Alcohol, marijuana and warrants top Bristol’s arrests

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Tuesday, Nov. 6
Police were driving along Metacom Avenue at 12:07 a.m. when they observed the vehicle traveling in front of the police car swerve back and forth across the painted lines. When the vehicle was pulled over, police approached the driver, Christopher R. Barden, 20, of Greene, R.I. who smelled of freshly burned marijuana. After Mr. Barden failed a field sobriety test, it was determined that he was incapable of safely driving a motor vehicle and was taken into custody. Police searched the vehicle, finding a brown leafy substance on the floor, an unopened can of beer, a small grinder with marijuana residue inside, and a pill container with a brown, leafy substance. Underneath the driver’s seat, police also found a 14 inch knife in a sheath. Mr. Barden was charged with possession of marijuana, driving in possession of a controlled substance, transportation of an alcoholic beverage by a minor and weapons other than firearms prohibited.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
After leaving a nearby party at 1:08 a.m., Ian Mooney, 20, of Wall, N.J. took a shortcut through the employee parking lot at police headquarters. When police saw Mr. Mooney, who was carrying a beer, they went outside and observed him trying to enter a vehicle. Police asked Mr. Mooney to identify himself, but instead, he yelled a profanity and ran off, throwing his beer to the ground as he crossed the front lawn of the police station. When police caught up to him nearby, they found that Mr. Mooney still had an unopened beer in his pocket. He was cited for underage possession and consumption of an alcoholic beverage.

Police arrested Derek L. Truesdale, 42, of 230 State St. after responding to his residence at 5 p.m. Mr. Truesdale had an active bench warrant issued by Sixth Division District Court from a Westerly police charge of domestic simple assault. He was charged on the warrant.

Thursday, Nov. 8
A 15 year old student at Mt. Hope High School was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a teacher reported that the student smelled of marijuana. The student was taken to the Dean’s office at 8:41 a.m. and police were called. Inside the student’s  backpack was a leafy substance that field tested positive, as well as a smoking pipe. The student was taken to police headquarters and released to a parent pending a Family Court appearance.

Housing staff at Roger Williams University observed two students smoking what appeared to be marijuana outside Willow Hall. The staff and public safety officers went to the dorm room and questioned its occupants, Tristan F. Burke, 19, of South Hamilton, Mass. and Gregory P. MacIsaac, 20, of Scituate, Mass. Inside the room was a bag with a brown, leafy substance, two glass smoking devices, a grinder and rolling papers. Police responded at 1:49 p.m. and charged both men with possession of marijuana.

Saturday, Nov. 10
While driving in the area of Perry Road at 12:33 a.m., police observed a vehicle swerving across the roadway, at one point coming close to colliding with an oncoming vehicle. When the vehicle turned onto Wood Street, police stopped the car to investigate. The driver, Jeffrey Popham, 56, of 88 Aaron Ave. smelled of alcohol. When police asked him to take a preliminary sobriety test, Mr. Popham refused. After determining that he was incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle, Mr. Popham was taken into custody. At police headquarters, Mr. Popham refused to submit to a chemical test and was charged with refusal, driving under the influence of alcohol and cited for refusing to submit to the preliminary test.

Police were called to a Bourne Street apartment at 10:27 p.m. to remove an unwanted party. When they arrived they checked the identification of the parties involved when they found that Timothy Santiago, 21, of Newport had an active bench warrant issued by Second Division District Court. Mr. Santiago was charged on the warrant issued for failure to appear for an ability to pay hearing.

At 11:40 p.m. police were called to Up On The Roof on Metacom Avenue for a niose complaint. When police arrived, they observed David M. Stephens, 20, of Conn. leaving the dance floor with a glass of beer he said he poured from a pitcher that was bought by someone else. Mr. Stephens was cited for underage possession and consumption of alcoholic beverage.

Sunday, Nov. 11
A resident assistant saw two girls smoking a pipe out a dorm window at Roger Williams University and could smell that it was marijuana. Public safety officials investigated and found that Alexandra C. Landry, 19, of Wales, Maine had marijuana and a glass pipe. Ms. Landry was charged with possession of marijuana.

Police were patrolling the area of John Street at Thames Street when they observed two men talking. One of the men then took an aggressive stance and struck the other in the face. Police rushed in and stopped Brian E. Cordeiro, 37, of Tiverton before he could throw a second punch. Mr. Cordeiro was charged with disorderly conduct.

Police were called to Roger Williams University at 1:43 a.m. after public safety officers there observed a car driving erratically in the area of Old Ferry Road. After the vehicle was observed driving on a pedestrian walkway to enter a parking area, officers stopped the car and noticed that the driver, Paul F. Kiley, 22, smelled of marijuana. The public safety officers searched the car and found a leafy substance and smoking pipe inside the glove box. Mr. Kiley was charged with possession of marijuana, driving in possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

An intoxicated man refused to leave the Roger Williams University campus after public safety officers made several attempts to leave the private property. At 2:55 a.m., police responded to assist, and arrested Dan Kang, 19, of Simsbury, Conn. Mr. Kang was taken to police headquarters where he was charged with disorderly conduct.

Two women who were wanted on affidavit warrants issued by Bristol police after workers from St. Michael’s Church believed the two were involved in a scheme designed to bilk the church through its financial assistance program were arrested. At 4:39 p.m., police were called to Providence police headquarters were officers from that department had arrested Christian E. Griffin, 31, of Providence. At 11:59 p.m., officers were called to Cranston police headquarters where police in that town had Stephane Morenzi, 29, of Providence in custody. Both women were charged with obtaining money under false pretenses.

Monday, Nov. 12
When police observed two teenage boys walking on Tupelo Street at 2:09 a.m. they stopped the boys to investigate. When the officer approached the boys the odor of marijuana was noticed and police found a can containing marijuana in backpack that one of the boys was carrying. That boy, a 15 year old, was charged with possession of marijuana. When police contacted the boy’s mother, she believed he was staying at a friend’s house overnight. The boys were turned over to their parents.

At 10:27 a.m. police investigated a report that two men were arguing in the road near Franklin Street. When police checked the identification of the parties involved, they found that Brian K. Bernier had an active bench warrant. Mr. Bernier was charged on the warrant for failure to appear for a pre-trial conference.

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