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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A Rhode Island woman who was accused of racial harassment is avoiding a hate crime conviction.  Primary elections were held Tuesday for city council seats in Providence and Pawtucket.  The director of the state Department of Environmental Management is stepping down.

>>Fatal Fall River Crash Tuesday; Victim From Weekend N.B. Crash Died Yesterday

(Undated)  --  A Rhode Islander who was involved in a motorcycle crash over the weekend in New Bedford, Massachusetts has died.  The Bristol County Mass District Attorney's Office identified the victim who died on Tuesday as Krystal Gerardo of North Scituate.  Meanwhile, a three-car crash yesterday on Route 24 in Fall River killed a 35-year-old man from Lakeville, Mass who was not immediately identified.

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>>Racial Animus Case Ends Without Hate Crime Conviction

(Wakefield, RI)  --  A white Rhode Island woman will not be sentenced for a hate crime after she was charged for an incident involving a black family from the state last year.  Christine Longo of South Kingstown was found guilty of disorderly conduct by a South County District Court judge on Tuesday after standing trial for a profanity-laced tirade at the Narragansett-based Coast Guard House restaurant in which she said, quote, "look at this black guy" and told the family to go back where they came from.  Judge James Caruolo said he couldn't justify the state's hate crime recommendation for a misdemeanor charge.  Longo's sentence included anger management and diversity training, but no jail time.

>>Man Sentenced To ACI For Illegal Gun Possession

(Providence, RI)  --  A Woonsocket man is being sentenced to four years in the ACI for an illegal firearm charge.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office says Tahkell Holland discarded a loaded handgun while being pursued by Woonsocket police in August of 2020.  Holland pleaded no contest to carrying a pistol without a license.

>>City Council Primary Elections In Providence, Pawtucket

(Undated)  --  Special city council primary elections were held in Providence and Pawtucket on Tuesday.  Oscar Vargas declared victory in the race for the Providence City Council seat that was vacated by Sabina Matos [[ suh-BEE-nuh MATT-ohs ]] when she became the state's lieutenant governor.  The Pawtucket race to fill the seat of Ama Amponsah [[ AH-muh um-PON-suh ]], who died in April, was won by Clovis Gregor.  Special general elections will be held on July 6th.

>>Salve Requiring COVID Shots

(Newport, RI)  --  Salve Regina [[ SAL-vay ruh-GEE-nuh ]] University is joining other Rhode Island educational institutions in requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 next fall.  The Daily News reports the Newport-based university made the announcement on Tuesday, which also covers faculty and staff.  Exemptions can be sought for medical or religious reasons.

>>RI DEM Director Janet Coit Stepping Down

(Providence, RI)  --  The longtime head of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is departing.  The governor's office says Janet Coit's last day will be June 18th, marking the end of a ten-year hold on the position.  DEM deputy director Terrence Gray will become acting director.  The Boston Globe reported late last month that Coit is set to join the U.S. Department of Commerce and her old boss, former Rhode Island governor and now Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, but Coit has not confirmed.

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