State Government Press Releases

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07/11/2019
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends re-opening Camp Watchaug and Burlingame Picnic Area, both on Watchaug Pond in Charlestown, for swimming since bacteria counts there have returned to acceptable levels. RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality...
07/11/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that the summer 2019 issue of Wild Rhode Island Explorer, a free quarterly children's magazine produced by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, is now available online and in public libraries throughout the state. Last fall, DEM...
07/11/2019
Media Contact: Captain Darnell S. Weaver, District A Commander, 401-764-5612 At 8:00 AM, Troopers arrested Tracey R. Wilcox, age 47, of 344 Cove Avenue, Warwick, RI for: 1) Forgery and Counterfeiting in General 2) Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses (over $1500) 3) Fraudulent Use of Credit...
07/10/2019
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins, including...
07/10/2019
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing the beaches at YMCA Camp Watchaug and nearby Burlingame Picnic Area in Charlestown for swimming because of high bacteria levels. RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing...
07/10/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 139 mosquito samples from 20 traps set on Monday, June 24, and 70 samples from 19 traps set on Monday, July 1, have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
07/10/2019
Order calls for development of cleaner, more affordable heating systems PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that she has signed Executive Order 19-06 launching a Heating Sector Transformation in Rhode Island. Led by the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC) and...
07/10/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Saul Lopez (age 63), of Central Falls, pleaded guilty on July 9, 2019 to four counts of first-degree child molestation and was sentenced to 24 years at the ACI. Superior Court Justice Jeffrey A. Lanphear sentenced Lopez to a 50-year full sentence,...
07/05/2019
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising members of the public to take precautions when in Potter Pond in South Kingstown after five people were treated in the emergency department over the past three days for jellyfish stings. Patients' symptoms and their descriptions of the...
07/05/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising the public that a timber harvesting project will get underway later this summer in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. The project aims to salvage oak species affected by repeated defoliations from forest...