BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts sheriff's office captain has been convicted of helping a fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" smuggle profits of an illegal fishing scheme to Portugal. The U.S. attorney's office says Jamie Melo was convicted Monday of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and structuring the export of monetary instruments. Defense attorney Gary Pelletier says Melo maintains his innocence and plans to appeal. Melo was acquitted of bulk cash smuggling.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Both U.S. senators from Rhode Island are criticizing President Donald Trump's comments about Russian election meddling. Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse issued a statement Monday after Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a joint news conference in Finland calling Trump's comments "deeply unnerving." Democratic Sen. Jack Reed said Trump's deference to Putin will lead to more Russian interference and cyber-aggression.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order aimed at reducing plastic pollution. The Democratic governor signed the order Monday at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The "tackling plastics" order establishes a task force to recommend the best ways to avoid unnecessary use of disposables, prevent waste and increase recycling.
BOSTON (AP) - Hundreds of people have gathered at a vigil in Massachusetts for a slain police officer and an innocent bystander who was killed in her own home. Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes spoke Monday night to a crowd that included family and friends of Officer Michael Chesna and Vera Adams. Grimes said "hesitation gets officers hurt," describing the moment when Chesna was allegedly attacked by 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes. Grimes also discussed the ongoing debate over use of force by police officers.
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