron Wambolt of West Warwick, sideswiped another car before he crashed into the high-speed lane near Jefferson Boulevard.

Wambolt was not injured in the crash. He is facing DUI and driving to endanger charges. The two people who Wambolt hit were treated at Rhode Island Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and later released.