attorney general en Good Samaritan Law Barred 36 Prosecutions In 2013, Says AG <p>Police departments from across Rhode Island are reporting on the impact of the state’s relatively new Good Samaritan Law. The law shields from prosecution anyone seeking medical assistance for someone who’s experiencing a drug overdose, with exceptions for crimes involving manufacturing and distributing drugs.</p><p>The Good Samaritan law – also known as Good Sam - took effect in June 2012. And the idea was to encourage more people to call 911 for a friend who’s overdosing. Before the law, the caller could be arrested on drug possession or other charges.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30057 at Republican Lawmaker Dawson Hodgson Seeks Attorney General Position <p>State Senator Dawson Hodgson of North Kingstown Tuesday launched his Republican challenge to Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.&nbsp; Hodgson says the theme of his campaign will be one of standing up for Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Hodgson is a former state prosecutor serving his second term in the Senate. He’s best known for calling for the creation of an independent commission to investigate failed video game company 38 Studios. Hodgson said he’s consistently been an advocate for the people of the state.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:00:13 +0000 Ian Donnis 27711 at Republican Lawmaker Dawson Hodgson Seeks Attorney General Position How Rhode Island Is Spending Its $500M Google Settlement <p>It’s been almost two years since five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies received a financial windfall from the Google settlement. Google was forced to pay a $500 million fine for illegally selling drugs to Americans without a prescription.&nbsp; About half of the money was returned to the Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that investigated and tried the case.&nbsp; How the three largest recipients are spending the money.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:17:45 +0000 Flo Jonic 26701 at Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats <p>Four Exeter town councilors have easily survived a recall election spawned by critics of a plan to transfer control of concealed weapons permits from the town&nbsp; to the state.&nbsp; Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town&nbsp; clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:39:11 +0000 Flo Jonic 26336 at Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats Recall Vote Sparked By Gun Rights Advocates Likely In Exeter <p>The chairwoman of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said it looks like there are enough petition signatures to warrant recall elections against four of the town&rsquo;s five town councilors.&nbsp; The recall stems from a controversy about who should handle background checks for concealed weapons permits.</p><p>The chair of the&nbsp;Exeter Board of Canvassers said they have enough signatures to justify a recall election against town council president Arlene Hicks and expect to have enough signatures to subject three of her colleagues to recalls as well.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:37:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 23319 at East Providence Man Pleads to Unemployment Insurance Fraud <p>An East Providence man has pleaded no contest to unemployment insurance fraud.&nbsp; Forty-nine-year-old Richard Daigle was sentenced to ten years probation and ordered to pay restitution to the state in excess of $10,000.</p><p>Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said if the case had gone to trial, prosecutors would have proven that for a six-month period starting in 2010 Daigle was working at a Stop N Shop store but failed to advise the state Department of Labor and Training of his earnings.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:16:30 +0000 Flo Jonic 22885 at National Grid Urging RI Customers Not to Fall for Scam <p>Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Rhode Islanders are still getting scammed by people claiming to be from National Grid and demanding payments. A warning issued earlier this month has failed to stop the predators.</p><p>The scammers typically call people at random and tell them they have a past due balance on their electric bill. They say they’re from National Grid and warn that service will be shut off immediately unless the customer makes an immediate payment.&nbsp; By paying, people automatically give the scammers access to sensitive bank account or credit card information.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:14:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 20481 at National Grid Urging RI Customers Not to Fall for Scam Rhode Island AG asked to weigh in on Whether Dog Ban Applies to Pawtucket <p>The City of Pawtucket said a new state law blocking cities and towns from banning certain breeds of animals does not apply to them.&nbsp;&nbsp; At issue is Pawtucket’s longstanding ban against the ownership of pit bulls.&nbsp;</p><p>Pawtucket officials said they will continue to enforce a ban on pit bulls despite a new state law that forbids cities and towns from outlawing the ownership of specific breeds of dogs or cats. Pawtucket director of administration Tony Pires said the law applies only to future bans, not ones already on the books like theirs.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:46:55 +0000 Flo Jonic 18883 at Rhode Island AG asked to weigh in on Whether Dog Ban Applies to Pawtucket Prime's Application to Buy Landmark Now Complete <p>Rhode Island regulators have deemed Prime Healthcare’s application to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center complete.</p><p>Now the Attorney General and Department of Health can begin their official review of California-based Prime Healthcare’s bid to buy the troubled community hospital. That review begins July 1<sup>st</sup> and ends October 28<sup>th</sup> under Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversion Act.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:19:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17618 at Prime's Application to Buy Landmark Now Complete Rhode Island Drug Take-Back Event Beats Records <p>Rhode Island collected more than 23-hundred pounds of pharmaceuticals this past Saturday during a statewide prescription drug take-back event.</p><p>The Attorney General’s office says that beats the record of all six previous take-back events in Rhode Island.</p><p>Rhode Islanders were encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription medications to several locations throughout Rhode Island for authorities to dispose of safely.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:07:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14402 at