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 Derek Parascandolo reported he and several members of the command staff were dispatched to the intersection of Beechnut and Nutmeg Drives around 6:25 p.m. on March 11 for a report of a loud explosion there. He said Johnston Fire was already at the scene, where a 36-year-old Johnston woman told them she was approaching the intersection when she saw a plastic water bottle containing a blue liquid lying in the roadway. She said she steered around the bottle and stopped at the intersection just before she heard a loud explosion. She said she immediately pulled over and saw white smoke coming from the now torn open bottle. Parascandolo said there was a four-foot pool of yellow colored fluid in the intersection and two blackened pieces of aluminum foil. Parascandolo guessed that the foil was inside the bottle before it exploded. The Battalion Chief at the scene called a DEM inspector who arrived at the scene and confirmed what it was. Parascandolo said the DEM agent explained that the fluid in the bottle was probably toilet bowl cleaner. He said that when aluminum foil is placed in the bottle and resealed, the reaction eventually produces an explosion. The fluid was dispersed from the road and the remains of the bottle and the foil were seized as evidence. There was no damage to the woman’s car. Parascandolo said they canvassed the area looking for witnesses with no success. No suspects so far.
A 62-year-old Johnston man turned himself in to face domestic assault charges filed by his girlfriend. The woman told police her boyfriend came to her apartment around 5:30 p.m. on March 9 and she told him she wanted him to leave and attempted to block him from entering, but he pushed her about four times as he forced his way into the apartment and then grabbed her by the arm and pushed her to the floor in the bathroom and refused to leave, telling her it was “my [expletive] apartment and I’m gonna get my stuff.” She said he only left after she told him she was calling the police. Patrolman Robert Cardoza said he called the man at his parents’ house in Cranston and Anthony G. Catuto, of 995 Atwood Ave., was charged with domestic assault and domestic disorderly. He was later released on $1,000 personal recognizance and issued a no contact order for the victim.
Patrolman Adam Parkinson responded to a domestic disturbance on Plainfield Street around 11:50 a.m. on March 10 and learned that the suspect had already left the scene. He said the woman described an argument she and her husband were having about financial problems and it became very heated and he “punched a hole in the wall,” tore down the bedroom curtains and started throwing things into the back of his pickup truck, which was parked outside, under the window. She told Parkinson he became so frustrated and upset he “tore the head off of her teddy bear” and she called police because she feared for her own safety. He said the woman herself had no visible injuries and told him it was only a verbal confrontation. Parkinson said he “observed a teddy bear in the master bedroom, which had its head detached from the body and was now spilling stuffing on the floor.” Parkinson said he took pictures of the scene and confiscated the teddy bear for evidence.
In the meantime, Sgt. Matthew Benson had a description of the pickup truck and stopped the suspect near Atwood and Plainfield. Benson reported that he found a number of items in the back of the truck that belonged to the suspect that he removed from the house, including two video game consoles, several laptops and two pellet and BB guns and two paintball guns. James William Bedford, 25, of 1258 Plainfield St., was arrested and charged with domestic disorderly conduct, domestic vandalism and violating a no contact order that was in effect between himself and the victim. He was later released on $2,500 personal recognizance and a second no contact order was issued.