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President of Cranston firefighters’ union charged with assault, disorderly conduct

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The head of Cranston’s firefighters’ union is facing several charges following an incident over the weekend at a city firehouse.

A spokeswoman for the Rhode Island State Police confirmed for Eyewitness News that Paul Valletta was charged with simple assault or battery and disorderly conduct (fighting/tumultuous behavior) in connection with an incident that took place Saturday around 2 p.m.

The incident happened between Valletta and another member of the Cranston Fire Department, according to a press release sent by the Cranston mayors office.

The spokeswoman said Valletta was arraigned at State Police headquarters and released on personal recognizance, pending further court action.

According the Cranston mayors office, the city is working with the state police and the Cranston Fire Department to conduct an internal investigation into the incident.

Police did not immediately release any details on the incident. Valletta has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the city’s internal investigation.

Valletta is president of the Cranston firefighters’ union, Local 1363, and is also a State House lobbyist for the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters.

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