Portsmouth police: Driver caught with crosswalk sign in truck

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PORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

An Attleboro Avenue woman told police that two male juveniles tried to enter her garage around 1:30 a.m. She was in her bedroom when she heard the garage door open, looked out the window and saw the two boys outside, she said. The woman yelled at them and they fled the scene, she said. Police were unable to find any suspects.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Kevin P. Christofaro, 25, of 903 Providence Place, Apt. 382, Providence, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) after his Honda Civic hit two highway signs and a guardrail before coming to a stop in the center island between the Hummocks on- and off-ramps to Route 24. The car sustained heavy front-end damage.

Thursday, Aug. 14

As he was leaving the Cumberland Farms store in the north end of town around 5:40 p.m., Patrol Officer Khatu P. Khubchandani found a plastic bag on the ground containing a greenish leafy substance believed to be marijuana, according to police. The bag was brought to headquarters and tagged as evidence, police said.

Friday, Aug 15

Alexis Gomes, 31, of 108 Reney St., Fall River, was arrested on a bench warrant issued from Second District Court at about 1:20 a.m. Police made the arrest after stopping Mr. Gomes for speeding on Route 24 northbound near Freeborn Street.

Eric Battcher Jr., 24, of 2 Francis Drive, Swansea, was charged around 2:50 a.m. with receiving stolen goods and operating a vehicle with a foreign license that had been suspended or revoked. Patrol Officer Ryan A. Goyette stopped Mr. Battcher’s Dodge Dakota truck because it had made a left turn onto Turnpike Avenue without using a signal, police said. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Goyette noticed an orange traffic cone with a “Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk” sign attached to the truck, police said. Mr. Battcher said he took the sign from Fort Braga six months ago and it had been in his truck ever since. After the officer conducted a records check on the driver, however, Mr. Battcher said he took the cone from a crosswalk at Second Beach in Middletown earlier that evening, police said.

Saturday, Aug. 16

Sarah K. Anderson, 43, of 130 Underwood St., Apt. 3, Fall River, was charged with possession of schedule I, II, III, IV, V (a felony), driving while intoxicated (first offense) and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police stopped Ms. Anderson’s car on East Main Road near Clearview Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. after receiving a report of an erratic driver. During an inventory of Ms. Anderson’s property, police found a small plastic bag containing a white powder, which tested positive for cocaine, inside her pocketbook, according to police.

Sunday, Aug. 17

Charles D. Reeves, 34, of 127 Brown St., Apt. 3, Fall River, was charged with driving on suspended or revoked license after his car was pulled over for speeding on West Main Road near Corys Lane around 12:20 a.m. During a search of the vehicle, police found small amounts of marijuana as well as two marijuana smoking pipes, according to police. There was also an active bench warrant for Mr. Reeves’ arrest that had been issued by Second District Court, police said.

A car driven by Annette Caban of Mystic, Conn. struck and killed a deer on Route 24 northbound near Sprague Street around 2:20 a.m. The vehicle sustained damage to its front number and fender. A second car then hit the deer’s body, causing disabling damage to its lower front number and fender. Both drivers were uninjured. The R.I. Department of Environmental Management was notified of the dead deer.

Monday, Aug. 18

Neal A. Rancourt, 48, of 36 Cedar Ave., was arrested on a bench warrant issued by R.I. Superior Court for a probation violation. Police arrested Mr. Rancourt at his home around 5:45 p.m.

Scott D. Pascua, 39, of 16 Cranston Ave., Newport, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) and refusal to submit to a chemical test at about 2:25 a.m. Police pulled Mr. Pascua’s vehicle over on East Main Road near Prospect Lane after receiving a report of an erratic driver. A patrol officer later spotted the car traveling 69 mph in a zone posted for 35 mph, according to police.


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