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PRESS RELEASE – January 6, 2015

  1. Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle:  On Wednesday December 31st, 2014 at approximately 11:54 AM, Patrolmen Jeff Vaughn and Ryan Donohue arrested Meagen Brum, age 30, of 305 Church Street, Richmond on a charge of Operating on a Suspended License, after a motor vehicle stop on Church Street revealed that her license had been suspended on November 21, 2014 for Failure to Appear/Pay.  Ms. Brum was returned to the station where she was processed and subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court for arraignment on the above charge on January 15, 2015.
  2. Bench Warrant:   On Wednesday December 31st, 2014, at 1:00 PM, Patrolmen Jeff Vaughn and Ryan Donohue arrested David Fitzgerald, age 29, of 305 Church Street, Richmond on the strength of an outstanding 3rd District Court Bench Warrant that had been issued on December 24th, 2014, for Failure to Appear – Attempt to Pay on an original conviction of six (6) counts of Larceny under $1,500 (Cranston Police Department), after visiting the above address for the arrest of another person.  Mr. Fitzgerald was transported directly to 4th District Court on the strength of the above bench warrant. 
  3.  Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle:  On Wednesday December 31st, 2014 at approximately 7:55 PM, Detective Drew Bishop arrested Raymond E. England, age 48, of 209 Chatworth Road, North Kingstown on a charge of Driving on an Expired License, after stopping his unregistered vehicle on Heaton Orchard Road and discovering that his license had expired in November 2014.  Mr. England was released at the scene with a summons to appear in 4th District Court for arraignment on the above charge on January 29, 2015.
  4. Misdemeanor – Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by Underage Person:             On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 at approximately 10:20 PM, Patrolmen Dan Kelley, Michael Jacome and Detective Drew Bishop arrested Zachary J. Cyr, age 18, of 198 Westwood Road, Southington, CT on a misdemeanor charge of Transportation of Alcoholic Beverage by Minor, after a motor vehicle stop for speeding on Kingstown Road revealed that the vehicle contained three (3) 18-year-old minors and alcoholic beverages, including vodka and beer.  Mr. Cyr was processed at the station on the above charge and was subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court on January 29, 2015 for arraignment on the above charge.

  1. FELONY – Possession of a Controlled Substance & Misdemeanor Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by Underage Person:     On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 at approximately 10:20 PM, Patrolmen Dan Kelley, Michael Jacome, and Detective Drew Bishop arrested Michael Zerbe, age 18, of 104 N Star Drive, Southington, CT on charges of (1) Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), and (2) Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person, after a motor vehicle stop for speeding on Kingstown Road revealed that the vehicle contained three (3) 18-year-old minors and alcoholic beverages.  Mr. Zerbe was also found to be in possession of oxycodone and marijuana (less than an ounce).  He was processed at the station on the above charges and was arraigned before Justice-of-the-Peace Michael Robinson.  Mr. Zerbe was subsequently released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
  2.  Bench Warrants (three):   On New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2014, at 6:15 PM, Patrolmen Daniel Kelley and Michael Jacome arrested Donald J. Brennan, age 44, of 163 Mishnock Road, West Greenwich on the strength of three (3) outstanding District Court Bench Warrants, including: (1) 3rd District Bench Warrant (hold without bail) that had been issued on July 31st, 2014, for Failure to Appear for Arraignment on a charge of DUI 1st offense (West Greenwich PD); (2) 4th District Court Bench Warrant (hold without bail) that had been issued on August 4, 2014 for Failure to Appear for Arraignment on a charge of Disorderly Conduct (Westerly PD); and (3) 4th District Court Bench Warrant  that had been issued on October 14, 2014 for Failure to Appear for Arraignment on an original charge of Operating on a Suspended License (RI State Police Hope Valley).  Officers had been dispatched to the Bali Village Restaurant for a report of two (2) intoxicated men in the parking lot approaching a vehicle, where officers subsequently found Mr. Brennan fitting the caller’s description.  Mr. Brennan was processed at the station and was transported to the ACI’s Intake Service Center in Cranston.
  3. Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle:  On Friday, January 2, 2015, at approximately 9:39 AM, Corporal William Litterio and Patrolman Ryan Donohue arrested Jesse D. Flynn, age 28, of 23 Old Road, Charlestown on a charge of Operating on a Suspended License, after stopping his unregistered vehicle on South County Trail for a stop sign violation.  The stop revealed that his license had been suspended on November 20, 2014 for Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test (Richmond PD)Mr. Flynn was also found to be in possession of marijuana (less than an ounce).  He was returned to the station where he was processed and was subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court for arraignment on the above suspended license charge on January 29, 2015.  He also received a civil citation for the marijuana violation.

