PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorney General Peter Neronha has reversed a decision by his predecessor and removed redactions from documents related to how the state is spending $50 million forfeited...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general has discovered more felony cases not prosecuted by his predecessor.
In addition to the 1,300 cases publicized in December, a review...
Mobster’s son sues over arrest on his father’s warrant
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The son of the late Rhode Island mobster Frank "Bobo" Marrapese Jr. has filed a lawsuit alleging he was falsely imprisoned on a warrant for his father.
Prosecutor: Rite Aid to pay fine, change its drug dispensing
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general says pharmacy chain Rite Aid has agreed to pay $300,000 for improperly dispensing certain medications.
Peter Kilmartin and the Drug Enforcement Administration said Monday that Rite Aid stores in Rhode Island dispensed controlled substances in excess of statutory maximums from September 2014 to February 2017.
Kilmartin says the quantities were prescribed by physicians, but everyone in the pharmaceutical supply chain must comply with limits.
Wells Fargo to pay $1.2M to Rhode Island under settlement
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1.2 million to Rhode Island to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Rhode Island is part of a multistate settlement announced Friday by Wells Fargo.
Wells Fargo was accused of opening unauthorized accounts and enrolling customers into online banking services without their knowledge or consent.
Grants totaling $4.1M announced from Volkswagen settlement
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have allocated $4.1 million in grants from a settlement Volkswagen reached with federal officials over its emissions testing scandal.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the funding for a variety of environmental projects.
Newly-elected lawmaker wants probe of 38 Studios deal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A newly-elected Rhode Island lawmaker is calling for an independent investigation into the state's involvement in former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company.
The state in 2010 invested $75 million in 38 Studios to lure it from Massachusetts. Two years later, the company ran out of money and went bankrupt.
Rhode Island prosecutors did not pursue 1,300 felony cases
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state attorney general's office hasn't pursued about 1,300 felony cases brought by police departments between 2009 through 2015, according to a report by The Providence Journal.
The newspaper reports the statute of limitations is up on 900 of those cases. All were in Providence County.
David Dumas, former Rhode Island House minority leader, dies
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Rhode Island House Minority Leader David Dumas has died.
The House Minority Office said Wednesday that Dumas died. The Providence Journal says the 75-year-old Dumas was working as a legal counsel to the General Assembly.
Dumas served as a state representative from 1983 to 1992. He was minority leader during his last term.
Judge: Convicted sex offender did not violate probation
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A judge in Rhode Island has ruled that a man who spent decades in prison for molesting children did not violate his probation by putting incorrect information on a marriage license application.
The decision on Monday means that Richard Gardner will be released from prison where he's been held since his arrest earlier this month.
Attorney general sides with Rhode Island synagogue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The attorney general of Rhode Island asked the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to review and reverse a lower court's decision that gave a New York congregation control of Rhode Island's Touro Synagogue and a set of bells valued in the millions.
Judge approves settlement in hospital pension case
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island judge has given conditional approval to a court-appointed receiver's settlement proposal for an underfunded hospital pension fund.
Receiver, attorney general clash over pension lawsuit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A court-appointed receiver who is suing over the collapse of a Rhode Island hospital system's pension fund says the state attorney general's office violated state law and failed to "mind the store."
Attorney general helps launch annual winter clothing drive
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general has launched a winter clothing collection drive with the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office and the alliance will be taking donations of winter apparel for the annual "Warm Hearts, Coats & Stuff" drive through Nov. 16.
Woman pleads no contest to DUI charges in fatal crash
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman accused of fatally striking a pedestrian while driving under the influence faces sentencing later this year.
Rhode Island man sentenced for fatally shooting a cab driver
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced for fatally shooting a cab driver.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Thursday that 28-year-old Ezekial Johnson, of Pawtucket, was sentenced to consecutive life sentences plus 10 years for the July 2007 murder of 42-year-old Jose Rodriguez.
Prosecutors say Johnson and two other people were in the backseat of Rodriguez's taxi in Central Falls when Johnson pulled out a gun and shot him in the back of the head, killing him.
ACLU slams AG’s response to Google settlement probe
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing the Rhode Island attorney general's office's response to a probe into the state's spending of a $50 million settlement with Google.
Rhode Island to get $800,000 under 50-state Uber settlement
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ride-hailing company Uber will pay $800,000 to Rhode Island after the company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information.
The settlement announced Wednesday is part of a $148 million joint resolution with all 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the November 2016 data breach.
Democratic state Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says Rhode Island's share will be about $800,000.
