Sunday, December 9, 2012

Forum Concludes 'War on Drugs' is Failing

VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

Speakers at R.I. forum on marijuana, drug policy say 'war on drugs' is failing

By Linda Borg
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The war on drugs has not only failed, it has been disastrous for thousands of youth and families, who have been jailed, kicked out of school and denied meaningful work.


That was the consensus of dozens of experts at a conference Saturday sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance and the Rhode Island Drug Policy Working Group. The one-day forum drew 300 policymakers, law enforcement personnel and community advocates to Alumnae Hall at Brown University.
The speakers here agreed that the war on drugs, launched by President Nixon in the early 1960s, has not accomplished any of its goals: it hasn't reduced the quantity of drugs on the market, it hasn't decreased drug use among the young and it hasn't reduced the violence associated with drug cartels.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Successful Outcome for A Client Facing A Serious Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Charge

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a successful outcome for a client facing the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol with blood alcohol content over 0.15. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island Drunk Driving or Breathalyzer Refusal Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol - BAC over 0.15)
POLICE REPORT:
Police responded to a 911 call reporting a single car motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival, the police observed that the Client’s vehicle had collided with and snapped a medium sized tree.  Police, Fire, and Rescue attempted to speak with the Client who was slumped over the front seat and in a dazed state.  The Client was removed from the vehicle and had difficulty standing, speaking, and understanding the Officer's questions.  The Client was placed in a neck collar and transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.  Once at the Hospital, the Client consented to a blood test for the presense of alcohol and was charged with driving under the influence.  The Client's blood was tested by the Rhode Island Department of Health and indicated a blood alcohol concentration of 0.28, three and one-half times the legal limit.  Based on the blood test results, the Client was then formally charged with DUI (driving under the influence with BAC over 0.15).

RESULT: REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING and placed on File for one year (not a criminal conviction) with a 90 day suspension of license November 13th, 2012
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Attorney Matthew T. Marin Announces a NOT GUILTY Verdict Secured on Behalf of a Client Facing Suspended License Charges Carrying a Mandatory Jail Sentence

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a NOT GUILTY verdict secured on behalf of a client facing charges for driving on a suspended license based upon a DUI conviction (mandatory minimum 10 day jail sentence). If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island suspended license or motor vehicle charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: Driving with a Suspended License Based on a DUI Conviction (R.I.G.L. 31-11-18.1)
POLICE REPORT: The Police observed the Client pulling out of a local bank at 1 am and began following him.  The Police observed the Client operating at 20 mph in a 35 mph zone and observed an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror.  Based on the slow speed and what the Officer alleged was an obstructed windshield, the Client was pulled over.  Upon being pulled over, the Police learned that the Client's license was suspended based upon a recent DUI conviction.  The Client was charged with driving with a suspended license based on a DUI conviction (R.I.G.L. 31-11-18.1 - mandatory minimum 10 day jail sentence).
RESULT: FOUND NOT GUILTY BY JUDGE on September 27th, 2012

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Successful Outcome for A Client Facing Serious Felony Drug Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces the a successful result for a Client facing serious felony drug charges. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island marijuana charges or other Rhode Island felony drug charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES:
(1) POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA
(2) DELIVERY OF MARIJUANA TO A POLICE AGENT
(3) FELONY CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
POLICE REPORT:
The Police obtained information, from individuals involved in a recent arrest, that the Client was supplying large quantities of marijuana throughout the area.  The individuals informed the police that the most recent delivery had occurred two days prior.  Based on this information, the Police attempted to set up the Client by stopping the vehicle in which he was traveling the next morning, purportedly en route to another delivery.  Upon stopping the vehicle, Police identified the Client as the passenger and located two ounces of marijuana on his person.  The Client was able to produce a valid Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Patient card.  Ignoring the Client’s medical and legal possession o f the two ounces of marijuana, the local Police charged the Client with possession with intent to distribute the marijuana on his person, delivery of marijuana to a police agent for the delivery that had occurred the two days prior, and felony conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act.
RESULTS:
(1) REDUCED TO SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA and case Filed for One Year (no conditions) on August 1st, 2012
(2) DISMISSED
(3) DISMISSED
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Successful Outcome for A Client Facing A Serious Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Charge

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a successful outcome for a client facing the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol with blood alcohol content over 0.15. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island Drunk Driving or Breathalyzer Refusal Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.


