Narragansett Police Log: August 20, 21 and 22, 2012
A North Providence man allegedly steals a check from a bride.
Unless otherwise noted, information about the following incidents was supplied by the Narragansett Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
North Providence Man Charged With Stealing From Wedding
Michael J. Vendetuoli, 37, of 23 Balston St., North Providence, was arrested at about 11 a.m. on Aug. 21 and charged with larceny not exceeding $1,500 in value.
According to police, on July 30 they received a report of a larceny at a wedding held at the Canonchet Beach Clubhouse. The bride told police that a $300 check meant for the couple had been stolen, and instead deposited it another account.
The person who wrote the check told the bride that a family member of Vendetuoli had signed it. Police investigated, and on Aug. 3, they received surveillance footage from Citizens Bank. Narragansett police turned this footage over to North Providence police, since the family member of Vendetuoli lived in their town.
North Providence police said they interviewed the family member, who identified the person on the security footage as the girlfriend of Michael Vendetuoli. The girlfriend – Jennifer Ferro, 24, of 23 Balston St., North Providence – was arrested by North Providence police on Aug. 16.
According to North Providence police, Ferro told them that Vendetuoli had provided her with his family member’s debit card and pin, and told her to deposit the check.
Narragansett police also contacted the catering company that had employed Vendetuoli. The owner told police that he had fired Vendetuoli based on this and other incidents, and told police of another couple he suspected Vendetuoli of stealing from.
A warrant was issued for Vendetuoli’s arrest on Aug. 17. He was arrested on unrelated charges and held at the ACI until Aug. 21, when he pleaded no contest to the Narragansett charge. He was ordered to pay restitution to the bride.
According to online records, Vendetuoili has multiple forgery and theft charges also pending in North Providence. He has more than 40 entires on the online database, although many are duplicate entries because he is listed with and without his middle initial.
Narragansett Woman Charged With Domestic Assault
Marissa E. Forte, 21, of 162 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, was arrested at about 2:09 a.m. on Aug. 21 and charged with domestic assault.
According to police, at about 12:45 a.m. while monitoring the nightly close of George’s, they were approached by a 25-year-old Narragansett man. He told police that Forte – his ex-girlfriend – had gotten into an argument with him at the bar, and capped it off by punching him in the face.
Police noted that the man did have a cut under his eye, and his face appeared swollen, consistent with a punch. A friend of the victim told police that he witnessed the assault.
As a result, police went to Forte’s home at about 1:30 a.m. She wasn’t there, but a family member was able to contact her, and she responded to the residence at about 2 a.m.
Police said that Forte admitted that she punched the man in the face, giving him a black eye in the process. She was arrested without incident, processed and then released at about 3:45 a.m.
South Kingstown Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct After Swearing At Bank Teller
Timothy F. Moran, 33, of 3530 Post Road, South Kingstown, was arrested at about 11:21 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct.
According to police, at about 9 a.m. they were called to Citizens Bank on Woodruff Avenue. A teller told police that a customer – Moran – had become irate and sworn at her after he was told that he couldn’t withdraw money from his account.
Moran, who was in the drivethru, allegedly swore so loudly at the woman that co-workers and customers at the bank could hear him inside. As a result, employees at the bank told police they wished to press charges.
Police said they were able to contact Moran at about 10:16 a.m. He apologized for the incident, and told police he would turn himself in, which he did at about 11:21 a.m. He was processed and then released shortly after.
South Kingstown Man Charged With License Violation
Jonathan A. Gardiner, 27, of 81 North Road, South Kingstown, was arrested at about 4:13 p.m. on Aug. 21 and charged with driving with a suspended license.
According to police, an officer stopped on Point Judith Road near Foddering Farm Road saw a white Lexus drive through a red light. A traffic stop was made near Old Point Judith Road.
Police said a background check of the driver – Gardiner – revealed that his license was suspended. He was arrested without incident, processed and then released at about 5:10 p.m. He was also cited for running a red light.
A passenger in the car did not have a valid driver’s license either, so the car was towed from the scene. The passenger was transported to police headquarters to wait for a ride.
Unless otherwise noted, the information for this article was compiled from Narragansett police reports, which are available for review by any member of the public at their headquarters on Caswell Street. If we’re missing a call or report you’re interested in knowing about, feel free to leave a comment or to send Local Editor Stephen Greenwell a message at Stephen.email@example.com.
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