WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The state and the town of Westerly are teaming up to address the trash problem at Misquamicut State Beach.
WJAR-TV reports that the town has loaned the state two...
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man whose conviction in the killing and sexual assault of an 85-year-old great-grandmother in 1990 was overturned by the state Supreme Court has pleaded no...
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A stolen car crashed into the gates of Taylor Swift's beachfront home in Rhode Island following a police chase, police said.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a car chase that ended in a crash at the Rhode Island home of Taylor Swift: (all times local):
State to hold public meetings about how to improve parks
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State environmental officials are holding two more public meetings to get ideas for improving Rhode Island parks.
The meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at the...
Washington Trust: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) _ Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. (WASH) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $17 million.
The bank, based in Westerly, Rhode Island, said it had earnings of 98 cents per share.
The holding company for The Washington Trust Co. posted revenue of $62.7 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $49 million, which beat Street forecasts.
Judge in airport case hears clashing views on eminent domain
WAKEFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A legal battle over a Rhode Island airport's use of eminent domain for easements onto abutters' properties is continuing.
Police find body of missing 68-year-old woman
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island have found the body of a 68-year-old Connecticut woman whose vehicle was found in a parking lot near the water in Westerly.
Police say Lucia Ritacco went shopping on Christmas Eve morning but didn't return to her home in the Pawcatuck neighborhood of Stonington, Connecticut. Her family reported her missing at about 4 p.m. Monday.
Police identify worker killed as 53-year-old father of 3
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police have identified a Rhode Island town employee who was killed on the job as a 53-year-old father of three.
Authorities say Westerly Department of Public Works Chief Mechanic Angelo Turano was inspecting the brakes on a tractor-trailer Wednesday when he was run over.
Town Police Chief Shawn Lacey says the driver of the truck didn't realize Turano was underneath when he moved it forward.
Town Department of Public Works employee killed
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island town employee has been killed while on the job.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey says officers responded to the Westerly Town Highway Garage Wednesday afternoon for an accident involving a town tractor trailer truck and a Department of Public Works employee.
Officers arrived and found a man suffering severe injuries. He was transported to Westerly Hospital where he later died.
Transportation officials plan to renumber more highway exits
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will soon begin renumbering more highway exits.
The DOT renumbered exits on Interstate 295 in Rhode Island last year. This month, it plans to renumber Route 4 in Warwick, East Greenwich and North Kingstown and Route 78 in Westerly.
As part of the project, exit numbers will be assigned for the first time to Route 403 in East Greenwich and North Kingstown and the airport connector in Warwick.
Restaurant responds to backlash against anti-Trump shirts
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Mexican restaurant in Rhode Island is getting backlash for its sale of T-shirts that it says advocated impeaching President Donald Trump.
Wendy Carr, owner of Amigos in Westerly, says the business sold shirts with the logo, "86 45," printed on the back to raise money for political candidates. The Westerly Sun , which first reported the story, says restaurant staff wore the shirts on Election Day.
Residents concerned about local coyote population
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Residents of Westerly, Rhode Island say they are concerned about an apparent increase in coyote sightings and attacks on their pets during the last several months.
Intruder call leads police to investigate suspicious items
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island say a call about an intruder led to an hours-long investigation involving the bomb squad and a hazmat team.
Westerly Police Capt. Shawn Lacey says Sunday is the second time in two days that police responded to the caller's address for reports of an intruder — both times finding no one. Police also identified a number of suspicious wired devices and chemicals inside the home, alongside a number of firearms which were later cleared by police.
Municipalities given grants to improve commercial districts
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nine municipalities have been awarded grants to improve their commercial districts.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation announced the winners on Friday.
Barrington, East Providence, New Shoreham, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warren, Westerly and Woonsocket are receiving funding from the Main Street Improvement Fund.
Marriage sign in front of church prompts equality rally
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A sign posted in front of a Rhode Island church ended up energizing others in the surrounding community to rally against the message.
Washington Trust: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) _ Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. (WASH) on Monday reported third-quarter profit of $17.5 million.
The bank, based in Westerly, Rhode Island, said it had earnings of $1.01 per share.
The holding company for The Washington Trust Co. posted revenue of $60.4 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $48.7 million, exceeding Street forecasts.
Officials: Dog attacked, grabbed by coyote
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Authorities in Rhode Island are warning residents after a coyote snatched a small dog snatched from a backyard.
