The Smithfield Police Department was recently recognized for their overdose prevention efforts. Along with this recognition, the department will be receiving a $5,000 grant to promote overdose prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery. The department plans to use this money to purchase Deterra (at-home drug disposal) bags, as well as Naloxone (Narcan).
On May 21, 2019, at 7:12 p.m., the Smithfield Police arrested Catherine Grundy, age 63, of 2 Duchess Way, Smithfield, charging her with two felony counts of Driving Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and two felony counts of Driving to Endanger Resulting in Personal Injury.
A Smithfield officer was flagged down by a passing motorist advising of a motor vehicle collision on Pleasant View Avenue near the High School, involving two injured pedestrians. Officers and rescue personnel responded to the scene finding two women (ages 57 and 26), badly injured on the ground. Preliminary investigation indicates that the involved vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Corolla, traveling southbound on Pleasant View Avenue, left the roadway, struck both women, and snapped a utility pole. Grundy was unharmed, but showed signs of intoxication. After submitting to several field sobriety tests, Grundy was taken into custody and held overnight. She will be brought to 3rd Division District Court in the morning. The investigation continues.
Both injured women were transported by Smithfield rescue to Rhode Island Hospital.
Crossing Guard: Seeking qualified applicants for the part-time, hourly, position of Crossing Guard (M-F from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm.) Rate is $15.99 per hour. No benefits. Applicants must possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D., be at least eighteen (18) years of age, and provide at least three character references. Applications are available on the Town’s website or Monday through Friday at Smithfield Town Hall, HR Dept., 2nd floor, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917. Applications must be returned to the Smithfield Town Hall by Friday, June 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. E.O.E.
- Alternate Crossing Guard: Smithfield Police: Seeking qualified applicants for the part-time, hourly, position of Alternate Crossing Guard to be utilized on a temporary, as needed basis. Rate is $15.99 per hour. No benefits. Applicants must possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D., be at least eighteen (18) years of age, and provide at least three character references. Applications available below or Monday through Friday at Smithfield Town Hall, HR Dept., 2nd floor, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917. Applications must be returned to the Smithfield Town Hall by Friday, June 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. E.O.E.
- Full information on the Town’s website: https://www.smithfieldri.com/employment/
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On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Smithfield Detectives arrested, Jarret Martin, age 19, of 81 Wachusett Street, Franklin MA, charging him with Breaking & Entering and Disorderly Conduct.
On Wednesday, April 10th, John Amaya, age 20, of 45 Beck Avenue, Rye NY, and Jack McNeil, age 19, of 435 Holly Road, Marshfield MA, were arrested and charged with Breaking & Entering, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct and Conspiracy. Also, on Wednesday, April 10th, Sarah McBrien, age 20, of 1 Christopher Lane, Scituate MA, was arrested for Breaking & Entering and Disorderly Conduct.
These arrests stem from the incident at Bryant University on Sunday, April 7th, at 2:00 a.m., regarding an assault at Townhouse P-7. Smithfield Detectives spoke with additional witnesses which led to the arrest of Martin, Amaya, McNeil and McBrien.
Mr. Martin was taken into custody without incident on April 9th, and later appeared before Bail Commissioner George Lazieh. Martin was released on $1000 surety bail. His Pre Arraignment Conference date is July 2, 2019.
Mr. Amaya was taken into custody without incident on April 10th, and taken to Third District Court, where he appeared before the Honorable Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito. Bail was set at $25,000 personal recognizance and he was given a Pre Arraignment Conference date of July 3, 2019.
Mr. McNeil and Ms. McBrien were taken into custody without incident on April 10th, and appeared before Bail Commissioner Peter Hopkins. McNeil and McBrien were released on $1,000 surety bail. Their Pre Arraignment Conference date is July 10, 2019.
While Bryant University has announced a review to determine whether this altercation was precipitated by a bias incident, the police department’s investigation, thus far, has not found any credible evidence that a bias incident occurred. What this investigation has clearly revealed is that a day of excessive alcohol consumption and several smaller confrontations during the previous day, culminated in the early morning assaults on April 7th, 2019.
This remains an ongoing investigation, which will be forwarded to the RI Department of Attorney General, to determine if it is appropriate for additional persons to be charged.
