I-Team: State police probe into ticket scandal ending

Last fall, an NBC 10 I-Team investigation found that a parking ticket blitz took place in Cranston, one night after two city councilmen voted against a police union contract proposal.

The two councilmen were outraged. They said the overnight parking tickets issued in their wards amounted to retribution.

In January, Mayor Allan Fung asked the Rhode Island State Police to investigate.

Fung also placed Police Chief Marco Palombo Jr. on administrative leave, apparently for reasons not related to the ticket scandal, and a state police officer was put in charge of the department.

The I-Team has learned from three sources that the state police investigation is coming to an end, and a report is about to be delivered to Fung.

The I-Team first reported that Capt. Steven Antonucci, who is also president of the police union, ordered the ticket blitz. After the report, Antonucci, through this lawyer, admitted he ordered the extra tickets. His lawyer says it was not for retribution but rather in response to complaints by neighbors of illegal overnight parking.

As far as Palombo's status, Fung said, "I asked state police while they were overseeing the department to conduct an objective assessment of the department given some personnel issues that were pending."

However the public may never get to know if anyone on the Cranston Police Department will be disciplined for the ticket scandal because the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights prevents disclosure of such information.