CHARGE: DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol - BAC over 0.15)
POLICE REPORT:
Police responded to a 911 call reporting a suspected drunk driver operating erratically. Upon arrival, the police observed the Client’s vehicle stopped along the side of the road turning its lights off.  The Police, confirming that the Client’s vehicle matched the vehicle identified by the 911 caller, turned on their overhead lights and pulled behind the Client’s vehicle.  The Police approached the Client’s vehicle and observed the Client to have severely bloodshot, watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath.  They requested her to submit to standardized field sobriety testing which she failed.  Based on those observations, the Police placed the Client under arrest and at the station requested her to submit to the breathalyzer.  The Client submitted to the breath test resulting in readings of 0.154 and 0.160, twice the legal limit.  The Client was then charged with DUI (driving under the influence with BAC over 0.150).
RESULT: REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING and placed on File for one year (not a criminal conviction) with a 45 day suspension of license July 9th, 2012
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Attorney Matthew T. Marin Announces a NOT GUILTY Verdict Secured on Behalf of a Client Facing Felony Larceny and Domestic Violence Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a NOT GUILTY verdict secured on behalf of a client facing felony larceny, domestic assault and battery, and domestic disorderly conduct charges. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island larceny or domestic violence charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES: 
(1) Felony Larceny (Over $500)
(2) Domestic Assault and Battery
(3) Domestic Disorderly Conduct
POLICE REPORT:
The complaining witness called a local police department alleging that the Client had assaulted her.  The complaining witness told the police that during an argument in her condo the Client had pushed her over, punched her in the face, and put both his hands around her neck choking her.  The complaining witness told the police to break free she was forced to bite the Client's finger and the Client released her.  At this time, she told the police that the Client went upstairs and began packing his belongings and allegedly stole her diamond engagement ring that the Client had purchased for her.  The Client then fled the residence and was later arrested by the police and charged with felony larceny (over $500), domestic assault and batter, and domestic disorderly conduct.  The case proceeded to trial in the Providence Superior Court beginning on June 4th, 2012.
RESULT: FOUND NOT GUILTY BY JURY ON ALL CHARGES on June 6th, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Case: Pawtucket police: Smoke alarm leads to marijuana growing operation

VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
By Amanda Milkovits

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- There was no fire when the alarm went off at 95 Mulberry St. But warning bells sounded for investigators when a tenant wouldn't let them inside.

The reason, as the Pawtucket police discovered March 24: A good-sized marijuana growing operation, with illegal wiring between apartments.

Smoke and marijuana odor filled the hallway, police said.

James Packer, 35, allowed the narcotics squad into his third-floor apartment, where they found the first grow, the police said.

Jacob Archambault, 29, who'd tried to stop firefighters and police from entering, was in custody when investigators found a grow in his second-floor apartment.

Both claim to be licensed caregivers. Police say the amount of marijuana exceeds what caregivers can grow.

Both were charged with multiple offenses.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Providence Journal: Lawyer: DUI charge dropped against Woonsocket officer because of delay

VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

Lawyer: DUI charge dropped against Woonsocket officer because of delay


By Tatiana Pina

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A drunken-driving charge against a Woonsocket police officer was dismissed Monday, because the police deprived him of his right to an independent medical examination, the officer's lawyer said.

Attorney Matthew T. Marin argued in a District Court hearing that Woonsocket police officer Steven Fairley couldn't get the examination because the police delayed bringing charges against him for one week after the Feb. 25 incident in Woonsocket.

An independent medical examination is a right in every Rhode Island DUI case, Marin said.

"The denial of the right to an independent medical examination in this case deprived my client of the ability to defend himself against this charge and therefore dismissal of the charge is the only fair and just resolution to this case."

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew T. Marin Announces Dismissal of Charges in a DUI Case



Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew T. Marin is pleased to announce the dismissal of charges brought by a local Police Department, clearing his Client of the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

In a pre-trial motion to dismiss the DUI charge, the Defense argued that by delaying one week in bringing forward charges the Police Department had deprived his Client of his right to an independent medical examination.

The right to an independent medical examination is an essential right in every DUI case under Rhode Island law. "The denial of the right to an independent medical examination in this case deprived my Client of the ability to defend himself against this charge and therefore dismissal of the charge is the only fair and just resolution to this case,” said Attorney Matthew Marin.

