Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea covers politics, the criminal justice system and transportation for the Rhode Island Current.

Cross contamination reported at state drug lab

By: - March 17, 2023

More than 50 criminal drug tests at the state’s drug lab may be the subject of cross contamination involving cocaine, the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office announced Friday afternoon. The incident was reported to the AG’s office by the state’s Department of Health on March 14. The disclosure comes after health officials held a routine […]

Another one rides the bus: Commuter transit returning to Foster

By: - March 17, 2023

Since 2006, if residents from the rural town of Foster wanted to rely on public transit to get to Providence, they’d have to travel to nearby Scituate in order to catch a ride. “[Having the bus is] a resource for a town which is otherwise pretty much shut off from civilization,” said Republican House Minority […]

A toll booth on the Pell Bridge.

Turnpike & Bridge Authority moves to prevent incorrect plate violations

By: - March 16, 2023

More Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority staff will have access to Department of Motor Vehicles software to resolve toll violations charged to wrong vehicles

R.I. Supreme Court orders auto shop owner’s concealed carry reinstated

By: - March 15, 2023

The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that Attorney General Peter Neronha must renew Finest Car Wash & Auto Repair owner Peter Montaquila’s permit after it was denied following an incident at his store in 2020.

An overhead shot of the Route 6/10 interchange under construction.

Sentencing delayed for former 6/10 construction project supervisor

By: - March 15, 2023

The sentencing of a former superintendent of the state’s ongoing $410 million Route 6/10 renovations will have to wait another day, a spokesperson for the U.S. Justice Department said. A department spokesperson said no new sentencing date had been scheduled for Dennis Ferreira, a former employee of Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., a Massachusetts company responsible […]

An entrance sign for the Breeze Airways check-in counter at T.F. Green.

$3.5 million in renovations coming to T.F. Green for Breeze expansion

By: - March 15, 2023

WARWICK —  The corporation that operates Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport will reimburse Breeze Airways $3.5 million to expand its base of operations and create the first permanent hub in the airport’s history. The Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s (RIAC) board of directors unanimously approved the funding March 9 to allow the airliner to pay […]