Weather advisories peppered Massachusetts and Rhode Island Monday morning as a sudden chill descended on the region.
An overnight frost advisory has been called for much of New England, while a wind advisory has been called for the Cape and a freeze watch in Central and Western Mass.
The weather took a quick dip after Sunday’s rain, with many communities sitting in the low-to-mid 50s and dropping much lower into the evening.
The overnight frost advisory, in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m., means to bring any plants you’ve still got out back inside. It’s in effect for Eastern, Southeastern and Northeastern Massachusetts, but not the coast, according to the National Weather Service. It’s also in effect in Southern and Northern Rhode Island.
The freeze watch, also in effect from late tonight into early Tuesday morning, blankets all of Central and most of Western Massachusetts.
The wind advisory, in effect until 2 p.m. Monday, is for Cape Cod and the Islands. Winds were up to 40 miles per hour on the Outer Cape and Nantucket.
Coventry, RI — Police in Coventry are investigating the cause of a fatal accident overnight.
Both police and fire personnel from Western and Central Coventry Rescue responded to the area of 266 Hopkins Hollow Road just after midnight Sunday to investigate a report of a motor vehicle which had driven off the road and was in the woods.
While heading to the scene, Coventry Police received a second 911 call stating the vehicle was on its roof and was crushed.
The caller reported not hearing or seeing anyone around the vehicle.
Upon their arrival, Western and Central Coventry Rescue crews used the Jaws of Life to extricate the operator and lone occupant from the vehicle.
Western Coventry Rescue personnel began performing life saving measures and transported the 42-year-old male to Kent Hospital.
The male was later pronounced deceased at Kent Hospital.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Coventry Police Department’s Accident Reconstruction Unit.
Police say drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played a factor in this accident, however speed may have.
Police are withholding the operator’s identity pending notification to his next of kin.
Look closely at these photos. These individuals are people of interest in several incidents in town involving breaking and entering into area depositories. The red truck was used and appears to be a Dodge Dakota. If you have any information on the 2 males, female and/or truck please give our Detective Division a call.
LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer responding to a call about a hoodied vagrant curled up asleep in a bar doorway roused him and quickly recognized the bearded face of perhaps the most wanted man in America.
Ahmad Khan Rahami — identified in an FBI bulletin just hours earlier as a man wanted in the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey — pulled a gun, shot the officer and triggered a running gun battle in the street that ended with Rahami wounded and in custody Monday, authorities said.
A bloodied Rahami was loaded into the back of an ambulance, just 50 hours after the first blast that started it all.
Rahami, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who lived with his Muslim family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the leg as authorities began drawing up charges in a case that spread fear across the New York area and revived anxiety about homegrown terrorism.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials have every reason to believe the series of bombings “was an act of terror,” though investigators said Rahami’s exact motive isn’t yet clear.
With Rahami’s arrest, officials said they have no indication there are more bombs or suspects to find, though they cautioned that they are still investigating.
Still, after a whirlwind investigation that put Rahami in custody in just two days’ time, “I’m a lot happier today than I was yesterday,” New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Then a shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bomb similar to those used in the Boston Marathon attack exploded Saturday night in New York’s Chelsea section, wounding 29 people, none seriously. An unexploded pressure-cooker bomb was found blocks away.
Late Monday, a hospitalized Rahami was charged in New Jersey with five counts of attempted murder of police officers in connection with the shootout and was held on $5.2 million bail. Federal prosecutors said they were still weighing charges over the bombings.
It wasn’t known if Rahami had an attorney. Messages left for family members were not immediately returned.
Rahami lived with his family above their fried-chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, and his relatives have clashed with the city over closing times and noise complaints they said were tinged with anti-Muslim sentiment. A childhood friend, Flee Jones, said Rahami had become more religious after returning from a trip to Afghanistan several years ago. Still, some of the family restaurant’s customers said that while Rahami was devout, he was more likely to talk about his interest in cars than to mention faith.
William Sweeney Jr., the FBI’s assistant director in New York, said there were no indications Rahami was on law enforcement’s radar at the time of the bombings.
Authorities zeroed in on him as the potential bomber after a fingerprint and DNA obtained from one of the New York sites and “clear as day” surveillance video from the bombing scene helped identify him, according to three law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
Five people were pulled over Sunday night in a vehicle associated with Rahami but were questioned and released, Sweeney said, declining to say whether they might later face charges. The law enforcement officials said at least one of Rahami’s relatives was in the car, which appeared headed toward Kennedy Airport in New York after coming from New Jersey.
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said the break in the case came late Monday morning, when a bar owner reported someone asleep in his doorway.
