Friday, September 21, 2012
A Providence man is held without bail after leading police on a chase through two towns, injuring five officers and state troopers.
A tow-truck driver who led police on a chase through two towns, injuring six people, was held without bail after his arraignment Thursday in Providence District Court. Sean Sparfven, 30, of Providence was held on $100,000 surety bail on 14 charges from Wednesday’s chase and an additional four charges of possession of stolen vehicles. Sparfven was held without bail as a probation violator. The wild chase, which began at an auto salvage yard, ended when Sparfven reportedly drove his truck into his own house. During the pursuit, five officers (including a North Kingstown police detective) and Sparfven’s sister were injured. According to a press release from the Rhode Island State Police, the incident began when the state police’s High …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The State Police arrested 32 people on DUI charges and issued 2,199 citations during its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
Rhode Island State Police announced they arrested 32 drivers on charges of drunken driving in a span of 18 days as part of its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign kicked off Aug. 17 with troopers focusing traffic enforcement on targeting drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, texting while driving and seat belt and speeding violations. During the initiative, the State Police made 2,922 motor vehicle stops and issued 2,199 citations for various traffic offenses. Additionally, 32 drivers were arrested and charged with drunken driving. One of those 32 DUI suspects was a Warwick man who was arrested twice in one week on DUI charges. Brian Fracassa, 44, was arrested in North Kingstown after a fellow motorist allegedly saw the …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A man charged with two counts of DUI was a no-show at his court date Tuesday.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Warwick man charged with two counts of driving under the influence after he failed to appear at his court date Tuesday morning. Brian Fracassa, 44, of Warwick was arrested Sunday, Aug. 19 by Rhode Island State Police after he crashed is car on Route 10 in Cranston, according to WPRI. During his breath test, Fracassa allegedly blew a .222 – almost triple the legal limit. Just a week prior, Fracassa had a similar encounter with North Kingstown officers when he was pulled over on Post Road. Along with a DUI charge, Fracassa was hit with a possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) charge and multiple roadway violations. In a statement, State Police said that Fracassa's second DUI arrest just seven …
Monday, August 20, 2012
One Warwick man had two run-ins with the law in less than a week.
It was deja vu for one Warwick man this past weekend as he was hit with his second DUI charge in less than a week. Brian Fracassa, 44, of Warwick was arrested Sunday, Aug. 19 by Rhode Island State Police after he crashed is car on Route 10 in Cranston, according to WPRI. During his breath test, Fracassa allegedly blew a .222 – almost triple the legal limit. Just a week prior, Fracassa had a similar encounter with North Kingstown officers when he was pulled over on Post Road. Along with a DUI charge, Fracassa was hit with a possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) charge and multiple roadway violations. After his second arrest, Fracassa was brought to Rhode Island Hospital for observation and later arraigned and released on $1,000 …
Friday, July 20, 2012
A former bookkeeper for the late Governor Bruce Sundlun and others has been arrested.
The Rhode Island State Police have arrested a woman suspected of theft and forgery after allegedly victimizing an East Greenwich business, owned by the wife of the late Rhode Island Gov. Bruce Sundlun. Teresa A. Roby, 37 of 775 Old Baptist Rd. in North Kingstown is being charged with three counts of larceny of over $500, one count of uttering and publishing forged checks and one count of uttering and publishing forged debit cards receipts. The State Police began to investigate Roby after Susan Sundlun (wife of the late governor and owner of East Greenwich Photo) filed a complaint against Roby – who was the bookkeeper for the business as well as for the Sundluns. According to police, Roby allegedly used Susan Sundlun's debit card and wrote …
Friday, July 13, 2012
A former office manager and NK woman is now facing charges from the RI State Police.
The former office manager of a North Kingstown marina is facing a second charge of embezzlement, according to the Rhode Island State Police. Troopers arrested Maureen Rondeau, 43, of Grove Avenue on Wednesday, July 11 following an investigation that allegedly found she had embezzled roughly $8,000 from a North Kingstown business. Last December, Rondeau was arrested by North Kingstown police on charges of computer fraud and embezzlement after allegedly stealing $198,000 from her employer. According to the NKPD’s investigation, Rondeau allegedly stole the money from Brewers Wickford Cove Marina over a period of about two years. Police found that Rondeau had allegedly altered more than 75 checks (totaling $105,000), changing the intended …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A 19-year-old Exeter man suffered minor injuries following a rollover early Tuesday morning.
An Exeter teenager suffered minor injuries after an accident on Ten Rod Road early Tuesday morning. Nicholas Dailey, 19, of Exeter apparently lost control of his vehicle while driving south on Ten Rod Road around 1:34 a.m. on Tuesday. According to Sgt. Pardington of the Rhode Island State Police, the 19-year-old man left the roadway and continued up a grass embankment before striking the cement stairs in front of 580 Ten Rod Road, causing the car to roll over onto its driver's side. Dailey was transported by reschue to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. According to Sgt. Pardington, police do not believe that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. The matter is still under investigation.
Monday, June 11, 2012
A California man, linked to a Mexican drug cartel, pleads guilty to consipring to ship cocaine to Rhode Island.
One of three men arrested last year in one of the largest drug busts in state history admitted to conspiring to ship cocaine from the West Coast to the Ocean State last week, Rodrigo Armando Saucedo, 32, of California pleaded guilty to conspiring (with two other men) to ship cocaine via tractor-trailer from the West Coast to Rhode Island. He admitted to one count each of conspiracy to possess five or more kilograms of cocaine. He faces up to life in prison and $10 million in fines for each count. Authorities have linked the men to a Mexican drug cartel. In January 2011, Rhode Island State Police seized nearly 65 kilograms of cocaine, a handgun and more than $1.2 million in cash after raiding a warehouse on Dry Bridge Road in North …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Ellen G. Becote, 54, is charged with fraudulently collecting nearly $42,000 in unemployment benefits.
Sixteen Rhode Islanders are facing felony charges from the State Police after fraudulently collecting $162,226 in unemployment benefits combined. The Rhode Island State Police, in conjunction with officials for the state's Department of Labor and Traning (DLT), made the arrests Tuesday as part of an ongoing effort by the two departments to prosecute those who obtain unemployment benefits falsely from the state. "Once again, the excellent work of the State Police has shown all Rhode Islanders that we take the issue of unemployment insurance fraud very seriously," said DLT Director Charles Fogarty. Topping the list is Ellen G. Becote, 54, of 131 Mitola Drive in North Kingstown, who allegedly collected $41,921 in unemployment benefits under …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Rhode Island State Police have arrested a North Kingstown man accused of fleecing $76,000 from an 81-year-old family friend.