Police Log


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

Lt. Andrew Tainsh reported he was checking out a burglar alarm that went off around 11:50 p.m. on Warwick Avenue on Nov. 21 when he saw a pickup truck make a wide turn onto Warwick Avenue north at Hoxsie Four Corners before accelerating to a high rate of speed. Tainsh said he followed the car and clocked it at 53 in a 35 miles per hour zone and weaved form side to side and over the center lines. He said he activated his lights and siren, stopped the truck near Community Road. He said he noticed that the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol. He said he asked the man to take a field sobriety test and stopped it after the man said he couldn’t do it and had difficulty keeping his balance. Joseph T. Flynn, 39, of 699 Church Ave. was taken to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with speeding, laned roadway violations, refusal and DUI and later released to a sober adult.

Sgt. John Choquette reported an accident on Long Street around 11:40 p.m. on Nov. 20. He said he arrived to find a Jeep Cherokee with all its windows smashed except for the windshield sitting across both lanes. He said the utility pole was completely split in two at the base and was hanging by the wires. He said there was a man standing beside the Jeep and he asked him if he was the driver and he said he was, and that he was OK and did not need Rescue. He said the man smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test administered by Officer Damian Andrews. Andrews reported that Rescue arrived at that point and said that, due to the severity of the damage to the car, the driver had to be taken to the hospital for examination. Andrews said he followed the ambulance and read the driver his rights at Rhode Island Hospital. He said the driver refused to answer any more questions and refused to sign any paperwork. Andrews reported that the suspect, Franco Marraffino, 36, of 626 Greenville Ave. in Johnston assaulted a nurse and had to be secured to a gurney.He was charged with DUI and refusal and left in the care of the hospital staff. He was charged with DUI and refusal.

Officer John Curley reported he stopped a car on Post Road after watching it proceed south while wandering over the lanes at a slow rate of speed around 2:10 a.m. on Nov. 17. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said he stopped the field sobriety test before it was complete out of concern for the driver’s safety after he almost fell several times. The driver was taken to headquarters where he said the driver was very uncooperative and actually urinated on the floor all over the cellblock. He said he continued to urinate as he was being led into his cell. Curley said Richard G. Spicuzza, 52, of 7 Starling Way in West Warwick was charged with refusal and DUI and later transported to Kent Hospital for detox.

Officer Russell Brown reported he was dispatched to the area of Post Road in Apponaug around 4 a.m. on Nov. 17 for a possible drunk driver who was swerving all over the road with a flat tire and riding on its rim. He said he caught up with the suspect at West Shore Road near Oakland Beach Avenue and stopped it. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and smelled strongly of alcohol. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he registered a .187 and a .192 blood alcohol content on the breath test. Kalen Ramie, 24, of 82 Cobb St. in Norton, Mass., was charged with laned roadway violations and DUI and later released on $1,000 personal recognizance.

Police were dispatched to the Pachsea Restaurant at 2914 for a larceny report. The owner of the restaurant said he came to work around 11 a.m. on Nov. 23 and found the door to the storage shed had been broken open. He said a large quantity of shrimp, sea scallops, chicken, veal and various luncheon meats were missing. The owner suspected that it happened sometime between Nov. 21 and that morning but had no idea who could have taken the food. He told police the food was worth between $600 and $700. No witnesses.

Police were dispatched to Whitin Avenue on Nov. 18 for a housebreak. The owner of the house said she had not lived in the house for about a year but had called for the utilities to be turned on Nov. 15 and was informed by a service provider that all the copper pipes were missing from the basement. She said she opened the house a couple of days before and found a broken glass door but did not think to check the basement until the utility company told her about the pipes. Detectives were called to check the scene for evidence.

A Fairfax Village resident called police on Nov. 19 to report that he came back to his 2008 Honda Accord in the parking lot of the apartment complex and found his car propped up on cinder blocks and all the wheels were missing. The car’s interior was locked and there was nothing else missing from the car. The owner estimated them at $650. No suspects or witnesses.


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