Monday, May 6, 2013
The three-week investigation began in Warwick after the Valero on Post Road was robbed and ended on Tuesday in Johnston.
It took three weeks of connecting dots and collecting evidence, but Cranston Det. Paula Duffy kept plugging away at the case of a serial robber who had held up four Cranston businesses in less than a month, brandishing a handgun every time. Now, a former employee of the Johnston Highway Department — 48-year-old Kenneth Hassell, of 60 Highland Ave., Johnston — is behind bars at the Adult Correctional Institutions and could be spending the next few years in prison, if convicted. It all began when Hassell walked into the Valero Gas Sation on Post Road in Warwick on April 16. It was 2:30 p.m. and he demanded money, flashing his handgun. Witnesses at the scene were able to get a license plate number. That plate number eventually led police to…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Police say Amilio Feliciano, 22, of Providence, molested a child in December.
Johnston Police charged a 22-year-old Providence man with first degree child molestation for allegedly watching porn in front of a Johnston child and molesting the child last year. According to a police report, a woman who had a relationship with Amilio Feliciano, of 71 Bridgham St., Providence, contacted Johnston Police in January to report that her daughter told her that Feliciano watched naked women on his phone and computer in front of her. The incident reportedly happened on one of the nights that the mother was working and left the child in Feliciano's care. The woman reportedly confronted Feliciano about the incident, and he "looked down and denied it." The denial wasn't enough and the woman broke off the relationship. A while later…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Lance Nicoletti, 26, is charged with molesting a four-year-old girl in Johnston.
The Providence County Grand Jury reported an indictment Friday for a Smithfield man accused of molesting a four-year-old girl in Johnston. The indictment charges Lance Nicoletti, 26, of 5 Oakhurst Drive, Greenville, with one count of first degree child molestation. It is alleged that on a day or date between Aug. 23, 2012 and Aug. 24, 2012, Nicoletti molested a person 14 years or under. The alleged molestation took place in Johnston and the Johnston Police conducted the investigation. Nicoletti, who is currently held without bail, is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on March 13, 2013. Johnston Police arrested Nicoletti Aug. 24 following what officers described as a "disturbance" at a local home. Nicoletti is …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The sixth-grade student did not mean any harm to anyone, according to police. But he is suspended indefinitely and faces a hearing.
A Ferri Middle School student has been suspended indefinitely for bringing to school a toy gun that shoots plastic pellets, Johnston Police said Thursday. Other students reported on Tuesday that the sixth grader was carrying the replica gun in his backpack and was showing around it to friends, according to Deputy Chief David DeCesare. The school resource officer searched the student's locker and found the gun, according to reports, and the school suspended the student The student did not mean any harm to anyone, Decesare said. He told officers he was simply returning it to a classmate. "There was no intent," Decesare said. "He wasn't being bullied, and he didn't bring it in to scare anyone." In addition to his indefinite suspension, the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Police charged the 23-year-old woman with assault.
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Monday, January 28
Johnston Police charged a 23-year-old woman with assault after she allegedly cut her boyfriend with a razor blade. According to police, officers were dispatched to Bianca Jo Martinelli's house at 58 Walnut St. last Monday and found her boyfriend outside banging on the window. Police said the boyfriend was covered with blood and had a cut on his arm. The boyfriend told police that he used a cell phone to call police but his girlfriend took the phone from him and told him to "clean up" before the police go there. Police said Martinelli was being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston after she was unable to post $25,000 bail.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Johnston Police charged Joshua Michael Carey, 21, with domestic disorderly conduct and violating a no-contact order.
Johnston Police charged a 21-year-old Cranston man with domestic disorderly conduct and violating a no-contact order after he allegedly threatened to “hack up” and dismember a Johnston woman with whom he had a former relationship. According to police, Joshua Michael Carey, of 19 Woodland Ave., Cranston, allegedly sent several text messages directed to the woman through a friend’s cell phone. In the messages, he threatened to “brutally murder [the woman] and dismember her body.” Police said Carey used one of his friend’s cell phones to send the text messages and the victim was sure it was Carey because he reportedly called the same number he was texting on a restricted number and made threats similar in nature to the texts and she …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Recent incidents and arrests reported by Johnston Police.
LEAVING THE SCENE A 21-year-old Johnston woman was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after she allegedly changed her mind about going to Taco Bell and smashed into another car when she made an abrupt u-turn on Hartford Avenue, leaving behind her bumper – complete with license plate – and a hit-and-run victim. According to police, Ashley Cote, 21, of 283 Borden Ave., Johnston, was en-route to Taco Bell, driving in front of a car driven by a N. Attleborough, Mass., woman along Hartford Avenue. Near Robert Corio Jewelers, Cote reportedly changed her mind about the fast food and “suddenly pulled a U-turn” by pulling into the parking lot of the jewelers and back onto Hartford Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to an accident…
Friday, January 4, 2013
Johnston Police charged a North Providence man with felony breaking and entering and larceny after he was allegedly caught on tape stealing copper and lead from Armando Ricci & Sons on Hartford Avenue.
A 47-year old North Providence man was charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after he was allegedly caught on camera stealing copper and other metals worth thousands from his job, police said. According to a police report, Thomas M. Egan, of 55 Metcalf Ave., North Providence was recorded by security cameras at Armando Ricci & Sons on Hartford Avenue stealing copper and lead on three occasions. On Dec. 28, Johnson Det. James H. Brady met with the business owner and viewed some of the video surveillance which clearly showed Egan pry open a door to a small building using a metal bar he had taken out of the trunk of his gold Chevy Malibu. That incident was on Dec. 20 and he allegedly took about $800 …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Recent incidents and arrests reported by Johnston Police.
The following information was provided by Johnston Police. It does not indicate a conviction. B&E Johnston Police responded to 1208 Atwood Ave. Dec. 8 for a report of a breaking and entering into an unoccupied building. Upon arrival, police met with Michael Schultz, who is renting the building, who said that when he got there at 9 a.m., he discovered an interior door was open and the glass had been shattered. After looking more, he found that $1,700 worth of tools were missing. Police said the building is in the process of being renovated into a working garage. Police said the suspect got in through the north side door, entered an office area and stole the items. Stolen were a DeWalt drill, a combination drill, an impact driver, closed-…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Officers reported finding Steve Brodeur, of Pawtucket, in a car parked behind Altieri Glass on Nov. 8.
A Pawtucket man faces a felony larceny charge and a probation violation after a Johnston Police officer found him sitting in a parked car on Nov. 8, the day of the crime. Steven Brodeur, 45, of Pawtucket, is also awaiting trial on a felony count of breaking and entering brought by Glocester Police in an unrelated case. Ptlm. Edward Gonzalez reported that he was checking the property at 1417 Atwood Ave. when he saw a 2003 Ford Focus parked in the back lot. Brodeur "had blood on his hands and clothing," according to Gonzalez, who also reported that he found an Apple computer tower and monitor in the car, along with an electric drill and chop saw, in the trunk of the car. The car also contained tools that Gonzalez suspected to be used in …