Portsmouth police find woman crawling in hedges

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

Friday, July 4

A Riverside Street man told police his personal vehicle and his work truck parked at his residence had both been keyed sometime overnight.

Police responded to a report of a loud party and a motorcycle speeding on Walnut Street around 11:30 p.m. A man leasing the house agreed to lower the volume of the music, police said.

Robert Furtado Jr., 56, of 100 Almeida Terrace, Apt. 110, was charged with domestic assault shortly after 10 p.m. According to police, Mr. Furtado and and a woman started drinking at 1 p.m. and later began to argue, leading to a physical assault.

Saturday, July 5

Jennifer P. Halvorson, 32, of 100 Bird St., Quincy, Mass., was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) after her car was pulled over on Route 24 just north of Boyd’s Lane shortly after 1:20 a.m. Police said Ms. Halvorson had been speeding and driving erratically when police attempted to pull her over. Ms. Halvorson did not respond to a siren or flashing lights, and then rear-ended a vehicle in front of her before pulling over, according to police. No one was injured in the accident.

Casey A. Quarry, 30, of 11 Murphy Circle, Middletown, was charged with obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty at about 11:45 p.m. Mr. Quarry was a passenger in a car that was stopped on East Main Road near the police station after Newport Police requested the department be on the lookout for a vehicle containing a male who was involved in an ongoing vandalism investigation. When police questioned Mr. Quarry, he identified himself as Casey Sullivan and remained adamant that they had the wrong man. During a search of the car, police found a backpack containing a Rhode Island identification card for Casey Quarry, as well as a large kitchen knife, marijuana and a digital scale. Mr. Quarry refused to be processed at the police station, according to police.

Sunday, July 6

Alex M. Swist, 21, of 54 Bayberry Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) shortly before 12:30 a.m. A police officer stopped his car on East Main Road near Eyler Drive after observing it strike a curb and continue traveling south with a flat tire, police said.

A man told police around 10 a.m. that someone had made a deep, long scratch on the passenger side of his wife’s vehicle overnight. The car had been parked at Brewer Sakonnet Marina’s north yard.

Kristen Lahteine Stepalavich, 44, of 77 Bluff Ave., Cranston, was charged with domestic assault, domestic willful trespass, domestic vandalism with malicious injury to property and domestic disorderly conduct following an incident that took place shortly before 6 p.m. at a King Phillip Street home. Police received a call from the homeowner, who reported an unwanted, possibly intoxicated woman at his house. When police arrived, they found a barefoot Ms. Stepalavich crawling on her hands and knees through some outside hedges, police said, adding that she was trying to dig under the stockade fence attached to the home and had several lacerations on her body. According to police, Ms. Stepalavich had earlier entered the home uninvited and started yelling, then pulled down two gutter downspouts off the house before crawling underneath the hedges. When the homeowner tried to remove her from the hedges, she bit and kicked him, according to police.

Monday, July 7

Clifford T. Forese, 34, of 825 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, was arrested on a bench warrant that had been issued by Sixth District Court. Mr. Forese was a passenger in a car stopped for speeding on East Main Road just after midnight.

Donald B. Weeks, 29, of 157 Lawrence St., Apt. 18, was charged with driving after his license had been suspended or revoked. Police stopped his car for speeding on West Main Road near Hedly Street shortly after 4 p.m. Police said a records check also revealed there was a bench warrant issued for Mr. Weeks’ arrest from Second District Court.

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