The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Johnston Police. Chief Richard S. Tamburini or Deputy Chief David DeCesare has reviewed all reports.
A Johnston man was arrested for violating a no contact order on Sept. 30 after the woman who sought the order last year told police he had called her several times. She told police the no contact order was placed after the man was arrested and charged with making crank and obscene phone calls in January of this year. She told police she refrained from calling police after the first call because she feared it would complicate a legal issue she was attempting to resolve. She said a family counselor finally convinced her that she should file a complaint. Patrolman Joseph Salvadore said he ran a check on the man and the no contact order. He said he learned that the man was on a year’s probation for the January incident and that the no contact order was in effect until March of next year. John D. Iannone, 61, of 7 Amana Dr. in Johnston was arrested and charged with violating the order and released the next day on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Police said a Cranston man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on Sept. 30 after police went to the Mobil gas station at 1901 Plainfield Pike around 2:10 a.m. to investigate an accident report that came in via 911. Patrolman Thomas Hayden said police were called to the station after a Mercedes Benz SUV came into the station that had heavy damage to the passenger side, consistent with having sideswiped something. He said both men standing outside the vehicle had a strong odor of alcohol coming from them. He said they were attempting to ask the driver what happened and got as far as the driver saying he didn’t know what or whom they hit when the passenger, identified as Jason Tomaselli, 24, of 69 Leawood Dr. in Cranston, started yelling at the driver to “Shut the [expletive] up. Don’t say anything.” Hayden said the night clerk told him he called the police after he saw the damaged SUV. Hayden said the clerk saw the vehicle at the gas pumps and said they should call the police to report the accident and was told that Mercedes Benz roadside assistance was on the way and police were not needed. Police said the clerk told the two men he disagreed and said he would call the police himself and said Tomaselli told him, “You better not call the police or I will kill you,” and lunged at him with a closed fist and attempted to hit him.
Patrolman Jeffrey Cicchitelli reported he was restraining the intoxicated and disruptive Tomaselli and said he repeatedly ignored warnings to be quiet or be arrested for disorderly conduct but he continued and said, “My daddy is a lawyer and he’s going to bury your ass,” and, “My daddy is a high class lawyer and not a lowly servant like you so you better not bust my balls.” Lt. Christopher Correia said they finally heard enough and arrested Tomaselli who had to be brought to the ground before he could be secured in the backseat of the cruiser, where he screamed, “[Expletive] you! You piece of [expletive] bullies! Wait until my Dad gets his hands on you!”
Police took a statement from the clerk but the report did not indicate if Tomaselli would be further charged for threatening him.
A Cranston woman was charged with felony larceny over $500 on Sept. 30 after Johnston detectives confronted her with evidence that she took two rings from a home where she was employed as a house cleaner and pawned them in Providence. The owner of the rings came into headquarters and reported the missing rings but told police he wanted to speak with the owner of the cleaning service before he filed a formal complaint. Patrolman Adam Catamero said the man came back later and said he would file a complaint and Catamero forwarded the report to detectives.
Det. Brian Loffredi said he spoke with the owner of the company who said they had been cleaning the victim’s home for about five years and one of the cleaners was new that day and was under the observation of the supervisor all the time she was in the house. He told Loffredi the second cleaner had been working for them for three weeks.
Loffredi said he logged into the State’s Precious Metals and Pawn database and learned that the three-week veteran of the service had sold jewelry on five separate occasions before Aug. 22 of this year, before she started working for her current employers, but did not have a record of the rings described by the Johnston victim. He said it did appear that the subject in question only sold to Empire Loan at 348 Broad St. in Providence. He said a call to the pawnshop confirmed that the subject had been in the day before and borrowed $160 against two rings, which were valued at $1,200. He said the owner of the rings was taken to the pawnshop and identified the two rings as hers. Loffredi said she cried as she tried them on and then said she would file a complaint. Loffredi said the cleaner, identified as Natasha Heredia, 19, of 470 Laurel Hill Rd., admitted she took and pawned the rings and said she needed the money for diapers, clothes and medicine for her 3-year-old child. Loffredi said a check revealed no prior arrests or warrants for Heredia. She was later released on $1,000 personal recognizance.