The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
A homeowner reported someone came onto his property at 2904 West Shore Rd. and walked off with two ladders that were kept in the yard on Oct. 25. He said the two ladders were cabled together in his front yard by a woodpile and when he came out that morning, he noticed that a 38-foot extension ladder and a 20-foot ladder were gone. He said they were worth around $25. No suspects or witnesses.
A more substantial amount of landscaping equipment was reported missing from a building at 1076 Post Rd. on Oct. 24. A business owner told police she came to work that morning and discovered that someone had spray painted the rear wall and a storage container. Officer Tomas Bogusz responded to get a report on the vandalism and found that the lock to the container was broken and a substantial number of tools were gone, including two snow blowers, two trimmers, a small icemaker, a large safe that has never been opened by the present owner, assorted metal shelving and other pieces of restaurant equipment worth a total of $10,000. He said the chain to the fence surrounding a generator was cut, but it did not appear that anyone had been inside the fence. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Christopher Lo reported arresting a Warwick woman at the Macy’s store in Warwick Mall on Oct. 24 who was accused of stealing three pairs of Betsey Johnson earrings worth a total of $95. Briana M. Amador, 18, of 121 Turner St., was later released with a summons for shoplifting.
Patrick S. Fitzgerald, 34, of 42 Oak Hill Dr., Cumberland, was arrested at the Walmart store on Bald Hill Road on Oct. 22 and charged with shoplifting $46.96 pair of Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts from the pharmacy section. Loss prevention said they saw him take the inserts out of the package and conceal them in his pants pockets. Officer William Castaldi said he also learned there was an outstanding warrant out for failure to appear for a drug related case in District Court.
A Warwick woman was arrested at the same Walmart on Oct. 22 and charged with stealing DVDs, clothing and aquarium supplies. Police said loss prevention accused her of concealing after watching her and a male companion concealing the merchandise in a baby carriage as she walked through the store. Loss prevention told police they approached the couple outside and her male companion fled on foot. Police said that Kayla Elizabeth Rothermel, 18, of 100 Overlook Dr., Warwick, was charged with shoplifting. Police said the baby’s grandfather was called and came to the store to take custody of the child. Rothermel was later released with a summons.
Sharon Lee McLaughlin, 49, of 39 Bergen Ave., Providence, was arrested and charged with shoplifting on Oct. 25 after loss prevention at Kohl’s in Rhode Island Mall told police she removed security tags from four bottles of cologne worth $201 and concealed the bottles in her purse. Loss prevention said they stopped her outside after she left without paying for the goods.
A Coventry woman was charged with shoplifting on Oct. 27 after an associate at Claire’s in Warwick Mall told police she took five hair ornaments off their display cards and concealed them in her purse. They said the ornaments were worth $73.83 and Love C. Misuraca, 38, of 272 Nicholas Rd., was later released with a summons.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Daniel DiMaio reported he was dispatched to the area of Summer and Third Streets around 2 a.m. on Oct. 17 for a report of a drunk woman knocking on doors. He said he arrived to find a car disabled in the intersection that was missing the driver’s side front wheel. He said a man was standing next to the driver’s door that appeared to be drunk. He said the woman who had been reported knocking on doors had been a passenger in the car when the wheel came off and she confirmed that the man standing next to the car had been driving. DiMaio said he gave the man a field sobriety test and he failed it. Matthew J. Pacheco, 22, of 2 George Circle, Warwick, was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. He said a bag containing eight grams of marijuana and a pipe were found in the car and Pacheco was charged with DUI, refusal and possession of marijuana.
Officer Quentin Tavares reported he was on patrol and waiting to take a turn onto Post Road around 9 p.m. on Oct. 20 when he heard the screeching of wheels and saw a car speeding down Post toward Apponaug and caught up with it. He said he saw the driver lean over as if reaching for something when the car started rolling for a bit before it stopped. He said the man smelled strongly of alcohol and said he didn’t mean to take off so fast. He said the man appeared to be drunk. He said he asked the man to get out of the car and take his hat off. He said the man told him he didn’t have a hat on and continued to adamantly insist he didn’t have a hat on until he finally reached up and found he had a hat on. He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. Thomas E. Fielding, 52, of 100 Landis Dr., Warwick, was charged with DUI, refusal and peeling rubber at a traffic light. He was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Nicholas Reay reported a hit and run accident on Warwick Avenue around 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 20. He said another officer took the report from the other driver but around 15 minutes later he heard another call involving three cars on West Shore Road and Second Point Avenue. He said he arrived to find the driver of a blue Toyota quickly puffing on a cigarette, as if to mask the alcohol or other drugs on his breath. He said he smelled strongly of alcohol in spite of that and appeared to be drunk. He said he gave the man a field sobriety test and he failed the test. James L. Specht, 45, of 69 May St., South Attleboro, Mass., was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. In the meantime, another officer said he determined that Specht was the driver in the hit and run accident on Warwick Avenue earlier and he was charged with DUI, refusal and leaving the scene of an accident. He was held for the bail commissioner before being released later to a sober adult.
Officer John Curley reported he was dispatched to a three-car accident on Post Road near Gregg’s restaurant around 8:15 p.m. Oct. 19. He said the driver and occupants of one car were stuck inside the car until Warwick Rescue got them out. He said he got into the ambulance with the driver and began a DUI investigation. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and blew a .209 on the portable breath tester. He said he followed Rescue to Rhode Island Hospital and asked the driver if he would submit to a blood test, and he refused. Raymond Assaiante, 44, of 24 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket, was charged with DUI and refusal and left in the custody of hospital staff.
Officer James Vible reported he stopped a car as it abruptly came out of the parking lot at the Best Western Hotel on Post Road around 2 a.m. on Oct. 19 and almost hit another vehicle. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol. He said the man’s belt was undone, his pants were unzipped, he was missing a shoe on one foot and there was a mostly empty 1.5-liter bottle of wine rolling around the floor of the car. He said the man told him he was also not aware that his headlights were not on when he came out of the parking lot. He said the man kept repeating “Lawyer” whenever Vible asked him to take a field sobriety test. Russell K. Evers, 26, of 1078 Pond Hill Rd., North Kingstown, was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test and continually repeated “Yellow Pages. Lawyer. Look it up.” Vible said they eventually concluded he would not be taking a breath test and Evers was charged with DUI, refusal, driving without his lights on, presence of alcohol while driving and lack of care exiting a parking lot. Vible said that Evers was taken to Kent Hospital for detox, where he continued to be uncooperative. Vible stayed with him and the staff until he complied with changing his clothes to hospital garb and was left in their custody.