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PRESS RELEASE – July 22, 2014

  1. FELONY – Breaking and Entering a Dwelling:  On July 21st, 2014, Daniel Bowser, age 34, of 122 Tennyson Road, Warwick,               was arraigned in Washington County Superior Court on a Richmond Police Department charge of Breaking & Entering a Dwelling             brought by the RI Department of Attorney General’s Office in Washington County.  Over two years ago, on January 27, 2012, the         Richmond Police Department responded to a housebreak on Carolina Nooseneck Road in Richmond in which the suspect smashed                  the rear sliding glass door to gain entry.  While processing the scene, Lieutenant John Arnold discovered fresh wet blood stains on the          frame of the door at the point of entry, and seized blood samples as evidence.   Lieutenant Arnold submitted those samples to the RI      Department of Health, which subsequently reported that the DNA profile belonged to an unknown male who was not found in the                  state DNA system or nationwide FBI CODIS database.  In April 2014, the Rhode Island Department of Health notified Lieutenant Arnold       that the DNA profile from the Richmond housebreak was matched to a known offender (Daniel Bowser) in the RI DNA database.  As a result   of Lieutenant Arnold’s careful analysis and efforts at the scene, the assistance of the RI Department of Health, and Lieutenant Arnold’s      tenacious follow-up investigation, an open investigation into a theft from a resident’s home was solved.                                                
  2. FELONY – Breaking and Entering a Dwelling of Person over age 60:  On July 15th, 2014, Detective Drew Bishop arrested              Bertie Smith, age 34, of 316 Church Street, Richmond, on felony charges of (1) Breaking & Entering a Dwelling of a Person over         the age of 60, and (2) Larceny over $1,500.  The arrest was the result of an investigation by Detective Bishop into a housebreak and        larceny that occurred during the first week of June 2014 on New London Turnpike in Richmond.  The suspect gained entry through an      unlocked door to the home, and stole several items of jewelry which totaled a loss of more than $1,500.   Detective Bishop                   developed information on a potential suspect, and his follow-up investigation, including search warrant(s), led him to additional            incriminating evidence that helped to identify Bertie Smith as the suspect responsible for the break and theft.  Mr. Smith surrendered himself        on the strength of a court-authorized arrest warrant at the 4th District Court for arraignment on the above charges, and was released on his      own recognizance to appear for felony screening on August 22nd, 2014. 
  3. Misdemeanor – Violation of No-Contact Order:  On July 17th, 2014 at approximately 4:06 AM, Patrolman Anthony Zoglio                       and Patrolwoman Allison O’Connor arrested Sage Mars, age 18, of 94 Old Mill Road, Charlestown, on a charge of                                Violation of a No-Contact Order, after the Richmond Police Department received two (2) consecutive 911-calls from a resident of               Tall Timbers Drive reporting that Sage Mars was trying to break into their home through a rear window.  The suspect fled into the nearby     woods before officers arrived on the scene.  Officers were successful in establishing a dialogue with Mr. Mars on his cellular phone, and       despite threats to resist, Mr. Mars alighted from the woods and surrendered himself to the arresting officers.  The No-Contact Order               had been issued by the court as a result of Mr. Mars’ arrest back on April 28th, 2014, on charges of Domestic Simple Assault, and      Domestic – Disorderly Conduct relative to an alleged assault and battery upon his former 16-year-old girlfriendMr. Mars was processed      at the station and held pending arraignment in 4th District Court later that morning.  He subsequently appeared before Judge Madeline Quirk     and entered a plea of Nolo-Contendere, and received one (1) year suspended/probation.  He was also ordered to complete                  “batterer’s intervention” and pay court costs.  The No-Contact Order with the victim remains in full effect. 
  4.  Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle:  On July 17th, 2014 at approximately 5:39 PM, Patrolman Jeff Vaughn arrested Jennifer M. Hart,           age 36, of 252 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond on a charge of Operating on a Suspended License, after a motor vehicle stop            on Kingstown Road revealed that her license had been suspended on July 10th, 2014, for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility.        Ms. Hart was processed at the station and was subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court on August 7th, 2014         for arraignment.
  5. Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle:  On July 19th, 2014 at approximately 9:28 PM, Corporal William Litterio arrested Jennifer L. Culotta,      age 40, of 51 Fairview Avenue, Hope Valley on a charge of Operating on a Suspended License, after a motor vehicle stop off Pine              Hill Road revealed that her license had been suspended on May 14, 2014, for Failure to Appear/Pay.  Ms. Culotta was processed at the      station and was subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court on August 21st, 2014 for arraignment.
 



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