Police Log


The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police

A Pawtucket man was charged with false representation to obtain a controlled substance on Oct. 31 at the Rite Aid at 1201 Warwick Ave. Officer Matthew Moretti said he got the call that a man had just tried to buy oxycodone with a suspicious-looking script and hastened away in a Chrysler mini-van when the prescription was challenged. He said they located the van in the parking lot of the Auto Zone store and arrested Dayrrell Nathaniel, 32, of 64 Parkview Dr. and charged him after the pharmacist identified him as the man who submitted the phony script. A Rhode Island Hospital doctor told police he was aware that a prescription pad was stolen from the hospital but he personally never used a hospital form to prescribe painkillers and that his name had obviously been forged. A passenger in the van, Tanisha L. Miller, 33, of 185 Ocean St. in Providence was also arrested on an outstanding warrant out of East Greenwich.

A Johnston man was charged with stealing a purse from a shopping cart at Haxton’s Liquors on Bald Hill Road on Oct. 27. Officer Nicholas Reay reported he was dispatched to the parking lot of Rosie’s Lounge on Airport Road around 6 p.m. and informed the owner that he was being charged with larceny because a liquor store employee identified him as the person who took the purse, containing $100 in cash, a cell phone and a camera from the cart at Haxton’s earlier that day. Michael S. Hulkow, 57, of 243 Killingly St. in Johnston was charged with larceny and driving on a suspended license and later released with a summons.

Officer Jacob Elderkin reported he was dispatched to the Sears store in the Rhode Island Mall on Sept. 18 for an attempted fraud in progress. He said a loss prevention agent told him a man in the store tried to buy their most expensive laptop and an expensive surround-sound system with a credit card and a suspicious identification. He told Elderkin the man asked no questions about either item and appeared to have selected them on the basis of price. Elderkin said loss prevention told him they began to watch the man as he got increasingly nervous but took the opportunity to grab a USB flash drive from a display and tuck it in his waist. He told Elderkin the man then told the cashier he had to get something from his car and they stopped him after he walked out with the concealed flash drive. They said he quickly disposed of the flash drive when they stopped him and showed them a phony looking New York license with a name they recognized from inter-store memos as one used by and organized crew of criminals specializing in credit card fraud. Elderkin noted that he did not attempt to pay for the high-end items that totaled $1,109.97 before he left the store or try to take them with him. He was charged with stealing the $9.99 flash drive. However, the credit cards he had in his possession had been issued to other people and he was charged with obstructing an officer and obtaining credit cards fraudulently and counterfeiting and forgery. Misael Santana, 41, of 2930 Old Tampa Hwy. In Lakeland, Fla., was held for arraignment the next day.

Officer William Castaldi reported an attempted theft of copper risers from a storage box at a construction site at O’Donnell and Adelaide Avenues around 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. An employee told Castaldi he was driving by the site when he saw a car pull up next to the box and the driver get out go into the box and come out with the two copper risers. He said he told the man to put them back and the man did put them back and drove off. The owner of the construction site told Castaldi he did want to press charges and Castaldi called police in West Warwick to go to the residence associated with the black Acura registered as MP613. Castaldi said he brought the witness to the West Warwick address and he identified Michael R. Pizzi, 38, of 20 Vincenzo Dr. as the man who attempted to take the copper. Castaldi said Pizzi claimed that friend of his who worked for the contractor told him that scrap was kept in that box. The contractor told Castaldi the copper risers were new and cost $100 each. Pizzi was later released with a summons for attempted larceny.

Officer David Waddington reported he and another officer went to an accident scene on Aberdeen Avenue around 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 4. He said they found an SUV stopped on the lawn only inches from the house. He said the driver was behind the wheel and the car engine was running. He said the driver appeared to be incoherent, smelled of alcohol, and was unsteady on her feet and irritated she was being “[Expletive] bothered” by Waddington. He said a stream of similar obscenities streamed from the driver as she failed and refused to continue a field sobriety test. He said this continued all through the arrest process and she even whipped her belt off and hit a female officer on the leg with it as she was being put in a cell. Waddington said they found several oxycodone, amphetamine and four unidentified pills in her purse that she refused to identify. Elaine Dutchover, 53, of 54 Village Green North in East Providence, was charged with DUI, refusal, assaulting a police officer and possession of controlled substances and held for the bail commissioner.
Officer Matthew Moretti reported stopping a car that was doing 58 miles per hour on Main Avenue around 12:05 a.m. on Nov. 2. He said the driver was swerving across lanes before he stopped him at Gorge Arden Avenue. He said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. Moretti said he stopped the field sobriety test for safety reasons when the driver almost fell on the one-leg stand. He said the driver blew a .194 on the portable breath tester and a .213 and a .193 blood alcohol content at headquarters. Brian Lillie, 34, of 20 Villa Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Stephen Major reported stopping a car he saw cross the double yellow lines and drift over the fog lines before he stopped it on West Shore Road around 12:45 a.m. on Nov. 1. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and smelled of alcohol but seemed to be “out of it” while pointing around. He said the driver admitted he had “smoked up” some cocaine earlier. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test or submit to a blood test for narcotics. Major said he found a prescription bottle in the car with granules and a “rock” of what tested out as crack cocaine. Christopher J. Fiore, 40, of 50 Argonne St. in Johnston was charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance and refusal and was held for arraignment in District Court.
Officer Manuel Pacheco reported a three-vehicle collision near CCRI on East Avenue around 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 26. He said one of the drivers appeared to be under the influence and smelled of alcohol. He told Pacheco he was driving along East Avenue when he looked up and saw brake lights but didn’t have time to stop before he hit the vehicle in front of him. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test and he failed it. He said he arrested the driver for suspicion of drunk driving and found a baggie containing what looked like marijuana when he frisked him. Karl F. Raffensperger, 51, of 6 Walker St. in West Warwick was charged with DWI, refusal and possession of marijuana and later released to a sober adult.


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