NK Police Log: 'It’s Not Illegal to Punch Your Sister in the Face, Is It?'

The following information was supplied by the North Kingstown Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

“It’s Not Illegal to Punch Your Sister in the Face, Is It?”

Michelle Lee Canfield, 41, of 6101 Post Rd., Unit 15 in North Kingstown was arrested Jan. 23 at 8:49 p.m. on charges of domestic assault and domestic disorderly conduct.

According to the victim (Canfield’s sister), Canfield arrived at her home uninvited and under the influence. When Canfield tried to see the woman’s infant grandchild (who was asleep at the time), the victim tried to block her, resulting in Canfield allegedly shoving her several times.

Canfield reportedly took her cell phone out and called 911, then put it in her pocket. When police responded, Canfield was standing outside and trying to get back into the house, ignoring officers entirely. According to police, she appeared to be “heavily intoxicated” and her speech was “slurred and laced with belligerence.” When officers asked her if there was any physical assault that evening, Canfield allegedly said, “Not yet. It’s not illegal to punch your sister in the face, is it?”

According to reports, Canfield owned the home but resides at 6101 Post Road.

Cranston Man Hit With Domestic Violence Charges 

John Patrick Pomeroy, 28, of 91 Oaklawn Ave., Apt. 97 in Cranston was arrested Jan. 23 at 11:30 p.m. on charges of domestic assault, domestic vandalism and domestic disorderly conduct.

According to reports, Pomeroy was under the influence and attempting to leave a family member’s home. He allegedly became angered when his car keys were taken away and threatened the family member. He reportedly began banging on the bedroom door where the victim, who had possession of his car keys, was located. Another family member arrived and was able to restrain him until police arrived. According to reports, Pomeroy attempted to attack the victim during the altercation. Officers noted that the bedroom door and a vase sustained damage from the incident.

Other Arrests... 

Jimmy Paul Lancerio, 25, of 28 Melissa St., Apt. 1 in Providence was arrested Jan. 23 at 4:30 a.m. on charges of driving without a license.


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