Additionally, the police are no longer investigating this incident and will not be determining whether a crane operator was at fault. OSHA is now conducting a complete investigation.
Smithfield PD News Blog
News Blog Help On this page you will find all the online notices and announcements from the Smithfield Police Department. Click in the “Categories” section in the right sidebar to narrow the scope of posts that you want to see. Posts below are listed in chronological order, regardless of category, with the newest posts at the top of the page. The 10 most recent posts of all types are listed and linked, at right, in the sidebar under “Smithfield PD News.”
On August 9, 2015 at 1:07 am the Smithfield Police responded to a report of a robbery at the Mobil Gas Station on Putnam Pike. While enroute to Mobil a second call for a robbery came in from the Shell Gas Station next door.
Officers learned that a male subject entered the Mobil demanding money and brandishing a tire iron. The clerk was assaulted with the tire iron and did not turn over any money. The suspect fled on foot towards Shell. He entered Shell and demanded money, again brandishing the tire iron. After receiving cash he ran to the passenger side of a maroon Chevrolet pick-up operated by a female subject, with two small children in the truck. The truck fled traveling west on Putnam Pike.
Later that day, at 5:56 pm, police responded to Dave’s Marketplace on Cedar Swamp Road for a report of an attempted purse snatching. The victim reported that after exiting the store a female subject tried to rip her purse from her arm. The victim held on, and the female suspect gave up her attempt. The suspect ran to a maroon Chevrolet pick-up, with a male driver. After the police arrived, an alert citizen notified police that the truck involved in the incident was now at Stop & Shop. Police responded and arrested George E. Lial, age 25 and Danielle Garofalo, age 25, both of 7 Elmgrove Avenue, Johnston. Lial was identified through surveillance footage as the subject who robbed the stores the night before.
Both Lial and Garofalo were charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Assault with Intent to Commit Robbery, Larceny from Person, and Conspiracy counts for each incident. Lial was additionally charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Garafalo was also charged with Driving without a License.
Both defendants appeared before Bail Commissioner Peter Hopkins at the Smithfield Police Department and were remanded to ACI. The RI Department of Children Youth and Families was notified about the incident.
Sponsored by: North Paws Veterinary Center, Muttley Crew, and The Smithfield Times.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m. @ Smithfield High School
*Rain Date: September 19th
$20 Registration Fee per family. Includes custom bandana for each dog and first 100 registrants get a doggie goodie bag.
Route: Walk begins in Smithfield High School Parking Lot, proceeds on Pleasant View Ave. to North Paws Veterinary Center, 564 Putnam Pike, where dogs and humans can stop for a water break, then walk proceeds back down Pleasant View to finish at High School. A festival with various food and dog product vendors will take place after the walk in the High School Parking Lot.
– Onsite registration same day from 9-10 a.m.
– Ongoing Registration at Muttley Crew -265 Putnam Pike, Greenville
– Register online via Paypal
*Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
Checks made payable to “Smithfield Dog Park Fund”.
Checks can be sent to:
Smithfield Town Hall
64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
Organized by the Smithfield Dog Park Committee.
If you’d like to make a donation to support the Smithfield Dog Park,
DEA’s Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, September 26th, 10am – 2 pm.
The Smithfield Police Department will once again take part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The purpose of this National Take Back Day is to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. These events are a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets. There were approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation that participated in past events.
This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, at which the Department collected many pounds of prescription medication at each event. This upcoming event will take place, Saturday, September 26th, 10am – 2 pm, at the Smithfield Police Department. map & driving directions
On Friday, July 24, 2015, at approximately 6:55 a.m., Smithfield Police arrested Michael Rhone, age 39, of 15 Indian Run Trail, charging him with Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana, Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana within 300 yards of a school, and Violation of an No Contact Order.
Smithfield Detectives learned Mr. Rhone was unlawfully manufacturing marijuana after an unannounced visit to the residence by Smithfield Detectives and Probation, earlier in the week. Mr. Rhone was not home at the time of the unannounced visit, at which time, detectives observed in plain view potted marijuana plants growing in the yard of the residence. Smithfield Detectives obtained a search warrant and executed the search warrant on Friday morning, finding twelve mature potted marijuana plants and seven small seedlings, inside a room designed for growing marijuana plants.
