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Melissa LawrenceProvidence, RI – Melissa Lawrence was arrested after being caught on camera threatening a news crew and instructing her pit bulls to attack an ABC 6 news crew.

The new crew were there to get Lawrence’s reaction regarding her teenage daughter being shot at a kindergarten graduation party. Although the crew were never on Lawrence’s property and remained on a public street, Lawrence was not happy with them being there and her reaction was more than the crew bargained for.

After cursing at the crew, she throws a rock at the cameraman’s head. She then grabs a baseball bat and instructs her two dogs to attack the crew. The dogs end up gong after reporter Abbey Niezgoda. The dogs end up biting her forearm and chase the poor woman into the backyard of another home before Lawrence finally calls them off.

After Niezgoda was treated for a dog bite and received a tetanus shot, the news crew filed a police report. Lawrence was subsequently arrested and has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon.…

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Providence, RI – Police have confirmed that the body found in a backyard storage shed of a home in Rhode Island does belong to the autistic teen who went missing in Massachusetts last month.

Joseph Webster, 19, was last seen at a Motel 6 on March 13.  His family became increasingly worried when the teen never returned home because he had never stayed out overnight before.

He also suffered from mild autism and severe diabetes that required him to take insulin every eight hours. Even more distressing was the fact that Webster did not have enough insulin with him to survive the length of time he had been missing.

Police would eventually arrest 19-year-old James Howze and 22-year-old Lara Corey in connection to the teen’s disappearance, accusing the pair of assaulting Webster and stealing his car.

Corey had been staying in Room 214 at the Motel 6 where Webster was last seen and at the time he vanished. Prosecutors said blood and a shovel were found at the hotel and Howze had tried selling Webster’s car in Rhode Island.…

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. – We can’t seem to go more than a week without juveniles making the news after getting caught on camera beating the crap out of one of their peers.

This time it’s out of Rhode Island where four girls, two 12-year-olds and two 13-year-olds, have been charged after a tape of them beating a 12-year-old girl was posted online.

The victim’s mother, Holly Gingerella, downloaded the video before it was removed from Youtube and took it to police. After their investigation, officers charged all four girls; two with assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, two with simple assault and conspiracy.

The video shows a 12-year-old girl spending most of her time on the grounding fending off the kicks, hits, bites, and scratches of her attackers. Gingerella says her daughter was friends with the girls and the fight was the result of her daughter saying a boy was cute.

She says they lured her there in order to ambush her and then wouldn’t let her leave. She says they threatened to beat her again if she went home and told anyone and pretended to be her daughter when they texted Gingerella asking if she could spend the night with the girls.…

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – A man in Rhode Island is facing charges after he accidentally shot a 10-year-old boy in the eye with a crossbow.

Kosal Ek, 27, told police he and another man were inside an apartment using the crossbow to shoot darts into a dart board at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Ek says he was showing Saila Sao how the crossbow worked when it jammed and then fired a dart into Sao’s eye that penetrated his brain.

Sao removed the dart himself and was rushed to the hospital where doctors say he will lose his eye. Ek Has been charged with firing in a compact area.

If you are wondering, as I was, what a 10-year-old was doing up at 2 a.m. playing with grown men and a crossbow, the answer is simple: no parental supervision.…

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Pawtucket, RI — Dorcus Moore was taken into custody on child cruelty charges earlier this week for allegedly cutting off her 13-year-old daughter’s hair and dousing her in homemade pepper spray.

According to police, Moore became enraged after the teen walked in on her and her boyfriend having sex Sunday. The girl told police Moore ordered her to get a pair of scissors, which she then used to cut off all the kid’s hair.

When she finished with the kid’s ‘do, police say Moore then doused the kid’s face, arms, legs and vagina with pepper spray.

The girl apparently went to bed that night with chemical burns to her body, but alerted school officials the next day. School officials then alerted police.

Moore, 38, was released on a personal recognizance bond Wednesday, and ordered to have no contact with her daughter. The girl is currently with her father.

One neighbor apparently heard the kid being tortured, but did jack shit to help her. Another neighbor, who police believe may have held the teen down while Moore doused her in pepper spray, is being questioned.…

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JOHNSTON, R.I.  – A man has been arrested and charged with murdering his wife, dismembering her body and then trying to get rid of the evidence in a fireplace.

