On May 16 at 8:33 PM, the Warwick Police Department responded to the area of Warwick Avenue and Fourth Avenue for a crash involving a blue Dodge Caravan and a pedestrian. Warwick Fire Department transported the local 80-year-old pedestrian to the hospital for treatment, where he later was pronounced deceased.
The operator of the Caravan, a 38-year-old male from Portsmouth, R.I., was traveling north on Warwick Avenue when he struck the pedestrian in the outside lane of two northbound. The preliminary investigation suggests the pedestrian was crossing Warwick Avenue from the west side to the east side of the road in the area of Fourth Avenue in the area of Rigatoni’s restaurant. The pedestrian was later identified as 80-year-old Anthony Rossi. Impaired or distracted driving do not appear to be factors at this time.
The Warwick Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident. Any person who may have witnessed the accident or has information related to the accident is requested to contact the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at (401) 468-4293; contact Officer Brian Chianese.
PIXIE’S FOOD STOLEN
On May 7 at approximately 10:36 a.m., Officer Tammy Mello was dispatched to Sparrows Point 1 on Harding Road for a report of a larceny.
At the scene she spoke with the reporting party, who stated that a box was delivered to her home that she never received on Friday, May 4. The box contained the monthly shipment of Blue Buffalo food for her cat, Pixie. The cat food was valued at $70.
An empty box that housed the cat food was found by building maintenance in the trash chute, which was blocking the passage of all garbage. The officer was informed that the complainant contacted the shipper and replacement food for Pixie was being sent to her. There are currently no suspects.
DRIVING WITH LISTERINE
At 2:18 a.m. on May 8, Officer Matthew Caradimos was traveling west on East Avenue when he came to a stop at the intersection of East Avenue and Bald Hill Road. There he observed the car in front of him to be stopped approximately one and a half car lengths past the white painted line indicating where to stop for the red light.
When the traffic signal turned green, the vehicle continued to travel west, however it was traveling at a slow speed of 10 miles per hour through the intersection. The car then reportedly accelerated to approximately 30 miles per hour. A traffic stop was then conducted near Pontiac Street, where the vehicle pulled off to the right and blocked the road.
Contact was made with the driver, later identified as Michael Stewart, 47, of 71 Station Street Apt. G in Coventry. Officer Caradimos reported that he immediately smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be mint or Listerine coming from Stewart, and then observed a large container of blue Listerine mouthwash that appeared to be recently shaken.
While speaking with Stewart, Officer Caradimos observed what appeared to be signs of intoxication. Stewart said he was coming from Coventry and that he was heading to Coventry. He said that he had been hanging out with a friend, and then later allegedly stated that he was coming from Cumberland and headed to Coventry. He provided the officer with his driver’s license, but failed to produce his registration or insurance.
Officer Caradimos report indicates that Stewart stated that “I had a bit” to drink, and when asked to clarify Stewart said “you know, a bit. I just had a bit.” When asked what he had to drink and how much, Stewart stopped and stated that “I just had some Listerine.” He also is said to have told the officer that he had issues with alcohol in the past. He then agreed to take a field sobriety test.
Based upon his performance during testing, along with the officer’s observations and experience, it was determined that Stewart was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely. He was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters while his car was towed from the scene. At the station, he agreed to take a chemical breathalyzer test, which produced blood alcohol readings of 0.211 and 0.200 percent.
Stewart was charged with driving under the influence, first offence, and obedience to a traffic control device. He was provided with a court summons and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Jonathan Byrne along with Officer Christian Vargas responded to the Bald Hill Road Macy’s on May 8 around 1:51 p.m. for a report of a shoplifting. They were advised that the involved female suspect was in custody and being cooperative.
At the store the officers met with a member of Loss Prevention, who provided a form noting the items found on the suspect, who was later identified as Nairoby Depena, 34, of 9 Whelan Road Apt 1-6 in Providence. When the officers walked into the Loss Prevention office, they found a large amount of merchandise that had been recovered, valued at $1,325.47, on the floor.
According to the report, Depena was observed concealing merchandise in plastic bags, then exited the store without paying for the merchandise. The store indicated to the officers that they wished to press charges.
Upon running background checks on Depena, it was determined that she had an outstanding warrant. She was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. There she was charged with one count of felony shoplifting as she had been previously convicted of shoplifting. She was issued a no trespass order for Macy’s, and held for the morning session of court.
On May 11 at approximately 11 a.m. Officer Britton Kelly responded to C & L Auto Wholesalers on Warwick Avenue for a larceny from a motor vehicle report.
At the scene Officer Kelly met with an employee, who advised that sometime during the overnight hours, a Lincoln Town Car that was on the lot was broken into from the driver’s side, and a Sony TV deck that was on the dashboard of the vehicle was stolen.
The employee also mentioned that another vehicle in their lot was recently broken into and another TV monitor was taken from a vehicle. There are currently no suspects, and the report was forwarded to detectives for review.
On May 8 at approximately 4:27 p.m., Officers Karen Haarr and Thomas Duncan responded to the Warwick Mall Foot Locker for a report of a shoplifting in progress. The officers were notified by dispatch to be on the lookout for two black males as the possible suspects.
At the store, an assistant manager showed the officers video footage of the merchandise being stolen. The video showed to African American males take two blue, black, and white Adidas spring jackets off of hangers and place the items into a Foot Action bag. They then walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise, which was valued at a total of $240.
A statement was taken, and the store would like to press charges if the suspects are found.