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      Former councilwoman charged in break-in

      Melanie Turner

      A former Johnston town councilwoman is accused of breaking into a neighbor's house.

      Police said Melanie K. Turner was arrested Thursday night and charged with breaking and entering, a felony. She was released on personal recognizance.

      According to the Providence Journal, $1,800 was reported missing from a neighbor's house on Aug. 2. A police investigation led to Turner's arrest.

      Police said some of the money was recovered.

      Turner, 51, is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 9 in Kent County District Court. She was elected in 2008, but lost in a primary two years later.

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