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Westport police officers responded quickly and caught two suspects fleeing from a home invasion on Monday, July 2. At approximately 12:50 p.m. that day, several officers responded to 1003 Sodom Road … more
Westport Police arrested a man who tried to swindle the Town of Westport out of $15,000 for faulty repairs to a town firetruck. On Thursday, May 31, South Kingston, R.I., police arrested Thomas … more
A lengthy investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) / Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force led to the arrest of a Westport man Monday on child pornography … more
LITTLE COMPTON — Two Little Compton men have been charged with drug offenses, one dating back to December 15, 2017, the details regarding which were withheld by police for "investigative purposes" until this week. Police did not say that the two incidents were related, but did however release news of the charges at the same time. more
TIVERTON — A man suspected of committing a robbery of the north Tiverton branch of Bank Newport on April 2 was arrested Monday in Bristol. Cody Toolis, 27, of Fall River, was thereafter arraigned in District Court in Newport on charges of 2nd degree robbery, and is being held as a fugitive on separate Massachusetts charges, said Tiverton Police Chief Patrick Jones Monday night. more
TIVERTON — A Tiverton man, Scott W. Banville, 44, who was shot by police at 11:34 last Wednesday night at his home while wielding a 50 caliber rifle during a domestic dispute, was released from Rhode Island Hospital Sunday night after treatment for his injuries. more
TIVERTON — Tiverton police, using social media and working with Dartmouth police and other departments in the area, are searching for the man who pulled off an early morning bank robbery Monday at the Bank Newport branch located at 614 Main Road in Tiverton. 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
WESTPORT — Jacob Gallant, 42, of Westport pleaded no contest today before Superior Court Magistrate John McBurney to the March 5, 2017 stabbing at Rite Aid in Warwick that left 18-year-old … 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
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