This Just In: Gronk does it again, the telltale tattoo and memory makers – The Providence Journal

Good afternoon, and welcome to This Just In. I'm Jack Perry, a producer for The Providence Journal. Once again I'm coming off the bench and substituting for managing editor Michael McDermott.

We're going to borrow from the wonderful Stevie Nicks and the unforgettable Tom Petty to deliver a message about one of our most popular unpopular stories of the day. That's right, Gronk. Stop dragging our hearts around.

To the disappointment of fans all over New England, the former Patriots tight end made his much-anticipated big announcement Tuesday morning. He'll be in Miami for the Super Bowl in February, but he won't be wearing a Patriots uniform. He will be hosting a party on Miami Beach. Sorry to be a party pooper, Gronk, but that wasn't the message I was hoping for.

In much cooler waters off the beaches of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island DEM last week teamed up with NOAA to seize 120 illegal lobsters from a fishing boat. After posing the lobsters for a quick photo, officers put them back into the water, where they can birth baby lobsters and grow big enough for dinner plates.

Staff writer Paul Edward Parker tells us how a "telltale tattoo" helped the police in Pawtucket crack a convenience store robbery. The tattoo is prominently displayed on the suspect's cheek.

In a disturbing incident at the Providence DPW, one employee has been terminated and another suspended pending a hearing. James Vincent, president of the NAACP Providence branch, said a city employee told him that he had found a noose in a vehicle.

In District Court, a rookie Providence police officer has pleaded not guilty to domestic assault.

Fans of Rhode Island writer H.P. Lovecraft will be interested to know that in 2020, HBO will release Lovecraft Country, a one-hour drama series, which, HBO says, will feature "terrifying monsters that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback."

Here's some more from the world of entertainment. This one is for the younger set -- and the parents they bring with them. As part of a 70-city tour, Baby Shark Live! is coming to the Dunkin Donuts Center this May.

In a touching column, Journal Food Editor Gail Ciampa writes about a charming former neighbor, gifts and the memories they can make.

Enjoy the rest of the day. It's nice to see the sun is finally coming out, not long before it will set. Remember. If you enjoy This Just In, please encourage a friend to sign up.

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