Police Beat: Face Baseball

Recent arrests and incidents reported by Johnston Police.

The following arrest and incident reports were provided by Johnston police. They do not indicate a conviction.

Police charged Rodrigo H. Vargas, 20, of 30 John St., Cranston, with felony assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct Feb. 12 for allegedly hitting a man in the face with an aluminum baseball bat during an altercation.

According to a police report, police responded to 1266 Plainfield Street for a report of a large disturbance in the second floor apartment.

Upon arrival, police heard what sounded like a fight going on inside. Once inside, police saw two men in the midst of a fight.

After breaking up the fight, police concluded that Vargas hit the victim with the bat during the altercation and the victim was fighting to defend himself. 

Frank A. Campagnone, of 130 Springfield St., Johnston, was charged with disorderly conduct and simple assault Feb. 9 after he allegedly shoved a Disarro Avenue man for not helping him get a nearby pickup truck unstuck.

Police said Campagnone and another man were driving the truck when it became stuck at the intersection of Disarro and Newman avenues.

The pair asked nearby residents to borrow shovels and help get the truck unstuck, but were unable to get anyone to assist.

One of those residents was the 39-year-old victim who said he was out shoveling his driveway when he shoved by Campagnone after he refused to help.

Police said a number of witnesses saw the incident.

Johnston Police had to escort a 48-year-old Johnston man from a Park Street apartment building twice in one day — first to the hospital for detox, second to police headquarters after charging him with disorderly conduct.

According to police, Keith D. Nunes, 48, of 995 Atwood Ave., Johnston, was brought to the hospital earlier in the evening on Feb. 2 after a disturbance.

A few hours later, police were dispatched to 20 Park St. for a report of Nunes banging on the door and causing a commotion. Upon arrival, police learned that Nunes had fled. Police tracked him down after another caller reported a suspicious person matching Nunes’ description urinating in the apartment building’s common area.

Police said Nunes was belligerent and swore at officers who arrested him after a brief struggle.

Johnston Police charged Joseph M. Carvalho, 22, of 720 Charles St., Providence, with obtaining a controlled substance under false pretenses, controlled substance conspiracy and two warrants Feb. 4 after he allegedly tried to pass a fake prescription at the Hartford Avenue CVS.

Police said Carvalho dropped off a prescription for 120 Oxycodone pills supposedly prescribed by a doctor who said the prescription was fake when a CVS pharmacist called to check its validity.

Police said they found Carvalho standing outside the CVS smoking a cigarette when they arrived. They also charged a second man, 23-year-old Perry Fedorak, of 608 Third Ave., Woonsocket, with controlled substance conspiracy. Fedorak allegedly drove Carvalho to the pharmacy, walked in with him and handed him the prescription once inside.

Johnston Police charged Antonio F. Leonardo, 60, of 12 Brenda Drive, Johnston, with domestic simple assault, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic failure to relinquish a telephone on Feb. 8.

They also charged his wife, Linda Leonardo, 57, of the same address, with disorderly conduct, simple assault and resisting arrest for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Police said they responded to the address after a 911 hang-up call and found Linda Leonardo, who appeared to have bruises on her face.

Mr. Leonardo told police, according to a report, that the injuries were sustained when both he and the victim fell down the stairs. Police said Leonardo had marks on his forearm.

Police charged David Otis, 49, of 22 Laurel Lane, Lincoln, with failing to stop at the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license Feb. 9 for allegedly rear-ending one car, backing into another, and driving away from the scene near the intersection of Hartford and Atwood avenues.

Police said Otis did speak with the driver of the car behind him, but sped off after he was told that police were being notified.


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