Person shot in face in Providence

A person was shot in the face Wednesday night in Providence.

NBC 10 News reported to the scene on Laban Street around 10:30 p.m.

Police, who were mum on details, told NBC 10 News that the victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

Authorities are searching for the suspect at this time.

The shooting is under investigation.

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Alliance Security, Arlington Elementary team to help support students, families

Alliance Security on Garfield Avenue in Cranston is in the business of keeping customers safe and secure, and giving them peace of mind as they go through their days.

Just down the road at Arlington Elementary School, Principal Michelle David and her faculty and staff are in much the same business – keeping their students safe and secure, allowing them to focus on their studies.

Arlington is a Title I school, with the third-highest poverty level of all the city’s public elementary schools. All of the students at the school are classified as walkers, and a large percentage of the school population receives free or reduced lunch. For many of the families there, English is not their primary language, which often creates a communication barrier between school and home.

For all of those reasons and more, David spends a great deal of time searching out and establishing partnerships with community entities willing to support her and her students, hoping to ease the burden on the school’s families and give students the peace of mind and resources they need in order to learn – from breakfast, lunches, and healthy snacks to hats, coats, clothing, and school supplies. The school participates in a mentoring program, and provides after school programming as well as regular doctor, dentist, and other health and wellness visits in order to help parents supply their students with what they need.

“It’s not just a school, but it’s a place for parents as well,” said David, who has been an educator for 33 years. “It’s a resource. School has to be a good place for students to come every day.”

For Jake Murray, Alliance’s vice president of operations, partnering with Arlington Elementary fit in perfectly with the company’s vision of reaching beyond its own walls to help support local non-profits in the community.

As part of Alliance Cares, an employee-driven volunteer community outreach program, the company supports non-profits such as March of Dimes, the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Adopt-a-Family. It continues to expand its reach, even hosting an upcoming blood drive and bone marrow registration event.

“We’re always out there, trying to find ways to help people in need,” said Cindy Miranda, Alliance’s marketing research and development coordinator.

“It’s not just about making a living, it’s about supporting our local economy and supporting our local community,” Murray said.

In April of this year, Mission 500, a national non-profit organization focused on the security industry and dedicated to serving the needs of children and communities in crisis, awarded Alliance Security the Corporate Social Responsibility award at the Security 5/2K Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.

“Alliance was nationally recognized, and Mission 500 is a national organization,” Murrray said. “They will often take a school district from across the country, survey to see what their needs are, and help to provide for them. I wanted to do that here, locally, in our own community. I emailed the Board of Directors at Mission 500 and asked if I could do that, and then when I had permission, I talked to our team, who has the passion and the heart for helping out our community. They all agreed this was something they wanted to do. We like letting people know that we’re here to help.”

David said knowing local community partners take an interest in her students is an important piece for the students, providing them with the confidence, reassurance, and motivation needed to get through their own struggles.

“It’s really important to show our students that people do care about them in the community, that there are people out there who share their same passions, interests, and struggles,” she said.

On the day before school starts, Arlington School and its parent-teacher organization will host a back-to-school meet-and-greet, complete with hot dogs and drinks, a bounce house, and thanks to Alliance Security, backpacks filled with school supplies such as notebooks, folders, pencils, crayons, markers, and more.

“You’ll be able to shake their hands and see the difference you’re making. You’ll be able to see it in their faces, to feel it,” David said, referring to the rewarding feeling she gets each day on the job. “It’s why I do what I do, it’s why I could never imagine doing anything else.”

Murray and his crew are excited for the back-to-school event at Arlington, but even more excited about continuing the partnership with Arlington in the long term.

“It’s starting out with backpacks, but we want to help out with whatever we can, explore what the needs are,” he said. “Alliance is all about our mission to not just protect people’s homes, but to bring our neighborhoods together and to keep the people in our community safe, keep our kids safe and secure. If we can give our customers, our students, our neighbors a little peace of mind, so that they have a little less worry, we’ve accomplished our mission.”

Grandmother grieves boy who drowned at Warwick beach

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The community is still searching for answers following the tragic loss of a young boy this weekend at a beach in Warwick.

Lifeguards are no longer on duty at Warwick City Park, where 6-year-old Ja-mir Ma’Kenzi Stewart apparently drowned on Sunday. Warwick city officials said there won’t be any lifeguards for the rest of the summer because of a shortage. This comes following questions from the community about what the lifeguards were doing when Ja-mir vanished.

Ja-mir would have been starting first grade in Providence in a few weeks, according to his maternal grandmother, Deirdre Isom. Eyewitness News sat down with Isom on Tuesday to talk about his life and how his family is coping with his loss.

(Family photo)
(Family photo)

“For me, the pain is beyond unbearable. So her being the mother, imagine if I feel like this, what does she feel like?” Isom said, speaking of her daughter Skyla Araujo, Ja-mir’s mother. His father is Wilbert Stewart, III.

“He would come home and sit at the top of those stairs waiting for me,” Isom said in the interview at her daughter’s home. “He would say, ‘Good Morning Nana!”