The Westerly Sun reports the dog was attacked at a Westerly home on Tuesday night. The owners say the terrier mix was taken into a wooded area.
Police: Man falls from tree trimming truck, dies
HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) — Authorities in Rhode Island say a man died over the weekend after falling from the bucket of a tree trimming truck.
WPRI-TV reports police responded to a call in Hopkinton on Saturday afternoon. Police say arriving officers found the injured 49-year-old man in front of a home.
The victim was rushed to Westerly Hospital where he later died.
Historic train station reopens in Rhode Island
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A historic train station in Rhode Island has reopened.
The state Department of Transportation says the Westerly Train Station reopened Friday.
The station closed in 2016 after serving train passengers since 1912. Trains continued to pick up and drop off passengers at an outdoor platform.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Voters in one Rhode Island town will decide this November whether or not to have a local ethics commission.
Washington Trust: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) _ Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. (WASH) on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $17.7 million.
The bank, based in Westerly, Rhode Island, said it had earnings of $1.01 per share.
The holding company for The Washington Trust Co. posted revenue of $59.3 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $49.1 million, which beat Street forecasts.
State orders beach remained closed due to rip tides
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — An environmental agency is Rhode Island is ordering the continued closure of a state beach due to dangerous surf conditions, and limited swimming at several other state beaches.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has advised people to stay out of the water at Misquamicut Beach, and knee deep swimming only at Charlestown Breachway, East Beach and East Matunuck Beach. Concerns come Monday due to continued rip tides.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The federal government has cited a Massachusetts blasting company for its role in a Rhode Island quarry blast that injured two workers and damaged nearby buildings.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island police say a man called 911 from the back of a cruiser to complain about an officer who volunteered to give him a ride.
The Westerly Sun reports officers were called to a home in Westerly Tuesday and found the 28-year-old man arguing with his girlfriend.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have ruled the quarry blast that injured two town employees and damaged multiple buildings accidental.
The Westerly Sun reported Tuesday the state Fire Marshal's Office found the blast at the Westerly quarry did not violate state law or the state fire code.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Several Rhode Island high school students are learning the basics of building a submarine thanks to a workforce training program that aims to develop trade skills.
Rhode Island town: Pull your weeds or pay a fine
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town is trying to weed out unruly yards.
The Westerly Sun reports the Westerly Town Council enacted a measure Monday that sets a maximum height for weeds. Residents could be fined up to $50 per day if weeds on their property exceed six inches.
Council members say the measure was necessary after a Superior Court judge dismissed a case in which a resident was fined $2,275 for excessive weeds.
Annual oil spill exercise planned off coast
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — An annual two-day oil spill exercise is planned for the waters off of a Rhode Island town.
In a news release, the Coast Guard Sector of Southeastern New England says it is hosting a full-scale oil spill exercise beginning Wednesday in Westerly.
More than 20 federal, state and local agencies will coordinate a simulated response to a potential major oil spill affected the Rhode Island coastline.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A planned explosion at a quarry in a Rhode Island town sent granite flying into a nearby truck, injuring two town employees.
Authorities say one of the employees of Westerly's Public Works Department suffered head trauma and was kept at the hospital overnight after the blast Wednesday. The other employee was treated and released that day.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run last month that seriously injured a Westerly teen riding a bicycle.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town where Taylor Swift owns an oceanfront mansion is considering allowing parking on her street.
The town council in Westerly is scheduled on Monday night to discuss a proposal to allow parking on Bluff Avenue, where homes sell for millions of dollars.
Tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of Swift still couldn't park there, though.
ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man with a crush on singer Taylor Swift robbed a bank and then went to the pop star's Rhode Island mansion where he threw cash over a fence in an attempt to impress her.
Bruce Rowley, of Derby, is charged with robbing an Ansonia bank on April 4.
Police say "it seemed he wanted to propose" to Swift, so he drove about 60 miles to Westerly, Rhode Island, and started throwing some of the roughly $1,600 he's charged with stealing over Swift's fence.
Stonington — For decades, town officials have tried with mixed success to revitalize the commercial and residential properties of downtown Pawcatuck.
Their frustration has grown as they looked just a few yards over the Pawcatuck River into downtown Westerly, where a renaissance has taken place over the past decade. Renovated commercial buildings are occupied and the many restaurants and bars are filled with patrons on Friday and Saturday nights.
Firefighters rescue 15-month-old from burning home
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Firefighters have helped save a 15-month-old from a home fully engulfed in flames in Rhode Island.