After a hearing and argument on the motion to dismiss on April 2nd, 2012, the Court granted the Defense motion to dismiss finding that Attorney Marin's Client had been deprived of his right to an independent medical examination in violation of Rhode Island law and that, under the circumstances of this case, the denial of that right mandated dismissal of the charge. The Court’s ruling dismissing the charge drew strenuous objection from the prosecution during the hearing.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Successful Outcome for A Client Facing A Serious Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Charge

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a successful outcome for a client facing the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol with blood alcohol content over 0.15. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island Drunk Driving or Breathalyzer Refusal Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol - BAC over 0.15)
POLICE REPORT:
Police responded to a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, the police noted that the Client's motor vehicle had skidded off the road and struck a commercial building. While speaking with the Client, the police observed the Client to have bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the Client's breath. Based on the poor road conditions, the Client was transported to the police station where standardized field sobriety tests were conducted. The Client failed the SFST's and consented to a breath test for the presence of alcohol. Two readings were obtained from the Client with both readings registering 0.216 on the breathalyzer, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08. The Client was then charged with DUI (driving under the influence with BAC over 0.150).
RESULT: REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING and placed on File for one year (not a criminal conviction) with a 30 day suspension of license March 26th, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rhode Island Drunk Driving Case: Driver faces felony charges in fatal South Kingstown crash

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VIA The Providence Journal

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- A South Kingstown man faces charges of impaired driving and driving to endanger, death resulting, in connection to acrash last week that killed one of his passengers,the police said.

Dean Philbrick, 46, who remains in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital, has agreed to turn himself in to the police after he is released, the police said.

The police said Philbrick was driving east on Torrey Road around 12:10 a.m. on Feb. 15 when his car left the road, hitting a telephone pole and several trees.

Erica Knowles, 23, who was riding in the back seat, was killed.

The front seat passenger, 29-year-old Rebecca Scott of Narragansett, was treated at South County Hospital.

They were wearing seat belts.

The police said the three had worked together at Narragansett's Turtle Soup restaurant.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer Matthew Marin Announces the DISMISSAL of Misdemeanor Marijuana and Shoplifting Charges Pending Against a Client

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces the DISMISSAL of misdemeanor charges faced by a Client. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island drug or shoplifting charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES:
(1) SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA (1ST OFFENSE)

(2) MISDEMEANOR SHOPLIFTING (1ST OFFENSE)
POLICE REPORT:
The Client was shopping at a local retail store. While within the store, store security allegedly witnessed the Client taking items off the shelves and placing them within his backpack. The Client then proceeded to the register to checkout and while in line at the register decided to return back into the store. While returning back into the store, the Client was stopped by store security and the local police department. Inside the Client's backpack store security located several items taken from inside the store. The Client was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting. While being processed, the Client was patted down and a small bag containing marijuana was located in his pocket. The Client was then also charged with simple possession of marijuana.
RESULTS: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces the DISMISSAL of Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges Pending Against a Client

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces the DISMISSAL of misdemeanor drug charges faced by a Client. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island marijuana charges or other Rhode Island drug charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA (1ST OFFENSE)
POLICE REPORT:
The Client was driving home late at night after getting off from work. As her motor vehicle passed two stationary police cruisers, the Police pulled her over for failing to use a turn signal when changing lanes. As the Police Officer approached the window, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. The Officer asked the Client if she had anything illegal in the vehicle and the Client handed the Officer a small amount of marijuana. The Client was then arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana, first offense.
RESULTS: DISMISSED

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Case: Man comes to station smelling of pot

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VIA Turn To 10.com

Burrillville police arrested a man on a variety of drug charges.

Police said Nathan Paff, 33, showed up at Burrillville police on Tuesday to retrieve a car that was stolen from him in January.

Police said Detective Sgt. Guy Riendeau noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from Paff while taking to him.

Riendeau found 2 and a half pounds of marijuana, 182 morphine tablets and assorted other drugs in the car Paff drove to the police station.

Paff was charged with two drug counts. He was arraigned in Providence District Court and ordred held without bail.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Case: Bristol police seize drugs, arrest man with multiple charges

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VIA WPRO.com

Bristol Police charge Manuel Chaves, 33, with three felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Intent to Deliver.

