PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island lawmaker has deleted a tweet calling a school shooting survivor a "dummy" for her response to the shooting that killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville. Republican state Rep. Mike Chippendale was responding to Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, shooting. She cited reports that the shooter's gun was taken away by an unarmed man as evidence that teachers don't need guns. Chippendale said the ensuing manhunt might have been avoided if the man was armed.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Warwick lawyer has been charged with embezzling $1.2 million from his clients. The Rhode Island State Police say 57-year-old Vincent Mitchell was arrested Monday and charged with 10 counts of embezzlement and fraudulent conversion over $100. Mitchell voluntarily told the Rhode Island Supreme Court disciplinary counsel's office in August that he had taken $1.2 million from 10 clients for unauthorized personal use.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the nation needs to do more to clean up and prevent marine debris. Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, visited Clean Ocean Access, a Middletown nonprofit, on Monday to call on the U.S. House to pass his bill to address marine debris, the "Save Our Seas Act." Whitehouse was marking global Earth Day, which was on Sunday. The Senate has passed the bill.
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Cranston police are continuing an investigation into a Friday carjacking in Boston. WPRI-TV reports police noticed an SUV matching the description provided by the Boston Police Department parked in Cranston Monday morning in violation of a city parking ordinance. Nine people are being questioned. Police say they ran the vehicle's license plate and saw it had been stolen. They believe it was involved in another pursuit in Pawtucket on Monday at 2 a.m.
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