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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-12-2018

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8 CUMBERLAND JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Santoro enters Alford plea in assault case from October CUMBERLAND – Paul Santoro, a first-term commissioner with the Cumberland Fire District and former challenger to Rep. Mia Ackerman in House District 45, covering Cumberland and Lincoln, entered a misdemeanor Alford plea to assault and battery charges in Superior Court Tuesday. Santoro had been facing felony charges related to accusations he shoved a firefighter into a hot grill last fall. An Alford plea is a no con- test plea of a defendant who proclaims he is innocent of the crime, and differs from the standard nolo contendre (no contest) plea in that it doesn't state that there are suf- ficient findings of guilt, according to Santoro's attorney, John Harwood. The misdemeanor plea was "a very good thing," Harwood told The Breeze. His client will have no crimi- nal record following court proceed- ings. "It's a good situation for everyone involved," he said. Santoro, who is running for re-elec- tion this fall as an at-large member of the Fire Committee, said he, too, was happy with the outcome, particularly that his actions were deemed a mis- demeanor. "I wish it never would have hap- pened in the first place," he said. "I wish I hadn't put myself in that position." He maintained that he's "absolutely innocent" of what he was accused of, and the incident did not happen as described. The Cumberland resident will likely be subject to paying court costs and restitution, said Harwood. Santoro had been facing felony assault and battery and mis- demeanor disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident on Oct. 7, 2017, where he was accused of shoving a Pawtucket fire- fighter and former fire commissioner into a grill, burning his arm. The vic- tim, Christopher Parent, reported that Santoro pushed him into the grill. The incident occurred at the public safety hall on Cray Street in Cumberland. According to accounts from those who were there last fall, Santoro was discussing firefighting issues with Parent when some disagreements arose. Santoro reportedly asked Parent if he wanted to go out back. Thinking the commissioner wanted to be able to talk more freely, Parent went with him through the kitchen, where Santoro reportedly rushed him, pushing him into the grill. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor SANTORO Make earrings or a bracelet at the Lincoln library LINCOLN – Learn how to make a pair of earrings or a memory wire bracelet at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Monday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. Register for the session that works best for you. Using a variety of simple tools, beads and findings, participants will learn how to create a handcrafted piece of jewelry. This class is for adults, teens and kids, ages 11 and older with their grown-ups. All materials are provided; advanced signup is required. Stop by the refer- ence desk or call 401-333-2422 ext. 22. 820 Cumberland Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-766-8715 Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. open SundayS 10 a.m.-6 p.m. SaLe JuLy12th-25th, 2018 tito's Vodka LUNaZUL tEQUiLa ad NELsoN spicEd rUm smokiNg LooN wiNEs cUpcakE wiNEs kENdaLL JacksoN cHardoNNaY bLack box wiNEs LitE 30 pks 750 mL 750 mL 1.75 Lt 750 mL 750 mL 750 mL 3 Lt $ 16 .99 $ 12 .99 $ 12 .99 $ 6 .99 $ 7 .99 $ 11 .99 $ 17 .99 $ 20 .99 sVEdka Vodka 1.75 Lt $ 18 .99 sUttEr HomE wiNEs 1.5 Lt $ 9 .99 pabst 16 oZ. rEd stripE Jamaciam bEEr Zima YUENgLiNg 6 pk 12 pk 6 pk 12 pk $ 4 .99 $ 10 .99 $ 6 .99 $ 9 .99 LagUNitas ipa 12 pk $ 14 .99 kaHLUa 1.75 Lt $ 32 .99

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