October 22, 2014
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Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police

BENCHES TRASHED
Officer Charles Austin took a report of damaged benches at the Lippitt School on Almy Street on Aug. 19. A witness told police she went to the park at the school and noticed that one of them had been damaged to the point where it could not be used to sit on. Another bench had damage to the seat that had been kicked or broken off. Police took pictures of the damage and notified the School Department of the situation. No suspects or witnesses.

HOUSE BREAK
A Post Road resident told police he came home form work around 3 p.m. on Aug. 23 and found that a number of items had been thrown around his parents’ bedroom and the sliding door was open and damaged. Police went through the house with the resident and he reported that the only thing that appeared to be missing was some jewelry from his mother’s bedroom. Officer Nadine Pallini reported that his mother came home and confirmed that jewelry was missing but could not supply a detailed list of the missing goods, but said three pairs of gold earrings and a gold bracelet were missing and she estimated that they were worth about $200. Detectives were called to the scene to process it for evidence. No suspects or witnesses.

MISSING BIKES
Officer Matthew Higgins reported a stolen bike from a house on Maplewood Avenue on Aug. 20. The homeowner told Higgins the bike belonged to her son and had been last seen on the porch before 9:45 p.m. the day before. She said it was a Haro BMX-style bike with a black and white seat and a Caster’s sticker on the frame. She said the bike was worth $300. No witnesses or suspects.
Higgins took another report of a missing bike on Aug. 24, more specifically, a three-wheel bike with a basket on the back. The 56-year-old owner of the bike said it was last seen in the driveway around 8 a.m. and was gone by the time she noticed around 8 p.m. The bike was worth $500. No suspects or witnesses.

HANG OUT SUSPECTED
An employee at Harvey Industries on Lori Ann Way called police on Aug. 24 to complain he found evidence that someone had been drinking Twisted Tea and setting off bottle rockets in the parking lot. He told police he came to work around 6:30 a.m. and found broken and empty alcoholic iced tea bottles and the remnants of the fireworks all over the lot. He said he found a similar mess about a week before in front of the warehouse. There was no other damage and employees cleaned up the mess.

DISORDERLY
Officer Daniel Maggiacomo reported that he was flagged down during the carnival at Oakland Beach on Aug. 11. The driver of a car told him he and his girlfriend were leaving the area around 9:30 p.m. when two men jumped in front of his car and started shouting at him before one of them reached into the car and slapped him on the back of the head in an apparent attempt to start a fight. He said the second man slammed his fist down on the rear spoiler of his car as they attempted to drive off. The man told Maggiacomo he did not want to file a complaint but did want police to know the two men were in the area. Maggiacomo said he later saw two men who looked like the men described and approached them. He said they immediately started swearing at him and became irate when he asked them for identification. He said he ordered them to lower their voices and when they did not, he and another officer escorted them away. He said one of the men persisted and he arrested him for disorderly conduct. He said the man who flagged him down identified the two men as the ones that harassed him but again refused to press charges. Michael C. Thornley, 37, of 55 Alabama Ave. in Warwick was charged with disorderly conduct and later released with a summons for District Court.

SHOPLIFTING
A Cranston man was arrested and charged with shoplifting at the Wal-Mart on Post Road on Aug. 21 after loss prevention told police they saw the man selecting items in the automotive section before concealing them in a black briefcase. Officers arrived while the suspect was still in the store and reported they were waiting for the man as he came out of the store without paying for the concealed goods. John L. Peterson, 50, of 30 Howard Ave. in Cranston was taken to headquarters and charged with shoplifting $145.09 worth of batteries, tools, lighters and earphones and was told he would be arrested for trespassing if he returned to the store.
Elizabeth Stevenson, 22, of 140 Eden Crest Dr. in Cranston was arrested at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on Aug. 20 after loss prevention agents at the store told police she concealed jewelry, clothing and makeup worth $511.50 and walked out of the store without paying for it. She was later released with a summons.

DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Albert Marano reported he was dispatched to an accident on Keeley Avenue around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 19. He said a female driver had hit a parked car in the driveway of 20 Keeley, then went off the driveway and through a fence and stopped on the lawn of 6 Keeley. He said the driver came up to him and explained that she had fallen asleep and drove off the road into the other car. He said he asked the woman to take a field sobriety test because he detected alcohol on her breath and she appeared to be under the influence. Marano said she failed the test and was taken to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. Jamie Robinson, 28, of 944 Oaklawn Ave. in Cranston was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Manuel Pacheco reported he was on Cowesett Road around 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 when he saw two cars almost in tandem, a PT Cruiser and a Ford Taurus, doing 42 miles per hour in a 25 mile-per-hour zone. He said he activated his lights to pull them over and the second car stopped but the car in the lead kept going. He said he then followed the first car until it pulled over. He said he was getting out of his cruiser when the Ford Taurus passed him and he yelled at him to stop but the Taurus took 150 feet to obey him. He said he asked the driver of the PT Cruiser for his papers and left him at gathering them as he went back to the Taurus. He said the driver of the Taurus told him it was improperly registered. He said the driver was identified as Noel H. Levesque and that he admitted he had been drinking the beer before it spilled on the floor in front of the passenger seat. He said Levesque blew a .085 on a portable breath tester and was taken to headquarters where he blew a .088 and a .090 on the breath test. Levesque was charged with DUI and having an open container of alcohol. He was also charged with speeding and driving an unregistered car.
Jennifer Grundy, 27, of 136 Daniel Ave. in Providence was charged with DUI and refusal after she was stopped near Fairfax Drive and Post Road around 1:55 a.m. on Aug. 25. Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported he stopped her after watching her drift from lane to lane as he ran a check on the license plate. He said the DMV reported the car had been unregistered since 2009 and he pulled it over. He said the driver admitted the car was unregistered and that she had “quite a few” drinks that night. He said he started a field sobriety test but stopped it when he feared she would fall and hurt herself. He said Grundy refused a breath test at headquarters and was charged with DUI, refusal, driving an unregistered vehicle and laned roadway violations. She was later released to a sober adult.


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