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Cranston Fire Union president arrested for assault

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The president of the Cranston Firefighters Union was arrested over the weekend after a fight, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Police say 59-year-old Paul Valletta, of Warwick, was charged with simple assault or battery and disorderly conduct.

The fight took place on Saturday at the Cranston Fire Department on Scituate Avenue.

Valletta was arraigned at the Rhode Island State Police Headquarters and released on personal recognizance, pending further court action.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung released the following statement regarding the incident:

The City of Cranston, in cooperation with the Cranston Fire Department and Rhode Island State Police, are conducting an internal investigation regarding an altercation that took place on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at around 2 p.m. at Cranston Fire Station 6 at 1155 Scituate Ave between two members of the Cranston Fire Department.

The state police have charged Deputy Chief Paul Valetta with simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned at the Scituate Barracks of the State Police and released on personal recognizance pending his court date. As a result of this incident, Mr. Valetta has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the city’s internal investigation.

ABC6 News will have more on this tonight on ABC6 News at 5 p.m.

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