Police Log - 05/02/19


The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.


Rhode Island State Police identified the body of a man found at a Johnston recycling facility last Thursday.

Roberto Vazquez, 61, 225 Valley St., Providence, was found at around 10:30 a.m. at Full Cycle Recycling on 23 Green Hill Road in Johnston. In a Friday press release, State Police Maj. Timothy G. Sanzi said the death “appears to be an unfortunate tragedy.”

According to Sanzi’s release, there were no signs of foul play and the death did not appear to be suspicious. An autopsy has been done and results are pending the outcome of toxicology tests.

Sanzi said the investigation found Vazquez that sought shelter in a dumpster filled with cardboard at a Cranston fast-food restaurant last Wednesday evening. A recycling truck emptied the dumpster Thursday morning, but the driver did not see or hear anyone in the dumpster and was not aware anyone was inside.

Vazquez’s body was found when the driver delivered the dumpster’s contents to the recycling facility in Johnston on Thursday.


Detective Michael Edwards and Patrolwoman Kayleigh Cooper responded to the Smithfield Police Department on April 18 to take custody of Amanda Lachapelle.

Lachapelle – 31, 29 Starr St., Johnston – was wanted on charges of duty to stop for an accident resulting in personal injury and driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to Johnston Police headquarters.

During her arraignment, police said Lachapelle was presented as a Superior Court bail and District Court probation violator. A violation hearing is set for May 2.

A pre-arraignment conference has been scheduled for July 15, and she was held without bail on her violations. Bail was set at $5,000 with surety on the new charges.


Asst. Detective Cmdr. Megan Boulet and Detective John DeAngelis responded to 49 Dover St. in Providence on April 18 to locate Frank Ferruzola, who was wanted by Johnston Police on a fraudulent checks charge.

Police said Ferruzola, 48, of the above address, was advised of the warrant and taken into custody. Providence Police assisted with the matter. He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent checks under $1,000. Ferruzola was released on $1,000 personal recognizance until a Third Division District Court date set for April 29.

Police said the arrest stemmed from a March 13 incident in which a reporting party came to headquarters to file a fraudulent check complaint. The party said they received two checks for two different people that had bounced.

Police said one of the checks, which was worth $224, was confirmed to belong to Ferruzola. Police added that Ferruzola was notified on Feb. 11 that he must pay the funds or face prosecution.


Patrolwoman Kayleigh Cooper saw a vehicle driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit while on a fixed post at 1025 Plainfield St. on the evening of April 24.

Cooper conducted a traffic stop at 930 Plainfield St., where she spoke with Lynn Turner, 29, 50 Starr St., Johnston. Cooper said she discovered that Turner was driving with a suspended license, and a Rhode Island Court Connect check revealed it to be her third offense.

Turner was charged with driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and was released with a Third Division District Court summons. She was issued a separate summons for speeding 1 to 10 mph in excess of the posted speed limit. Patrolman Merrick A. Cook conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 1300 Atwood Ave. on the evening of April 20.

Cook said he stopped the vehicle because of an expired registration. He said the operator – Ralph Desimone, 53, 183 Harrison St., Pawtucket – told him the car did not belong to him and that his license had been suspended. Cook said procedural checks showed that Desimone had three or more prior convictions.

He said that when he asked Desimone about his license status, Desimone said “he has been arrested for operating on a suspended license 17 times.”

Desimone was charged with driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance with a summons to appear for an April 29 Third Division District Court date. He was also issued an e-summons for operation of a vehicle when registration is cancelled, no inspection sticker and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.


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