Chaves was arrested on Friday, Feb. 3, in the parking lot behind the Cup Defenders Association in Bristol after police found two grams of cocaine in his possession. Police then executed a search warrant for his home.

At Chaves' residence, officer seized approximately 50 grams of cocaine, oxycodone, methadone, illegal steroids, numerous prescription pills, scale ledgers, cell phones, computers, and almost $700 in cash.

Police also arrested Durval Cordeiro, 41, who was seated in the back of the vehicle with Chaves, for possession of methadone.

The Bristol Police Department says Chaves is known for having pending illegal narcotics charges in Bristol, Warren and Middletown.

He was arraigned on Feb. 4, held without bail and transferred to the ACI.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rhode Island Case: Students confront police during arrest at RWU dorm

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VIA East Bay RI.com

By Bruce Burdett

PORTSMOUTH — They went to the Roger Williams dorms Friday night for a marijuana complaint but police officers soon found themselves facing a taunting crowd of students.

By the time the incident had ended, two students were under arrest and a police officer was being treated at Newport Hospital for a dislocated shoulder.

The first officer responded to a 10:21 p.m. report from a resident assistant at the Baypoint facility on Anthony Road that there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from a room.

While the officer was arresting Ian W. Walsh, 20, of Wolcott, Conn., on a marijuana possession charge, he said another student approached him outside and demanded to know why someone was being arrested.

That student, later identified as John D. Delucia, 19, of Waterbury, Conn., was asked to leave and was also asked to pull up his pants which the officer said were hanging low, leaving his underwear exposed with a woman present.

The officer said the student replied, “I can wear my ----ing pants however I want,” and let his pants fall to his knees.

The officer said that Mr. Delucia and other students who had gathered began yelling “----ing pigs ... We let you go to school for free.”

Police said several students attempted to get some of the others to back off but that Mr. Delucia then mooned and swore at the first officer and officer Scott Sullivan who had recently arrived.

Officer Sullivan went after Mr. Delucia who tried to run into the dorm but found the door locked. They collided, officer Sullivan said, and they both went down. The officer said he heard his shoulder pop and could not move his arm, leaving him unable to handcuff Mr. Delucia (another officer had to help).

Mr. Delucia was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

On Monday, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Furtado said this is the first time in his memory that an episode involving college students has escalated in such a way here, adding that it is “scary” for a lone officer to be confronted by a threatening group.

Officer Sullivan remains off duty for treatment of his injury.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Case: Alleged drug dealer arrested in Woonsocket

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VIA The Valley Breeze

WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket Police Officers Patrick Cahill. Joseph Brazil, and Justin LaRoche arrested Kyle H. Rivera, 24, of 174 Robinson St. this week on charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana, with intent to deliver.

Police say Rivera was caught attempting to dispose of 17 grams of cocaine and about 10 grams of marijuana with a combined street value of about $1,500. He was arraigned in district court and released after posting $40,000 surety bail.

Police say they spotted Rivera and his cache of drugs while searching for Steve Beaulieu, 27, who was wanted for domestic assault of his girlfriend. The Morin Heights residents was located at Rivera's apartment, arraigned and held as a violator on that charge.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rhode Island Case: Cops make arrest in 2 armed robberies

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VIA WPRI.com

FAIRHAVEN, Mass., (WPRI) - Fairhaven police make two arrests in two separate armed robberies happening in their town over the last week.

In both incidents the suspects used a knife, according to police.

Officers say the first robbery happened on January 22nd at the Seaport Inn and Marina. Bradford Cardoza, 35, is accused of robbing an elderly man with a knife.

The victim was reportedly robbed of credit cards and cash as he walked back to the room he rented. Police arrested Cardoza two days later.

The second robbery happened on January 27th at the Top Music store on Main Street.

Police say Floyd Stone, 51, entered the store armed with a hammer and knife demanding cash. The suspect also reportedly stole a guitar on display and fled the area.

A short time later, officers located Stone at a liquor store. He was taken into custody and driven back to the scene of the crime - where he was positively identified as the robbery suspect, police said.

A search of Stone's residence resulted in discovery of the stolen store merchandise.

He has been charged with larceny of property over $250, armed robbery and assault with intent to rob.

