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.
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Patrolman Dennis Peacock reported he was on patrol on Atwood Avenue around 3:20 a.m. on April 8 when he saw a gold Toyota abruptly turn into the driveway of the former FM Global headquarters and speed up until it slammed into the locked metal gate and bounced backward. He said he immediately hit his emergency lights and approached the car. He said he was checking on the driver and found him attempting to eat the food he just bought at the McDonald’s up the street. He said he asked him if he was injured and the driver relied, “No, why?”
He said the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He said he asked the driver to get out of the car for a field sobriety test and he said, “Yo, man, I just wanna eat my sandwich.” He said he did get out of the car and had to hold onto the roof to keep from falling. He said he was about to do the first part of the test when the driver said, “[Expletive] no. I ain’t taking no test.” He said he told the driver he was under arrest for suspicion of DUI and his response was, “Where I am? Warwick?” Peacock said he also refused a breath test at headquarters and Bryan Barrera, 21, of 24 Woodside Rd., Providence, was charged with DUI and refusal.
He was about to be released to a sober adult around 5:40 a.m. but the adult who came to pick him up had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear stemming from his own prior arrest for DUI in Providence. Hugo Gomez, 21, of 189 Narragansett Ave., Providence, was arrested on the spot and later released to the ACI Intake Center.
Patrolman Adam Parkinson reported two housebreaks on April 7 in which the object was to steal copper pipe and aluminum windows, most likely to be sold for scrap. He said several windows, an exterior light fixture and a metal awning were taken from the first reported break on a vacant mobile home at 776 Hartford Ave. A woman there explained that her late brother owned the home and it was put on the market after his death but was recently removed from listings due to inactivity. She told Parkinson she noticed some dirt on the floor that morning that was not there the last time she checked on the property on March 31. However, she reported that nothing was missing from inside the trailer, but she showed him where the windows used to be and where the awning had been sheared from above the entrance. There were no witnesses or suspects.
The second break-in occurred on Boundary Avenue and was reported around 1:40 p.m. A Johnston woman explained that this house also went on the market after her brother died and had been vacant for two years. She showed Parkinson where copper pipe from the baseboard heating and pipe from the furnace had been cut and removed. She told Parkinson a realtor had shown the house on April 4 but no one had been there legally since then. She also showed him where pink insulation had been stuffed between some bars on the first floor rear windows and the glass in an attempt to block any activity inside from view. He said a neighbor told him he was trimming some trees and did notice the insulation in the windows on April 6, but there were no other witnesses or suspect. The copper was estimated to be worth $200 as scrap. BCI was summoned to process the scene for prints or other evidence.
Patrolman Joseph McGinn responded to the Drunken Clam cocktail bar on Greenville Avenue on April 8 to take a complaint about a former bartender who was being accused of stealing money from the business. The owner of the lounge told McGinn he fired the bartender for giving drinks to people for free but now had evidence that he was also pocketing or putting money in his tip jar that he collected for the drinks. He said the bartender last worked on April 4 and 5 and total net receipts for the two shifts were $83.84 and $57.50, which was way below the usual amount of business they did. He said he then reviewed the bar’s surveillance video and saw the bartender pressing the “no sale” key on the register and pocketing or tipping himself with the money. He said he confronted the bartender who admitted giving away drinks and that he would pay him back.
McGinn said he was asked to tell the bartender, who lived in an apartment above the bar, that he would be arrested for trespassing if he and his live-in girlfriend came in the bar. McGinn said he informed the bartender and his girlfriend and the bartender volunteered that he knew the owner was upset with him for giving away drinks. McGinn said he advised the bartender of his rights before he asked any more questions and then asked the bartender why he would be giving away free drinks. The bartender said he was frustrated because he didn’t think he was being fairly compensated for the amount of business he drew to the bar and that it was “immature frustration” for him to give away what he estimated was $300 worth of drinks.
McGinn said he brought the video surveillance to headquarters to be reviewed by detectives. Sgt. Mark Vieira reported that he reviewed the video from the bartender’s last two shifts with the owner and saw him take money out of the register and put it in his back pants pocket on the first night and saw him taking cash from the register and putting it in his tip jar on the second night.
Adam W. Cesario, 26, of 8 Greenville Ave., Apt. #3, was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement of over $100 and later released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
Patrolman McGinn was dispatched to 20 Park St. on April 6 for a disturbance around 7 p.m. He said he encountered a woman who was approaching and threatening another woman and screaming and swearing at her. He said he approached the aggressive woman and told her to quiet down because she was drawing people out of their residences to see what was going on and noticed that she appeared to be highly intoxicated. He said she ignored his orders and continued to swear and threaten the other woman and he arrested her for disorderly conduct. The other woman told McGinn that the woman came to her door drunk and was trying to pick a fight with her, and when she wouldn’t stop, she called the police. She said she didn’t want to file a criminal complaint against the woman. Nonetheless, Jennifer L. Bello, 26, of 20 Park Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct and she was later transported to the ACI when she could not make the $1,000 surety bail. McGinn said Bello was also on probation for shoplifting and had three priors on her BCI record.