City: Lawmaker in residency flap requested parking tickets


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.

Carnevale is a retired Providence police sergeant. A message left for his attorney hasn’t been returned.

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