Warren police logs: Serial shrubbery cutter strikes in dead of night


Monday, Nov. 19

Police said it looked like someone tried to pry off and steal a street sign on Strawberry Lane.

A woman called police at 6:28 a.m. to report a possible stolen car; however, she said she wasn't sure and wanted to check side streets around her house on Market Street to see if she'd parked it somewhere and forgotten it. Twelve minutes later, she called back to report finding the car parked, and hidden, behind a larger vehicle.

Someone complained about a truck idling on Main Street at 6:54 a.m.

Union Street residents complained about a black Jeep Cherokee that had been parked for an extended period of time.

A Market Street resident complained that a neighbor had spliced into his line and was stealing his cable.

Police received a fireworks complaint from Water Street.

A Highview Avenue resident asked to speak to an officer about his neighbors.

A caller from Main Street reported being attacked by a knife-wielding attacker. The next day, police made two arrests in the matter: They served a warrant for Brian Silva, 23, of 201 Main St., charging him with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, vandalism/malicious injury to property, and disorderly conduct. Also charged was Alexandra Goyette, 21, of 195 Main St., first floor; she faces a charge of disorderly conduct.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Police spotted a riding lawn mower parked in the middle of a parking lot on Market Street.

Thereselee Asselin, 43, of 1 Hanley Lane, was picked up on a bench warrant issued from Sixth Division District Court, after police were called to her residence for a well being check.

Police received a call about dogs in the middle of main Street.

A Brownell Street woman told police that someone broke into her home.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

A Davis Street resident reported having a problem with a downstairs neighbor.

An officer noted finding several items, including a hypodermic needle and heroin spoon, on Metacom Avenue.

A Harris Avenue resident reported that cars were not stopping for the school bus.

Joseph A. Opielawski, 26, of 76 Arlington Ave., third floor, was arrested on a fugitive warrant, and on a bench warrant issued from Sixth Division District Court in Providence.

An open burning complaint came in from Joseph Drive.

Steven J. Sustakowsky, 55, of Bristol, was arrested on a bench warrant issued from Sixth Division District Court in Providence.

A Harris Avenue woman reported having an issue with her ex-boyfriend.

An erratic driver was reported on Main Street at 6:06 p.m.

Police were called about a domestic situation on Frank Court.

Police got a call about a possible drunk driver on Metacom Avenue.

Thursday, Nov. 22

Pedribel Robles, 26, of Cranston, was arrested on a bench warrant issued from Sixth Division District Court in Providence, following a 12:11 a.m. traffic stop on Kickemuit Road.

Kristopher L. Vail, 38, of Bristol, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test, after police pulled him over on Metacom Avenue at 1:17 a.m.

A lost dog was reported on Kinnicutt Avenue.

A Davis Street resident received harassing telephone calls.

A Water Street resident who rents to a tenant on that street told police that his tenant reported his apartment broken into. Reported missing were his cigarettes, he said.

Friday, Nov. 23

A loud music call came in from Main Street at 11:04 a.m.

Police had their hands busy clearing Main Street, Narragansett Way, Baker Street, Water Street and other downtown streets of cars in preparation for the Warren Holiday Festival.

A Child Street woman told police that someone used her name and billing information to buy items from a catalog.

Saturday, Nov. 24

A drunk driver was reported on Davis Street at 12:03 a.m.

Police dispersed an unwanted man from a Davis Street home at 1:26 a.m.

A Pokanoket Trail resident complained about smoke coming from an open burn.

A dog owner told police that two other dogs attacked his animal.

A loose pit bull was reported on Water Street.

Shoplifting was reported at a Metacom Avenue store.

Sunday, Nov. 25

A Broad Street woman told police that someone cut branches on her yard's shrubs overnight without her knowledge.


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