Monday, February 4, 2013
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross says he is including at least one police resource officer in his proposed budget for next year.
The Barrington Police Department’s proposed budget for next fiscal year will include a request for at least one full-time police resource officer in the schools, according to Police Chief John LaCross. “I’m hoping it is approved,” said LaCross in a story on eastbayri.com. “I’m hoping consideration is given to it … at least one position.” LaCross has attempted to get federal grants to pay for a resource officer in past years without success. This year the police chief said he will look for financial support from Barrington Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr. and the Committee on Appropriations, according to eastbayri.com. Each resource officer would cost about $80,000 in salary and benefits, LaCross estimated. The resource officers would help …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Barrington Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi has been indicted for obstructing justice and cyberstalking; he has been suspended without pay since last November.
Barrington Police Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi was indicted last Friday, Jan. 18, by a Providence County Grand Jury on one felony count of obstructing the judicial system and one count of cyberstalking, according to the Attorney General’s office. Andreozzi, 46, who has been out on suspension without pay since last November, is alleged to have harassed his ex-wife by electronic communications, according to the Attorney General’s office. He also tried between Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 last year to obstruct or impede the due administration of justice, according to the new release. The alleged events took place in Barrington, and the Rhode Island State Police conducted the investigation to preserve impartiality. Personal recognizance was set at $1,000 and…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Four Riverside residents tell Barrington police they have lost jewelry since a Riverside 'cleaning lady' was arrested last week for stealing rings from a Barrington woman.
Four more victims of thefts of jewelry have called the Barrington police since the arrest last Friday, Jan. 4, of an East Providence woman who apparently worked for them as a cleaning lady. Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said all of the additional victims live in Riverside. Police charged a Riverside woman, Maria Gagnon, 56, of 10 Heath Court, with stealing 6 rings worth more than $1,500 from a Barrington woman who had recently hired her. The police chief also praised the work of Det. Benjamin Ferreira on the case. “He did a great job,” LaCross said. “The victim got all of her jewelry back.” Three of the rings were still in Gagnon’s possession, he said. She cooperated with the detective and “voluntarily gave back three rings” when …
Friday, January 4, 2013
An East Providence woman, 56, has been charged with stealing numerous pieces of jewelry from a home she cleaned in Barrington.
An East Providence woman who works as a cleaning lady was arrested by Barrington police on Friday, Jan. 4, as a jewelry thief. Maria Gagnon, 56, of 10 Heath Court, was charged with larceny over $1,500, a felony, for allegedly stealing "numerous pieces of jewlery" from a Barrington woman. An arrest warrant was issued on Thursday, Jan. 3. "The victim hired Maria Gagnon approximately two months ago to clean her home and noticed several rings missing after a recent cleaning," said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. "Police located some of the missing jewelry at a pawn shop in Pawtucket," he said in a news release. "The pawn shop’s records show Maria Gagnon sold the missing jewelry on 12/26/12." "The victim later identified the jewelry as …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Rumors that spread on Thursday about a former student threatening harm at Barrington High School today, Dec. 21, seem unsubstantiated after a police investigation.
The Barrington Police Department will increase patrols at the high school today, Dec. 21, because of rumors that spread Thursday, Dec. 20, about a former student threatening to do some type of harm there. The rumors appear unsubstantiated at this time, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross late Thursday afternoon. An investigation found only that the student made a comment or comments on Facebook that seemed to imply he might harm himself, LaCross said. The police chief said yesterday that he was very concerned about feeding into possible hysteria based on rumors. But if anyone has solid information that the police should know about, LaCross said, he urged them to contact the police department immediately. Given the rumors, however, …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Barrington police cars were parked outside the schools Monday morning simply to be more visible; 'no threats were made.'
Barrington police cars were parked outside all of the schools Monday morning when they opened simply to indicate a “police presence.” “There have been no threats made,” said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. “We have posted our police cars at all the schools as a sign of our support and partnership with the school staff and the children of our community,” LaCross said. Indeed, at all the schools this week until the holiday break, he said, “We will create more of a presence.” “Although we are always there to respond, it is important that our community knows that, as first responders, we too feel the sadness of this horrific tragedy and hopefully a visible presence will help calm any uneasiness among the staff, parents and children.” …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Barrington Unites will be held again next Monday, Dec. 17, at the 'White Church'.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Community leaders are once again planning Barrington Unites, a candlelight vigil at the Barrington Congregational Church next Monday evening, Dec. 17. It starts at 7 pm. “The vigil offers a supportive environment for families and friends of all faiths to gather, remember, and honor their loved ones who have passed,” said Kathy Sullivan, program director for the BAY Team, Barrington’s prevention coalition. Barrington Unites was created by leaders of the BAY Team and the Barrington Police Department and clergy and high school students to bring a separated, grieving community together as one family of support and compassion, Sullivan said. Because the holidays can be especially painful after losing a loved one, this unique event is has been …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence praises the Barrington police for its handling of the case against a suspended sergeant facing new charges.
Deborah DeBare, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, released the following statement about the upgraded domestic violence charges against Barrington Police Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi last week. The State Police charges went from domestic disorderly conduct to felony obstruction of justice and cyberstalking. Andreozzi has been suspended without pay. See the Patch story on Nov. 26. “We commend the Barrington Police Department and its Police Chief John LaCross for responsibly handling the Sergeant Joseph Andreozzi domestic violence case. "In August 2012, they asked State Police to investigate the complaints lodged against Andreozzi by his ex-wife that led to an initial charge of domestic disorderly conduct. …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Barrington Police Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi has been suspended without pay after RI State Police filed obstruction of justice and cyber-stalking charges against him on Nov. 16.
Barrington Police Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi, 45, has been suspended without pay after being charged on Nov. 16 with obstructing an investigation into the domestic disorderly conduct charge lodged against him last August by the RI State Police and cyber-stalking. The new charges by the State Police were filed on Nov. 16 at the hearing on the initial domestic charge, according to Lt. Benjamin Barney of the State Police. “It was amended at the hearing,” said Lt. Barney. The initial domestic charge was dismissed after an investigation by the State Police computer crimes unit and the Attorney General’s Office. Barrington Police Chief John LaCross reported the suspension without pay on Monday morning, Nov. 26. The charge of “obstructing the judicial…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
You are reminded by the Barrington Police Department that one of the best ways to help ensure your safety while traveling over Thanksgiving is to wear your seat belt.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Here's a reminder for Thanksgiving travelers from the Barrington Police Department: Buckle up, every trip, every time. The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest travel times of the year, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. And whether you're traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to wear your seat belt, he said. “During the long Thanksgiving travel weekend, many more people than usual are on the roads visiting family and friends,” said LaCross. “And we want to alert everyone that perhaps the single best thing they can do to save lives and protect themselves and their passengers on our roadways is to insist on the regular and proper use of their seat belts.” …