Mansfield, Mass. – The commander of the Massachusetts State Police says a veteran trooper working an overnight construction detail has died after being struck by a suspected drunken driver.
Superintendent Marian McGovern says Sgt. Doug Weddleton was out of his cruiser on Interstate 95 north in Mansfield after pulling over a car that tried to enter a closed ramp at about 1:30 a.m. Friday when a second vehicle struck him.
He was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro where he was pronounced dead.
Cranston, R.I. – A biofuel technology company is looking to open what it says will be a one-of-a-kind clean energy production facility in Rhode Island.
Tomorrow Biofuels hopes to launch the location in Cranston this fall, according to a company press release. The release explained that the facility will use carbon emissions from a nearby power-plant to "feed" fast-growing algae that can eventually produce clean biofuel.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's highest court has rejected a bid for freedom from a woman acquitted by reason of insanity in the arson killing of her 12-year-old daughter.
Tonya Fuller-Balletta was accused of trapping the girl by locking the doors to her house and setting it ablaze. A judge found her legally insane and not guilty of murder and arson charges in 2007, confining her to the state psychiatric hospital.
The state Supreme Court said Thursday that Fuller-Balletta remains too dangerous to be released into the community.
Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed a bill establishing the post of Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.
He claimed that the criteria for appointment are inadequate, that the title is unnecessary and that the position puts too much value on one historian's perspective to the exclusion of others.
He also said that the governor, and not the Secretary of State, should have the power to choose who fills the post. He released a statement yesterday urging Rhode Island's representatives to support his veto.