The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.
DUTY TO STOP
Patrolman Michael A. Protano said the department received a 911 call for a hit-and-run accident the afternoon of Nov. 23.
The caller said they witnessed a hit-and-run in the area of 1191 Hartford Ave., and that a black tow truck struck another pickup truck with a trailer affixed while traveling westbound. The called advised that the suspect tow truck began traveling eastbound on Hartford Avenue. Sgt. Luca Lancellotti responded to the collision scene.
Protano passed Lancellotti, who was on his way to speak with a witness at the scene, while Patrolman Matthew Leveillee assisted another officer who was out with a black tow truck on Killingly Street.
Protano spoke with the witness, who he said told him she was traveling on Route 6 west with her boyfriend when she saw a tow truck driving erratically to the point where she was going to call 911. As the tow truck exited onto Hartford Avenue from Route 6 west, she was behind the tow truck and witnessed it strike a landscaping truck with a trailer affixed.
Protano noted that the suspect registration given was unregistered, but was last registered to Leonel E. Giron, 32, 324 Auburn Ave., Cranston, the same man stopped with a black tow truck by two other officers. He did not have registration plates on his tow truck, Protano said, and he admitted to Leveillee that he had been involved in a motor vehicle accident but left because his license is suspended. A Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles check revealed that Giron’s license was suspended.
Protano observed there was damage to the front driver’s side fender/headlight area, and there was damage consistent to the passenger side of the trailer. Protano said that Giron told the operator of the vehicle, “If you call the cops … I go to jail … I don’t have a license,” and fled the scene.
Giron was arrested on misdemeanor charges of duty to stop for an accident resulting in damage to a vehicle and driving with a suspended license, third offense. He was later released with a Third Division District Court summons. He was also cited for operation of an unregistered vehicle, improper use of evidence of registration and duty to give information and render aid, for which he was given a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal date of Dec. 19.
On the morning of Nov. 18, Patrolman Richard J. Varan observed a vehicle without a front registration plate traveling west on Hartford Avenue.
He conducted a stop and identified the operator as Lewis Martinez, 29, 60 North Williams St., Johnston. A Division of Motor Vehicles check revealed that the registration was active for a 2004 Lexus, not the 2003 BMW on scene. Varan said Martinez could not produce a bill of sale or paperwork for the vehicle. The check also showed Martinez had a suspended license, and a subsequent check revealed a Superior Court bench warrant for failure to appear for a pre-arraignment conference.
Martinez was issued a Third Division District Court summons for Nov. 25 on a charge of driving with a suspended license, second offense. He also received a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal summons of Dec. 12 for operating an unregistered vehicle and a Johnston Municipal Court date of Dec. 11 for display of plates.
Detectives Thomas Dwyer and Seth D. Crosby responded to the Bel Aire Motor Inn at 2154 Hartford Ave. on the evening of Nov. 21 in an attempt to locate Danielle Demaio, 35, of said address, and Brandon DiLorenzo, 42, 72 Eliza St., Providence.
Crosby said he had previous knowledge that Demaio was wanted by Third District Division Court to be held without bail for a violation with an original charge or possession of a Schedule I controlled substance out of the East Greenwich Police Department. DiLorenzo was wanted by the same court to be held without bail for failure to appear for a pretrial conference with an original charge domestic disorderly conduct out of East Greenwich. A check also showed that a no-contact order was issued July 24 by the same court listing Demaio as the plaintiff and DiLorenzo as the defendant.
DiLorenzo was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of violation of a no-contact order and the Third Division District Court bench warrant, while Demaio was brought in on her warrant from the court.
RECEIVING STOLEN GOODS
Patrolman Matthew Winsor responded to 8 Grove Ave. on the afternoon of Nov. 20 in response to a report of an unattended vehicle parked in front of the address with a stolen registration plate.
Upon arrival, Winsor observed a vehicle parked unattended in front of the aforementioned address with the registration plate affixed to the front. A check showed the plate was confirmed stolen on Nov. 15 by the Glocester Police Department. While on scene, James Fleet, 48, of above address, walked outside and informed Winsor that he owned said vehicle and subsequently provided him with a bill of sale confirming as much. Winsor said he informed Fleet the plate affixed to the front of the vehicle was reported stolen, and Fleet was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen goods.
Winsor said Fleet later told him that a friend – whose name is redacted in the report – gave him said stolen plate to put onto his vehicle until he could get it registered. Fleet said he did not know that the plate was stolen.