RI Tree Worker Richard ‘Jr Rick’ Mopps ID’d As Victim Killed Wednesday Removing Richmond Log

RICHMOND, RI. (THECOUNT) — Richard Mopps has been identified as the Rhode Island Warwick Tree Service worker killed in an accident Tuesday afternoon at a Richmond home on Wednesday.

“Jr Rick” Mopps, 25, of Coventry, was operating a skid steer loader to lift a 20-foot log outside a home located at, 439 Gardiner Road, when the log shifted downward, with one end hitting the ground and the other falling into the loader.

The substantial log crushed the safety bar, according to police, trapping Mopps inside the driver’s compartment.

First responders performed CPR on Mopps after they and his Warwick Tree Service coworkers cut and removed the log and safety bar, reports WPRI.

The victim suffered major blunt force trauma.

Mopps was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to police.

Friends and family took to Facebook to remember the beloved young man.

Mopps death has been ruled an accident, according to officials.

Geo quick facts: Richmond is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island. The population was 7,708 at the 2010 census. It contains the villages of Alton, Arcadia, Barberville, Carolina, Hillsdale, Hope Valley, Kenyon, Shannock, Tug Hollow, Usquepaug, Wood River Junction, Woodville, and Wyoming – Wikipedia.

Heroin Epidemic Forces School Nurses To Stock Antidote

The heroin epidemic is so out of control among teenagers that the nation’s schools have stocked a fast-acting overdose antidote to be administered by nurses and teachers in case of emergency.

School nurses are keeping the drug naloxone on hand as an essential part of their first-aid kits. If a student exhibit signs of heroin overdose they are administered naloxone via syringe or a nasal spray. The desired effect is to get an overdose patient breathing again.

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“We’re facing an epidemic,” said Beth Mattey, president of The National Association of School Nurses. “People are dying from drug overdoses, opioid drug overdoses. We need to be able to address the emergency.” Continue reading

DISGRACEFUL! Man Stole VETS TOMBSTONES Used As Flooring In Garage

Kevin Maynard, a worker at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, is accused of the despicable crime of stealing vets’ headstones he then used as flooring in his garage.

Maynard was arraigned Monday in federal court where he is expected to plead guilty.

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A former worker at the Veterans Cemetery, Maynard resigned after the cemetery learned he had stolen hundreds of headstones destine as flooring in his shed and garage. Continue reading

R.I. Beach EXPLOSION Sends Woman Airborne BOMB SQUAD On Scene

The bomb squad is on scene after an under-sand explosion at the Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, R.I., sent a woman several feet in the air and into some rocks.

Reps for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management told reporters the beach was evacuated around noon on Saturday after an explosion occurred just after 11:15 a.m.

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DEM crews were called after several 911 calls were received by Narragansett police and fire departments for reports of a possible explosion Continue reading

Good Times Actor Ben Powers DIES

Ben Powers, best known for his recurring role on TV sitcom Good Times has died. He was 64.

Powers also appeared in many movies and TV shows including, The New Mike HammerGimme A Break, Laverne & Shirley, The New Odd Couple, The Great American HeroCheech & Chong’s Next Movie, Things Are Tough All Over and The Man Who Loved Women.

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Brooklyn born, Powers was raised in Providence, R.I., by his grandparents. Continue reading

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