The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Johnston Police. Chief Richard S. Tamburini or Deputy Chief David DeCesare has reviewed all reports
Patrolman Philip Viens was dispatched to the town soccer fields on Atwood Avenue on March 3 for a report of vandalism. He said he met with a recreation department employee who said that sometime between 4 p.m. the day before and the time he arrived at the fields at 2 p.m. that day, someone drove a vehicle onto the field and tore up large sections of the turf. Viens said the main gate was locked at the time and it appeared that the vehicle, possibly an all-terrain type machine, gained access to the fields by way of the walking path behind the high school. Viens said there were surveillance cameras in the area but he would not be able to view the video until the staff member responsible for the video system returned to work. The employee told Viens he had no idea who would have done the damage. Viens forwarded his report to detectives for follow up on the surveillance video.
Patrolman Kevin Brady reported he went to Rhode Island Hospital to speak with an assault suspect who was being treated there, in Fast Track room #5. He said the suspect had several lacerations on his face and it appeared a fist caused them. He said he advised the man of his rights and then asked him for his side of the story. He said the man told him he went to an apartment on Joy Street because he believed his ex-wife “was in danger.” Brady said the man told him he went to his ex-wife’s apartment and was let into the home and then asked where his ex-wife was and the man there became upset and a fight started. Brady said Robert L. Simas then refused to give him a statement and refused to answer any more questions. Simas, 42, of 9A Whitman St. in Smithfield, was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct and given a summons for District Court. Simas had several priors on his BCI record, including assault.
DOWN IN THE DUMPS
Patrolman James Seymore reported he was on a fixed traffic detail on Shun Pike when he observed a dump truck going west with an unsecured load of wood and debris. He said he followed the truck to the landfill and stopped it at the entrance. He said he checked the Massachusetts driver’s license of the operator and learned that it was suspended. He said he also did a BCI check and learned there was a warrant out of South Kingstown for obtaining money under false pretenses. William Morris, 52, of 68 Corona St. in Boston, was issued a ticket for driving an unsecured load, arrested for driving on a suspended license, released on $500 surety bail for the license charge and then turned over to the South Kingstown Police.
Patrolman Jeffrey Cicchitelli reported a domestic disturbance on Plainfield Street around 1:30 a.m. on March 4. He said the victim advised him that she had been locked out of the residence earlier that day and had to kick the door open to get in. She said her live-in boyfriend came home around 11:45 p.m. and was upset by the damaged door and went outside and kicked the door on her vehicle, denting it and breaking off the side mirror. She said he then came into the house and pushed her into the living room with both hands, causing her to fall into the couch, where he continued to push her every time she tried to stand up and eventually she hit the floor with her head. She said she broke away from him and dialed 911. Cicchitelli said that her boyfriend acknowledged that they had a disagreement about the door but offered no other details of the incident. Cicchitelli said he didn’t see any obvious injuries to the woman and she declined medical treatment. Her boyfriend was arrested and charged with domestic assault, domestic malicious damage and domestic disorderly conduct. Michael P. Peotrowski, 36, of 1457 Plainfield St. was later released on $1,000 personal recognizance with a no contact order. Patrolman Adam Parkinson reported that he went to the residence later that day to retrieve some of Peotrowski’s personal belongings and to take custody of some weapons: two swords; an air pistol; a military grade ammo box with miscellaneous ammo; an AK-47; and an H&R Long Rifle. The weapons were tagged and placed in the evidence locker.
Patrolman David Loffler reported a rear-end collision near the intersection of Hartford and Borden Avenues on March 2. He said he briefly spoke with the woman who was hit from behind. She said she was stopped in traffic when she was hit. Then was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and the four juveniles in the car were taken to Hasbro Hospital for evaluation. The second driver told Loffler he was approaching the intersection and saw traffic gather at the intersection but believed it was in motion and didn’t hit his brakes until it was too late. He said he believed the traffic was moving because the brake lights on the car he hit were not on. Loffler said he checked out the brake lights and they were, indeed, not working but, because he looked after the accident, it was not possible to say for sure if they were broken before. He did, however, write a ticket for the woman who was driving the first car because she had four juveniles in her car and only two children’s car seats.