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Arrest in mosque vandalism

August 20, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — A Cumberland man has been arrested for damaging a sign at the region’s most prominent Islamic mosque, an incident worshipers feared might be a hate crime.
But the police charged Robert Scalzo, 20, with misdemeanor vandalism, ruling out — for now, anyway — that his actions at Masjid Al-Islam were motivated by ethnic or religious bias.

Read more in our print edition.

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