Both Stone and Cardoza have been arraigned on the charges.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rhode Island Case: Owner of Top Political Nightspot Arrested Over Weekend

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VIA GoLocalProv.com

Dan McGowan, GoLocalProv News Editor

The 48-year-old man who was driving when his 21-year-old female passenger jumped out of the car onto I-95 over the weekend is the owner of Pearl Restaurant & Lounge, a Charles Street nightspot known for hosting various political fundraisers.

Joseph Aloisio was charged with driving under the influence and the woman, a Smithfield resident, died at the scene. State police are investigating the accident.

According to the police report, “troopers arrested Joseph M. Aloisio, age 48, of 3 Kiki Circle, Cranston, RI for 1.) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol B.A.C. Unknown – 1st Offense, 2.) Chemical Test Refusal. This arrest was the result of an investigation into an incident on the Route 95 South at the Washington Street overpass. Aloisio was transported to the Lincoln Woods Barracks where he was processed and held overnight pending morning arraignment.”

Aloisio, who also owns a liquor store in Providence, is the former owner of MugShots, the Manton Ave. bar which closed in 2009 after two teenagers were killed in a car accident following a night of drinking at the establishment.

Bar Hosted Senate Dems Event Last Year

Pearl has hosted several political events over the years, including a $125 per-head Senate Democrats PAC event last May. The lounge also hosted a meet-and-greet in 2010 with Councilman Nick Narducci and Angel Taveras, who had just won the Democratic Primary for Mayor of Providence. Over the past decade, Aloisio himself has contributed thousands of dollars to former Mayor David Cicilline, various Council members, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, former House Speaker William Murphy and former gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio.

Last summer, GoLocalProv found that Pearl was violating a 2004 Consent Order agreed to between the lounge (formerly known as Club Confetti), a local neighborhood group and the Providence Board of Licenses. The agreement made it clear that the lounge was not allowed to operate as a nightclub, to have a DJ or to allow more than 75 patrons after 11 p.m., but Pearl was found to have advertised itself as club throughout the summer.

At one point, Pearl hosted a “7 Year Anniversary Party,” which featured Ronnie from the show Jersey Shore, also promoted a special guest appearance from a DJ known as DJ Head Honcho. At another event, hundreds of patrons turned out to meet adult film star Sasha Grey, who was also promoted as a guest DJ.

The agreement was reached after neighbors complained about underage drinking in the club. In a statement to GoLocalProv, Aloisio said the problems were in the past.

“The past is just that, [the] past,” he said in a statement to GoLocalProv. “Pearl restaurant & lounge has no interest in reliving it. Since 2004 we have continuously strived to remain good neighbors and a very big supporter of the entire community. We have consistently expanded our dining menu, made improvements to the restaurants interior and exterior, as well as held numerous charity fundraisers, special events, and community events. We feel strongly that over the last seven years of operations that our commitment to the community, our guests and team members show more than anything else we are not here to relive the past.”


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rhode Island Case: Women Charged For Multi-State Break-Ins

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VIA East Bay RI.com

Two women arrested in connection to multiple break-ins in south Westport have aalso been charged in Little Compton with one break-in.

Tarisa Affonso, 20, of 37 Fairfield Ave., Tiverton, and Brea Goyette, 20, of Fall River, were taken into custody in Tiverton on Jan. 18 when their vehicle was spotted by an off-duty officer, according to Westport police.

Brea Goyette, 20, of Fall River, was arrested in connection to multiple break-ins in Westport, Mass., and one in Little Compton.

They were each subsequently charged in Little Compton with breaking and entering, larceny over $500, and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to Little Compton police.

The next afternoon, they turned themselves in to Westport police and were each charged with three counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny over $250, and conspiracy. Police are also investigating a break-in on Adamsville Road and charges are pending.

The break-ins in Westport, on Fisherville Lane, Old Harbor Road, and Pine Hill Road, all occurred between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, police said. They are accused of stealing jewelry and electronics. Little Compton police said the items included an iPad and a small laptop computer, along with jewelry.

It was a burglar alarm in the Old Harbor Road home that started the chain of events that led to their arrest.

After responding to the scene, Westport police asked Tiverton and Little Compton police to be on the lookout for a gold colored four-door car with extensive driver’s side damage that had been seen at the home.

