Police Log


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


On January 28 at approximately 11:06 p.m., Officer Arthur Petteruti responded to the area of Hartford and Atwood Avenues for a report of a possible intoxicated driver. While en route to the location, dispatch advised that a witness in the area of 1375 Hartford Avenue observed a male who they believed was intoxicated enter his vehicle and head west on Hartford Avenue.

According to the police report, Officer Petteruti located the vehicle and followed directly behind it, where he observed the car swerve and cross the dividing line and travel through a red light without stopping. The officer then activated his emergency lights and sirens, however the vehicle continued to travel at a low rate of speed for approximately 600 feet before pulling into the breakdown lane. There, the vehicle struck and drove over the curb and sidewalk in front of 1665 Hartford Avenue before driving into the parking lot.

The officer then met with the driver, later identified as Joseph Morris, 43, of 15 Rosemere Avenue in Johnston. Officer Petteruti reported that he detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Morris’ breath and observed signs of intoxication. When his license was requested, Morris provided a debit card. When asked if he had been drinking that evening, Morris allegedly stated “no, now just take me home.”

Officer Petteruti then observed an open bottle of Tito’s Vodka on the driver’s side floor which appeared to be half full. Morris was requested to submit to a series of standardized sobriety tests, which he agreed to and exited the car. As Morris exited his vehicle, the officer observed that his jeans were unzipped and unbuttoned and below his waist line. Based upon his performance during testing, and the officer’s observations and training, it was determined that Morris was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely. He was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.

Morris was charged with driving under the influence, second offense, operating a vehicle with an unsealed alcoholic beverage, laned roadway violations and obedience to traffic devices. He was later released with a Third District Court summons to appear.


Patrolman Richard Varan was on patrol on January 22 around 9 p.m. when he observed a car operating north on Atwood Avenue that conducted an illegal U-turn in front of 1417 Atwood Avenue. A traffic stop was initiated and contact made with the driver, identified as Osman Rosales, 33, of 6 Ruth Street in Johnston. Background checks revealed that Osman had a suspended driver’s license.

Osman was issued a Third District Court summons to appear for driving with a suspended license, second offence. He was also issued a summons for a U-turn where prohibited for the Johnston Municipal Court. His vehicle was later driven away by a licensed operator.


On January 22 around 9 p.m., Officer Kevin Brady was patrolling the area of 985 Plainfield Street where he observed a man walking around El Paisano convenience store, which at the time was closed for business. According to his report, because of the number of break-ins to the business, the officer stopped the man to inquire what he was doing. The man, later identified as Juan Herrera, 35, of 29 Terrace Avenue in Providence, advised that he was trying to get service on his cell phone to make a call.

Background check revealed an active Family Court reciprocal body attachment for Herrera, who was then placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and later transported to the ACI.


On January 21 around 1:45 p.m., Officer Michael Protano was traveling south on Killingly Street when he observed a car ahead of him that had two green registration stickers on each side of its license plate with different years. Background checks revealed that the car’s owner, William Leo, 58, of 10 Cheryl Drive, Apt. 312 in Johnston, was wanted by the Providence Police Department for a violation of a no contact order.

The vehicle was stopped in the area of 648 Killingly Street. Leo was taken into custody without incident and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and later picked up by the Providence Police.


Police responded to the area of Cumberland Farms on Killingly Street on January 27 around 3:16 p.m. for a report of a possible disturbance in the roadway. According to Detective Mark Bairos’ report, officers located Kolleen Dossantos, 31, of 3 Becker Avenue in Johnston, walking on Greenville Avenue. Dossantos was allegedly highly intoxicated and uncooperative with officers at the scene.

Procedural checks revealed that Dossantos had an active Third District Court bench warrant for failure to appear for arraignment from a disorderly conduct charge. Dossantos was arrested and later remanded to the ACI Women’s intake.


At approximately 2 p.m. on January 22, while on a fixed post in the area of 1400 Hartford Avenue, Officer Remy Mendez reported that he observed a car traveling west with a passenger who was not wearing his seat belt. A traffic stop was initiated, and checks of the driver of the vehicle, Brenda Barrett, 30, of 985 Hartford Avenue, Apt. E in Johnston, found an active Superior Court Full Bench Warrant

Barrett was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters and held pending arraignment.


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