The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer Matthew Moretti reported the apparent theft of four manhole covers from the rear of the Ann & Hope store on Post Road on Oct. 1. Moretti said he met with Warwick firefighters at the scene who told him someone came into the fire station next door and told them the covers were missing and went to verify the report. Moretti reported that they were, in fact, missing from the alley behind the store and advised the manager of the store to have her maintenance people block access to the manholes. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Jason Brodeur reported a 15-horsepower outboard motor was missing from a boat kept at the Warwick Cove Marina on Oct. 2. The owner of the motor told Brodeur he last saw the motor on his sailboat on Sept. 23. He told Brodeur a friend called him that day to report that the $2,550 Yamaha AMD was missing. He said he would call police with the serial number as soon as he located it. No witnesses or suspects. The report was forwarded to detectives.
A Cranston woman came into headquarters on Oct. 1 to report that two plywood boards that were on a property of hers on Tampa Avenue went missing. She said she last saw the sheets on Sept. 27. She said the boards were worth $180. No suspects or witnesses.
A Vineyard Road resident told police $39 in cash, a GPS unit worth $169, and a $20 backpack went missing from his truck around two weeks before he called police to report he found a pack of cigarettes on the floor of the backseat on Oct. 1. He told police he didn’t report the theft earlier because he didn’t think it was worth the trouble but now that he had a pack of Parliament cigarettes that could only have belonged to the thief, he want police to check it out for fingerprints. He told police he did touch the pack with three fingers when he initially saw it and picked it up but he then put it back on the floor and called police. Officer Alfred Melucci said he took the pack to BCI to be checked out and forwarded the report to detectives.
A West Warwick woman came into headquarters on Sept. 30 to report that she dropped her iPhone 4 while she was shopping at Savers on Universal Boulevard and only realized that about five minutes later. She said she couldn’t find the phone there and had her husband call the phone but it had been shut off. She said she used the iCloud to locate the phone and it put the phone at an address in Providence. She said she brought the iCloud information to the Providence police and said she would press charges if someone were found with the $300 phone. The report was forwarded to detectives.
WHILE HE SLEPT
Officer Joshua Myer reported larcenies from two cars parked in a driveway on East Avenue on Sept. 30. The victim told Myer he woke up around 8 that morning and went out to get some coffee and noticed that his vehicles had been entered. He said the dashboard had been pried away and a $249 Alpine stereo was taken from his Chevy SUV and a GPS unit worth $150 was missing from his wife’s Jeep. He said the vehicles had been left unlocked. He said the theft must have occurred after he went to sleep because he was watching television in the room next to the driveway until 1 a.m. No witnesses or suspects.
DUI AND REFUSALS
Officer Patrick Smith reported seeing an erratic driver on West Shore Road around 1:25 a.m. on Sept. 21 that was clocked at 51 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone as it drifted in and out of its travel lane. He said he pulled the car over and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and noticed the man appeared to be drunk. He said he asked the man if he believed that he was intoxicated and the man replied, “No, I’ve just had a lot to drink.” He said the driver had to hold onto the car to stay upright as they started a field sobriety test. He said he stopped the test when the driver almost fell down doing it and arrested him for suspicion of drunk driving. Herland G. Campos, 21, of 156 Longmeadow Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI, refusal, and speeding and laned roadway violations and then transported to Kent Hospital for detox.
Officer Christopher Lo reported finding a car that had gone over the curb and was on the sidewalk with a flat tire around 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 14. He said the driver was sitting on the curb at the Cowesett Hills Apartments and appeared to be intoxicated. Two witnesses said they saw the car bounce off the sidewalk and identified the woman as the driver. Smith said Barbara Spencer, 52, of 105 Caporal St. in Cranston, was charged with DUI after she blew a .334 on the portable tester at the scene and a .340 and a .326 blood alcohol content on the breath test at headquarters and was then transported to Kent Hospital for detox.
Officer Hovsep Sarkisian reported he was on patrol around 1:55 a.m. on Sept. 25 when he clocked a car doing 49 miles per hour heading north on Warwick Avenue. He said he stopped the car near Hoxsie Four Corners and approached the driver. He said she smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He said he asked her out of the car for a field sobriety test and she failed it. She was arrested and taken to headquarters for suspicion of drunk driving and she refused a breath test. Naomi R. Simmers, 24, of 29 Stony Acre Dr. in Cranston was charged with DUI, refusal and speeding and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Matthew Moretti reported he was operating a marked cruiser on West Shore Road around 10:10 p.m. on Sept. 26 when he saw a car with Massachusetts plates swerving from lane to lane and over the double yellow lines. He said he stopped the car at the Lockwood Condominiums and detected alcohol on the driver’s breath and noticed that he appeared to be under the influence. He said the driver swayed from side to side as he got out of the car for a field sobriety test. He said the driver registered a .200 on the portable breath tester and failed the sobriety test. Corey Levesque, 30, of 22 Hill Top in West Warwick was taken to headquarters where he refused an Intoxilyzer test. He was charged with DUI, refusal, laned roadway violations and driving an unregistered car. He was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported a driver who was crossing over the double yellow lines on Warwick Avenue around 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 29. He said the car did this abruptly several times before he initiated a traffic stop. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol and took a field sobriety test that she failed. He said she got upset and said, “I’m going to jail tonight,” and “I took my migraine medication so that is why I’m feeling tipsy,” and “I never drink this much.” DiNardo said a friend arrived on the scene to take her car and he took Tanya M. Hanson, 37, of 866 Warwick Ave. to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. She was charged with DUI, refusal, laned roadway violations and driving on a suspended license. She was later released to a sober adult.
Officer John Curley said he was on patrol around 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 when he stopped a car for traveling over the double yellow lines several times on Sandy Lane before taking a slow left turn onto Warwick Avenue, where it again went over the yellow lines. He said he pulled the car over near 2255 Warwick Ave., and asked the driver if he knew why he was being stopped. He said the man did not know and appeared to be under the influence and smelled strongly of alcohol. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test and had to stop it for the man’s safety when he hopped while doing the one leg stand.
“Due to my training and experience in the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy on the detection of impaired drivers, as well as my training and certification through the Rhode Island Department of Transportation on Highway Safety on Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), I concluded that Botelho was impaired and unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely.”
Curley said Michael J. Botelho, 46, of 449 Robin Hollow Rd. in West Greenwich, refused to take a portable breath test at the scene and refused an Intoxilyzer breath test at headquarters. He was charged with DUI, refusal to take a preliminary test and refusal to submit to a chemical test and laned roadway violations.