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.
Patrolman Derrick Palazzo reported he and several other officers were dispatched to the Part II Lounge on Plainfield Street on Jan. 19 to disperse a man that was apparently harassing a woman there. He said he met with the woman at the club who told him she saw the man at a party in Providence earlier that evening and left without speaking to him.
She said she came to the Part II and he showed up there a few minutes after that. Now she wanted him to leave. Palazzo said the other officers approached the man and then escorted him to the Providence line. He said the woman then became very belligerent and uncooperative and started swearing at the police. He said it was only after that they learned there was a no contact order between the man and the woman and that the man had violated it before.
“Officers on the scene were not made aware of this information until after” the man was dispersed, according to Palazzo. Police immediately put out an inter-city attempt to locate the man. Patrolman Adam Parkinson notified Providence that he was following up on an arrest warrant into the city to find him. He said he found the man walking east in the roadway on Union Avenue. He said Joseph A. Rossi, 22, of 346 Union Ave., was taken to headquarters, where he was charged with a felony for violating the no contact order for the third time and held for arraignment.
A BREAK WITH NO TAKE
A Morgan Avenue man called police to report a broken window on a foreclosed property on his street on Jan. 22. He told Patrolman Ryan Lemieux he was driving past the property when he saw the broken window and then some footprints in the recently fallen snow that led to the rear of the property. The window was located on a door at the top of a staircase to the second floor and the shattered glass was just inside that door. He said the house was obviously vacant, but he was surprised to find that the copper pipes inside the house had not been removed and there was no evidence of any sort of theft. What was equally notable was the fact that the same house was the subject of a similar call almost exactly a year before. At that time, an open window was reported and the patrolman who responded then found that nothing was missing from the residence. Lemieux said the owner of record could not be determined, but police believe a bank or other mortgage holder owns the house. Lemieux said he contacted the building inspector and requested that the house be secured.
Patrolman Troy Maddocks responded to an accident at Plainfield and A Streets around 8 p.m. on Jan. 21. The driver of the 2003 Ford dump truck involved told Maddocks he was heading west on Plainfield when the truck began to slide on the icy roadway beyond his control. He said the truck continued across the intersection and struck a Verizon utility pole and then continued onto the property of the Parkside Utility Company. Maddocks reported that the pole was completely dislodged from the ground and was hanging by the power lines. The sign and mailbox for another nearby company had been damaged. He said the truck had a Fisher Minute Mount plow attached to the front that sustained heavy damage, along with the driver and passenger side fenders. Maddocks said he ran the plates on the dump truck and learned they were registered to a 1986 GMC truck. The driver was issued a ticket for “Improper Use of Evidence of Registration” and a heavy-duty tow truck was dispatched to the scene to remove the truck. He said the Rhode Island Department of Transportation was contacted and advised of the situation. There were no injuries.
ON A ROLL
Patrolman Maddocks responded to another weather-related accident around 7 p.m. on Jan. 22. He said he arrived to find fresh tire marks on the road that continued across the road into the northbound lane and ended at the stonewall in front of 109 Bishop Hill Road. He said he found the car, which had rolled over and ended up on its side on the lawn, was in a position consistent with the story the driver told him.
The driver said he was heading south on Bishop Hill Road when he began to drive through snow and was attempting to slow down in response when the car began to slide toward the shoulder of the road, where it struck the top of the wall and began to roll over. He said the driver got out of the car by himself before Rescue arrived and refused to go to the hospital for evaluation. He said Scorpio Towing managed to get the vehicle over the stonewall and removed it from the scene. Maddocks said he called the Highway Department and advised them of the conditions.