Lawmaker slams AG for $8,000 fee for Google settlement docs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House Minority Leader is asking the state court to intervene in her efforts to account for the state's spending of a landmark $230 million settlement with Google.
Republican state Rep. Patricia Morgan said Wednesday she wants Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office to waive up to $8,000 in additional payments to complete a public records request she filed in March. Morgan says she's already paid $3,750.
RI to review other states’ methods in clergy investigations
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general's office says it will begin a review of the investigation methods employed by two other states that announced they are probing possible abuses by Roman Catholic clergy.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's spokeswoman Amy Kempe says the office will not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, and can't confirm if the office is considering launching one.
Officer cleared of wrongdoing in shooting of armed man
TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general says a Tiverton police officer who shot an armed man earlier this year was justified in using deadly force and no criminal charges will be filed.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin on Wednesday announced the findings of the investigation into the nonfatal shooting of Scott Banville by Lt. Scott Beaulieu on April 4 at Banville's home during a domestic violence call.
Legislators, sex abuse victims push for new laws
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of abuse victims joined a group of 20 lawmakers in calling for Rhode Island's legislative leaders to extend the time limit for filing child abuse lawsuits.
The news conference in Providence on Monday demanded a vote on legislation that would extend the time limit for filing suits to 35 years from seven years. The demonstrators also called on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to open a grand jury investigation of the Catholic Church's Providence Diocese.
State attorney general aims to stop online plans for 3D guns
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general is demanding that federal officials stop the online spread of blueprints showing how to make 3D-printed plastic guns.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin recently joined other attorneys generals challenging a settlement between the State Department and a Texas-based company that wants to release the blueprints online. A federal judge temporarily blocked the release.
Kilmartin said Tuesday several other websites have illegally posted them online.
Former state representative pleads no contest to perjury
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former state lawmaker acknowledged he lied to investigators about his residency as part of a plea deal with the state, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said that former state Rep. John Carnevale pleaded no contest to a felony charge of perjury in Providence.
Man found guilty of 2007 murder
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A jury in Rhode Island court has found a man to be guilty for a 2007 murder.
The state's Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says on Friday, the Providence County Superior Court found 28-year-old Ezekial Johnson of Pawtucket guilty of the July 2007 murder of Jose Rodriguez.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Rhode Island man convicted of sexually molesting two young female relatives has been sentenced to more than a century in prison.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Monday that 35-year-old Jonathan Phillips was sentenced last week to a total of 150 years in prison, with 125 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin filed a lawsuit Monday against 21 fossil fuel companies demanding damages associated with sea level rise and water cycles.
In the complaint filed in Providence County Superior Court, Kilmartin said the companies are knowingly contributing to climate change and the "catastrophic consequences" to the state, its residents and the ecosystem.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers have approved a bill to extend an expiring law that keeps families in their homes to avoid foreclosure.
The bill heads to the governor. The General Assembly approved it as the session ended late Saturday.
A 2013 law requires mortgage lenders to participate in mediation with homeowners facing foreclosure to try to prevent it. The law expires July 1 but the bill moves the sunset provision to July 1, 2023.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a contentious bill on Thursday to punish drug dealers for fatal overdoses, after the attorney general and medical professionals sparred over the proposal.
The House passed "Kristen's Law," sending it to the Senate, which has passed a similar bill.
It is named for Kristen Coutu, who died in 2014 of a fentanyl overdose. She thought she was taking heroin.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on debate over a proposal in Rhode Island to punish drug dealers for fatal overdoses (all times local):
A bill has passed in the Rhode Island House of Representatives to punish drug dealers for fatal overdoses.
The bill, approved Thursday, now goes to the Senate. The Senate has passed a similar bill.
It's named for Kristen Coutu, who died in 2014 of a fentanyl overdose. She thought she was taking heroin.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers concerned about last year's Equifax breach have passed legislation to help consumers trying to protect their personal data.
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would make it illegal for a reporting agency to charge consumers for credit freeze requests. The House has passed an identical bill. Current law allows agencies to charge up to $10.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than a dozen medical and community organizations are asking the Rhode Island Senate to reject a bill that would punish drug dealers for fatal overdoses.
The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Services wrote in a letter to senators that the bill would have a "deleterious effect" on efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The American Civil Liberties Union was among the organizations that signed the letter.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island public officials are urging the General Assembly to preserve protections for homeowners facing foreclosure.