Present at the time of the warrant’s execution, was a female, from whom Mr. Rhode is prohibited from being in contact with. All charges are felonies.
Mr. Rhone was taken into custody without incident, processed at the Smithfield Police Station and brought to Third District Court, where he appeared before Judge Elaine T. Bucci. Mr. Rhone was held without bail on the Smithfield charges, and is next scheduled to appear in Superior Court on September 25th, 2015, to answer the charges. He was also ordered to serve 4 months on the District Court violation.
The Smithfield Police are investigating several thefts that have occurred over the course of the past few days. Suspects are entering “unsecured” vehicles and stealing valuables. These incidents have taken place on Elmhurst Drive, Vaughn Street, Wade Drive and MacArthur Drive.
To avoid becoming a victim, please lock your vehicles “even if its parked in your own driveway.” Also, do not leave valuables in the passenger compartment of your vehicles. Either place these items in your trunk or bring them into your home.
These occurrences appear to be taking place during the early morning hours. If you hear or see anything suspicious, please do not hesitate to contact the Smithfield Police Department at 231-2500. Also, please make your call as soon as possible.
On Thursday, April 30th, 2015, Members of the Smithfield Police Department’s Detective Division executed a search warrant at 4 Val Jean Drive Greenville after conducting an investigation over several months into the distribution of Oxycodone and Heroin. Detectives seized Oxycodone pills, a quantity of Heroin, a digital scale, $1,312 in United States Currency, and a .45 caliber Sig Sauer handgun.
Steven J. Park, dob 5/1/87, was charged with Possession w/Intent to Deliver Oxycodone and Possession w/Intent to Deliver Heroin. Park was held overnight and appeared before Judge Capraro in Kent County District Court on Friday, May 1st, 2015. He was released on $20,000 Personal Recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on July 3rd, 2015.
On Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, at 7:15 a.m., the Smithfield Police arrested several Bryant University Students, charging them with Disorderly Conduct and Simple Assault, a result of a brawl on campus on March 21, 2015. Students arrested are Matthew Kaiser, age 22, of Highland, Maryland, Evan Turner, age 19, of Warwick, Rhode Island, Thomas Ryan, age 19, of Cohasset, Massachusetts, Nicholas Laverde, age 20, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Alex Spicuzza, age 20, of Cranston, Rhode Island, Matthew O’Brien, age 21, of Mount Sinai, New York and Trevor Roberts, age 22, of Milford, Massachusetts.
On March 21st, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Smithfield Police responded to Bryant University, for a reported fight in progress in the area of Townhouse A2. On scene police learned the alleged victim; a Bryant Student had been transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Providence, for injuries sustained during the fight.
Smithfield Police and Bryant Public Safety Officers learned through witnesses on scene that an altercation occurred inside Townhouse A2 with the above named students and continued outside, before it was defused by public safety officers.
Smithfield Police obtained warrants for the Bryant Students, six of whom turned themselves in at police headquarters. The seventh student was arrested on campus, without incident. The defendants were brought to Third District Court in Warwick, appeared before Judge Walter Gorman, and were each released on $1,000 personal recognizance. Their next scheduled court date is May 5th, 2015.
A Chiefs of Police Secretaries Association (COPSA) Scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded in June, 2015.
This one-time award will be given to a high school senior or anyone possessing a GED from any Rhode Island high school – public, private, or parochial; accepted in a business program and have a good scholastic average.
For more information, please see the .pdf application here: COPSA Scholarship
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center warns of fraud schemes targeting university students and employees:
|Fictitious ‘Work-from-home’ Scam Targeting University Students
College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. Read full information here
|University Employee Payroll Scam
University employees are receiving fraudulent e-mails indicating a change in their human resource status. The e-mail contains a link directing the employee to login to their human resources website to identify this change. Read full information here