Warwick man sentenced for possessing child pornography

Rhode Island – Warwick resident, Leonard O'Neill 58 years has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for the crime of possession of child pornography. O'Neill pleaded guilty to the charges last October. Court documents show that in 2012 authorities seized from the O'Neill residence nearly 20,000 images of child pornography showing minors having sex with adult men, some with babies, and acts of bestiality. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is trying to identify the victims in the images. O'Neill is set to appear before authorities on March 20 to begin serving his sentence, to be…
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Curt Schilling Reveals He Has Cancer

Former star pitcher turned television analyst Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he is battling cancer. After retiring in 2009 after spending 20 years in the major leagues Schilling, 47, announced in a statement released through his employer, Bristol-based ESPN, that he has cancer. It was not indicated what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be. “With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game,” he said. “I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience,…
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STATE POLICE INTELLIGENCE UNIT ARRESTS THIRTEEN INDIVIDUALS, DISMANTLES A LARGE-SCALE ORGANIZED CRIMINAL GAMBLING OPERATION

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announce the arrest of thirteen (13) individuals involved in an intricate, large-scale criminal gambling operation. During the past several months, members of the Rhode Island State Police Intelligence Unit and the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General conducted an investigation into an illegal gambling operation being conducted in the northern area of Rhode Island. Various investigative measures were utilized including court-authorized wiretaps where approximately seventeen hundred (1700) telephone calls and text messages were…
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Education

Providence School Board Takes Up Policy on School-Based Autonomy

Providence, (February 4, 2014) – As part of the strategic direction of the Providence Public School District articulated by the Providence School Board and Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi in recent months, the Board’s policy committee began last night to refine a draft policy allowing stakeholders at the building level (administrators, teachers, students, parents and community partners) to take greater ownership of their school community through autonomous, shared decision-making. The policy, drafted by Board President Keith Oliveira, focuses on the objective of creating a high-performing school district that educates all students at high standards and eliminates the achievement gap. The document…
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Organized Criminal Gambling Operation Centered in Northern Rhode Island Dismantled During the Early Morning Hours Resulting in the Arrest of 13 Individuals

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announces the arrest of 13 individuals as the result of an investigation conducted by the Rhode Island State Police and Rhode Island Department of Attorney General of an illegal organized criminal gambling operation. The investigation commenced in June of 2013 and culminated with the arrests early this morning, as well as the execution of 4 court-authorized search warrants. It is alleged that the operation was facilitated by David A. Ayotte, age 53, of 634…
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A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer & Tea

PROVIDENCE, RI - With the approach of the Season Four Finale of the popular television drama Downton Abbey, Providence Public Library invites fans of the show to join cultural historian Madelyn Shaw for a discussion of the season’s fashion and a look at where -- sartorially -- the Grantham family has been and where they are heading. The program will take place on Sunday, February 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd Floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence. Following the lecture, participants are invited to gather for tea on the Library’s Grand Marble Staircase balcony. The…
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RI Students Engage Their Peers to Help Them KNOW MORE About Dating Violence

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is launching Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2014 with a campaign created and depicted by teens from a Providence organization called Young Voices. Prior to February, these high school students met and brainstormed ideas for a public service announcement () that focuses on dating abuse perpetrated via social media platforms. When asked why they chose this particular topic, the teens’ collective answer was, “It’s real. It happens all the time.” Aware of recent tragedies in Rhode Island involving digital dating violence, where abusers had become excessively jealous over their partners’…
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HEALTH Announces First Flu Deaths of the Season

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports today that two influenza-related deaths occurred in January, the state’s first two of the 2013-2014 flu season. The first individual, a male in his 50s who had underlying medical conditions, died on January 1. The second individual was a male in his 80s who also had underlying medical conditions and passed away on January 25. The delay in reporting the deaths was a result of the time needed to conduct tests to confirm that the flu was the cause of death. “This is a very sad reminder that influenza is a serious…
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