They've planned an event for Monday in Providence. They want lawmakers to pass legislation to repeal the July 1 sunset on the state's foreclosure mediation act, which ensures that homeowners who can't pay their mortgage can meet with their lender and mediator to review options for staying in the home.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 26-year-old Boston man who authorities say shot and robbed a man in Rhode Island has been convicted of robbery and firearm charges.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says Gregory Hampton-Boyd was found guilty Thursday of first-degree robbery, discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence, assault with a dangerous weapon and other offenses.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is asking the state Supreme Court for a ruling on how long the term in office should be for East Providence officials.
Life in prison for man convicted in deadly home invasion
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man will serve life in prison for his role in the killing of a North Providence man during a 2014 home invasion.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says 28-year-old Dari Garcia, of Providence, was sentenced on Friday to two consecutive life sentences and an additional 125 years after being convicted on all 14 counts against him. Those charges included murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and felony assault.
Rhode Island lawmakers pass bill banning revenge porn
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's General Assembly has passed legislation banning so-called revenge porn.
The House passed the bill Thursday and the Senate passed it Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo supports the measure.
The law criminalizes the posting of nude images online without the consent of the person in the photo. Lawmakers say hackers and former partners post the material for exploitation or humiliation.
Police investigate shots fired outside courthouse
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police have investigated shots fired outside the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence.
The Providence Journal reports the courthouse was placed on lockdown during the incident. No injuries were reported.
Police said four adult males were questioned in what is described as a gang-related incident.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general's office is arguing to the state Supreme Court Wednesday that it has no obligation to defend a state trooper who assaulted an imprisoned man.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general and governor say they've reached a compromise to ban "revenge porn."
The General Assembly passed a law in 2016 to criminalize posting nude pictures online without the consent of the person in the photo. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo vetoed that bill, saying it was too broad and could have unintentionally forbidden publishing news photos like the Abu Ghraib pictures.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island gang member has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for his role in a drive-by shooting in Providence that seriously injured one man.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said 34-year-old Joseph "Black" Segrain of Pawtucket was sentenced Thursday. Kilmartin says he got another nine years for violating his probation for an earlier drug trafficking conviction.
Man sentenced for trying to kill his ex-wife’s boyfriend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for trying to kill his ex-wife's boyfriend and then pointing a gun at the woman in front of his 8-year-old daughter.
Attorney general: Offshore drilling would hurt state economy
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general says he is committed to using "all appropriate legal avenues" if the U.S. Interior Department doesn't cancel plans to expand offshore drilling off the state's coastline.
Allowing drilling for oil and gas will hurt "our economy and our quality of life," Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said, with detrimental effects to tourism and commercial fishing.
Grand jury finds police in deadly highway shooting justified
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A grand jury has determined that a deadly police shooting on a busy Rhode Island highway that killed a man caught up in the search for someone who stole a state police cruiser was "lawful and legally justified."
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office announced the grand jury findings on Friday.
Joseph Santos, 32, was driving a white pickup, the same type of vehicle police were looking for in connection with the theft of the cruiser on Nov. 9.
Man pleads guilty to killing Fall River woman, burying body
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to charges he killed a Massachusetts woman and buried her body behind a vacant home in Rhode Island.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Wednesday 33-year-old James Lombardi, of Cranston, Rhode Island waived indictment.
Lombardi was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 29-year old Krystal Boswell, of Fall River. He was sentenced to life in prison, plus two years as a habitual offender.
Man pleads guilty to killing mother of their 2 children
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend, the mother of their two young children.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says that 34-year-old Alvin Huggins pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing Yanira Flores to death in May 2015.
He was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison, with 10 years suspended with probation, under the terms of a pela deal.
Rhode Island OKs settlement over child welfare system
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has agreed to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit that alleges systemic abuse and neglect of the nearly 2,000 children living in state custody.
State officials and the nonprofit advocacy group Children's Rights on Monday announced the settlement of the lawsuit first filed in 2007.
Road deaths up 76 percent this year, state officials say
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island transportation officials say driving deaths are up 76 percent this year, and are urging drivers to be safe during the holiday season.
Man charged in girlfriend’s death after saying car hit her
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend then telling investigators she had been struck by a car has been indicted on a murder charge.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Monday that 32-year-old Allen Hanson is charged with domestic murder in the May death of Jennifer Silva.
Police say they responded to the couple's East Providence home, where they found Silva in a parking lot at the rear of the address. She died at the hospital.
2 men get prison for lottery-related sailboat beating death
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island men are headed to prison for beating a man to death aboard a sailboat over lottery winnings.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says Richard Baribault was sentenced Friday to life plus ten years. Troy Gunderway received a 55-year term with 35 years to serve.
Baribault was convicted this summer of murder and other offenses in the 2015 death of 70-year-old Fernando Silva. Gunderway pleaded guilty to similar charges in March.