I’m not going into details, but I have often wondered if it would be possible to get rid of a body using my fireplace. I still think it is possible, but after reading what happened to 52-year-old Donald K. Greenslit, I may need invest in a working fire extinguisher before ever attempting it.

Firefighters were called to Greenslit’s home because of a fire originating from the basement. They were able to safely contain the fire although two children, ages 3 and 5, were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Investigators would also find the source of the fire were body parts that had been placed in the fireplace.

“It appeared that the remains could be that of a human body. It was actually wrapped in cloth and it was burned severely and was actually cut up into pieces,” said officials.…

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – I swear I thought we posted about this woman on our front page, but a search only shows a forum post by Dakota Valkyrie. Anyway, opening statements began on Friday for Kimberly Fry, the 38-year-old woman accused of murdering her 8-year-old daughter for not taking a bath.

Camden Fry was last seen alive by her father as he left for a hockey game back in August 2009 as she sat on the couch watching television with her mother. Later that evening, he would get a call from Fry stating that she was having problems getting their daughter to take a bath.

The next morning, Camden’s father would find her dead body in her bed and call 911. When officers arrived at the home, Fry told them that her daughter had fallen in the shower and that she had pulled her out and placed her in bed. Hours later, Fry was admitted to the intensive care unit.

While at the hospital, she admitted to an employee that she had killed her daughter.…

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CONCORD, N.H. — A woman in New Hampshire acquired a couple felony charges after she assaulted a pregnant woman with a stun gun after becoming enraged over her driving.

Police say 22-year-old Carissa Williams was so angry at 28-year-old Corrine Leclair for driving 35mph in a 35mph zone while talking on her cell phone, that she pulled up alongside her and began throwing bottles and other items at her car before going around her.

Leclair, understandably freaked out, called 911 and began relaying Williams’ license plate number to the dispatcher when both women came to a stop at a stoplight. Williams reportedly exited her vehicle, leaving her 6-month-old in the car, and walked back to Leclair’s car.

After kicking the driver-side window, she opened the back door and got inside Leclair’s car while wielding a stun gun. As the 911 dispatcher listened, Leclair begged Williams stop shocking her because she was ten weeks pregnant.

Williams was arrested, charged with second-degree assault and breach of bail conditions on prior charges out of Grafton County, both felonies.…

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CRANSTON, RI – Back in 1975, Michael Woodmansee, then 16,  kidnapped and murdered 5-year-old Jason Foreman. Eight years later he would be sentenced to 40 years in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping. Now it is being reported that Woodmansee is set to be released 12 years earlier than expected.

Because of a longstanding law, Woodmansee has earned up to 12 days off his sentence for every month he behaved and held a job during his last 28 years in prison. This prompted outrage from the Foreman’s family, leading to his father, John Foreman, going on air and promising he would kill Woodmansee if he is released.

Speaking to WPRO’s John DePetro John Foreman said, I do intend, if this man is released anywhere in my vicinity, or if I can find him after the fact, I do intend to kill this man.”

Can’t say I blame him. The kid was abducted by Woodmansee, who lived down the street, on his mother’s 25th birthday. Foreman admitted he had long fantasized about killing someone, and 5-year-old Jason just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.…

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. — A teenage student at Smithfield High School has been charged with cyberstalking after creating a fake Facebook account to harass another student.

The 15-year-old girl created a fake account pretending to be a fellow student who was born missing part of her foot. The account was created under the name “Halfafoot” with the victim’s last name and birth date. Accompanying the profile was a picture of a bloody, severed foot.

After police figured out who was responsible for the posting, the affidavit states they went to the teen’s home where her father was “annoyed and rude,” referring the police to the phone number of a law office. Detectives confiscated three computers from the home instead.

Police really took this seriously and questioned 2 of the 26 “friends” listed on the fake account and were able to get a clearer picture of how the profile was created and why.

A female Smithfield High sophomore told the police that the account was created Nov. 6 by the 15-year-old and a male Burrillville High School student on her home computer while she was taking a shower, the affidavit shows.

