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PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — It appeared to be one the largest mutual-aid rescues ever seen in the Sakonnet River, as a couple dozen first responders from Portsmouth, Tiverton and beyond … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — In a release issued Monday afternoon, Oct. 30, the East Providence Police Department announced it has issued an arrest warrant for Tiverton man for his alleged participation in … more
Monday, Oct. 2 After being stopped at 1:28 a.m. in the area of the state line near Fish Road and Judson Street, Daniel Mallette, 29, of 5 Park Place, Tiverton, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. At 1:32 p.m., Claudio D. DeMacedo, 41, of 386 Stone Church Road, Tiverton, was charged with firing a weapon in a compact area. more
Monday, Sept. 11 At 11:55 a.m., a Little Compton resident driving in the area of South Lake Road called to report he may have seen a bear at the Little Compton line. At 6:36 p.m., a John Duggan Road caller complained about "goats making a lot of noise" at a nearby house. more
TIVERTON — By a vote of 6-1 the Town Council at its meeting Monday night voted to hire five new police officers. Councilor Christine Ryan cast the lone vote against. The five have just completed their 12-week field training and before that, on May 26, the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy's 26-week program. more
SAKONNET AREA — Tiverton and Little Compton fire chiefs as of about 1:30 p.m. Monday issued warnings and advice for residents of the towns they protect in advance of Hurricane Jose, which is projected to arrive in the area sometime Wednesday. more
TIVERTON — Chief Thomas Blakey has announced his intention to retire at some unspecified date in the near future. The announcement was made by Town Administrator Paul McGreevy at the Aug. 28 town council meeting, just before the council went into executive session, and at the very end of an agenda which gave no indication the announcement would be made. Chief Blakey was present in council chambers but did not comment. more
LITTLE COMPTON — The Town of Little Compton goes to Superior Court this Thursday at 10 a.m. to try to get an injunction to stop what it calls a private commercial parking lot from operating at 5 Ocean Drive, just a few hundred yards up the road from South Shore Beach. The parking lot is located on 1.79 acres of private property. For weeks, especially this summer and last, but going back to 2012, neighbors have complained about a large number of cars — on one occasion, by police count, as many as 130-150 — that park on or in front of the property. more
Monday, Aug. 7 At 6:59 a.m. a Cardi's worker called to report that the casino site had been broken into the night before and a "high end tool and off road vehicle was taken." Thursday. Aug. 10 At 8:47 p.m. a Bulgarmarsh Road caller reported she is getting harassing text messages from her ex-husband's new girlfriend. more
TIVERTON — After allegedly breaking into a house on Lake Road in Tiverton, and attempting to run over a Tiverton police officer as he fled, 49-year-old Michael Joseph Cuoto of Mattapoisett was apprehended late Friday by police in Dartmouth, after a lengthy chase. more
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