Laura Damon, Newport Daily News

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Past articles by Laura:

'You could smell blood': Newport residents describe the scene of a fatal stabbing

Newport Police identified the victim as Davide Semenza. He was pronounced dead at Newport Hospital at 4:39 p.m. Monday. → Read More

Mass. man sentenced in Newport overdose death; first to be charged under Kristen's Law

“Drug dealers, those dealing fentanyl and heroin in particular, must be the focus of our prosecutorial efforts," Attorney General Peter Neronha said. → Read More

Pirates will join Newport's 'Halfway to St. Patrick's Day' celebration on Saturday

Pipe bands and Free Men of the Sea, a pirate reenactment group, will rotate around Newport establishments Sept. 25 in first St. Patrick's Day party. → Read More

Man dies after being swept away from Cliff Walk in Newport

The Newport Fire Department received a call at 12:45 p.m. on Sept. 10 about a person in the water off Rough Point after being swept out by a wave. → Read More

Sex abuse case against Portsmouth Abbey, former teacher can move forward, judge rules

"Jane Doe" was a 15-year-old student at the Abbey in 2012 when, she claims in the suit, a teacher began a sexual relationship with her. → Read More

Protest at Raytheon over weapon sales slows response to car crash in Portsmouth

Activists blockaded entrances to protest weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and Israel, and their involvement in enforcing the U.S.- Mexican border. → Read More

Newport Folk Festival draws fans of all ages for 'the vibes' and the music

Attendees were in their 70s and barely a year old, though everyone seemed to be enjoying the music Sunday after a year off due to the COVID pandemic. → Read More

Ex-Portsmouth High football coach Ryan Moniz sues town, School Committee for 'termination'

The suit comes three years after Moniz was removed as the school's head football coach in the wake of an investigation into a student's death. → Read More

Family of Diane Drake hoping for fresh investigative look at unsolved murder case

“I feel hopeful that there’s a new detective on the case." → Read More

Portsmouth women behind 'Unmask our Children' signs find bevy of support

Gov. Dan McKee recently announced R.I public schools will return to in-person classes this fall, but it's up to districts to set masking guidelines. → Read More

Newport detective during bail hearing describes scene after fatal stabbing on Thames Street

Tyrese Poulsen is charged with the murder of 22-year-old Maximus Julian after an alleged fight at a party over Memorial Day weekend → Read More

No parade, but a party planned in September to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport

“Maybe if it goes well, maybe it’s an event that we add every year." → Read More

Jianna O’Brien will graduate from Prudence Island School, the first in five years

Jianna O'Brien is one of just seven students who attend the small school. She'll earn her diploma during a ceremony on June 12. → Read More

Police ID pair wanted in Newport stabbing; one suspect sought on murder charge

Maximus Julian, 22, of Little Compton, was stabbed during a party in Newport at a short-term vacation rental early Sunday morning. → Read More

Middletown man dies after Monday morning rollover crash on Valley Road

The cause of the incident remains under investigation. → Read More

ACLU, town of Portsmouth settle lawsuit over removal of political signs

The ACLU called the lawsuit settlement “favorable.” → Read More

Trucker driver arrested at Naval Station Newport; 15-year-old girl found in sleeping cabin

David Romero Reyes appeared in federal court Monday on charge of transportation of a minor → Read More

Two North Carolina men wanted in connection with a homicide arrested in Middletown

Both men were expected to be arraigned Monday in Newport County District Court. → Read More

Madame X, psychics and the girl in the rain: The story behind the Diane Drake murder case

“ ... it was such a bad, rainy day, that she called somebody. She went down the list and called people, and she called the wrong guy.” → Read More

'Somebody knows something': Newport cold case fresh in the minds of Diane Drake's family

Cathy Coffey, Diane's sister, said she certainly didn’t think she’d standing on Easton's Beach decades later "still not knowing anything." → Read More