Authorities say the fire broke out at a Westerly residence around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police say a man and two boys, ages 6 and 7, escaped through a window, but the boys' younger brother was still inside when firefighters arrived.
Firefighters entered the home and rescued the boy from a playpen near where the flames broke out.
School official: snow closure “wrong decision”
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A superintendent is apologizing for closing schools in his district for winter storm conditions that never arrived, saying he "bears responsibility."
WJAR-TV reports Westerly Superintendent Mark Garceau posted on social media, saying he feels he made an incorrect choice, inconveniencing parents and students.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic school in Rhode Island is closing at the end of the school year because of declining enrollment and increased financial pressures.
The Diocese of Providence announced the shutdown of St. Piux X Regional Academy in Westerly on Tuesday.
The school opened in 1963 and educated students from pre-kindergarten through the eighth-grade. It currently has 118 students but a large decline in enrollment was anticipated because of the large eighth-grade class.
High school introduces new badge entry security system
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island high school has implemented a new security system that requires students to use badges to enter the building.
Starting Monday, students at Westerly High School will use their badge to enter certain parts of the building at allowed times. Students who arrive late will need to pass through the main office for access to the building.
Westerly man faces murder charge following weekend stabbing
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — One man is dead and another man is facing a murder charge after a weekend stabbing in Westerly.
Authorities say 50-year-old Nelson Dearce is expected to be arraigned Monday.
Police responded to Dearce's home at about 11 p.m. Saturday and found a man suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The victim was taken to Westerly Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Dearce was also treated at the hospital for minor injuries before being released to police.
Public schools paid for private school crossing guard
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island public school district has been paying for a crossing guard at a private school for 18 years, now the superintendent says it needs to stop.
Westerly Superintendent Mark Garceau told the school committee Wednesday that the deal with St. Pius X Regional Academy came to light earlier this month when the department's payroll office was preparing for the upcoming budget.
Westerly — Cyrus Connors stood in line at the Westerly Education Center, waiting to speak to an Electric Boat staffing representative about his interest in becoming a shipfitter or sheet metal worker.
Connors is a 2015 Grasso Tech alumnus and works in construction, so he has the carpentry-based skills that would suit him well in shipfitting. His grandfather was a sheet metal worker, employed at Electric Boat for about 35 years.
Facing litigation and with no ‘third door,’ runways to be displaced at Westerly State Airport
Westerly — Faced with an inability to immediately remove trees that obstruct runway approaches at Westerly State Airport, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation will be displacing runway thresholds at the airport.
Threshold displacement does not mean any tarmac will be physically removed but markings will be altered to indicate that a pilot has a shorter distance on which to land.
There will be baccalà at Ed Gradilone's family's Christmas Eve feast, but no eel.
Like other Italian Americans across the country, Gradilone carries on the tradition his maternal and paternal grandparents brought from the Calabria region of Italy when they immigrated to Westerly, R.I., in the late 1880s, and that his parents followed and passed along to him and his siblings.
Irruption brings large number of snowy owls to New England
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — New England is seeing a large number of snowy owls arrive in the region this winter due to an irregular phenomenon called an irruption.
Town council votes to retain runways at Westerly Airport
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town council has voted to retain the current runways at the Westerly Airport.
Patrol officer alerts officials to child with signs of abuse
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island police and state officials are investigating a case of suspected child abuse.
Westerly Police Chief Richard Sliva says a patrolling officer spotted a 3-year-old girl with signs of abuse with the alleged abuser Monday afternoon. WPRI-TV reports the child was discharged from the hospital Thursday.
Ex-Rhode Island cop gets probation for trafficking steroids
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Rhode Island police officer has been sentenced to probation for trafficking steroids and money laundering.
The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island says 35-year-old Evan Speck was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
Speck abruptly resigned from the Charlestown police force after federal agents raided his Westerly home in March.
Rhode Island Foundation awards $470K for animal welfare
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Foundation has announced more than $470,000 in grants to fund animal welfare services in the state.
The Westerly Sun reports that Stand Up for Animals and the Sea Research Foundation are among the animal care organizations and 30 total recipients of the grants.
Boil water notice lifted after negative E. coli test
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A boil water notice has been lifted in Westerly, after new testing no longer showed the presence of the E. coli bacteria.
The Westerly Water Department lifted the notice on Friday, saying a problem well has been taken offline, and the entire system has been disinfected.
The water department serves people in Westerly and nearby Stonington, Connecticut.