Police Log 07/02/20

By BEACON STAFF
Posted 7/2/20

MAN FOUND IN POOL DIES A 74-year-old Warwick man died at Kent Hospital Sunday after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool at 1000 Cowesett Road, according to Warwick Police. Police and fire personnel discovered Charles Schifino, a resident of the

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Police Log 07/02/20

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MAN FOUND IN POOL DIES

A 74-year-old Warwick man died at Kent Hospital Sunday after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool at 1000 Cowesett Road, according to Warwick Police.

Police and fire personnel discovered Charles Schifino, a resident of the Cowesett Road address, in the pool after responding to an emergency call at approximately 2:35 p.m. on Sunday, according to a statement from Detective Lt. Andrew Sullivan. Schifino was removed from the water and responders attempted to resuscitate him at the scene. He was then transported to the hospital.

“The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined and are pending an autopsy,” Sullivan’s statement reads.

URN FOUND ON ROADWAY

Just before 9:30 a.m. on June 22, Officer Thomas Greene responded to the area of Toll Gate High School on Centerville Road for a report of found property. Dispatch advised that the reporting party had discovered an urn on the side of the road.

At the scene, the reporting party said he was working with a construction crew doing preparations for road paving when he observed a “small silver object” on the ground.

“Upon closer inspection, he found that it was an urn and immediately called the police,” Greene reports.

According to Greene, the urn was approximately 2 inches tall with a 1-inch diameter, made of metal with white and pink designs. It also appeared to be full, according to the officer.

The item was tagged and entered into the department’s property for safekeeping.

“No owner has been located as of this time,” Greene reports. “There was no memorial at the location where the urn was found to indicate its final resting place.” DUI

Just before 9 p.m. on June 18, Officer Michael Rocchio responded to a report of a hit-and-run incident in the area of Oakland Beach and Warwick avenues. A 2017 Honda Accord had reportedly struck a pole and multiples curbs, and a witness had followed the vehicle and believes its operator was impaired.

Another officer observed the suspect vehicle and initiated a stop in the area of 1728 Warwick Ave. Rocchio then responded to the scene to assist with the stop. Upon arrival, he observed damage to the vehicle’s front end and rims. Additionally, the car’s airbag had been deployed.

Rocchio then made contact with the operator, who was standing on the side of the roadway with several officers. “I noticed she had bloodshot, watery eyes with the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath,” the officer reports. The operator is also said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol earlier that night.

The operator is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which she reportedly failed. The operator is also said to have refused a preliminary breath test at the scene.

Vanessa N. Guilherme, 28, 10 Winter St., Cumberland, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, she is said to have refused a chemical breath test.

Guilherme was later released into the custody of a sober adult with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. She was additionally cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test, refusal to submit to a preliminary breath test, a laned roadway violation and leaving the scene of an accident.

LARCENY

At approximately 6 a.m. on June 15, Officer Joseph DiIorio responded to a Jefferson Boulevard address for a report of catalytic converters being stolen from two vehicles.

At the scene, the reporting party said he discovered the damaged to the vehicles – two box trucks used for a chip company – when he arrived at work that morning.

No security camera footage was available. The matter was documented. ***

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on June 17, Officer Stanley Hermanowski responded to a West Shore Road address for a report of larceny.

At the scene, the reporting party – an employee of Verizon – said the catalytic converters had been stolen from his work truck, a GMC van. The theft was believed to have occurred between approximately 3:30 p.m. on June 16 and 6:30 a.m. on June 17. The reporting party also told the officer he found a blade on the ground under the vehicle.

The catalytic converters were valued at $1,000 each. No security camera footage was immediately available. The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

VANDALISM

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. on June 19, Officer Daniel O’Connell responded to a Shippen Avenue residence for a report of malicious damage that had been captured on security camera video.

At the scene, O’Connell met with the reporting party and his neighbor. The reporting party said that at approximately 4:05 a.m. that morning, a man had entered his property and pulled out his solar lights valued at approximately $80, throwing them onto the lawn. The intruder also tipped over a portable basketball hoop into the roadway. None of the items were damaged, according to the reporting party.

A security camera at the neighbor’s property is said to have captured images of the suspect, who is described as a while male standing roughly 6 feet tall with a backpack.

O’Connell observed the security camera footage and documented the matter.

Just after 9 a.m. on the same date, O’Connell responded to a Landsdowne Road residence regarding a past incident of disturbing the peace. Dispatch advised that flower pots in the home’s front yard had been overturned.

At the scene, the reporting party said in addition to the overturned flower pots, the glass pane on a light pole in her yard had been smashed. O’Connell advised the reporting party the damage was “consistent” with the earlier incident on Shippen Avenue. The matter was documented.

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Shortly before 2 p.m. on June 19, Officer Daniel O’Connell responded to a Narragansett Parkway residence for a report of malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

At the scene, the reporting party told O’Connell that the front passenger-side window of his 2012 Ford had been smashed sometime between 2 p.m. on June 18 and 1 p.m. on June 19. The reporting party said it did not appear that the vehicle had been entered or that any items were missing.

The matter was documented.

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Just before 2:30 p.m. on June 19, Officer Nicholas DiNardo responded to a King Street residence for a report of malicious damage to a vehicle.

At the scene, the reporting party said she had parked her 2012 Hyundai Accent at the property on the evening of June 18. Then, that morning, she discovered the vehicles windows had been smashed.

DiNardo observed all of the vehicle’s windows had been broken. The reporting party, however, advised that no items appeared to be missing.

There were no witnesses and no security camera footage was immediately available. The matter was documented.

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