North Kingstown Police Log: Purchase of Rat Spurs Alleged Domestic Assault
Recent police activity around town.
NK Woman Charged with Domestic Assault & Disorderly Conduct
Karen Crawford, 58, of 271 Snuff Mill Rd. was arrested Wed. at 6:30 p.m. and charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct.
A family member who living with Crawford on Snuff Mill Road called police to report that Crawford had allegedly slapped her across the face after she had brought a rat home from the pet store. The family member then claimed that Crawford grabbed her by the throat, according to police.
After speaking with the victim outside, police spoke with Crawford who stated that it was the victim who "freaked out" after Crawford told her she couldn't have a pet without consulting her. A short time after the family member went upstairs to her room, Crawford alleged that she greeted the babysitter returning with the family member's children who then told Crawford that she was was outside and had called the police.
According to police, the babysitter told officers didn't like the victim because she was supposed to be the maid-of-honor at her wedding but got arrested that day. The babysitter claimed the victim's injuries may have been self-inflicted. Crawford also told police that the Department of Children, Youth and Families had taken custody of the woman's children and placed them with she and her husband.
Police noticed that the diamond ring on the victim's hand was on backwards. She claimed she didn't know how that had happened. Police then inspected Crawford who had no scratches on her hands and neck but had one fresh one on her forearm, which she could not explain.
According to police, the victim denied that her injuries were self-inflicted. She also refused to let officers take photos of her injuries.
Karen Crawford was brought to the North Kingstown Police Department where she refused to provide a defendant statement. She is set to appear in 4th District Court on Nov. 16.
NK Man Finds Tires Punctured After Parking in Nearby Lot
John Quadrini of 61 Narragansett St. had parked his car in a parking lot – owned by the Mount View Residents' Association – next to his property. Quadrini claimed that he had done this numerous times in the past without any problems. However, the next morning as Quadrini started to drive away, he realized that both his front tires were flat. Additionally, Quadrini noticed an index card on his car reading, "Warning!! Do Not Park Here!!"
Quadrini had his car towed to Tire Pros, who told him they couldn't be repaired and had been punctured with a sharp object.
EG Woman Accused of Shoplifting from Dave's Marketplace
Melody Johnson, 44, of 11 Dedford Ct., East Greenwich was arrested on Wed. at 5:40 p.m. and charged with shoplifting over $100 worth of items from Dave's Marketplace on Gate Road.
Johnson had allegedly left the store after buying a lottery ticket and cigarettes at the customer service desk without paying for her groceries. An employee followed her out to her car and asked her for her receipt. According to police, Johnson said she did have it and it was in one of the bags, though she continued to load the bags into her car. As the employee went to put away Johnson's carriage, she saw Johnson drive away from the parking lot, say police.
After East Greenwich police located and contacted Johnson, they relayed to the NKPD that Johnson alleged she accidentally walked out of the store and would be returning with the stolen items immediately. Police spoke with Dave's management who said they would only pursue criminal charges if all the items were not returned.
When Johnson returned to the store with two bags of groceries, management told police that items were still missing. After reviewing security footage, Johnson admitted to have a "few more items" at her house that she forgot to bring back, according to police.
Johnson was then placed under arrest for shoplifting and brought to headquarters. North Attleboro police contacted NKPD notifying them that Johnson had previously been arrested by that department for shoplifting. Johnson is set to appear in 4th District Court on Nov. 16.
SK Man Accused of Using Fraudulent Checks at NK Business
Ross Ricciarelli, 25, of 46 Maple St., South Kingstown was brought to the North Kingstown Police Department on charges of using fraudulent checks.
According to police, Ricciarelli wrote a fraudulent $273 check to Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle at 4019 on July 3. Ricciarelli failed to send in payment for the check by the NKPD's deadline of Sept. 10 and a warrant was signed for his arrest on Sept. 24. He was transported from the South Kingstown Police Department to NKPD at 8:25 p.m. on Wed. and appeared in court Thursday
The above reports detail arrests made by the North Kingstown Police Department from Wednesday Oct. 27, through the early morning hours of Thursday Oct. 28. Descriptions of all events are based solely on police officer reports provided to Patch.