An off-duty Tiverton police officer spotted the car and notified other officers, who stopped the women on Main Road in Tiverton near Lafayette Street.

Both Westport and Little Compton police interviewed them.

Ms. Affonso was wearing jewelry reported stolen from the homes, police said. She also identified four homes that they had broken into.

They allegedly knocked on doors to see if anyone was home. If someone was home, they had a fake story about a lost dog, police said. If not, they would break into the house.

The girls told investigators that they had sold and pawned some of the stolen jewelry and identified stores in both Swansea and Fall River that they had done business with.

They may also face charges in those cities.

Westport police secured a warrant for Ms. Goyette’s Fall River apartment and a joint effort between officers from the Little Compton, Westport, and Fall River forces enacted a search of the premises.

During the search, investigators found several stolen items as well as a quantity of cocaine.

“The success of this investigation was possible because of the solid efforts from all of the law enforcement officers involved in this case,” said Westport Det. Sgt. Antonio Cestodio.

Police still have several confiscated items that are unclaimed. They encourage anyone with information to contact their local police department.

Det. Sgt. Cestodio stressed that the best deterrent to burglars is a functioning house alarm and properly locked doors.

Police are also investigating a possible male accomplice.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rhode Island Drunk Driving Case: Man arrested on third DUI charge

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VIA Turn to 10.com

West Greenwich, RI - A West Greenwich man is expected to be in court Monday to face his third charge of driving under the influence.

State police arrested and charged Richard Rutherford, 58, of West Greenwich after someone called 911 to tell police he was driving erratically.

Troopers stopped his truck and also found four children in the truck between the ages of 2 and 10.

Officials arraigned Rutherford at the State Police barracks and he was transferred to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston. He was also cited for child restraint violations.

Police said Rutherford had previously been arrested in Iowa and Texas on related impaired driving charges.

Police said they called the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the children were released to a family friend.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Case: Rep. Watson arrested in South Kingstown, charged with possessing marijuana

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VIA The Providence Journal

By Jennifer D. Jordan

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- Former House Minority Leader Robert A. Watson was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with possession of marijuana after a plow operator called the South Kingstown police to report an erratic driver.

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Watson, a Republican representative from East Greenwich, pleaded not guilty last year to charges of drunken driving and possession of marijuana stemming from an stop at a sobriety checkpoint in Connecticut; he is awaiting a trial date in that case.

Lt. William B. Buckley said that the police received the call at 11:53 p.m. Saturday. The plow operator was clearing snow in the parking lot of the Washington County Veterinary Hospital, 4263 Tower Hill Road, and told police "an intoxicated motorist was driving on a flat tire and almost struck him," Buckley said.

When the police arrived, they saw a white Volvo sedan in the lot, with its rubber tire missing from the rim on the front driver's side. The driver's side door was open and a man who identified himself as Robert Watson was standing beside it, according to the police. There were no passengers in the car.

"The officers observed what appeared to be a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana on the driver's side floor of the Volvo," Buckley said. "The officers also discovered a clear sandwich bag containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the area of the driver's seat."

Watson was brought to the South Kingstown Police Department for processing and was released at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, Buckley said, with a summons to appear in Fourth District Court at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rhode Island Larceny Case: Barrington Police Charge E.P. Teen With Car Break-Ins

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VIA EastBayRI.com


Barrington Police Charge E.P. Teen With Car Break-Ins

Officials issue warrant for second teenager’s arrest

— Barrington police charged Christopher S. Storti, 19, of 153 Worcester Ave., East Providence, with five counts of larceny under $500 for his alleged role in a string of thefts from motor vehicles.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10 at about 4:30 p.m., Mr. Storti turned himself in at the Barrington Police Department for the larcenies that took place in late December. Police officials also issued a warrant for the arrest of a 17-year-old Barrington boy who allegedly assisted Mr. Storti with the crimes.

On Dec. 28, an East Providence police officer reportedly saw a vehicle driven by Mr. Storti — the Barrington teen was a passenger — fail to stop at a stop sign; the officer ordered it over to the side of the road, and upon approaching the driver’s side window reportedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana.

A subsequent search of Mr. Storti’s car and later a search of Mr. Storti’s home turned up nearly a dozen GPS units and other electronic devices linking the pair to larcenies in East Providence, Barrington and Seekonk.

