A 78-year-old Warwick man has been charged with first-degree child molestation.
Bruce MacNeil of Blue Hill Drive was arrested Monday. He entered no plea during his arraignment in Third Division District Court the same day and was ordered held without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 29.
MacNeil is accused of assaulting victim in Warwick between 2010 and 2015. The victim was 9 years old when the alleged assaults began, according to police.
The investigation that led to the charge against MacNeil began in Tennessee, where the victim currently resides, according to police.
MacNeil is a Level III registered sex offender in connection with a 2015 conviction for second-degree child molestation, according to police. He was also on probation from that conviction at the time of Monday’s arrest.
At 7:30 a.m. on July 11, Officer Christopher J. Gillis responded to the Robertson School at 70 Nausauket Road for a report of malicious damage.
At the scene, the reporting party told Gillis that she had arrived at the school at approximately 6:45 a.m. At that time, she noticed someone had set fire to a wooden pallet and wheelbarrow near a door at the rear of the building. There was no damage to the building. The incident was documented.
At approximately 1 a.m. on July 7, Officer Normand G. Guilbert was conducting a routine patrol on Post Road when he observed a vehicle traveling significantly under the posted speed limit of 35 mph.
According to Guilbert, the vehicle slowed even more while making a right turn onto Fair Street. No turn signal was used and the vehicle crossed the double yellow lines on Fair Street in the process of executive the turn, according to the officer.
Guilbert initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator. The officer reports he detected an “overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage” on the operator’s breath and in the cabin of the vehicle. The operator is said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol that evening.
The operator is said to have been unsteady on his feet upon exiting the vehicle and to have refused to undergo field sobriety testing. He was also reportedly restrained by officers at one point after attempting to reach under his vehicle’s front seat.
Normand E. Marcotte, 37, 13A Main St., Cumberland, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, he is said to have refused a chemical breath test.
Marcotte was later released to the custody of a sober adult and issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test, turn signal required and leaving the lane of travel.
At approximately 10:22 p.m. on July 9, Officer Derek J. Hagopian responded to an Arnold’s Neck Drive home for a report of a ladder being stolen.
At the scene, Hagopian observed the home to be undergoing a renovation. The reporting party and homeowner told the officer that all of the ladders had been accounted for as of June 30, and when he returned to the property on July 5, one was missing. Two others had been dragged toward the street, the reporting party said.
The missing ladder – a 24-foot extendable Werner brand ladder – was valued at approximately $115. The matter was documented.
On July 9 at approximately 10:43 p.m., Officer Michael D. Walker responded to Herb Chambers Cadillac at 1511 Bald Hill Road for a report of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles.
At the seat, Walker spoke with the reporting party and sales manager, who indicated that four converters had been stolen from vehicles at the site sometime between the evenings of July 6 and July 8. The vehicles involved were a red 2008 Jeep Liberty, a white 2011 Nissan Rogue, a silver 2008 Mercedes ML350 and a red 2003 Toyota Highlander. Surveillance video was not available.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on July 7, Officer Brenen J. Cardoza responded to the Macy’s location at Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting suspect in the custody of loss prevention personnel.
At the scene, a loss prevention associate at the store told Cardoza that the male suspect had been observed entering a fitting room stall with a shoebox and several clothing items. He then exited the stall with none of the items in his possession, and a check of the stall found an empty shoebox and tags that had been removed from clothing.
The suspect is said to have then passed all points of purchase and exited the store. He was met by the loss prevention associate and a colleague in the vestibule and escorted back inside, where $389 worth of merchandise was recovered.
Paulo S. Da Graca Leitao Deme, 22, 43 Tower St., Apt. 2, Pawtucket, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.