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PORTSMOUTH — Officer Bruce Celico got the call while he was at the weigh station on Route 24 South around 2:50 a.m. on Jan. 8. “We got a BOLA (“be on the lookout” … more
WESTPORT — Protecting Westport’s cherished views would be a priority in a revised set of solar rules approved last week by the Planning Board and sent on to the Board of Selectmen. The … more
TIVERTON — Both victim and shooter say it was an accident, but Tiverton Police and the attorney general continue to investigate a Saturday incident in which a Tiverton woman was shot in the neck by … more
WESTPORT — Swimmers flocked to the Back Eddy dock in Westport and Fogland Beach in Tiverton to start the new year with a bracing plunge into 43 degree water (per the Back Eddy dock thermometer — … more
An 11:55 p.m. motor vehicle stop in Westport on Friday, December 28, led to the driver being charged with operating under the influence of both alcohol and drugs (marijuana). It was the sort of … more
TIVERTON — For a little over three-and-a-half hours, speaker after speaker in a standing-room-only Town Hall, rose to oppose the appointment of Giovanni Cicioni to be Tiverton town solicitor.  But at the end of it, by a vote of 4-3 shortly before midnight, the council majority approved the appointment of Mr. Cicioni, who begins his duties as town solicitor immediately.    more
WESTPORT — The Connecticut lending company that provided financing to a Westport used car dealership found to be selling “defective and inoperable vehicles” will provide refunds and debt relief to … more
TIVERTON — Almost exactly a month after they were sworn in, the newly elected Tiverton town council members — on a night just two days after Christmas — are heading into what may prove to be one of the more controversial council meetings in awhile. more
Water temperatures barely above freezing and a bitter northwest blast conspired to cancel penguin/polar swims in Tiverton and Westport last year (some ignored the edict), but this New Year’s Day … more
TIVERTON — It's official. Negotiations between the town and Fire Department Chief Robert Lloyd have concluded, and the chief is leaving town service. By letter he had been asked to sign, if he was willing to accept an offer to resign in lieu of termination, Chief Lloyd accepted the offer, signed the letter, and returned it to the town, which Town Administrator Jan Reitsma said was received on Tuesday, December 18. more
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