Sunday, December 23, 2012
Here's the list of the top 5 Police & Fire stories of the year.
Police Issue Statement on Murder Investigation, Jan. 23, 2012. Early in the year, Johnston Police charged Donald Greenslit with multiple felonies in the death of Greenslit's girlfriend, Stacey Dorego. Police allege that Greenslit killed Dorego and tried to burn her body in a fireplace. Greenslit remains held at the ACI awaiting trial. State Police Report Arrests in Johnston, June 18, 2012. This was one of the first Rhode Island State Police logs we posted this year, and it drew big numbers. The report included a couple of warrant arrests, and one case of marijuana and illegal vicodin possession. Two Arrested After Alleged Prescription Deal, Jan. 14, 2012. We can only hope this doesn't turn into a plot point on "The Family Guy" — two …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Johnston Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
No injuries were reported following a late afternoon fire at 14 Harboard Road, off Hartford Avenue, on Tuesday afternoon. Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin said the single-family home was vacant at the time of the blaze, around 5 pm. "When [Johnston Fire crews] arrived, there was heavy fire in the garage area — at first, they couldn't find it," McLaughlin explained at the scene. "It traveled up into the top of the garage and it was making its way into the attic space. The guys did a great job stopping it — it stayed within the garage into the attic." McLaughlin estimated that "it took about 20 to 25 minutes to extinguish the blaze," and added that the cause is still under investigation.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Jessica Collins, 31, of North Providence, faces three felony charges after her ex-husband told Johnston Police that she drove her van into a car driven by his girlfriend's mother.
Johnston Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a North Providence woman suspected of driving her vehicle into another car and damaging a mailbox at Metro Collision Center on Putnam Pike. Jessica Collins, 31, of North Providence, is being sought by police after her ex-husband reported on Sept. 28 that Collins had tried to hit him with her Dodge Caravan before striking the car driven by his girlfriend's mother. Ptlm. Philip Viens reported that he went to the D'Angelo restaurant on Putnam Pike in Smithfield at about 3:30 pm and spoke with Cyntha Tatro, who said she had gone to Metro to pick up Jermaine Collins when Jessica Collins drove into the parking lot and "positioned [her van] nose-to-nose" with Tatro's car. Tatro told Viens …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Johnston Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin said the early-morning fire caused "extensive" damage to the roof.
An early-morning blaze at Johnston Memorial Park left the recreation department's office with "extensive damage to the roof, and water and smoke [damage] throughout the building," according to Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin, reached via text message this morning. McLaughlin also said that the fire was apparently caused by an electrical malfunction inside the building, which includes offices for the parks and recreation department and storage areas for equipment. No injuries were reported following the fire, McLaughlin added. Twitter user @CoreyWelch posted the following message with a photo at 2:20 am: Fire at Johnston Memorial Park rec building. Heavy smoke showing on arrival. Visible fire now knocked down. twitter.com/CoreyWelch/sta…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Lance Nicoletti, 26, of Smithfield, faces a first-degree molestation charge following his arrest by Johnston Police on Aug. 24.
A bail hearing is scheduled today for the Smithfield man accused of molesting a four-year-old girl in Johnston. Johnston Police arrested Lance Nicoletti, 26, on Aug. 24 following what officers described as a "disturbance" at a local home. Nicoletti is currently being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Cranston, for violating terms of probation set for an earlier charge of making crank or obscene phone calls. A pre-arraignment conference is scheduled for Oct. 26 on the felony charge. UPDATE: The case has been continued until a new bail hearing on Oct. 2.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Samuel Cardarelli, 43, faces one count each of assault on an officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, among other charges.
A Johnston man faces multiple charges after Johnston Police say he hit an officer who tried to take him into custody on a charge of violating a no-contact order. Samuel Cardarelli, 43, of 4 Naples Ave., was already scheduled to appear in Third District Court, Warwick, on Friday on a previous count of violating a no-contact order. In the recent incident, Ptlm. Remy Mendez wrote that he went to Cardarelli's home just after midnight on Saturday and spoke with Cardarelli's wife, who said that Cardarelli "became upset" with another person who was not identified in police reports. The other person "pushed Mr. Cardarelli away and called the police," Mendez wrote in his report. Mendez reported that he called Cardarelli by cell phone and told him…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Johnston Police reported that Daniel Booth, of Country View Drive, recorded a .214 blood-alcohol level in a Breathlyzer test following an accident early Sunday morning.
A Johnston man faces felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, and DUI leading to serious injury, following his arrest by Johnston Police on July 15. Daniel Booth, 36, of 23 Country View Drive, told officers that he didn't remember being involved in the hit-and-run accident that injured Raymond Lawson, 41, of Cranston, according to police reports. Ptlm. Adam Catamero wrote that he responded to the Hess gas station at 1789 Plainfield Pike at 12:08 am Sunday morning, where he found Lawson's motorcycle in the street and Lawson being treated by Johnston Fire and Rescue personnel for a head injury and "possible internal injuries." Lawson told officers that his motorcycle had been hit by a tan Honda, and …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Andrew Poland, 26, faces a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen goods after he tried to scrap four brass vases from Highland Memorial Park.
Following the second report of brass graveside vases being stolen from Highland Memorial Park since April, Johnston Police reported the arrest of a Johnston man after he tried to sell four vases for scrap. Officers charged Andrew Poland, 26, of 273 Greenville Ave., with a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen goods on Tuesday following an investigation into the apparent theft of 40 ceremonial vases from the cemetery. Ptlm. Stephen Altomari reported on June 27 that he went to the Metals Recycling building off Killingly Street in response to a report of possibly stolen property. An employee of the recycling company, Liam McDermott, told Altomari that Poland had sold four brass vases for scrap just before 8:30 am that morning. Altomari …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A Johnston man was ordered held at the ACI following his arrest on a felony assault charge on June 17.
Johnston Police reported this week that they arrested a local man on domestic assault charges, leading the state Attorney General's office to charge him as a probation violator. Lennard Johnson, 28, of 20 Park St., Apt. 130, was serving a four-year suspended sentence and four years' probation for two previous convictions on June 17, when officers responded to the corner of Park Street and Atwood Avenue to investigate a report of a disturbance. Ptlm. Derrick Palazzo reported that he saw "numerous parties in the roadway arguing" when he arrived at the scene at about 4:15 am with five other officers. The apparent female victim of the assault had "a bloody nose and a bruised face," according to Palazzo's report. A witness, identified as …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Johnston Police charged a Warwick woman on DUI charges following the two-car collision on Sunday night.
A 19-year-old Warwick woman faces a DUI charge, one count of refusing to submit to a breath test, and one count of driving without a license following a two-car collision on Sunday night that sent three people to Rhode Island Hospital. According to Johnston Police, the Nissan Altima driven by Gabrielle M. Henry, 19, of 163 Pettis Drive, Warwick, was traveling east on Plainfield Street at about 8 pm when it collided with the Toyota SUV driven by Maria Rodriquez of Providence in the westbound lane. When officers arrived at the scene, both vehicles were in the westbound lane of Plainfield Street. Both vehicles sustained “disabling damage” to the front ends, according to Ptlm. Matthew Leveillee’s report. Rodriquez and her passenger told …