City: Lawmaker in residency flap requested parking tickets

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Posted: Jul 19, 2016 4:19 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials say a lawmaker who's been questioned about his residency asked a police officer to write him parking tickets at his Providence home.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/29LoozB) Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare (pah-REE') confirmed Tuesday that Democratic Rep. John Carnevale (kar-nuh-VAHL'-ee) had contacted a police lieutenant, who "feels uncomfortable with the request."

Pare says it's "highly unusual" for someone to ask for a parking ticket.

The issue comes up after a monthslong news station investigation revealed Carnevale owns a Johnston home he hadn't declared on ethics filings. The station never found him at the Providence home where he says he lives.

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Carnevale is a retired Providence police sergeant. His attorney says he has "done nothing wrong."

The Providence Board of Canvassers is reviewing Carnevale's residency. State police also are investigating him.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com