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MPD: Woman Allegedly Kicks Firefighter in Stomach, Fraudulent Checks

The following arrests were reported by the Middletown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


Kathleen Willis-Harrington, 46, of 45 Goldenrod Dr.
, was arrested on Sunday around 8:20 p.m. after police responded to her residence for a report that she fell and was bleeding from her head.  

Her son told police she had tripped over their dog and hit her head on the pavement. Her pupils were dilated and she was unable to answer what time, day of week or year it was, said police. Police said she appeared to be intoxicated.

When she was told by responders and her son that she needed to seek treatment, she allegedly ran towards the bathroom. Police said they grabbed her hand and pushed her against the wall.

In the rescue, she allegedly kicked a firefighter in the stomach.  When they arrived at Newport Hospital, she reportedly continued to yell and scream at hospital staff.  She was still unable to answer questions about the year, her birth date or where she lives.  She was charged with two counts of simple assault.  

Aldo Notarandrea, 34, of 219 Nanaquaket Rd., Tiverton, was arrested on Sunday around 3:43 pm. on a felony charge of writing fraudulent checks. He allegedly wrote two checks that totaled $2907.

An 11 year-old Middletown boy was arrested on two counts of simple assault on Saturday night around 11:20 p.m. after police responded to a group home on Trout Drive.  The boy allegedly punched a staff member in the stomach and threw a chair and electronic monitor, which hit her head. 

John McDonough, 36 of Quincy, Mass.
was arrested on Friday night around 8:39 p.m. on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. Police found the drug after a traffic stop.  

Two 18 year-old females were cited with underage drinking on Friday night around 11:15 p.m. Police said they found an open container during a traffic stop.

Denis January 15, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Wow, is this Police brutality or what? Here is a woman injured in an accident on her own property. She REFUSED treatment and attempted to retreat to the safety of the bathroom of her own house. Instead of talking with her to what ever extent that was required, she was forced by physical means to comply with the police agains't her will. She was assaulted by the Police in her own home where they had no business being without a warrent. The Police report seems to indicate she was suffering from a concussion yet they say, to boost their position that she appeared to be intoxicated! Talk about a hasty overreation to a situation! Obviously injured and treated as a criminal! Looks like a hefty lawsuit agains't the town of Middletown is on the horizon here.
Matt January 15, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Dennis, at first glance your observation is logical, however, when someone is in an altered state of mind (it can be drugs, alcohol, or a head injury) they cannot refuse treatment if it is deemed necessary by a professional. ( Police or Fire in this case ). Many times they are detained and transported to the hospital as a matter of protection and personal safety for all. Imagine if they left her there and she had a fractured skull or head bleed that she died from. THEN it would be a lawusit. I was a paramedic with a private ambulance for 5 years, and in no way associated with this or any other municipality at all, before you go thinking I am defending my own.
Denis January 15, 2013 at 03:03 PM
So, even if that is the case why would the police CHARGE her with anything, to protect themselves agains't a lawsuit? Why would they immediately use force? Your cannot refuse treatment statement may well hold true if the person is in a public place, but on their own property? What happened to the principle of "my home is my castle?" Is this a further erosion of our personal freedoms?" What if this woman was a Christian Scientist?
Stanley Martin January 15, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Dennis your completely wrong about refusing treatment in a public or private place. Lets not forget her son called for help. If you are not of sound mind the police and/or fire department have the right to protect you WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSIOn. You weren't there and neither were I, I can't agree with the charges either but you don't know the facts. What's with your Christian scientist comment? Now police and fire are just supposed to leave you in the street to die if they don't know your religion. Your not very smart are you Dennis...
Rich January 15, 2013 at 03:53 PM
She shouldn't had been charged? She kicked a firefighter in the stomach.
cindi souza January 15, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Dennis....."personal freedoms"? ok so what if it was you who saw your mother with blood coming from the head? Her son was concerned enough to call for help! She couldn't answer questions and started to run, maybe just maybe the fireman didn't want her to hurt herself further,so maybe he just stopped her from running into a wall or something! Neither of us were there so ...don't believe every thing you read ,as most "REPORTERS" don't report they give you their opinion.
Todd Diamond January 16, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Waaaaaah I'm a big strong fireman and a little old drunk lady kicked me in the stomach waaaaah. Prediction: This firefighter will claim disability when he retires. Having a documented case of being kicked in his stomach is all the proof he needs. Unfortunately, us townfolk get stuck with the bill of paying his disability for the rest of his life while goes and works out at the gym. Whatever happened to public service and men who are men. Long gone are those days.
Denis January 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM
You must not be very smart Stanley Martin, and unaware of then tenants of Christian Science, if she was a Christian Scientist, their right to refuse medical treatment for their adult selves has time and time again been upheld by the Supreme Court. Newport is one of the strongholds of Christian Science in America. All she would have had to say was NO!
Dryheave January 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM
bottomline?....she was Rip-Roaring drunk and acting like a damed fool...End-Of-Story
B January 21, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Denis, I would like to take a second to just provide facts to this story. The State of Rhode Island, and most if not all of the country, does not allow for someone to "refuse" treatment when they are in an altered state. An altered state is defined as the inability for someone to act rationally/reasonably, as well as answer simple/silly questions like "who is the president, what day is it today, where are you?" etc. Also, a person cannot refuse treatment if he or she is a danger to him/herself, or the public, regardless of their location(home, public, anywhere). This would fall under the "Implied Consent" clause, meaning, that it would be implied that a person with an injury in a normal state of mind would want care in this case. This is not uncommon, and it becomes a difficult position for Firefighters/EMT's and Police. These public servants don't simply go door to door looking to "kidnap" people. They were called their by a family member concerned about her well being, therefore these men/women became "handcuffed" themselves. Your concern about religious beliefs is reasonable one. However, in an emergent situation, without any real "proof" of someones wishes, for instance, a Comfort Care Bracelet or Do Not Resuscitate order, once again the situation falls back on "Implied Consent" when your mental status is altered.
B January 21, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Todd, you're claims are unwarranted and disrespectful. No one deserves to be assaulted by anyone, regardless of whether that person is a public servant or not. This is not a child, it's a 46 year old woman. Whether charges should be lodge or not is arguable, but to reason that it's "okay" to kick someone because their a public servant is ridiculous.

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