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 David Loffler reported going to Traver Avenue around 6:20 p.m. on Feb. 19 to remove an individual there who was causing a disturbance. He said he rang the bell and a woman opened the door and then the door was slammed behind her. She told Loffler her boyfriend was inside arguing with her female cousin and she called police because she believed it was escalating to a physical fight. Loffler said he heard someone behind the door yell, “He’s got a knife and he won’t let me out!” He said he and another patrolman started banging on the door but when a man opened the door he ran toward the living room and sat down on a couch. He said they drew their weapons and ordered the man to stand up and show them his hands. He said the man swore at him and said, “I’m not getting up; I’m smoking my cigarette!” He said the man started to light a cigarette and they holstered their guns and grabbed him. He said he pulled away, struck a fighting pose and lunged at them and they brought him under control and cuffed him. He said they searched around the apartment and found the knife on the bedroom floor. Daniel J. Pellegrino, 30, of 11 Traver Ave. was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Patrolman Adam Parkinson reported he saw a license plate on Feb. 21 that was issued to a man who had an active warrant out of Family Court for non-support. He said he followed the car to the Post Office parking lot and approached the man and told him why he was there. He said he arrested Gabriel Saygbe, 43, of 23 Mercy St. in Providence without incident and later transported him to Family Court for arraignment.
Rhode Island State Police picked up a Johnston man who was wanted for a felony domestic assault that occurred on Plainfield Street on Feb. 10. Patrolman Joseph McGinn reported he went to the Lincoln Barracks on Feb. 24. A former girlfriend told police she was giving him a ride to pick up some of his personal items when he suddenly started punching her and pulled the car over, pulled her out of the driver’s seat and drove himself back to 345 Simmonsville Ave. Johnston Police had been looking for him ever since. David A. Law, 26, was charged with felony domestic assault (two prior convictions for domestic assault), domestic disorderly conduct and driving on a suspended license. He was arraigned before a justice of the peace and then transported to the ACI when he could not produce the $50,000 surety bail. He was held at the ACI as a probation violator stemming from his last conviction.
Patrolman Derrick Palazzo reported he went to 124 Federal Way around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 for a disturbance. He said a breathless and disheveled woman met him who told him “everything was fine” but was reluctant to let them in. He said he told her he wanted to check on the well-being of her children and she let them in. He said there were two boys and a girl inside. One of the boys told Palazzo his mother was drunk and acting strange and had hit his sister and he intervened. He said he struggled with his mother who then came back from the kitchen with a knife and cut him while they struggled. The boy told Palazzo he did not believe she really intended to hurt him. Nevertheless, Dawn M. Juszczyszyn, 35, was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic assault and domestic disorderly conduct. Palazzo said he contacted DCYF and informed them of the incident.
Sgt. Steven Guilmette was responding to the same disturbance on Federal Way and saw a woman outside 110 Federal Way calling for help. He said she told him her husband was beating her and he entered the apartment and found the husband packing a gym bag and found another woman sitting on the floor with a deep cut to her right leg. Guilmette called rescue and Patrolman Jared DeAngelis interviewed the wife after Rescue had treated and transported the injured woman. DeAngelis said he learned that the couple had been out to a club in Providence earlier and argued about her talking to another man. The woman said she left by herself and went home where her mother and brother were. She told DeAngelis he arrived home shortly after that and began arguing and then hitting her. She said her mother intervened and her husband pushed her into the glass-topped table. A shard of the broken glass cut deeply into her leg and she was bleeding heavily. She said she saw the police arriving outside and ran out to get help. DeAngelis said the husband, identified as Jorge Delgado, was charged with two counts of domestic assault and one count of domestic disorderly.
Sgt. Michael Babbitt reported he was on patrol around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 when he saw a car traveling down Plainfield with no lights on. He said he got behind the car and watched it swerve into the curb and he activated his lights and siren. He said the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He said he was about to administer the “walk and turn” test when the driver got down on one knee and started praying, “Please, no,” before he fell over on the sidewalk. Babbitt said he stopped the test and arrested the man for suspicion of DUI. He said the driver blew a .271 and a .277 on the breath test at headquarters and Rigoberto R. Pacheco, 46, of 467 Plainfield St. in Providence was charged with DUI and driving on an expired license, no headlights after dark and leaving his lane of travel. Babbitt said he then learned that the INS wanted Pacheco after the Border Patrol arrested him in 1996 and he dropped out of sight. The INS requested that Pacheco be remanded to the ACI to await deportation.