On Monday, April 8, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Smithfield Detectives arrested, Joseph Kasperzyk, age 19, of 155 Halper Avenue, New Haven, Ct., Zahir Williams, age 20, of 680 Beck Street, Bronx, NY and Shelton McNeal, age 20, of 1741 Washington Avenue, Lakeland, FL, all Bryant University Students, charging them with Breaking & Entering, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct and Conspiracy.
Smithfield Officers received a call from Bryant Public Safety on Sunday, April 7th, at 2:00 a.m., regarding an assault that took place at Townhouse P-7. Smithfield Officers spoke to the townhouse residents, who advised they were woken up by subjects who had entered the townhouse and began banging on the bedroom doors, demanding that the occupants exit their rooms. Kasperzyk, Williams and McNeal then assaulted two of the residents, broke a TV, and tore posters off the walls.
Kasperzyk, Williams and McNeal were taken into custody without incident and later appeared before Bail Commissioner Christopher Millea. All were released on $1000 surety bail. Their Pre Arraignment Conference date is July 8, 2019.
The Smithfield Police continue to investigate this incident.
Please note that the following article from the Providence Journal is from 2003 – the case remains unsolved.
REFUSING TO GIVE UP: Retired Smithfield police Detective Capt. Gregg L. Catlow, left, was the first to investigate the death of a man found floating in Stump Pond, Smithfield, in 1987. Capt. Kenneth A. Brown, right, is the latest officer to handle the case. Catlow holds an FBI sketch of the victim.
Cold Case: Mystery kept alive
Sixteen years after a weighted body riddled with stab wounds surfaced in a Smithfield pond, investigators are appealing for new clues to determine the man’s identity.
BY THOMAS J. MORGAN
Journal Staff Writer
Reprinted with permission.
SMITHFIELD — When the body was laid to rest, no one knew what name to chisel on the tombstone, and so today the short, slender man who floated to the surface of Stump Pond with 21 stab wounds 16 years ago lies in an unmarked grave, its location known only to the investigators who have kept his case alive.
“We never closed the case. We just ran out of leads,” said Detective Sgt. Kenneth A. Brown Jr.
Gregg L. Catlow was the first detective to investigate the case. Over the intervening years Catlow rose to the rank of captain, and has since retired. The file he started is now several inches thick.
Brown is the latest in the series of officers who have tried to puzzle through a maze of vague clues in search of an identity even as the calendar moves on. He’s optimistic, however. “Time is always on the side of the investigators,” he said.
One thing is for sure: Whoever last saw him didn’t want the body found.
It was on June 18, 1987, on scenic Stump Pond, whose shore, ironically, is home to police headquarters, when a boater came across a decomposing corpse floating near a dam.
The man was festooned in chicken wire and ballasted by 90 pounds of rocks and barbell weights, all fastened by coaxial cable. He had 7 wounds on his head, 14 on his chest. The weapon was thought to have been an ice pick or similar instrument.
Anchored by the weights, he had presumably lain out of sight on the floor of the pond for one to three weeks, according to the state medical examiner’s office. As time went by, the gases of decomposition brought the body to the surface.
Five feet, five inches tall, the mystery man weighed 122 pounds and had a scruffy beard. He was between 25 and 35 years of age.
He had receding, straight hair, brown eyes and a brown mustache.
A black muscle shirt bore the inscription “San Juan” on front and back. He was clad in gray sweatpants, and wore no socks under his size 7 1/2 McGregor Tristar sneakers.
No tattoos adorned the body. There was neither wallet nor identification. There were no scars or jewelry.
The police were looking at a blank slate.
“Other than the physical description, there wasn’t much to go by,” Brown said. “He could be from out West. He could be from Mexico. We don’t know.”
Brown said that in his six years as a detective, the aging mystery “was one of those cases that always sat on the back burner.”
As new technology became available, it was employed at intervals in a bid to find a lead.
DNA samples were available. But DNA, which was only just becoming a tool for criminologists when this man was killed, is useless unless it matches something already in a data bank. The DNA trail was a dead end.
New advances in fingerprint identification were developed in the past 16 years by the FBI. A computerized system now makes it possible to examine fingerprint records across the country.