East Providence police then arrested Mr. Storti and the 17-year-old Barrington boy.

On the same day as the arrest, Barrington police received 11 complaints for larcenies from vehicles. The incidents were believed to have occurred earlier that day or late Tuesday night, Dec. 27. A number of GPS units, a wallet, a purse and loose change was stolen from unlocked cars in the northern part of town, near the East Providence line. Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said the items recovered from Mr. Storti’s car and home were later traced back to the Barrington thefts.

George Morse contributed to this story.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rhode Island Marijuana Cases: Police answer Craigslist ad for marijuana, arrest teen

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

JAMESTOWN -New to town, 18-year-old Jason Gardiner wanted to know where he could find some weed, according to the Jamestown police.

So, he posted an ad on Craigslist -- and got a response from the cops.

Jamestown Detective Derek Carlino wrote back, and Gardiner arranged to meet him to buy marijuana Sunday afternoon, according to a news release.

Gardiner, of 61 Spirketing St., was arrested at the meeting and charged with soliciting another to commit a crime, a felony.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Rhode Island Reveals Results of DWI Holiday Enforcement

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VIA WPRI.com

Cops reveal results of DWI enforcementHoliday weekend efforts a success

Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association have announced the results of their DWI crackdown over the holiday weekend.

State Police teamed up with the state's Municipal Police Departments over New Year's to keep roadways safe through heavy enforcement against impaired driving.
Municipal Police Departments booked 17 arrests for driving while intoxicated on December 31, 2011, and January 1, 2012. State Police made 11 arrests for DWI during those two days.

"The Rhode Island State Police continues to prioritize DUI enforcement," said Col. Steven O'Donnell, Superintendent of the RI State Police in a news release. "We stress prevention, but those who decide to endanger our citizens by operating drunk should pay the price for doing so."

Police say the increased enforcement efforts will continue throughout the year

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rhode Island Drunk Driving Cases: 28 arrests were made in holiday drunk driving crackdown

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VIA WPRO.COM

Posted: 1/5/2012

28 people were arrested for Driving under the influence over the holiday weekend due to a crackdown on drunk drivers by both state and municipal police departments.

The state police joined together with police chiefs throughout the state in the “designate before you celebrate” campaign, warning people of the dangers and consequences of drunk driving.

The State police made 11 of the 28 DUI arrests while municipalities made 17 arrests. State Police Superintendent Colonel Steven O’Donnell said “The Rhode Island State Police continues to prioritize DUI enforcement. We stress prevention, but those who decide to endanger our citizens by operating drunk should pay the price for doing so.”

Gabrielle Abbate, Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, commended law enforcements efforts in taking on drunk driving. “MADD salutes Rhode Island law enforcement, who were on the front lines combating drunk driving in order to keep families safe and injury free during the past holiday weekend,” she said.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rhode Island Drug Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Major Case Victory for a Client Facing Felony Drug Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces the DISMISSAL of felony drug charges faced by a local college student Client. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island marijuana charges or other Rhode Island drug charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES:
(1) Possession of Adderall
(2) Possession of Vicodin
(3) Possession of Marijuana
POLICE REPORT:
The Client was driving home from class at a local Rhode Island university. The Police observed the Client speeding and halted his vehicle. Upon speaking with the Client, the Police smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The Defendant was asked to exit and the vehicle was searched. During the search, the Police identified a small quantity of marijuana and a pill bottle containing both adderall and hydrocodone. Based on the drugs located during the search, the Defendant was charged with possession of marijuana, adderall, and hydrocodone.
RESULTS: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED after the Defendant successfully completed the Adult Diversion Program

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rhode Island Drunk Driving News: State Police arrested 10 for DUI on New Years Eve

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

On New Year's Eve and the early New Year's Day, the State Police arrested 10 people for driving under the influence. The most notable incident involved a motorist who rear-ended a police cruiser that was stopped with its flashing lights on at another accident.

The accident occurred at 6:39 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle was going north on Route 95 at the intersection of Charles Street in Providence, said Lt. Kelsey Marshall.

Candido Arias, 59, of 659 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, was charged with driving under the influence. Arias suffered minor injuries in the accident, Marshall said, and consented to a blood-alcohol test at Rhode Island Hospital. Arias had four passengers who were also treated for minor injuries as was one of the troopers at the scene.


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