RHODE ISLAND STATE POLICE CHARGES EIGHT (8) JUVENILES INVOLVED IN DISTURBANCE AT RHODE ISLAND TRAINING SCHOOL ON JULY 26, 2017

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces that on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, members of the Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau petitioned eight (8) juveniles to the Rhode Island Family Court as a result of an investigation into a disturbance at the Rhode Island Training School on July 26, 2017. The petitions include charges ranging from 1) Assault with a Deadly Weapon—Felony Assault; 2) Assault on a Correctional Officer or Training School Employee; and 3) Vandalism. On July 26, 2017, at approximately 9:00 ,…
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RI State Police Arrests Providence Man for DUI After He Was Found to Have A Blood-Alcohol Level Four Times Legal Limit

Rhode Island State Police Arrests a Providence Man for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs After He Was Found to Have a Blood-Alcohol Level Four Times Greater than the Legal Limit Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Providence man who was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs after he was found to have a blood-alcohol level four times greater than the legal limit. Antonio Briones, age 47, of 160 Academy Ave., Providence, Rhode Island…
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State appoints new chief information officer

PROVIDENCE - Department of Administration Director Michael DiBiase announced that Bijay Kumar has been hired as the state's chief information officer. "I am pleased to announce that Bijay Kumar will be leading the state's Information Technology division," said Director DiBiase. "Bijay brings more than 20 years of leadership and project management experience from his previous roles and has a strong track record in leading large-scale global initiatives. I know he will be a great asset to our team at the Department of Administration." Kumar most recently served as the vice president of Information Technology at Hasbro Inc., in Pawtucket, RI,…
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RI State Police Charge Five Motorists with Operating Under Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs; Two with Young Children in Their Vehicles

SCITUATE, RI -- Rhode Island State Police arrested five people on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs this past weekend, including two motorists who had young children in their vehicles at the time. "Our troopers continue to aggressively identify and arrest drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as seen by these five arrests," said Capt. Matthew Moynihan. "But we're especially concerned when motorists suspected of driving under the influence are doing so with young children in their car, recklessly endangering innocent young lives. That is absolutely unacceptable." Luis Villa, 32, of 477 Broad…
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DCYF Director Takes Actions to Ensure Safety and Security at the Rhode Island Training School Following Recent Incidents

DCYF is implementing the following actions at the Training School, effective immediately: * Training School Executive Director Kevin McKenna has stepped down from his position. He is being replaced on a temporary basis by former Training School Acting Superintendent Kevin Aucoin. * A Captain from the Rhode Island State Police has been put on a 90-day assignment to provide temporary safety and security support. The Department of Corrections will also dispatch a corrections expert for 60 to 90 days to provide additional consultation. * The Department of Corrections has agreed to dispatch assistance to the Training School as needed. There…
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Langevin Leads Introduction of Bills to Protect Adopted Children

WASHINGTON, Today, Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI), Karen Bass (D-CA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Danny Davis (D-IL), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced two bills aimed at eliminating "re-homing"- an illegal practice whereby parents transfer custody of their adopted child without going through the child welfare system. In many cases, these children end up in dangerous situations where they are at risk of neglect, exploitation or even sexual abuse. "All children deserve the love, stability and safety of a forever family," said Representative Langevin, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. "To ensure all adoptions succeed, we must prepare…
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Constitution Requires Trump Get Approval for Military Action in Syria

WASHINGTON - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) led nearly 70 of his House colleagues today in demanding that President Donald Trump submit a plan and request authorization for any future use of military force against the Syrian government. "The President's decision to escalate our military involvement in Syria is deeply concerning. Donald Trump does not have a blank check to put our troops in harm's way," said Cicilline. "The Constitution requires that he receive Congressional approval to take further military action. Our Constitution demands accountability, and it's what our brave men and women in uniform deserve." President Donald J. Trump…
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Governor to Host Beach Office Hours

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo will host Beach Office Hours at East Matunuck State Beach tomorrow, weather permitting. Joined by Director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn, Governor Raimondo will take questions from members of the public in a one-on-one setting. Beach Office Hours will give Rhode Islanders a chance to speak directly with the Governor while enjoying Rhode Island's beautiful state beaches.
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Nation’s Top Marine Scientists Gather at RWU to Investigate Coral Reef Conservation Strategies

Roger Williams University sponsors second workshop aimed at applying latest research on local corals toward solutions for declining tropical coral reef health around the globe BRISTOL, , July 27, 2017 - For a second year, Roger Williams University is leading an initiative to bring together the nation's top marine scientists to investigate how research into the temperate coral of New England waters can inform new research and solutions on the impact of climate change on tropical reefs across the globe. Led by RWU Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Koty Sharp, this year's workshop on Astrangia poculata, the Northern Star Coral,…
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Statement from DCYF Rhode Island

Cranston - Three staff and two juvenile residents were transported and treated at the hospital. All five people were treated and released from the hospital late last night. Three additional staff sustained injuries that did not require transport to the hospital. At this time, there is an ongoing and active investigation with the Rhode Island State Police. We are cooperating with them in gathering the details on what occurred and ensuring that they have access to staff and residents who need to provide statements. Per our protocol, we will be conducting our own review of the incident as well.
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