Police Beat: Marijuana, B&E, Twisted Finger Assault

Recent incidents and arrests reported by Johnston Police.

The following arrest and incident reports were provided by Johnston Police. They do not indicate convictions.

A 25-year-old Johnston man was charged with marijuana possession Dec. 28 after a routine traffic stop sparked by an officer noticing his passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

According to police, Richard A. Naud, of 26 Victor Ave., was stopped while driving his Ford Mustang because his passenger was unbuckled.

The officer reportedly smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle. A check of Naud’s information showed he was wanted on an active Superior Court bench warrant for failing to appear on a drug possession charge.

Naud was asked to exit his vehicle. When he did, police said, he attempted to toss his jacket inside the car. But officers said because they smelled pot, the car would be search. Officers found a small plastic bag containing about 3.5 grams of marijuana inside one of the coat pockets.

Naud was transported to the ACI and was held on the warrant. He is due to appear in District Court on Jan. 9 for the marijuana possession charge. 

Johnston Police are investigating an attempted break-in that occurred at JJ’s Coliseum on Greenvile Avenue Dec. 29.

Police said they responded to the business after an alarm was triggered.

Responding officers found one of the front windows was removed and a plastic garbage barrel was under the window, apparently to be used as a step.

On the window ledge, police found a small black pocket knife.

Detectives concluded the culprit used the knife to manipulate the window locking mechanism and removed the two pieces of window, placing them on the east side of the window.

The owner responded to the scene and said nothing was taken after a check of the interior.

Police dusted several areas for latent fingerprints 

Cranston Police charged a 36-year-old Cranston man with felony assault causing serious bodily injury after he allegedly assaulted a medical worker at Gateway Mental Health on Hartford Avenue Dec. 31.

According to a police report, Brad J. Cochran, of 75 Mathewson St., Cranston, twisted the finger of a member of the staff of the facility during a session.

Police said the victim’s left middle finger was “twisted and positioned in an unnatural manner with the finger perpendicular across the rest of his straight fingers.”

Police said the assault occurred after Cochran became combative during the session. When asked to leave by the victim, Cochran reportedly closed the door and said “what now?” before causing the altercation.


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