  1. Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle:  On Friday, January 2, 2015, at approximately 4:11 PM, Corporal William Litterio arrested James C. Dumas, age 27, of 39 Spring Street, Hope Valley on a charge of Operating on a Suspended License, after a motor vehicle stop on Kingstown Road revealed that his license had been suspended on December 10th, 2014 for Failure to Appear/Pay.  Mr. Dumas was processed at the station and was subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court for arraignment on the above charge on January 29, 2015. 
  2. Misdemeanors – Simple Assault & Disorderly Conduct:  On Friday, January 2nd, at approximately 4:00 PM, Patrolmen Daniel Kelley and Michael Jacome arrested Christopher Badessa, age 19, of 1152 Main Street, Richmond on charges of  (1) Simple Assault and (2) Disorderly Conduct, after officers were dispatched to a 911-report of a fight in progress at the Chariho Plaza on Main Street.  Officers arrived to find an injured adult male who identified Mr. Badessa as his assailant.  They subsequently responded to Mr. Badessa’s nearby home and arrested him without incident.  He was arraigned by Justice-of-the-Peace Michael Robinson, and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance with a No-Contact Order barring him from contact with the complaining party.  
  3. FELONY – Possession of a Controlled Substance:     On Friday January 2, 2015, at approximately 7:00 PM, Corporal William Litterio arrested Luke Brown, age 21, of 166 Sand Plain Road, Charlestown on two (2) felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Liquid MDMA - also known as Ecstasy or “Molly”), after stopping his unregistered vehicle on Kingstown Road for speeding.  Corporal Litterio found the drugs secreted in two separate prescription bottles labeled “Naloxone” for someone other than Mr. Brown.  He was processed at the station on the above charges and was arraigned before Justice-of-the-Peace Michael Robinson.  Mr. Zerbe was subsequently released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
  4. Misdemeanor – DUI and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test:                                    On Friday January 2, 2015, at approximately 10:30 PM, Corporal William Litterio arrested Paul Chapman, age 48, of 220 Skunk Hill Road, Hopkinton on charges of (1) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/ or Drugs (1st offense - BAC unknown) and (2) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, after an off-duty officer, Corporal Justin Vachon, was approaching the Route 95 overpass on Route 138 when he saw a large SUV speeding down the off-ramp and travel over the curbing airborne and smash through the yield sign at Main Street (Rout 138).  The off-duty officer called the station to report the incident and followed Mr. Chapman’s vehicle, which had a flat front tire from the crash.  Mr. Chapman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after performing a series of standard field sobriety tests.  He was later processed at the station and subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court for arraignment on the above charge on January 15th, 2015.

  1. Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle:  On Saturday January 3rd, 2015, at approximately 9:15 PM, Corporal William Litterio arrested Joshua Adams, age 30, of 391 Church Street, Alton on a charge of Operating on a Suspended License, after a motor vehicle stop on Main Street revealed that his license had been suspended on October 10th, 2014 for Child Support Non-Compliance.  Mr. Adams was processed at the station and was subsequently released with a summons to appear in 4th District Court for arraignment on the above charge on January 29, 2015.

13.    Misdemeanor – Motor Vehicle & Bench Warrant:   On Tuesday January 6th, 2015, at 8:00 AM, Patrolmen Jeff Vaughn and Ryan Donohue arrested Adam Fredette, age 33, of 4 Dinsdale Court, West Warwick on a charge of Operating on a Suspended License and on the strength of an outstanding 4th District Court Bench Warrant that had been issued on November 24th, 2014, for Failure to Appear – Attempt to Pay on an original conviction of Operating on a Suspended License (Hopkinton Police Department).  The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Kingstown Road.  Mr. Fredette was processed at the station, and was subsequently transported to 4th District Court for arraignment on the above charge, and for the above bench warrant. 


PRESS RELEASE – October 28th, 2014:

Arrests of Paul Lafrance and John Wedlock

On October 28th, 2014, at approximately 6:30AM, members of the Richmond Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force responded to 30 Linden Lane, West Greenwich and arrested Paul R. Lafrance, age 53, of that address on felony charges of (1 count) Indecent Solicitation of a Child and (2 counts) Third Degree Sexual Assault.  Later the same day John Wedlock, age 52, of 168 South Jerry Cove, Wakefield turned himself in at the Richmond Police Station where he was arraigned on a felony charge (1 count) of Indecent Solicitation of a Child.  

The arrests were the result of an investigation that began on October 7th, 2014 after Chariho School Resource Officer Adam Andrukiewicz was notified by school administration that a student’s mother had made a complaint of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher named John Wedlock and her daughter who was between the ages of 14-16 years of age at the time of the incident.

Richmond Police Detective Drew Bishop and Patrolman Adam Andrukiewicz conducted an investigation into the complaint. In furtherance of the investigation, the Richmond Police Department requested the assistance of the RI State Police ICAC Task Force in order to seek their investigative and forensic expertise at analyzing electronic devices as well for the purpose of obtaining search warrants for said devices.  A forensic audit of the devices and further investigation revealed a second suspect named Paul Lafrance, as well as sexually explicit content and communications which the police allege constituted both men of knowingly soliciting, urging, or requesting a person they knew to be under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts in violation of chapters 9 and 37 of the Rhode Island General Laws. 

Mr. Lafrance was processed at the Richmond Police Station and was subsequently transported to 4th District Court in Wakefield and arraigned on the above charges before Judge Joseph T. Houlihan Jr. He was released on $10, 000 Personal Recognizance.

Mr. Wedlock turned himself in at the Richmond Police Station where he was processed and arraigned on the above charges before Justice-of-the-Peace Joseph H. Scott. He was released on $50,000 Personal Recognizance.

The Richmond Police Department reminds the public that an arrest is not a conviction, and that both men are presumed innocent of the above charges until proven otherwise in the appropriate judicial venue. 

Any citizen, parent, or youth that has concerns about alleged inappropriate conduct are encouraged to contact their local police department or the state police to report their concerns.


 

FORMER PRESS RELEASES



DRIVER CHARGED IN FATAL CRASH

FATAL CRASH ON HILLSDALE ROAD - November 22, 2013

ROBBERY at DUNKIN' DONUTS - November 16, 2013