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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Rhode Island’s Attorney General has issued guidance for law enforcement after the expiration of the Good Samaritan law. The law was created to protect people from drug charges if they call 911 about a drug overdose; it expired July 1st after lawmakers took no action to extend it before adjourning for the summer.

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As the Patriots hurtle towards the American Football Conference championships this weekend, the Attorney General’s office is warning fans not to fall for ticket scams. 

For high profile games like the AFC Championships or the Super bowl demand for tickets goes up, and with it, the opportunity for scams.  The AG’s office reminds local fans not to let themselves be tricked just to get a real-life glimpse of the grid-iron.  If you missed out on regular tickets don’t go to sites like Craigslist to find one.

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A local government watchdog group thinks stiffer penalties are needed to discourage the practice of unregulated lobbying.   

The Associated Press reported this week that former Attorney General Patrick Lynch has lobbied his former office several times without registering as a lobbyist. Lynch told the AP his actions didn’t amount to lobbying.

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Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson is challenging incumbent Attorney general Peter Kilmartin. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ’14, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch  sat down with Hodgson to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin hosts fellow AG’s from across the Northeast for a two-day conference addressing sexual assault on college campuses. The group will work to determine how law enforcement can do a better job investigating campus sexual assault.

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.

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.

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State Senator Dawson Hodgson of North Kingstown Tuesday launched his Republican challenge to Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.  Hodgson says the theme of his campaign will be one of standing up for Rhode Island.

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.

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.  About half of the money was returned to the Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that investigated and tried the case.  How the three largest recipients are spending the money.

Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats

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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  to the state.  Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town  clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.

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’s five town councilors.  The recall stems from a controversy about who should handle background checks for concealed weapons permits.

The chair of the 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. 

An East Providence man has pleaded no contest to unemployment insurance fraud.  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.

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.

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.

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.  By paying, people automatically give the scammers access to sensitive bank account or credit card information.

The City of Pawtucket said a new state law blocking cities and towns from banning certain breeds of animals does not apply to them.   At issue is Pawtucket’s longstanding ban against the ownership of pit bulls. 

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.

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Rhode Island regulators have deemed Prime Healthcare’s application to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center complete.

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 1st and ends October 28th under Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversion Act.

Rhode Island collected more than 23-hundred pounds of pharmaceuticals this past Saturday during a statewide prescription drug take-back event.

The Attorney General’s office says that beats the record of all six previous take-back events in Rhode Island.

Rhode Islanders were encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription medications to several locations throughout Rhode Island for authorities to dispose of safely.