Gov. Chafee ’75 P’14 has been leaning towards Steven O’Donnell as his pick for the twelfth superintendent of the Rhode Island state police. The office is expected to announce his choice in a news conference at 3:30 p.m. today. Chafee’s job discussions with this veteran law-enforcement officer, who also spent time as an undercover investigator of organized crime, follow the unexpected March 3 resignation of Col. Brendan P. Doherty. Barely a week into his new term, Doherty was called into a private meeting with Chafee following his public criticism of Providence’s immigration policy. During his time in office, Doherty spearheaded the institution of the Underage Drinking and Nightclub Safety Task Force responsible for finally busting FishCo.
The suspected East-Coast-Rapist, a man accused of assaulting at least 17 women along the East coast over a 12 year period, is being held on a $1.5 million bail after being arrested last week. Aaron Thomas’s first court appearance took place this morning in the New Haven Superior Court, but he is also expected to be held to multiple life sentences in Virginia. The unemployed truck driver was found after a tip — resulting from the use of electronic billboards to pinpoint the suspect — was called in from Maryland. According to the prosecutor, Thomas asked, “Why haven’t you picked me up sooner?” upon his arrest.
A University poll showed that more than half of Rhode Island residents would be open to an Arizona-styled illegal immigrant law. According to the poll, 54 percent support a law which would require local police departments to charge and arrest any illegal immigrant they could find. 71 percent of respondents said that such a law would increase racial profiling.