Police Log


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


On October 24 around 9:51 a.m., Officer Matthew Leveillee along with several patrol units responded to the area of Plainfield Street and Atwood Avenue in reference to a disturbance involving an assault.

According to the report, the involved male in the disturbance matching a description that was provided was located inside the Walgreen’s bathroom. He was escorted out for further investigation. He reportedly refused to provided relevant personal information. He stated that he had no knowledge of an alleged assault and was elusive when questioned.

The man’s identity was eventually revealed as Jason Ortiz, 19, of 110 High Street in Pawtucket, who had a protection order against him. The woman who had the protective order against him was nearby when the disturbance occurred.

Ortiz was taken in to custody without incident for violation of the no contact order and obstruction. He was advised of his rights, transported to police headquarters, and held pending arraignment.


While on a fixed post in the area of 1025 Plainfield Street on October 26 at approximately 2:13 p.m., Officer Kayleigh Cooper observed a vehicle traveling east with expired registration stickers. A traffic stop was then initiated in the area of 930 Plainfield Street.

Contact was then mace with the driver, identified as Keith Williams, 41, of 215 Pavillion Street in Providence. Williams reportedly advised that he did not possess a valid driver’s license. A DMV check confirmed that there was no active license and that the car’s registration was suspended.

Williams was issued a Third District Court summons doe driving without a license and operating a vehicle when the registration is suspended. His car was towed from the scene and the license plates were seized.


At approximately 5:11 p.m. on October 23, Officer Merrick Cook engaged in a motor vehicle stop in the area of 700 Greenville Avenue for expired plates. The driver, identified as Stephen Powers, 29, of 2774 Hartford Avenue in Johnston, provided a bill of sale and title for the vehicle. The vehicle was unregistered and uninsured.

Procedural checks revealed the vehicle had a cancelled registration and that Powers had a suspended license. He was issued a summons for operating a vehicle when the registration is cancelled, improper use of registration plates, and operating a vehicle without insurance. He was also issued a Third District Court summons for driving with a suspended license. His license plates were seized and his car was towed from the scene.


While on patrol on October 25 around 8:52 a.m., Officer Jared DeAngelis observed a vehicle traveling north on Killingly Street with no registration stickers affixed to the license plate. A procedural check revealed that the plates were registered to a Nissan, however the vehicle Officer DeAngelis observed was a Chrysler. A motor vehicle stop was then conducted.

The car’s driver identified herself as Migdalia Martinez, 29, of 390 Bridge Street Apt. 1 in Fall River, Mass., however she did not have her license with her. She did have insurance for the vehicle, however she was unable to produce registration or a bill of sale. A procedural check of the vehicle revealed that the registration was suspended, while a Massachusetts driver’s license check found that her license was non-renewable and not active.

A search of Johnston Police Department records indicated that Martinez was arrested in 2011 and again in 2014 for not having a license. She was charged with a misdemeanor offense of driving without a license and cited for operating an unregistered vehicle, improper use of a registration certificate, and no license on person. Her vehicle was towed and license plates seized.


Officer Arthur Petteruti was on patrol in the area of Hartford Avenue and Winfield Avenue on October 24 at approximately 4:54 p.m. when he observed a car traveling west with an expired inspection sticker. A traffic stop was then conducted in the area of 985 Hartford Avenue.

The driver was then identified as Mina Massey, 41, of 112 Pidge Avenue, Apt. 8 in Pawtucket. A DMV check revealed that Massey’s license was suspended. She was issued a Third District Court summons for driving with a suspended license, second offense, a citation for operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, and a violation of inspection law. Her car was towed from the scene and her license plates were seized.


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