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Jose Taveras Is A Dirty Old Man

October 21, 2010 at 6:50 am by  

Providence, RI - Police arrested 66-year-old Jose Taveras and charged him with two counts of enticement of a child and one count of simple assault after he reportedly followed a couple of little girls into a grocery store, hugged ‘em both and kissed one of them on the lips. *gags* The girls, ages 10 and 11, told police Taveras pulled up beside them Monday afternoon and offered them a ride. They said they tried to ignore him as they made their way to the market, but he followed. After the nasty incident inside the store, the girls fled to their grandmother’s apartment. As they were telling her what had happened, they saw Taveras enter the building. He later told police he was visiting a friend who just happened to live in that same building. The girls also told police that Taveras had tried to get them into his car on numerous occasions, even offering them cash to do so. As he was being arrested, Taveras told police he needed his blood-pressure medicine from his car.…

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Man Axed In Apparent Road Rage Incident

September 2, 2010 at 4:23 am by  

Warwick, RI – Nothing ruins an already painful commute quite like an axing, am I right? I think Joseph Gallagher would agree – he was recently axed by two men, possibly because he was driving too slow. Details are a bit sketchy, but police say Gallagher was attacked by the axe wielding duo during his commute Tuesday afternoon. The father of three was reportedly hit on the head, leg and thigh before the alleged attackers got back into their vehicle and drove off. Gallagher managed to call 911 and drive himself home before collapsing on his neighbor’s front porch. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with non-life threatening injuries. In the meantime, authorities are on the lookout for the two suspects. Police say they were driving a red 2000 Hyundai Elantra with Rhode Island tag HJ 396. Anyone with information is asked to call the Warwick Police Department.  …

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Providence, Rhode Island – Ruth Williams, 30, had taken her 14-year-old daughter’s cell phone away after learning that her daughter had been sexting with it several weeks earlier. On Thursday the pair got into an altercation when Williams refused to give the phone back to the teen. During the argument, Williams hit her daughter with the phone and her daughter responded by plunging a kitchen knife in her mother’s chest. When police arrived at their residence, they found Williams in a doorway bleeding heavely and unable to speak. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Her daughter was found hiding in the basement talking on her cell phone, the kitchen knife she used hidden in a barrel nearby.  She was arrested without incident and has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Williams’ 9-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter where placed with an aunt.…

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Girls’ Soccer = RAWR!

November 10, 2009 at 9:59 am by  

Providence, Rhode Island – A fight broke out between player’s of a high school girls’ soccer match on Sunday night. During the final moments of Tolman vs. Woonsocket, a game that the Woonsocket Villa Novans had a 5-0 lead, a cat fight broke out between Kristen Cahill and Maria Lopera. There is punches thrown and hair pulling. It’s all very arousing. Then later on, a fight broke out in the stands between the fans. I had no clue that women’s soccer was this exciting. Between this and the ponytail-yanking actions of University of New Mexico‘s Elizabeth Ann Lambert I have come to a conclusion about all of this violence. And that is I know where I am looking for my next ex-girlfriend. …

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Safe Haven Laws Exist For A Reason

May 21, 2009 at 6:04 am by  

Johnston, Rhode IslandOnce upon a time, Crystal Sullivan had a baby. Crystal, 20, also had a very busy life–college, soccer, socializing, boyfriend, etc. We parents know how difficult it can be to have a life away from our children, especially when they are so small and needy. Not Crystal, though. Nope. She’s got it all figured out. Instead of tucking her newborn into it’s bed at night and kissing it’s smooth little forehead, Crystal stuck her infant into a plastic container. Instead of that ‘new baby’ smell, Crystal’s infant has that lovely odor of decomposing flesh. …

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Warren, Rhode Island - James Soares, 60, and his wife Marian Soares, 53, had been missing since July 9. On Saturday, they were found – dead. They’d been bludgeoned to death with a grub hoe and dumped in the cesspool at their home. Now their son, James Soares Jr., 24, is being charged with murder. Way to treat the parents like shit, James. Literally. The Soares home is a rural ranch style on Baltimore Avenue in Warren. Neighbors say that there were always six or seven people living in the home and lots of cars out front. The Soares were social, and liked to throw barbecues at their home on weekends. But James and Marian Soares had a few skeletons banging around in their closets, too.…

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