Friday, May 10, 2013
"Go arrest someone else," the man told police. "I can have as many drinks as I want."
A 57-year-old Cranston man asserted to police that he can drink as much as he wants, but that didn't stop him from being charged with driving under the influence and refusing a chemical test by Johnston Police after he was observed driving through a stop sign and drifting over the fog line. According to a police report, Michael Vincent Delgigante, of 75 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, was driving erratically on George Waterman Road when he was stopped by Ptlwmn. Marisa Ciccone at around 8:30 p.m. on May 3. Ciccone reported that Delgigante smelled like alcohol and was slurring his words. He reportedly struggled to complete a field sobriety test and out of frustration said "I'm not doing this test, just [expletive] arrest me." Police said Delgigante…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The man who caused a three-way crash on Hartford Avenue over the weekend has another DUI charge.
Court records show that Patrick Darigan of Chepachet had already been arrested twice for driving under the influence before a three-car crash on Sunday that caused minor injuries to two other drivers. Darigan, who allegedly crossed the center line on Hartford Avenue around 12:39 a.m. and struck two cars coming from the opposite direction, will appear in court on May 15 to face the DUI charge. In February of last year, Darigan pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence, one year of probation, his license was suspended for three months and he was ordered to complete DWI school and 10 hours of community service. A DUI charge in 2010 was dismissed, according to court records. In 2004, …
Kenneth Hassell, 48, was fired for missing substantial time from work, according to Mayor Joseph Polisena.
The former Johnston Highway Department worker suspected in a string of armed robberies was fired from his town job in September, 2012, for missing work time, Mayor Joseph Polisena explained. During an interview at Johnston Town Hall on Wednesday, the mayor explained that Kenneth Hassell, 48, of 60 Highland Ave., had been hired on Oct. 17, 2005 by the late former Mayor William Macera. "I didn't hire him," Polisena said. "I fired him because of abuse of sick time — we looked at a state law that says if you're out for over a year, you can be terminated. He had a very poor history of working — he was off injured." Polisena also had pointed words for Patch reader Russell Archambault, who asked in a previous article's comment thread how …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Police are investigating.
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Friday, May 3
Johnston Police are investigating cooking oil thefts at a local restaurant. Police said the owner of the restaurant, Tina Poulos, contated them on April 21 and said someone stole cooking oil from a blue Newport Biodiesel drum outside the building sometime overnight the day before. Police said the culprit broke a lock on the drum to get to the oil, which was worth about $200. A camera which was pointed at the drum was also stolen, police said.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Police said James DeCaba stole about $200 worth of scrap metal from Rosciti Construction.
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Wednesday, May 1
Johnston Police charged a 48-year-old Providence man with larceny and vandalism after he allegedly stole scrap metal and damaged a fence at Rosciti Construction on King Phillip Road. According to police, James DeCaba, of 344 Washington St., Providence, was seen by an employee of a nearby business dragging metal from Rosciti Construction into the back of a pickup truck. The employee got the plate number for the truck and police soon tracked it down to DeCaba, who said he thought that the scrap metal was discarded material that nobody wanted. Henry Rosciti, owner of Rosciti Construction, said that the metal was his and the suspects also damaged a metal chain link fence surrounding the property. DeCaba denied damaging the fence when he turned…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Johnston Police said Keith F. Robbins, of Cranston, tried to avoid a traffic stop.
Johnston Police charged a 39-year-old Cranston man with aggressive driving after he allegedly tried to avoid a traffic stop by darting into the Three Guys Smoke Shop parking lot and driving erratically on Atwood Avenue. Police said Keith F. Robbins, of 575 Dyer Ave., was observed by Ptlmn. Joseph A. McGinn driving on Atwood Avenue not wearing a safety belt. As McGinn approached in an effort to stop the car, Robbins, who was behind the wheel, darted into the smoke shop parking lot without using a turn signal. McGinn kept his eyes on Robbins, who drove through the parking lot and when he apparently though the officer was gone, drove back onto Atwood Avenue "abruptly," McGinn said in his report, and without using a turn signal or yielding to…
Monday, April 15, 2013
A 28-year-old Johnston man was sentenced last week to four years in a federal prison after he pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges in October.
The U.S. District Court in Providence sentenced a Johnston man to four years in prison and fined him $5,000 last week for growing marijuana in his home with the intent to sell it, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Anthony Cucinotta, 28, of Johnston, received his sentence on Thursday, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Eugenio A. Marquez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Boston Field Office. Cucinotta pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm October 23, 2012. U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith also ordered Cucinotta to serve 3 years of …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Police said Timothy D. Cullen, 33, of East Providence, was also in possession with a small amount of heroin.
Johnston Police charged a 33-year-old East Providence man with felony false representation to obtain a controlled substance and possession of heroin after he allegedly tried to pass a fake script to a pharmacist at the Hartford Avenue CVS. According to a police report, Timothy D. Cullen, of 29 Glenrose Drive, East Providence, walked into the CVS and told the pharmacist he was trying to fill a prescription for 120 Oxycodone tablets for a friend. Police said the pharmacist called the doctor's office on the script and the office said they had no record of ever prescribing it. Police were called and they arrived at the CVS and took Cullen in custody without incident. A search of Cullen's coat turned up a small bag with a white powder that …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
David Pastore of Johnston allegedly stabbed himself outside the Dollar Tree on Atwood Avenue and then called police to say he was attacked by an Hispanic man.
A 52-year-old Johnston Man was charged with falsely reporting a crime after he allegedly stabbed himself in the parking lot of a shopping plaza and then told police that he was attacked and robbed by an Hispanic man. Police said David Pastore, of 349 Simmonsville Ave., Johnston, called police on March 30 and told them that he was attacked by an Hispanic man outside of the Deals Dollar Tree. Police said Pastore told them that the unknown attacker had a chin strap beard and demanded Pastore to "give me your money" and then stabbed him in the left shoulder with an unknown object. The supposed attacker then drove off in a small white car with temporary plates. Police canvassed the shopping center and collected surveillance videos from stores …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The boy suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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Wednesday, April 3
A 2-year-old Johnston boy is recovering from puncture wounds to his face after a family pit bull attacked him. Dep. Cheif Daniel Parrillo of Johnston Police said the boy was playing with the dog by pulling a blanket it was lying on right before the attack, WPRI reported. The boy was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The dog was taken to North Providence Animal Control and will be held for a 15-day quarantine. WPRI reported that the child's parents were home at the time of the incident and the pitbull has not shown violent tendencies before. Police continue to investigate.