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SK Police Log: June 20 and 21, 2012

A stolen phone leads to a felony arrest, and an allegedly drunken man’s lawyer is going to crush a case.

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

Cell Phone in Stolen Van Leads to Felony Larceny Arrest

Neil Exumn Britto, 42, of 26 Burnside Ave., Woonsocket, was arrested at about 10:46 a.m. on June 20 and charged with felony larceny.

According to police, they received a report of a stolen van at about 9:02 a.m. on June 15. From witnesses, police determined that a cell phone had been left in the van, although no one answered it at this time.

On June 18, police received a report from the theft victims that a woman was now answering the stolen phone call. Police called the woman, a Woonsocket resident, and she told police that Britto had given her the phone and left a van outside of her apartment.

South Kingstown police asked Woonsocket police to investigate, and they confirmed that the van outside the woman’s apartment was the stolen one. Woonsocket police also recovered the van’s keys and the cell phone from the woman.

On June 19, police did an inventory of the van with the owner. While he said that there was no damage to the exterior of the van, he told police his tools and the van’s radio were missing.

Police said that shortly before 11 a.m. on June 20, they received a tip that Britto was at the Welcome Mart on High Street. He was arrested without incident.

According to police, Britto told them that he had been drinking on June 8, when the van was stolen. He wanted to get back to Woonsocket, and took the van between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. to drive back. He denied stealing the tools or the radio, but he told police that he had left the van unlocked in the “projects” of Woonsocket.

Police noted that Britto also had two warrants out for his arrest, for failing to appear at a Sixth Division District court hearing for a charge of obstruction, and for failing to appear at a Family Court hearing.

According to online records, Britto has been charged with more than a half-dozen misdemeanors since 1990, and four felonies:

  • In September 2008, he pleaded no contest to a Woonsocket police charge of felony drug possession. He was ordered to serve six months at the ACI, followed by 2.5 years probation. Because of a probation violation, he served another six months.
  • In Marcy 2007, he pleaded no contest to a Providence police charge of driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. He was ordered to serve three years probation and to pay restitution.
  • In June 2006, he pleaded no contest to Woonsocket police charges of possession of stolen motor vehicle parts and larceny less than $500. He was ordered to serve two years probation and to pay restitution.
  • In April 1991, Providence police charged Britto with attempted breaking and entering. Results of these charges were not available.

Britto appeared in Fourth Division District Court on June 20 and was granted surety bail. According to the ACI online database, he is not currently incarcerated.

Connecticut Woman Charged With Drunken Driving

Suzanne Rene Morissette, 44, of 78 Canterbury Road, Plainfield, CT, was arrested at about 12:01 a.m. on June 21 and charged with drunken driving and cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test.

According to police, a dispatcher received a report of a car traveling the wrong way on Route 1 near the South County Hospital exit. Police said they spotted the car near the exit for the Pond Street overpass, at which point a traffic stop was made.

Police said that while asking Morissette for her license and registration, she instead fiddled with her blinkers, and seemed disoriented. Police noted that Morissette seemed disoriented and smelled of alcohol.

When police asked Morissette if she realized she was traveling the wrong way on the highway, she allegedly told police, “Okay.”

Police asked Morissette to submit to field sobriety tests, which they said she failed. At that point, she was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

According to police, Morissettee refused to submit to a chemical test after making a phone call. She was cited for the refusal, and also for traveling the wrong way on a roadway.

Police noted that Morissettee had several different pills in a pill bottle in her car, and did not seem to have a prescription for them. She was advised that unless she provided proof of her prescriptions, she could also be charged for this. She was processed and released at 1:38 a.m.

Charlestown Man Charged with Disorderly Conduct

Kyle Log, 24, of 92 Lauri Drive, Charlestown, was arrested at about 9:50 p.m. on June 20 and charged with disorderly conduct.

According to police, a dispatcher received a report of a fight between an intoxicated man and a customer at CVS.

Police said that when they arrived, an 18-year-old man told them that Log had tried to start a fight with him, and that he appeared to be drunk. The man told police that Log was harassing him about his car.

Police noted that Log was sitting in a red 2006 Mazda, and he threw several beer bottles into the ornament bushes at CVS. Police said Log was uncooperative, and appeared to be intoxicated.

According to police, while he was being arrested, Log said, “This is ********, my lawyer is going to crush this case,” and, “Listen buddy, don’t you tell how I’m acting.”

Log was processed and then released at 11:25 p.m.

Kingston Woman Charged With Possession of Marijuana

Kayla A. Sheldon, 25, of 8 French Road, Kingston, was arrested at about 2:05 a.m. on June 20 and charged with possession of marijuana.

According to police, while an officer drove and stopped behind a car on Old North Road, he could smell marijuana coming from the car. As a result, a traffic stop was made on French Road.

Police said that the smell of marijuana from inside the car was overwhelming, and that while processing, Sheldon was seen putting a bag into her purse. When questioned, she told police the marijuana was her’s, and that she had gotten it from the car’s driver, a Richmond man.

The man told police that he had a medical marijuana card and a grow site at his home, and denied giving Sheldon any marijuana. Police confirmed that his card was valid, noted that he did not appear to be impaired, and allowed him to drive from the scene.

Sheldon was arrested and transported to police headquarters. According to police, she said the man was her boyfriend, and provided her with marijuana whenever she asked for it. She said he had a grow operation at his parent’s house on School House Road in Richmond.

Providence Man Charged With Driving With Suspended License

Ricardo Martinez, 25, of 280 Groove St., Floor Two, Providence, was arrested at about 6:55 p.m. on June 20 and charged with driving with a suspended license.

According to police, a pair of officers were in a car in heavy traffic on Tower Hill Road near Half Moon Trail when a car passed them via the breakdown lane. Police said they pulled out of traffic and followed the car to a home on Tower Hill Road, at which point a traffic stop was made.

Police said that when they spoke to the driver – Martinez – he immediately told them that he had a suspended license. A background check confirmed this, and he was arrested without incident.

After a passenger passed field sobriety tests administered by an officer, she was allowed to drive the car from the scene. Martinez was processed and released at 8:15 p.m.

Cranston Man Cited for Transportation of Alcohol by a Minor

Jared P. Ruggiero, 18, of 125 Julia St., Cranston, was cited at about 12:31 a.m. on June 21 and charged with transportation of alcohol by a minor.

According to police, an officer monitoring traffic on Route 1 near the Wakefield cut-off clocked a red Toyota at 75 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone. A traffic stop was made near the entrance of the Prout School.

Police said that during the stop, a bottle of Grey Goose vodka could be seen by the feet of a passenger. After confirming via a background check that Ruggiero was only 18, the alcohol was confiscated.

Ruggerio was cited for transportation of alcohol by a minor, and also for speeding and driving without proof of proper insurance. He was allowed to drive from the scene.

North Kingstown Woman Cited for Leash Law Violation

Lori B. Sisson, 32, of 6101 Post Road, Apt. #34, North Kingstown, was cited at about 3:15 p.m. on June 20 and charged with violating town leash laws.

According to police, a homeowner on Willard Avenue reported a black lab loose in the neighborhood at about 7:34 a.m. Police noted that it was Sisson’s dog, and she had dropped it off at a family member’s house without it being properly secured.

Police said that Sisson had been warned in the past for not properly securing the dog. As a result, she was cited for violating town leash laws.

Unless otherwise noted, the information for this article was compiled from South Kingstown 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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