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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A man is sentenced to life in prison for robbing a Seekonk, Massachusetts fast food restaurant.  The Cranston library system is reviewing its policies on hosting meetings after a transgender rights protest was held Monday.  The original winner of Survivor may lose his houses in Newport because of millions he owes in taxes.

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>>No Identifications Officially Released Yet After Investigation In Woonsocket

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Medical Examiner's Office is still working to determine the identities of two bodies found Monday at the home of former Woonsocket mayor Susan Menard.  WPRI-TV reports the home belongs to Menard, according to Woonsocket police chief Thomas Oates, but he could only identify the bodies, which were found in a state of decomposition, as an elderly male and female.  There was no evidence of a crime committed.  Menard was the mayor of the city from 1995 to 2009.

>>Man Arrested For Embezzling From Providence School

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island State Police has arrested a Providence man for allegedly embezzling three-million dollars from a school.  Nathan Kaufman is accused of drawing the money into his personal account while working as the director of finance and operations at the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program.  Kaufman was employed at the UCAP school on Carpenter Street for over a decade.  He is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-arraignment next January.

>>Seekonk Wendy's Robber Sentenced To Life

(Fall River, MA)  --  A Boston man who robbed a Wendy's in Seekonk at gunpoint has been sentenced to life in prison.  The Bristol District Attorney says 61-year-old Todd Johnson was convicted of armed and masked robbery and kidnapping, with a sentencing enhancement for being a habitual criminal.  Johnson tried to restrain a Wendy's worker with zip ties inside the restaurant on Route 6 in March of 2018.  The worker scared off the assailant by saying something about the alarms in the store.  Johnson was later found hiding underneath a car at Stateline Auto in East Providence.  The D.A. says he was eventually released from jail because of the pandemic, and committed another armed-and-masked robbery in Boston.

>>Cranston Library Temporarily Stops Offering Meeting Spaces After Demonstration

(Cranston, RI)  --  WPRI reports the Cranston Public Library is temporarily halting the use of meeting spaces until a review of policies is completed.  A transgender rights protest was held at one location, the William Hall Library on Broad Street Monday, over a private meeting on gender teachings in schools.  Library director Edward Garcia tells Channel 12 the pause will last a couple of weeks.

>>Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Leaving

(Providence, RI)  --  The only director in the history of the nonprofit child advocacy group Rhode Island Kids Count is planning to step down.  Elizabeth Burke Bryant has held the position for nearly three decades.  The board chair of RI Kids Count says Bryant has been one of the great champions in the Ocean State for the wellbeing of children and their families.  A search for a successor is underway.

>>Richard Hatch Could Lose RI Homes Due To Back Taxes

(Newport, RI)  --  The original winner of the reality show Survivor may lose his properties in Newport.  The Providence Journal reports Richard Hatch is on the hook for nearly three-million dollars in back taxes, including a million dollars from the contest he won in 2000.  The newspaper reports Hatch allegedly transferred the two Newport homes to his sister in a fraudulent manner to thwart the government and his other creditors.  The 61-year-old Hatch spent about four years in prison for tax evasion in the late-2000s.

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