• Providence officer pleads not guilty to domestic assault

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A probationary Providence police officer has pleaded not guilty to simple domestic assault.

    WJAR-TV reports that 28-year-old Craig Amado entered the plea Tuesday and was released on personal recognizance. The judge ordered Amado to have no contact with his girlfriend.

    Amado's attorney did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday.

    Providence police spokeswoman Lindsay Lague says Amado was arrested Thursday and the charge stems from an incident that morning involving his 21-year-old girlfriend, the mother of his 6-month-old baby.

    The police report says Amado and his girlfriend allegedly argued because she took his car without his permission, then got into a physical altercation.

    The police department says Amado has been an officer since June and was suspended with pay pending an internal investigation.

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    Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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