Cranston reaches deal with police captain in ticketing scandal

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The city of Cranston has reached a deal with Captain Stephen Antonucci in last year’s parking ticket controversy, Mayor Allan Fung’s office announced Wednesday.

Antonucci has been on paid leave for more than a year. Last April, Mayor Fung called for his termination after a Rhode Island State Police investigation found he ordered a parking ticket blitz in the wards of two city councilmen who voted against a police union contract. Antonucci was the union president at the time.

Under the agreement, Antonucci will resign his position and drop all pending legal actions against the city. Fung’s office said he’ll get to keep the pay he’s accrued while on leave.

Eyewitness News has learned Antonucci will stay on the payroll until April 2016 when he will retire.

In exchange, the city says it will drop its prosecution of Antonucci.

“After approximately one year of intense litigation and the prospect for considerably more court action, I am pleased to report that this difficult chapter for the Cranston Police Department is coming to a close,” Mayor Fung said in a statement. “This agreement will permit the men and women of the Cranston Police Department to move forward and save the taxpayers thousands of dollars in anticipated legal costs.”

“The settlement agreement that was reached with Captain Antonucci will bring closure to an incident that has hurt the reputation of the Cranston Police Department,” Cranston Police Chief Col. Michael Winquist added. “This agreement will allow the many hard-working men and women of the Cranston Police Department to continue to do their jobs with integrity and professionalism and without further distraction.”

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