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Former R.I. state employee charged with theft of 132 checks worth $115k

Wendy Antonelli, 59, of Foster, had worked at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training for seven years.


More North Kingston school staff placed on leave as investigation into coach continues

The coach, a teacher at Davisville Middle School, was placed on leave Friday over allegations that he’d stalked a preteen girl he had been coaching. Now, two others have also been placed on leave as well.

Down the Road Movers Trent Manning, left, and Joshua Wilcox placed furniture into a moving van.

‘I’m an asset to my community’: A Providence-based moving company founded by formerly incarcerated people aims to fight stigma

Down the Road Movers was started by two men who are formerly incarcerated and employs others who have been released from prison.

Members of the Special Legislative Commission to Study Ensuring Racial Equity and Optimizing Health and Safety Laws Affecting Marginalized Individuals met on Monday, April 25, 2022, to hear testimony from Melissa Broudo of Decriminalizing Sex Work and from Danielle Ozuna, who had been trafficked as a 13-year-old girl.

Decriminalizing prostitution: How activist groups are shaping legislation in Rhode Island

Texas-based Decriminalize Sex Work and their directors have been funding lobbyists, donating to local politicians, and giving grants to local groups since 2019. What have their investments yielded?


North Kingstown superintendent places middle-school teacher on leave, orders investigation after stalking allegations

The teacher stopped coaching in the North Kingstown school district after a parent said she would seek a restraining order against him for stalking and harassing her pre-teen daughter, but until now he was allowed to continue to teach while coaching in other districts.

Providence Police investigate a shooting on Carolina Avenue, late Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Providence, R.I.

Rhode Island crime news: April 2022

Regular updates from police and the Rhode Island courts.

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Man shot and killed by state police officer after attempting to evade arrest

Russell DuFault, 58, of Portsmouth, was killed in a shooting Wednesday evening on North Main Street in Woonsocket. He had been accused of felony assault and kidnapping related to an incident earlier that day.

People protesting North Kingstown superintendent Phil Auger hold up signs during a North Kingstown school committee meeting at North Kingstown High School in North Kingstown, R.I., on Nov. 16, 2021.

Another North Kingstown coach accused of inappropriate behavior with underage student

The lawyer representing former student-athletes who underwent naked “fat tests” by boys basketball coach Aaron Thomas says school officials took years to act on complaints about a different coach stalking a pre-teen girl.