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After 11 years, Providence’s greatest police chief is leaving on his own terms

Hugh Clements will be remembered for building the high-quality department that no one would have predicted Providence could have.


‘A profound opportunity’: Providence Police chief to lead Justice Department’s community policing office

Hugh T. Clements Jr. will lead the COPS Office after 37 years with the Providence Police Department, where he worked in units throughout the department and spent the last 11 years as its chief.


Mass. contractor charged in R.I. with bringing contaminated fill to highway project

Canton, Mass.-based Barletta and a former senior employee were charged in Rhode Island state court with illegal disposal of solid waste, operating a solid waste management facility without a license, and providing a false document to a public official.


Burrillville man who hoarded more than 200 guns pleads guilty to three federal charges

In exchange for his plea, the US Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss two charges against Ronald Armand Andruchuk, and seek a lower sentence, provided he shows he accepts responsibility. Otherwise, the maximum penalty for each federal charge is 10 years in federal prison.


Providence Mayor Smiley opens search for new police chief

The mayor said he is seeking input from the public about the qualities they want to see in the next leader of the Providence Police Department and what their priorities are for its 400-plus members.


Davisville Middle School teacher tracked by students will resign

The Rhode Island teacher and coach had been accused of stalking a pre-teen girl and harassing other students in his classes. Boys in his class took notes about how he treated the girls, compiling a database that they gave to authorities in 2022.


Tiverton High School resource officer removed after alleged reactions to student decorations

“No students were harmed or in harms way in the reported incidents and Tiverton Police continues to provide SRO support for the School District,” the school said in a statement.


Former R.I. trooper who assaulted motorist wins disability pension

A Providence Superior Court judge on Monday ruled that the state police’s then-colonel arbitrarily denied Jamie Donnelly-Taylor’s pension, and ordered the agency to reinstate it retroactively to when he first applied around late 2018.