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Warwick Police Log 08/05/21

Posted 8/5/21

FATAL CRASH A city resident was killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles on Main Avenue last week, according to Warwick Police. Michael A. Paliotti, 60, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition once responders arrived at

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Warwick Police Log 08/05/21

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FATAL CRASH

A city resident was killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles on Main Avenue last week, according to Warwick Police.

Michael A. Paliotti, 60, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition once responders arrived at the scene at around 5 p.m. on July 28. He later died at the hospital.

The other operator involved in the crash, described as a 46-year-old man, was also hospitalized. He was listed in stable condition as of late last week, police said.

According to police, an initial investigation determined that a Honda Ridgeline, driven by the 46-year-old man, appeared to have been traveling east in the area of 1014 Main Ave. when a Nissan Maxima driven by Paliotti crossed over the double-yellow line and struck the Honda head-on.

“Initial statements from witnesses on scene were that the operator of the Nissan had been operating erratically prior to the collision, however there is currently no evidence of alcohol or drug use at this time,” a statement from police reads. “The collision was captured on video surveillance and has been seized to assist in the ongoing investigation.”

The statement continues: “The Warwick Police Department Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is investigating along with members of the Detective Division … Any person with information related to this incident is requested to contact the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at (401) 468-4344.”

DUI

Just before 2 a.m. on July 25, officer Nathaniel Gray and Michael Bailey were conducting an impaired driving patrol in the area of exit 13 on Interstate 95 north when they observed a 2009 Audi Q5 traveling at a high rate of speed.

Bailey is said to have clocked the vehicle at 105 mph in a 55 mph zone. He also reports the vehicle swerved “multiple times,” traveling over lane lines.

The officers initiated a stop, and Bailey reports that while pulling over into the breakdown lane, the Audi “slammed on the brakes and almost hit a vehicle traveling in the low speed lane.”

The officers then made contact with the operator of the vehicle, who Gray reports had “a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath” along with “watery, bloodshot eyes” and “slurred speech.” The operator is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he reportedly failed.

Jason Otero, 40, 191 Whittier Ave., Apt. 2, Providence, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, Otero is said to have refused a chemical breath test.

Otero was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test, speeding and laned roadway violations.

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At approximately 1:46 p.m. on July 27, Officer Connor Bemis and other officers responded to a two-vehicle accident in the area of Post Road and Hoyle Avenue.

At the scene, Bemis made contact with the operator of a Volkswagen involved in crash. “While approaching the vehicle, I observed it to begin rolling forwards as I was standing next to the driver side window,” the officer reports. “I had to yell for [the operator’ to put the vehicle in park which she did after the vehicle rolled forward an estimated 5 feet as the gear shift was in neutral.”

When the vehicle’s operator rolled down her window, Bemis reports he “immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath.” The operator also reportedly had “heavily bloodshot and watery eyes” as well as “slurred speech.”

Bemis reports the operator acknowledged consuming alcohol earlier that day and agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which was discontinued due to safety concerns.

Dawn W. White, 59, 5 Central St., Apt. 5, West Warwick, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, she is said to have refused a chemical breath test.

White was later released into the custody of a sober adult with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. She was additionally cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test.

LARCENY

Shortly before 7 a.m. on July 18, Officer David Boardman responded to a Blackburn Street home to meet with a woman regarding a stolen motorcycle.

The reporting party told Boardman her 2016 Kawasaki EX650 Ninja, valued at approximately $6,000, had been parked in front of her home at approximately 9 o’clock the night before. That morning, she discovered it was missing.

A video system in the reporting party’s husband’s truck is said to have captured a minivan stopping near the home at approximately 12:30 a.m. Tire marks on the lawn showed the motorcycle had been rolled in the direction of where the minivan stopped.

The matter was documented.

SHOPLIFTING

Shortly after 6 p.m. on July 9, Officer Sara Goes and other officers responded to a shoplifting incident at the Macy’s at the Warwick Mall.

Dispatch advised two female suspects had taken more than $1,000 worth of merchandise before fleeing the area on foot. It was subsequently relayed that one of the suspects was in the custody of loss prevention personnel, while the second suspect remained on foot and had last been seen near the intersection of Lambert Lind Highway and Bald Hill Road. The second suspect was found and detained by police soon after.

Goes arrived at Macy’s and spoke with a loss prevention officer, who said he had been conducting routine security camera surveillance when he observed the two suspects “enter the store and immediately start selecting multiple clothing items at a time.” One of the women was wearing a long dress, under which was “some sort of bag or concealment object” that was used to hold the items.

When the women left the store without paying for the concealed items, they reportedly threw the concealed merchandise at an employee and fled on foot. Twenty-seven women’s clothing items with a combined value of roughly $2,655 were recovered.

Madalina Barbu, 29, and Doina Constantin, 31, both of Wrentham, Massachusetts, were each arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. Both were later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

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Just after 1:30 p.m. on July 9, officers Nicholas DeLuca and Thomas Greene responded to the Walmart on Bald Hill Road for a report of shoplifting. At the scene, the officers found a female suspect in the custody of loss prevention personnel.

