Middletown Police Log: Stolen Goods, Marijuana and Disorderly Conduct Among Weekend Arrests
The following information is based on Middletown Police Department reports and do not indicate convictions.
The Middletown Police Department reported the following weekend arrests:
- Roland Bouchard, 69, of 19 Meeting St., Newport, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct around 3:32 p.m. Saturday after allegedly urinating in public and yelling at police officers. According to the police report, Bouchard was observed urinating in full view of the public in the parking lot at the Atlantic Beach Club and was still exposing himself with children present in the area when police arrived on scene. The officer who ordered Bouchard to cover himself alleged that the suspect appeared to be highly intoxicated and quickly became uncooperative and agitated, while swearing at police officers, informing them he was a “hardcore gangster” and shouting “Do it! Do it!” Two additional police officers arrived on scene to take Bouchard into custody. When they arrived at the Middletown Police Station, Bouchard refused to leave the police cruiser and had to be physically removed, according to the police report.
Possession of Stolen Goods
- Miles White, 18, of 18 Grafton St., Newport, was arrested on a felony charge of receiving stolen goods and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest around 5:49 p.m. Saturday evening. According to the police report, Middletown police observed White riding a powered bicycle that matched the description of one just reported stolen in Newport. Middletown police followed the bike into a parking lot on West Main Road near the Mobile Gas Station and when he saw police following him, he allegedly dropped the bicycle and ran. White allegedly ignored the police officer’s orders to stop. He was later apprehended behind the U.S. Post Office off West Main Road. The bike owner later positively identified the bike as the one stolen. The bicycle was valued at $3,000, according to police. Middletown police also allege that White later confessed to stealing the bicycle.
- Labeat Mexhuani, 23, of 11 Cottage St., Apt. 18, Newport, was arrested on a felony charge of receiving stolen goods around 2:15 p.m. Friday. According to the police report, a military man returned home after several weeks away to find that two bicycles were missing from his yard. After a tip from a neighbor led him to believe another neighbor might have his bike, the man went to Mexhuani’s place of work and saw what appeared to be his missing bicycle, except that it had been spray-painted all black. The man notified police and provided them with a serial number that allegedly matched the number on the painted bicycle, according to the police report. The bike was valued at $1,100. Mexhuani told police that he had bought the bike from a man of Russian descent for $100 but was unable to provide police with further information about the man, police alleged.
- Timothy W. Oman, 20, of 106 Linda Road, Tiverton, was arrested on a misdemeanor first offense charge of marijuana possession around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. According to the police report, a patrol officer stopped the car he was driving on West Main Road near the Chili’s Restaurant after observing it accelerate at a high rate of speed from a red light, have no rear plate light, and drive over the fog lane. During questioning, the police officer allegedly observed a marijuana grinder in the cupholder and tobacco leaves on the car floor, and when asked if there was marijuana in the car, Oman directed the officer to the center console where he had a small bag of pot and a pipe.
- Travis Francis Szczepaniak, 18, of 145 Stonegate Drive, Portsmouth, was arrested on a misdemeanor first offense charge of marijuana possession around 8:40 p.m. According to the police report, a patrol officer observed the car that Szczepaniak was driving following another car closely and repeatedly hit its brakes. After pulling his car over near the intersection of Turner Road and Ward Street, the officer detected the smell of marijuana and the driver informed him that there was a grinder with marijuana under his seat. A search of the car located two grinders, along with a glass jar containing marijuana in a cooler. Szczepaniak allegedly told police the marijuana and grinders belonged to him. Szczepaniak was also cited for a moving vehicle violation for his manner of driving.
Marijuana and DUI
- Ian James Haas, 21, of 344 McCorrie Lane, Portsmouth, was arrested around 1:12 a.m. early Saturday, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a first offense misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, also a first offense misdemeanor. According to the police report, police stopped his car on West Main Road near Oliphant Lane after observing it traveling at 55 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. During questioning, police reported detecting the smell of alcohol and observing bloodshot eyes on the driver. A field sobriety test was conducted at the scene. Following Haas’ arrest, police conducted a search of Haas’ vehicle and also allegedly recovered a marijuana pipe and pill container containing marijuana. Haas also was cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test to measure BAC, driving without proof of insurance and for speeding in excess of 11 mph above the speed limit.
- Lindsey J. Trifero, 28, of 37 Indian Hill Road, Middletown, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a first offense misdemeanor. According to the police report, police stopped her car at the corner of East and West Main Roads around 1:43 a.m. early Saturday morning after observing her car to have a flat tire riding on its rim. During questioning, police reported detecting the smell of alcohol and observing the driver to have bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. A field sobriety test was conducted at the scene and a chemical test to measure blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) was conducted at the police station. The BAC readings allegedly registered .163 and .166.