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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: One of the eight people charged in the 2019 group sexual assault of a teen in Providence is going to prison.  New legislation paves the way for police departments in the Ocean State to use the same dispatch and record management system.  Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped below six-percent last month.

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>>Man Sentenced For Participation In Group Sexual Assault

(Providence, RI)  --  A Providence man is being sentenced to twelve years in prison for his role in the gang rape of a teenage girl.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office says twenty-year-old Carlos Chacon pleaded no contest to charges including first-degree sexual assault.  The state says Chacon was part of the group that assaulted an unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party on Wesleyan Avenue in December 2019, and recorded portions of it on a cellphone.  Eight defendants total were charged and Chacon is the first to be sentenced.

>>Insanity Determination Made For Defendant In Woonsocket Police Shooting Case

(Providence, RI)  --  A Portsmouth man is being found not guilty by reason of insanity in a police officer shooting case.  The Providence Journal reports a Superior Court judge made the ruling on Thursday for Tyler Chandler, who shot at officers in Woonsocket in July of 2018, hitting one who survived.  Judge Kristin Rodgers found that Chandler was grossly impaired by schizophrenia and could not be held criminally responsible.  Chandler was ordered into the custody of the state so a determination can be made if he is able to have an unsupervised presence in the community.

>>Table Set For Public Safety Departments To Have Unified Dispatch

(Providence, RI)  --  Public safety departments in Rhode Island could all soon be using the same dispatch and records system.  New legislation partly sponsored by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio establishes a statewide dispatch system to replace what he calls a "hodgepodge" of different, incompatible versions.  According to a State House press release, the legislation was supported by the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, and nearly every state law enforcement agency has indicated it would participate.

>>McKee: Don't "Read Too Much" Into Non-Signing Of Gun Bill

(Providence, RI)  --  Governor Dan McKee commented this week on a gun bill he did not sign.  The governor put his pen to a pair of other firearm bills Monday, but WPRI-TV reports he did not sign or veto a third which would require the attorney general's office to report on the types of guns being used in crimes.  That means it will become law by default.  The Democrat McKee said he did not have an issue with the bill, which had support from Republicans and gun-rights advocates, and said he would not read too much into his decision.

>>Small Unemployment Rate Decrease

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island's unemployment rate decreased to five-point-nine percent in June, which was one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the previous month.  That's according to the Department of Labor and Training.  The rate from June 2020 was ten-point-nine percent.  The state says 17-hundred jobs were added this year from May to June.

>>Revenue Analysis Office Concerned About Film Tax Credit Program

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Office of Revenue Analysis is yelling "cut" on the state's film tax credit program.  The head of the office, Paul Dion, tells the Providence Business News the state is losing money on the program and most of the companies that benefit are not following reporting requirements.  The fiscal year 2022 state budget includes a ten-million-dollar increase in film tax credits.  Rhode Island House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi said he would look into the report.

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