A loss prevention officer told police the suspect had been observed “under ringing items at the self checkout” before leaving the store with more than $315 worth of merchandise that had not been scanned and paid for. At that point, she was met by employees and escorted back inside.

Mecca R. Texeira, 25, 1184 Douglas Ave., Apt. 1, North Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

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On July 17 at 6:15 p.m., Officer Christopher Gillis responded to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress. Dispatch then advised the female suspect had fled on foot and was “possibly walking up the on ramp to Route 295.”

Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect. Gillis then responded to Walmart, where a store employee said the suspect had been observed selecting cosmetics items and concealing them in a handbag before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay.

The suspect was also in possession of an air mattress she had previously selected from the store’s shelves. When met by loss prevention employees outside the store, the suspect is said to have dropped the air mattress and fled into the parking lot. The mattress, valued at $50, was recovered. The stolen cosmetics items were valued at roughly $20.

The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

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Just before 4:30 p.m. on July 20, Officer Steven Moretti responded to the Macy’s at the Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised a male suspect was in the custody of loss prevention personnel at the store.

At the scene, one of the employees told Moretti the suspect had been observed placing items into a large, reusable bag “with no regard for price.” The suspect then reportedly entered a fitting room, and when he left, he was “only carrying some of the merchandise he had gone in with.” A check of the room found none of the items had been left behind.

The suspect then reportedly repeated the process – selecting more items and going into a fitting room – before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay for the items he had selected and concealed. At that point, he was met by employees and escorted back inside.

According to Macy’s multiple shirts with a combined value of nearly $470 were recovered.

Fredy Esteban, 36, Attleboro, Massachusetts, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

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Shortly after 11 a.m. on July 22, Detective Edmund Pierce Jr. responded to the Macy’s at the Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised loss prevention personnel had a male suspect in custody.

At the scene, an asset protection detective with Macy’s told Pierce the suspect had been observed selecting multiple items. The suspect is said to have concealed two items – dresses with a combined value of nearly $110 – down his pants before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. At that point, he was met employees and escorted back inside. The stolen items were recovered.

John A. Edwards, 47, 46 West Warwick Ave., West Warwick, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. The charge was upgraded to a felony based on prior convictions and the value of the stolen merchandise, Pierce reports. Edwards was held as a bail violator.

SUSPENDED LICENSE

At approximately 11:18 a.m. on July 10, Officer David Boardman was on patrol in a marked cruiser when he observed a 2015 Nissan Altima leave the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard. The vehicle bore a Massachusetts inspection sticker and a Texas buyer plate, which had expired as of June. Additionally, the officer reports its male operator was not wearing a seat belt.

Boardman initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator, who was found through a records check to a have a suspended or revoked license and “numerous” prior convictions for driving with a suspended license.

Jonathan Rasao, 30, 415 Friendship St., first floor, Providence, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. He was additionally cited for operating an unregistered vehicle.

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At approximately 11:49 p.m. on July 20, Officer Kyle Palmer was conducting a routine patrol in the area of Veterans Memorial Drive and Greenwich Avenue when he observed a 2007 Ford traveling through the rotary without its headlights on.

Palmer followed the vehicle and observed its operator turn on the headlights prior to the Toll Gate Road intersection. At that point, he initiated a stop.

Palmer made contact with the operator, who was found through a records check to have a suspended license and two prior convictions for driving with a suspended license. Additionally, the operator was wanted on an active bench warrant issued from Fourth Division District Court.

Eriq L. Sykes, 26, 37 Clyde St., West Warwick, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was additionally cited for times when lights required. He was later transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions to be held on the warrant pending a court appearance.

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Shortly after 4 p.m. on July 22, Officer Thomas Paine responded to a motor vehicle accident on Greenwich Avenue.

At the scene, Paine spoke with the operator of one of the vehicles involved, a Ford Fusion. A records check then revealed the operator’s license was suspended and she had at least two prior convictions for driving with a suspended license.

Christen M. Conley, 46, 10 Marian Ave., Narragansett, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

MISSING PLATES

Just after 7:30 p.m. on July 19, Officer Kyle Fitzsimmons responded to the Target Park parking lot on Post Road for a report of larceny.

At the scene, the reporting parties told Fitzsimmons they had parked their 2017 GMC Acadia at the location at approximately 7 a.m. on July 14. When they returned from a vacation on July 19, they found the vehicle’s front and rear registration plates had been taken.

No security camera footage was immediately available. The matter was documented.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on July 22, Officer Kevin Warren responded to a Flamingo Drive home for a report of a lost or stolen license plate.

At the scene, the reporting party told Warren she had parked her 1999 Ford Taurus at Target Park at approximately 5 a.m. on July 19. When she returned to the vehicle at around 5 p.m. on July 21, the vehicle’s rear license plate was missing.

The matter was documented.

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