Jack Mazza, co-manager of nearby V.C.M.R. Truck Services, said the bar owner came over exclaiming about the sleeping man, and Mazza walked over to see a man curled up with a sweatshirt hood pulled over his head in the rain.
“He looked like a bum,” Mazza said.
After an officer arrived and recognized Rahami, Rahami shot the officer, who was saved by his bulletproof vest, authorities said. More officers joined in a gun battle that spilled into the street.
Another police officer was grazed by a bullet. Authorities said neither officers’ injuries were life-threatening.
Peter Bilinskas said he was standing by his desk at his Linden bowling-supply shop when he heard what sounded like gunfire and saw a man walking down the street with a gun in his hand.
As a police car pulled up at the traffic light in front of the shop, the man fired about six shots at the cruiser, then continued down the street with police following him, Bilinskas said.
As the East Coast was rattled by the bombings, a man who authorities say referred to Allah wounded nine people in a stabbing rampage at a Minnesota mall Saturday before being shot to death by an off-duty police officer. Authorities are investigating it as a possible terrorist attack but have not drawn any connection between the bloodshed there and the bombings.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Muslim advocacy group, welcomed Rahami’s arrest. The organization and the Afghan Embassy in Washington condemned the bombings.
Around the time Rahami was captured, President Barack Obama was in New York on a previously scheduled visit for a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. He called on Americans to show the world “we will never give in to fear.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for using “whatever lawful methods are available” to get information from Rahami, mocked the fact that he would receive quality medical care and legal representation, and called for profiling foreigners who look like they could have connections to terrorism or certain Mideastern countries.
Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton said her rival’s anti-Muslim rhetoric gives “aid and comfort” to Islamic terrorists by helping them recruit fighters.
Rahami’s father, Mohammad, and two of Rahami’s brothers sued the city of Elizabeth in 2011 after it passed an ordinance requiring their restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, to close early because of complaints from neighbors that it was a late-night nuisance.
The Rahamis charged in the lawsuit that they were targeted by neighbors because they are Muslims. The lawsuit was terminated in 2012 after Mohammad Rahami pleaded guilty to blocking police from enforcing the restrictions on the restaurant.
Ryan McCann, of Elizabeth, said that he often ate at the restaurant and recently began seeing Ahmad Rahami working there more.
“He’s always in there. He’s a very friendly guy, that’s what’s so scary. It’s hard when it’s home,” McCann said.
Pearson reported from New York. Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo and Jennifer Peltz in New York; Dake Kang and Michael Catalini in Elizabeth; Tom Hays in San Francisco; and Eric Tucker, Alicia A. Caldwell and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report.
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Crews were called to Nichols Street in Cranston Monday for a report of a large tree down.
Eyewitness News received similar reports of trees down across the area – as Tropical Storm Hermine made her way to Southern New England.
In Cranston, the tree knocked out power to dozens of people. Tree crews equipped with wood chippers were on the scene trying to clean up the street. The tree fell, snapping a utility line and bending a few others. National Grid was on the scene waiting to install a new pole.
“We’ve had worse winds where nothing has ever happened, but you know the wind catches it at the right time. That’s its time to go,” said Dennis Christofaro.
Christofaro said he was in his backyard when the tree fell.
“All of a sudden I heard a crack and it sounded like lightning,” he explained. “I couldn’t even imagine what it was. I ran out front to see the tree on the ground and naturally it happened in seconds.”
According to officials, the power on the block could possibly be out for hours. Neighbors said they’re firing up their generators in anticipation for the long power outage.
Strong winds pushed a tree down across Bridal Avenue in West Warwick – pulling down power lines in all directions.
“It was just an explosion,” said Erica Samos. “And a flash of blue light. The kids went running and it just went out. Everything went black.”
In Pawtucket, branches came down near Charlton Avenue.
Back in Cranston, Calaman Road was partially blocked by a tree that ripped up the sidewalk. On Holland Street, a branch hooked itself on a powerline – starting a small fire and leaving an entire apartment complex in the dark.
“I’ll probably just wait it out,” said Diego Perez of Cranston. “If not, probably go to a friend or family’s to stay the night if we don’t get any power back.”
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is teaming up with a home security company to help victims of domestic violence feel safer.
The advocacy group has partnered with Warwick-based Alliance Security to offer a free year of home security service to victims moving from a safe home into transitional housing.
“What we found is that clients don’t always feel safe in their home,” said Linda Impagliazzo, Executive Director of Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center In Pawtucket.
The security system goes into the transitional unit where victims live before they move completely on their own.
“It’s something that we’re very proud of. We feel like it is something that is necessary. It’s something that’s gone way too long without being noticed. I know it’s in the news these days but we want to do whatever we can to help,” said Jay Gotra, CEO, Alliance Security.
The first security system was installed two months ago and several have been installed since.