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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.

Red Cross Helping 12 Displaced by Fire

No people were hurt, but a dog did die in the Tuesday fire.
Woonsocket Man Indicted For Rape

Woonsocket Man Indicted For Rape

Leopoldo Belen, 33, was indicted by the Providence County Grand Jury on Monday.
Rhode Island Funeral Director Mystery Deepens: More Bodies Found in Storage Locker

Rhode Island Funeral Director Mystery Deepens: More Bodies Found in Storage Locker

Alfred Pennine committed suicide in July. Days later, authorities found the remains of eight people at his funeral home.
Rhode Island DUI Task Force Deploying Aug. 22-24

Rhode Island DUI Task Force Deploying Aug. 22-24

It will be the second time the task force has been deployed this year. Officers charged 11 people with DUI during the first deployment.

Man Busted Trying to Lure Underage Girls

Police said Luis LaSanta Vega, 29, allegedly approached two girls early Sunday morning and asked them for a ride.
Local Police Dog Poisoned; Handler Suspects Revenge

Local Police Dog Poisoned; Handler Suspects Revenge

Westport (Mass.) Police Det. Jeff Majewski's dog, Siren, died in April. A recent autopsy showed rat poison in the dog's liver.
Woonsocket Man Pleads Guilty to Six Child Molestation and Five Child Rape Charges

Woonsocket Man Pleads Guilty to Six Child Molestation and Five Child Rape Charges

Superior Court Magistrate John F. McBurney sentenced Melise to 50 years with 15 to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston with the remainder of the sentence suspended with
Woonsocket Cop Accused of Punching Reality Show Husband

Woonsocket Cop Accused of Punching Reality Show Husband

Connecticut State Police said that an argument between two husbands of women on the reality show "Game of Crowns" broke out during a meet-and-greet at the casino.
Report of Woonsocket Child Abduction a Hoax

Report of Woonsocket Child Abduction a Hoax

Authorities said a girl made up a story about on abduction on Vose Street Tuesday.
Woonsocket Police Investigating Possible Abduction

Woonsocket Police Investigating Possible Abduction

A witness told police that four masked men in a minivan abducted a 5-year-old girl on Vose Street.
Woonsocket Woman Allegedly Drags Boy Down Sidewalk

Woonsocket Woman Allegedly Drags Boy Down Sidewalk

A 10-year-old boy is in the care of a family member a Woonsocket mother allegedly dragged him along a sidewalk while beating him, police said.
Missing Mom, Infant Found Safe in Woonsocket

Missing Mom, Infant Found Safe in Woonsocket

Bethany Richardson and her daughter, Hannah Marie, were located Wednesday morning in Woonsocket after they went missing Monday.
July 4 Trash Pickup Will be Delayed by One Day

July 4 Trash Pickup Will be Delayed by One Day

A reminder — the city of Woonsocket's Material Recycle Facility at 943 River Street in Woonsocket will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
Woonsocket Independence Day Fireworks Set for July 3

Woonsocket Independence Day Fireworks Set for July 3

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets. The fireworks show is set for July 3.
Woonsocket Police Shoot Charging Pit Bull While Serving Warrant

Woonsocket Police Shoot Charging Pit Bull While Serving Warrant

Two Woonsocket police officers looking for a man with an active arrest warrant shot a pit bull that growled and charged at them on Monday, police said.
Woonsocket Man Charged with Embezzling from Cranston Employer

Woonsocket Man Charged with Embezzling from Cranston Employer

A 39-year-old Woonsocket man and former employee at Automatic Temperature Controls in Cranston is facing charges of embezzlement for allegedly bilking the company of $34,826 in his job as co
2 Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze at Louise Street 3-Decker

2 Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze at Louise Street 3-Decker

Smoke and flames could be pouring out of each level of the building Thursday night.
Teenage Heroin Dealer Caught in Woonsocket After Botched Escape, Cops Say

Teenage Heroin Dealer Caught in Woonsocket After Botched Escape, Cops Say

John A. Garcia, 18, of 193 Arnold St., was arrested Monday.
Police: Prom Party for Woonsocket Students Fueled by Booze, Pot

Police: Prom Party for Woonsocket Students Fueled by Booze, Pot

Brian Cardon, 49, and his wife, Linda Cardon, 48, were charged with purchasing alcohol for minors.