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Police Log: Supplemental Gansett Reports July 11 to 23, 2012

Police are suspicious when a Johnston man allegedly has pockets full of loose change – 483 pennies, to be exact.

Unless otherwise noted, information about the following incidents was supplied by the Narragansett Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

These reports were procured via records requests. The arrests were not included in the originally printed media packet, either because of ongoing investigations, vacations for commanding officers or mistakenly by oversight.

Johnston Man Full of Loose Change Arrested for Knife, Warrant

Brian J. Andrews, 38, of 19 Jackson Ave., Johnston, was arrested at about 4:54 p.m. on July 16 and charged with possession of a weapon other than a firearm. Police also noted a Third Division District Court warrant for Andrews’ arrest on a Johnston police charge of larceny less than $1,500.

According to police, they received a report of an erratic driver on South Pier Road near Perkins Avenue involving a blue Jeep Wrangler. Police said a similar vehicle was found in a Perkins Avenue driveway.

Police said that a background check of the driver – Andrews – revealed that his license was suspended and the warrant for his arrest. He was arrested without incident.

According to police, a search of Andrews revealed that his pockets were full of pennies, nickels and dimes, and small items of jewelry. Police also allegedly found a large green survival knife in a case tucked in the small of Andrews’ back.

Police did a full inventory of Andrews’ cargo short pockets at headquarters and uncovered:

  • A woman’s gold ring with diamonds
  • A woman’s gold ring with three emeralds
  • A woman’s gold ring with one large emerald
  • A woman’s gold band
  • A woman’s silver ring with flowers
  • $4.83 in pennies
  • $5.90 in nickels
  • $1.10 in dimes
  • A pin with a frog on it
  • A men’s gold pendant with a name engraved on it
  • A gold and silver Jesus pendant
  • A woman’s gold rope bracelet
  • A gold cross necklace charm
  • A woman’s gold ring with three different colored center stones
  • A woman’s gold ring with small diamonds
  • A woman’s silver ring with a green stone

The items were seized by police, who said that Andrews was uncooperative during booking. According to police, Andrews was yelling and screaming, and then urinated on the floor of his cell.

Andrews appeared in Fourth Division District Court on July 24 and pleaded no contest to the weapon charge. He was ordered to serve six months probation and a six-month suspended sentence.

According to online records, Andrews pleaded on July 17 to the Johnston police charge. He was ordered to serve a year of probation and a year-long suspended sentence, and to pay restitution and court costs.

Narragansett Man Charged With Felony Drug Possession

Leonard J. Brandon, 21, of 26 Thayer Ave., Narragansett, was arrested at about 9:46 a.m. on July 11 and charged with felony drug possession, possession of marijuana and driving while in possession of a controlled substance. Police said Brandon is a student at the University of Massachusetts’s Amherst campus.

According to police, an officer monitoring traffic on Ocean Road near Baltimore Avenue clocked a car at 45 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. A traffic stop was made near Newton Avenue.

Police said that while talking to the driver – Brandon – marijuana could be smelled. When asked about the smell and noting how nervous he was, police said that Brandon allowed them to search the trunk.

According to police, a backpack in the trunk had several small jars with marijuana and hash in them. Police also found two vials with an unknown blue liquid (later identified as marijuana oil), and two unmarked prescription bottles with 43 pills between them.

At that point, Brandon was arrested. A passenger was given permission to drive the car from the scene.

Narragansett Man Charged After Flashing Knife to Beach Employees

Michael S. Larson, 22, of 64 Wampum Road, Narragansett, was arrested at about 1:01 p.m. on July 23 and charged with possession of a weapon other than a firearm.

According to police, they were called to the South Beach Pavilion after beach staff received complaints about Larson’s behavior. Staffers told police that Larson was showing people a prescription of Adderall and “asked if anyone wanted to get ****ed up.”

Staffers informed their supervisor, who then confronted Larson in the parking lot. The manager told police that Larson didn’t threaten anyone, but they were worried about his behavior and noted that he had a large knife in his front shorts’ pocket.

Police said that community service officers found him a short distance away, near Monahan’s Dock. He was arrested at that point after the knife was measured, since the blade length was greater than three inches.

At the time, police also confiscated three empty Colt 45 bullet cartridges, and issued him a no-trespass order for the town beach. Police noted that he was transported to Fourth Division District Court for arraignment that afternoon because he was on probation for pleading to a Warwick police charge of possession of a weapon, also a knife.

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 . 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.greenwell@patch.com.

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