Around 8:30 a.m., May 11, Warwick Police Officer Nathaniel Gray was on patrol in the parking lot of Walmart, at 650 Bald Hill Road, when he saw a woman sitting on the staircase outside …
Around 8:30 a.m., May 11, Warwick Police Officer Nathaniel Gray was on patrol in the parking lot of Walmart, at 650 Bald Hill Road, when he saw a woman sitting on the staircase outside the front entrance of the store.
Gray recognized the woman and identified her as Katelyn E. Jacobson, 31, of 20 Jefferson Boulevard, Apt. 305, Warwick.
“I was aware that Jacobson had warrants out of 3rd District Superior Court,” Gray wrote in the arrest report.
The warrants included four bench warrants for Hold Without Bail for Failure to Appear. Gray confirmed the warrants and approached Jacobson.
“Jacobson informed me that she was aware that she had active warrants,” Gray wrote. “I then asked Jacobson if she had any illegal narcotics on her, as she is a known fentanyl user. Jacobson stated that she only had empty baggies which previously contained fentanyl inside her handbag.”
Another officer arrived on the scene to assist. Gray secured Jacobson in handcuffs and secured her in the back of his cruiser.
Gray then searched Jacobson’s handbag.
“Upon conducting a search of the handbag I located multiple syringes, clear glassine baggies, and tinfoil containing a burnt powdery substance,” Gray wrote.
Gray noted that due to his training and experience, the burnt substance was likely fentanyl.
“I then located a clear glassine baggie containing a white powdery substance which is consistent with fentanyl inside a gray Rosetti wallet,” he wrote. “I seized the wallet along with the contents inside of it.”
Gray transported Jacobson to Warwick Police Headquarters. Police tested and weighed the white powdery substance and determined it consisted of 0.3 grams of fentanyl.
Jacobson was searched, fingerprinted and photographed. She was charged with one count of Possession of Schedule I-V Controlled Substance Less Than 10 Grams (a misdemeanor). She was also arrested on the four warrants issued by Third District Superior Court.
On June 14, Warwick Police responded to the Smithfield Police Department to take custody of Kenneth Bruce White Jr., of 6 Sprague St., Smithfield.
White was wanted out of Warwick on two separate warrants for Larceny over $1,500 and Attempted Larceny, dating back to 2020. Police linked White to the scenes of two crimes using blood evidence found at the scene.
At 7 a.m., Aug. 21, 2020, Warwick Police responded to the Wheaton construction site at 1177 Jefferson Boulevard, for a larceny complaint. The owner of the company told police that one of his trucks had been broken into overnight. One of the windows had been broken and more than $4,800 in tools had been stolen.
The business owner showed police the broken window, and also “blood inside the vehicle and on the hood of the vehicle which might have been from the suspect as a result of this incident,” according to the incident report written by Warwick Police Officer John D. Madden.
Warwick Police detectives processed the entire crime scene.
At 9:58 a.m., Aug. 21, 2020, Warwick Police were dispatched to Sullivan Tire, at 1102 Jefferson Boulevard, to investigate reported damage to a vehicle.
Nothing was missing, but police found a droplet of blood in the vehicle. The blood evidence was swabbed and sent for DNA analysis.
Around 12:42 p.m., on June 11, Warwick Police Officer Nicholas E. DeMarco responded to Staples, at 1276 Bald Hill Road, for the report of a female “huffing” in her vehicle.
Police on the scene identified the woman as Emily Meyer, 47, of 183 Barton St., Pawtucket. She was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2010 Honda Civic, and police saw a 10-ounce Staples electronics duster can in the passenger’s seat.
“I asked Meyer if she had inhaled the can, to which she stated that she did,” DeMarco wrote in the arrest report. “I asked her how much she had inhaled, to which she stated that she just inhaled the one can.”
Police asked her to step out of the car. She did. Police noted she had severely restricted pupils.
“I asked her if she had taken any drugs today, to which she stated that she also took her Methadone dose in the morning at the methadone clinic,” DeMarco wrote.
A Staples employee told police that he witnessed Meyer huff the can in the parking lot, and that she had purchased three cans of the “duster” on there separate transactions that day. The witness told police that she “left between each purchase, and then came back about an hour apart each time.”
After first denying it, Meyer allegedly eventually admitted to purchasing all three cans. Rescue arrived on the scene and cleared Meyer. She was offered transport to the hospital “due to the unknown levels of toxic vapor that she might have inhaled, but Meyer refused.
She was cuffed and transported to Warwick Police Headquarters. Her car was searched and towed from the scene.
Meyer was charged with one count of Sale, Possession and Use of Toxic Vapors, and assigned a Third District Court date of June 28. She was later admitted into Kent County Memorial Hospital for further medical treatment as a safety precaution, DeMarco wrote to conclude the report.
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