Man allegedly beats 'friend' with baseball bat


Tuesday, Dec. 11

At 12:22 a.m., police stopped a vehicle that had no brake lights. Officers allegedly smelled marijuana when talking to the driver. When the police looked inside the vehicle, they reportedly noticed burned ashes on the driver’s pants and a smoking pipe on the passenger side floor. Police charged Nolan Mello, 22, of 68 Fales Road, with possession of marijuana and driving in possession of marijuana.

Police responded to the Kinsman Tavern on State Street at 1:06 a.m. where they saw several men on the sidewalk. Two of the men were arguing when police were told that one of them was disruptive inside the business and was asked to leave. When police questioned the man, Nelson Afanso, 32, of 14 Prospect St., allegedly became uncooperative. Mr. Afanso reportedly threw himself into a police officer, knocking them both to the ground. After police were able to handcuff him, they allegedly found a clear plastic bag with a white powdery substance in his pocket that field tested positive for cocaine. Police charged Mr. Afanso with resisting arrest and possession of a scheduled I-V controlled substance.

At 9 p.m., police responded to a Wall Street residence where they found a man bleeding from his head. The man told police that as he and a friend named “Ryan” were walking through an alley to get to the friend’s grandmother’s house, a third man jumped out with a baseball bat. That's when the friend "Ryan" and the other man allegedly began beating the victim, hitting him with the bat. A witness told police that he saw two men with dark hooded sweatshirts beat the man. Police arrested Ryan McGuin, 22, of 637 Wood St., and charged him with felony assault.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Police saw a man known to them — Stephen D. Turcotte, 34, of 215 State St. — and ran an identification check. Police reportedly found that there was an active bench warrant for failure to appear in court. Mr. Turcotte was charged on the warrant.

While driving on Metacom Avenue at 3:53 p.m., police stopped a vehicle for having no brake lights. After checking the driver’s identification, police found that Frank Canario, 74, of 201 Metacom Ave., had an active warrant from Third Division District Court for failure to appear for an ability to pay hearing for a simple assault charge. He was arrested on the warrant.

Friday, Dec. 14

After responding to a St. Elizabeth Street residence at 8:32 p.m., police officers spoke to a woman who reportedly she was assaulted by Robert S. Lake, 46, of 49 Sherman Ave. She reportedly told police that after she an Mr. Lake argued, he pinned her down and hit her with closed fists. Police observed bruises on the woman’s head and hands where she was allegedly struck. Police charged Mr. Lake with simple assault or battery and offense committed on release.

A man contacted police to report that he was assaulted by Jessica L. Randazzo, 26, of 17 Wilson St. Apt.2. The man told police that the two had a verbal argument and then Ms. Randazzo allegedly punched him in the head and hit him with a phone charger. Ms. Randazzo allegedly admitted to striking the man and she was charged with domestic simple assault/battery.

Saturday, Dec. 15

While traveling on Hope Street at 1:47 a.m., police allegedly observed a vehicle heading north, swerving across the fog line and crossing into the breakdown lane. Police stopped the vehicle and as the driver, Sandra Lee Lawrence, 26, of Warren was talking with police, the vehicle began to roll forward. Police could reportedly smell alcohol from the vehicle. Police said Ms. Lawrence could not successfully pass a field sobriety test. Officers charged her with driving under the influence of liquor or drugs.

At 5:50 p.m., police arrested a 15 year old boy and charged him with possession of marijuana after a clerk at a Wood Street convenience store told police the boy was caught shoplifting. Three boys were observed by police as they walked down Wood Street. One of the boys told police that he gave the stolen item back to the clerk when he was caught. Police, however, reportedly found a brown, leafy substance in the boy’s backpack and charged him with possession of marijuana. The boys were taken to police headquarters and released to their parents.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Police were called to Hope and State Streets at 1:36 a.m. to investigate a report of a domestic assault. When they arrived, police found a man and woman at the corner. The woman, according to police, had a cut on her nose. A witness reportedly told police that Justin Bernier, 32, of 59 St. Elizabeth St. Apt. 3F, struck the woman and ran away when she fell to her knees. Police charged Mr. Bernier with domestic simple assault/battery.

At 8:25 p.m., police responded to a Harrison Street residence to remove an unwanted party. When police checked the identification of the people involved, it was found that Karen L. Pezzullo, 44, of 84 Kickemuit Ave., was wanted on a Rhode Island State Police affidavit warrant for violation of banking laws after allegedly passing fraudulent checks. She was arrested and charged on the warrant.

Monday, Dec. 17

At 3:39 a.m., a crying woman walked in to police headquarters to report that two hours earlier a man attempted to hit her in the face, but she blocked the punch with her arm. Police observed bruising on the woman’s arm where she blocked the alleged assault. Based on her claim, police arrested Karthikeyan Karuppasamy, 34, of 6 Thayer St., at his home and charged him with domestic simple assault/battery.


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