Police Log



A Warwick woman was charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop in Meadowbrook around 11:50 a.m. on March 1. Officer James Vible reported that the loss prevention people at the store told dispatch the suspects left in a green pickup truck. Vible said he spoke with a manager at the store who told him they saw the suspect wheel a cart out of the store containing $627.97 worth of foodstuffs and confronted her outside in the parking lot and got the food back. He said he then got a call that the suspect vehicle had been located at the Dockside Seafood store on Warwick Avenue. He said he transported one of the witnesses to the Dockside and she identified Misty Lee Goodenough, 32, of 135 Hawksley Ave. as the woman who took the goods. Goodenough was taken to headquarters where she was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons for District Court.
Officer Jacob Elderkin responded to the Nordstrom Rack in the Warwick Mall on March 3 for a man in custody who was accused to stealing two pairs of shoes, two shirts and two pairs of cufflinks worth a total of $119.97. Elderkin said he also found a pair of wire clippers in the suspect’s pocket that were used to snip off the sensor tags on the items. Brandon P. Johnson, 27, of 2020 South County Tr. in South Kingstown was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.


Officer Albert Marano reported a car stolen from the parking lot of the Marriott Courtyard on Jefferson Park Rd. on Feb. 26. The owner told Marano he parked his car around 1 a.m. and came back for it around 2:30 a.m. and it was gone. The man told Marano it was not repossessed because the four-door 1992 blue Hyundai sedan was paid off and he “owed no money on it.” He said he was the only person who had a key and he “had no idea who would take it.”


Officer Gilda Fortier reported that the old sugar-in-the-gas-tank prank is still around on Feb. 27, when a man came into headquarters and complained that someone had vandalized his 2007 Toyota 4Runner. The man explained that he was out of town since he parked the vehicle in the parking lot of 231 Jefferson Blvd on Nov. 1 and noticed something was wrong when he drove it again on Feb. 19. He said he got off the lot easily enough but the car broke down on the road and it was towed to Balise Auto on Post Road who told him they found what appeared to be sugar in the gas tank. He said the area around the gas cap had also been “keyed” and the driver’s side bumper was damaged. He said he had no idea who would have done that to his vehicle but he was told it would cost about $3,541 to repair. No witnesses.


Officer Mark Jandreau reported he went to a contractor’s office on Feb. 26 for a report of a missing 2004 Ford F-350 work truck with an eight-foot Fisher plow attached had gone missing, along with some utility boxes filled with tools. He said he checked around with family and workers and no one who usually uses it had the truck. He said no one else had permission to use the truck and he assumed it was stolen. He said the truck was last seen on Feb. 24. He also said he didn’t have a list of the tools that were gone and Jandreau said he advised him to make a list of the tools to the best of his ability.


Officer Tammy Mello reported that someone broke into and unoccupied house in the 800 block of West Shore Road on Feb. 25 and took a three foot length of copper pipe from a bedroom the second floor. A real estate property manager discovered the crime. No suspects or witnesses.


The manager of the Copy World on Warwick Avenue reported they discovered that someone had tampered with the cover on their air-conditioner sometime over the weekend in an attempt to get at some copper tubing some time overnight on Feb. 22. No witnesses.
Police were dispatched to the Warwick Mall for a report of a vehicle being “keyed” in the parking lot. The Massachusetts woman told police she was in the mall for no ore than 20 minutes and came out and found the driver’s side door and the rear passenger door had been jabbed and scratched. No witnesses or suspects.


The Warwick Police responded to a head on collision on Post Road at 2246 hours on Friday March 1, 2013. The Traffic Division’s Accident Reconstruction Team is continuing to investigate the collision. A vehicle driven by the sole occupant, Jeannette Lawrence of 3266 West Shore Rd., was headed north on Post Road when it veered over the centerline and struck a southbound vehicle with three people in it head on.
Both drivers and passengers were trapped in their vehicles briefly and were extricated by the Warwick Fire Department. The collision sent all three women to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries and one girl to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with very serious injuries.
The operator of the southbound vehicle has been identified as Jessica Harris, 29, of Sandro Drive in Warwick, The front seat passenger was Julie Gelfuso, 53, of the same address. Harris and Gelfuso remain in serious but stable condition. The 11-year-old was listed in critical condition at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Lawrence, 48, was suspected to be operating under the influence, refused a chemical test at the hospital. Lawrence has been charged with DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Lawrence was reported in stable condition at the hospital. Lt. Michael Gilbert said additional charges might be forth coming as the investigation continues.


Brendin Burt, 26, of 24 Sampson Ave. in North Providence was charged with DUI on Feb. 16 after being stopped for swerving all over the road around 12:30 a.m., police said. Officer Matthew Moretti said he was dispatched to the stop to conduct a field sobriety test. He said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He said Burt failed the test and blew a .205 on the portable breath analyzer and was then taken to headquarters where he registered .223 and a .232 blood alcohol content in the Intoxilyzer at headquarters. He was charged with DUI and later released to a sober adult.


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