But periodic checks have turned up nothing to provide a further clue to the man’s identity. Like DNA, fingerprints only work if they have been recorded previously. This John Doe evidently never came to the attention of law enforcement, the immigration system or the military, all of which are assiduous in collecting fingerprints.
Because the body was gruesomely decomposed, Smithfield investigators turned to an FBI artist, who sketched the man’s face as he presumably appeared in life.
Flyers were distributed. No response.
Brown said he decided to try again because so much time was passing, and the chances for a connection were slipping away.
He decided to appeal to the media, he said, before time erases all opportunity.
If the case fails to yield to Brown’s persistence, it presumably will pass into the hands of his successor. If so, the trail can only grow longer, and likely colder.
Anyone with information on this case may contact
Capt. Michael Rheaume at 401-231-2500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, February 24, 2019, at approximately 5:38 p.m., members of the Smithfield Police arrested Trey Pinkerton, age 24, of 12 Nickerson Street, Providence; Eric Diaz, age 25, of 4 Young Avenue, Providence; Edwin Hernandez, age 23, of 4 Balsam Street, Cranston; and Romelo Thompson, age 22, of 75 Comstock Avenue, Providence, charging them with Possession with intent to Deliver Alprazolam, Possession with intent to Deliver Marijuana, Attempted Breaking & Entering, Driving without Consent of Owner, Driving while in Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Conspiracy.
Smithfield Officers received a call from the home owner at 27 Concord Street, advising there were several subjects in his yard and on his rear deck. The home owner gave a description of the suspects and the vehicle they left in. Smithfield Officers stopped the vehicle matching the description on Willow Road. Officers took the suspects into custody, without incident. The vehicle, which was stolen out of New Jersey, was searched by Smithfield K-9, Ajax, and 6.572 oz. of marijuana and sixteen 2mg pills of Alprazolam (Xanax), were located in the center console. Officers also checked the Concord Street residence and found that the screen on the rear deck slider had been opened.
Pinkerton, Diaz, Hernandez and Thompson were held overnight and later appeared in Kent County District Court before the Honorable Magistrate J. Patrick O’Neill. Pinkerton and Thompson were held without bail as Superior Court Violators, and bail was set at $10,000 surety on the Smithfield charges. Hernandez and Diaz’s bail was set at $10,000 surety. Their Pre Arraignment Conference date is May 20, 2019.
Today, Chief Richard St.Sauveur stopped by the Smithfield High School to thank School Resource Officer Jon Ricciarelli (middle) and Principal Dan Kelley (left) for their support of the upcoming Special Olympics Torch Run “Super Plunge,” as well as upcoming “unified” events at the Smithfield High School.
SRO Ricciarelli and his dad, Dave, will brave the frigid waters at Salty Brine State Beach on March 23rd & 24th to participate in this year’s 24-hour “Super Plunge,” which is highlighted on SRO Ricciarelli’s shirt. [Super Plungers will plunge once, per hour, for 24-hours!]
To donate to the Ricciarelli’s efforts, as well as Special Olympics of RI, click on the following link https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jon-ricciarelli/Super-Plunge1.
As always, please support “unified” sports & events in your community.
The Rhode Island Chiefs of Police Secretaries Association (COPSA) will be offering a scholarship in the amount of $500 this year to be awarded in June, 2019. This one-time award will be given to a high school senior, or anyone possessing a GED, from any Rhode Island high school who has been accepted into a BUSINESS program and has a good scholastic average.
Applications can be downloaded on the following websites:
- Cumberland Police Department
- Johnston Police Department
- Smithfield Police Department
Applications must be postmarked by Monday, May 13, 2019. Send completed forms, letters, and transcript to:
COPSA Scholarship Committee
ATTN: Lori Anderson
Johnston Police Department
1651 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
If you have any questions, please contact one of the Scholarship Committee members: Lisa DiSciullo, Smithfield Police at email@example.com; Ginnie Bowry at firstname.lastname@example.org; Lori Anderson, Johnston Police at Landerson656@yahoo.com; or Patricia Tweedie at email@example.com.
Very truly yours,
COPSA Scholarship Committee 2019