“My grandson’s never coming back here,” she said, looking around. “We can wish it, we can pray it,” she said. “But my grandson – whose name is Ja-Mir Ma’Kenzi Stewart – is never going to walk out that door…is never going to go to first grade.”

Isom said she spoke to Eyewitness News because she wants the world to know who Ja-mir was. She said he loved Batman and Legos, riding his bike, and building forts with his grandfathers. His 8-year-old brother was his best friend.

“Ja-mir was a very happy child,” Isom said. “Everything he did, he had a funny comment with it.”

Ja-mir died at Warwick City Park on Sunday, where police said he was reported missing by his mother. After about 20 minutes of searching, civilian Angel Soares found him underwater.

“I went down, I felt his leg, I grabbed him,” she told Eyewitness News on Monday. “And I pulled him out of the water.”

From the start, there has been backlash from eyewitnesses about whether the two city lifeguards on duty did everything they could. Soares insists that bystanders organized the search of the water while the lifeguards remained on the shore. Multiple beach goers made the same claims to Eyewitness News Sunday evening.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said the lifeguards followed American Red Cross protocols, which included a visual inspection, clearing of the water, and human chain search in the water. The two college students had two and three years experience, respectively, as certified lifeguards.

Police say the situation is under investigation, and Mayor Avedisian said it was too soon to consider changing protocols before the investigation is complete.

“People had a job to do, that were paid to do it, that did not do it,” Isom said. It was the only comment she made about the lifeguards; she said she wanted to spend the interview talking about Ja-mir, and not the horrific event that ended his life.

Mayor Avedisian said those lifeguards were reassigned to administrative duties in the city. For that reason, and because of lifeguards going back to college, a spokesperson for the city said there would be no lifeguards on duty at City Park or Oakland Beach for the remainder of the season.

Warwick Police Chief Col. Stephen McCartney said Tuesday a number of family members have been interviewed, but no conclusions have been made yet about the circumstances that led to Ja-mir’s death. A major question that remains is whether lifeguards or first responders knew Ja-mir might be in the water when the search began.

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Providence scooter driver charged with unlicensed gun, resisting arrest, other charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Police say that checking on an unregistered blue scooter led them to find a man with a gun and a wrecked car wanted in a hit and run with gunfire Wednesday afternoon.

The discovery began around 2 p.m., when two officers in the housing unit saw a man riding the scooter at Myrtle and Pine streets and noticed the license plate was reported stolen. The officers followed the scooter to 495 Pine St. and stopped Darnell Taylor, 18, after he tossed a loaded Kel-Tec pistol, according to a police report.

In the rear driveway nearby, the police saw a 2002 Nissan Altima idling empty, with its rear bumper hanging off and the driver’s side smashed. Police determined that this was the same vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that was also under investigation. Taylor told police that the car crashed as he was eluding people who were shooting at him, according to a police report.

The officers seized the gun and had the car towed. Taylor, of 16 Myrtle St., was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, driving with a suspended license and issued a summons for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Taylor was arraigned Thursday at District Court.

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Race in Rhode Island: A 10 Town Meeting

NBC 10 News explores race relations between the police and the community in Rhode Island in a “10 Town Meeting” moderated by Barbara Morse Silva and Gene Valicenti.

The guests are:

Kobi Dennis, Project: Night Vision

Dr. Jodi Glass, Coordinator, Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice and Bias

Col. Steven O’Donnell, Rhode Island State Police

Col. Hugh Clements, Providence Police Department

Jim Vincent, President, NAACP Providence Branch

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Stephen Procter Sanctuaries and Destinations: Clay Vessels in the Garden

Blithewold welcomes the bold lines and generous volumes of Stephen Procter’s handmade ceramic vessels. Procter will be creating almost 20 vessels for Blithewold, which will stand harmoniously in the gardens throughout the estate. Procter explained his vision for the pieces during a visit with Blithewold staff at his studio on February 15. “As I’m making these pieces and thinking about them I’m tuning into my experiences of being at Blithewold,” Procter said, “rather than being inspired by classical vase forms, I am melding that with more organic forms inspired by hives and cocoons and seedpods, and I am imagining these works in that natural environment.”

Procter elaborated further on his creative process by explaining that while most of his pieces are oneoff types, he is looking forward to experiment with duplicate pieces in preparation for the Blithewold showing. While very familiar with creating large pieces to be fired in his five-foot tall kiln, Procter is also excited to push boundaries in terms of vessel size. Procter’s vessels marry ancient traditions with an elegant contemporary sensibility. The large scale of the pieces lends a sense of presence and spirit that makes them a powerful focal point in the garden.

Stephen Procter’s vessels can be seen throughout the grounds at Blithewold. To learn more about Procter, visit

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Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties 2016 Season

June 20th-October 10 , 2016:Hyannis “HyArts” Artist Shanties, 180 Ocean St, Hyannis, MA 508-862-4990 Seven days a week, 11AM -8PM   Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and includes painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass, ceramics, mariner knot work, wood carving, and much more! Artists change weekly.  FREE family entertainment Thursdays-Saturday evenings, July/August. Shanties are open full weeks through October 10

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