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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 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
2019 HOPE’S CLOSET
PROM ATTIRE COLLECTION
TO BENEFIT YOUTH IN RI FOSTER CARE SYSTEM
DO YOU HAVE NEW or GENTLY USED FORMAL OR PROM ATTIRE HANGING IN YOUR CLOSET? (Dresses, Blazers, bow ties, shoes, jewelry)
Ava Sangiovanni, Mount St. Charles Academy student and life-long Smithfield resident, has spearheaded a collection with the help of her school and community to help RI foster youths fulfill their dreams of attending prom.
Did you know most foster children in RI live in group homes and do not have the benefit of attending their prom because of the inability to shop or afford the rising costs of attire and accessories? Your donations to Hope’s Closet can offer that youth hope to attend their prom.
HOW you can help:
Donate new or gently worn tuxedos, ties, gowns and dresses on a hanger or in a bag (including shoes and accessories). All sizes welcome!
Drop-off Dates and Location:
*February 4-25th Smithfield Police Station, 215 Pleasant View Avenue (preferably during normal business hours).
Contact Executive Secretary Lisa A. DiSciullo at (401) 231-2500, extension 114.
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, at approximately 11:55 pm, Smithfield Police responded to the area of Putnam Pike at Cedar Swamp Road for the report of a vehicle that struck a RI DOT snow plow and left the scene.
As police arrived in the area, the suspect vehicle fled and continued westbound on Putnam Pike. Smithfield Police followed as the suspect vehicle turned onto Robert Street, which has no egress. Smithfield Police took custody of the male operator, but learned that the collision with the snow plow actually occurred in North Providence.
The male operator did not have any identification, and the vehicle did not appear to be registered to him. The male operator refused to speak to police and would not identify himself. The male operator was transported to Smithfield Police headquarters to be processed on Smithfield charges, and for continued investigation.
While at headquarters, and after obtaining assistance from the Rhode Island State Police, the Smithfield Police were able to identify the male as Jose Ruiz, age 36, of Cranston. Mr. Ruiz was then fingerprinted and further processed by the Smithfield Police.
Smithfield Police were then contacted by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), who requested that Smithfield Police hold Mr. Ruiz due to a biometric confirmation showing that Mr. Ruiz lacked immigration status, and that Mr. Ruiz was considered removable under U.S. immigration law. ICE provided Smithfield Police with an Immigration Detainer Warrant and confirmed that Mr. Ruiz was removed from the United States in 2009 voluntarily with Safeguard.
Mr. Ruiz appeared before Bail Commissioner Peter Hopkins and was arraigned on the following charges: Driving Under the influence of Liquor or Drugs 1st Offense BAC Unknown (31-27-2), Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer (31-27-4.1), Obstructing a Police Officer (11-32-1), and Driving Without a License 3rd Offense (31-11-18). Mr. Ruiz’s next scheduled court date is Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Mr. Ruiz was released from Smithfield Police headquarters and turned over to ICE Agents.
The Smithfield Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment into the Female Self-Defense Course, which consists of a five (5) week self-defense program geared towards women ages fifteen (15) and up. Participants will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting February 21, 2019.
The course is offered free of charge to any Smithfield residents, Smithfield High School students or employee of a business in Smithfield who is at least fifteen (15) years of age. This hands-on course will teach participants how to avoid being targeted and what action to take if selected as a victim. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please visit the Female Self-Defense Course page for full information.
On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, at approximately 9:30 a.m., members of the Smithfield Police Detective Division arrested Brian Carson Ames, age 24, of 111 Farnum Pike, Smithfield. Carson Ames was charged with Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Marijuana.
Smithfield Detectives received information that Carson Ames was operating an illegal marijuana grow at 111 Farnum Pike. Smithfield Detectives conducted an investigation, which lead to them obtaining a search warrant for the residence. Smithfield Detectives seized 53 marijuana plants from the property, approximately 1.68 pounds of marijuana, 1 digital scale, packaging materials, marijuana dabs, and a 20 ton marijuana dab press.
Carson Ames was taken into custody without incident. He was held overnight to appear in Kent County District Court on Thursday, October 4th, 2018.
Smithfield Police to join first responders across Red Sox Nation in support of the 4th annual Home Base “No-Shave November” campaign: Home Base is a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program that helps Veterans and their families heal from invisible wounds, such as PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. During the month of November, Chief Richard P. St. Sauveur, Jr., in an effort to bring awareness to the wounds affecting our Veterans, as well as to raise money for Home Base, will be permitting Smithfield Police Officers to grow facial hair.
You can support the Smithfield Police in their efforts by visiting https://because.massgeneral.org/SmithfieldPD and making an on-line donation to Home Base. You may also drop off a check, made payable to Home Base, at the Smithfield Police Department.
For more information, visit:
Home Base Website: www.homebase.org
No-Shave November Website: www.homebase.org/noshavenovember
2017 Shave-Off Video at Fenway Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhnVxpdESxU
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, at approximately 11:10 a.m., members of the Smithfield Police Department arrested John B. Carsetti, age 52, of 2 Robert Street, Smithfield. Carsetti was charged with Indecent Exposure.
On Tuesday, September 25th, Smithfield Police received a complaint from a Greenville resident advising Mr. Carsetti had set up speakers in his yard and was playing music loudly, to a point where the complainant was drawn to the source of the loud music. The complainant advised police that Mr. Carsetti pulled down his pants and exposed his genitals, while making hand gestures toward the complainant’s residence. The complainant was able to video the incident. Smithfield Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Carsetti.
Carsetti was taken into custody without incident. He later appeared in Kent County District Court before the Honorable Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito, Jr., and was held without bail as a violator of a recent charge. Mr. Carsetti is scheduled to appear in District Court on October 11th, 2018, to be heard on the violation charge.