Warwick Police Log
The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
A resident of Vera Street called police on Dec. 15 to report that six ladders that were located in their yard were missing. They said a 24-foot ladder that cost $225; a 16-foot aluminum ladder worth $150; an 8-foot fiberglass ladder that cost $100; two truck ladders worth $450; and one 4-foot stepladder were missing since the day before. No witnesses.
A visitor to the Scott School on Centerville Road told police she left her Jeep SUV in the parking lot around 11 a.m. and was told around 11:30 by a school employee that the rear passenger window had been smashed. She said her pocketbook, which had been placed under the front passenger seat was gone. She said the purse contained all her identification along with $1,500 in cash, her checkbook and several credit cards. She spoke with a detective the next day and told him there had been no fraudulent activity on the cards. No suspects or witnesses.
A Moccasin Drive resident reported that three heavy-duty extension cords he was using for his Christmas lights display were stolen from his yard on Dec. 15. The man said a 100-foot, a 200-foot and 50-foot cord were taken. He said he unplugged the lights around 10:30 p.m. and his son woke him at midnight and advised him that he heard noises outside his window but when the owner went outside to look, he didn’t see anyone. He said he went out that afternoon to plug his lights in and saw that the cords were missing. He told police the cords were worth a total of $300. Officer John Curley reported that a similar theft occurred on White Street where one extension was reported missing. No suspects or witnesses.
A Warwick woman was charged with shoplifting at the Wal-Mart store on Post Road on Dec. 18 after loss prevention at the store told police they saw her acting suspiciously and kept an eye on her as she selected bras and underwear and shuffled them around in her shopping cart and the items “mysteriously disappeared” from the cart. They said she then went to the electronics department and removed the tags from a camera case and put it over her shoulder before checking out the rest of the stuff in her cart at the register. They said they stopped her outside and recovered $253.53 wroth of merchandise she hadn’t paid for. Crystal M. O’Dowd, 31, of 361 Church Ave. was later released from headquarters with a summons.
A Charlestown woman was arrested at Kohl’s in the Rhode Island Mall on Dec. 15 and charged with stealing $48 worth of jewelry. Loss prevention told police she removed the packaging and concealed the stuff before leaving the store without paying for it. Sharon K. Alessandro, 41, of 338 Shumankanuc Hill Rd. was later released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Christopher T. Devaney, 26, of 10 Jackson St. in Attleboro was charged with stealing $201 worth of fragrances from the JC Penney store after he was stopped in the Warwick Mall on Dec. 15. He was later released on $2,000 personal recognizance.
A Providence man was arrested at Kohl’s on Dec. 20 after loss prevention told police he concealed four pairs of pants in a shopping bag and left the store without paying for them. John C. Mertzlufft, 33, of 16 Techuseh St. was later released with a summons for District Court.
Joshua C. Euell, 22, of 134 Suffolk St. in Providence was charged with stealing a $199 jacket from Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on Dec. 20. Loss prevention told police he put the jacket on under his own coat and was checking the rest of his selections out at the register when loss prevention saw the tag from the jacket when he bent over. He was later released with a summons.
Michael Florenz Jr., 22, of 16 Betty Pond Rd. in Scituate was charged with shoplifting at Macy’s after loss prevention told police they recovered four bottles of men’s cologne and a Christmas ornament from a shopping bag worth a total of $171 that he did not pay for before leaving the store. His companion, identified as Arron Fludd, 22, of 38A Indian Trail in Coventry, was charged with stealing two Santa ornaments worth $64. They also told police that Florenz was in the store two other times and stole $101 worth of cologne and they wanted to charge him with those thefts as well. Both men were later released with summonses.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Stephen Major reported he was on patrol around 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 when he clocked a car doing 50 mph through the Apponaug circle while it straddled the lane markers, putting other motorists in danger. He said he pulled the car over and was asking the driver some questions when he noticed that his pupils were “the size of pinheads.” He said his speech was mumbled and he appeared to be going in and out of consciousness as they spoke. He said the driver denied he had been drinking but did admit he was on methadone. He said he also admitted he smoked marijuana and ingested some Xanax earlier that day. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Kent Hospital when he subsequently registered a 0.00 blood alcohol content on the portable breath tester but didn’t remember saying he had been on methadone, or Xanax, or smoked marijuana that day. Major said that, other than knowing it was nighttime because the sun had gone down, the driver had no idea what time it was or where he was but refused to take a blood test at the hospital. Vsevolod V. Novak, 23, of 3301 Post Rd. in Warwick was charged with speeding, laned roadway violations, refusal and DUI, second offense and held for District Court.
Officer Randy Francis reported he was on patrol near West Shore Road and Sandy Lane around 1:17 a.m. when he saw a car stop in the middle of the intersection for a red light before taking a left onto Sandy Lane. He said he followed the car and saw it cross over the double yellow line for about a quarter of a mile before righting itself and then drifted into the fog lane for another quarter of a mile. He said he pulled the car over at Cedar Swamp Road. He said the passenger was responding to the questions he was asking the driver and it appeared that the driver was under the influence. He said he noticed the odor of alcohol when the driver did finally speak to him and she appeared to be drunk. He said the driver had to hold onto the vehicle when she got out and failed the field sobriety test. He said Sarah L. Chamberlain, 25, of 46 Hart Ave. was taken to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. She was charged with laned roadway violations, DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer John Curley reported he was talking to a woman in the parking lot of Tavern Twelve around 1 a.m. on Dec. 11 who claimed she had been hit in the face and he told her to sit in her car until he could speak with her about the alleged assault but she started her car and drove off instead. He said he went after her and pulled her over in the area of 1875 Post Rd. He said she appeared to be intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He said he arrested Jacquelyn R. Woods, 26, of 106 Grande Brook Cr. in Wakefield and took her to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. He said they also found 44 Xanax and a marijuana pipe in the car. She was charged with DUI, refusal and possession of a controlled substance and later released on $1,000 surety bail.
Officer Michael Walker reported stopping a car that was operating erratically on Bald Hill Road around midnight on Dec. 12. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test at headquarters. Brian D. Petrarca, 26, of 3 Blossom Ln. in Hope was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations.