DUI, simple assault charges top Portsmouth police reports

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Driving under the influence (DUI), and simple assault and battery charges topped Portsmouth police reports this week. Featured below are reports from this past week’s arrests. 


Bristol woman charged with simple assault and battery 

Cynthia A. Andrews, 45, of 31 Congressional St., Bristol, was arrested on May 1 at 10:11 p.m. and charged with domestic, simple assault and battery.

Police were called to a Portsmouth residence at 9:49 p.m. on May 1 for a report of a disturbance. Andrews allegedly became involved in an argument with a Portsmouth man, in which she allegedly punched him in the head and pushed him.


Somerset, Mass., woman charged with DUI

Cynthia Jean King, 30, of 40 Maple St., Somerset, Mass., was arrested on May 1 at 2:04 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On May 1 at 1:45 a.m., while traveling north on Route 24, police observed a vehicle drive along the white divider line and occupy both lanes of travel. The vehicle then drifted slowly back into the left lane before the leaving the lane, occupying the breakdown lane and nearly striking the guardrail.

The vehicle was stopped after swerving several more times. The driver’s eyes appeared to be glassy and watery. Police could also detect an odor of alcohol. After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, identified as King, was transported to the police station where she refused a chemical test.


Portsmouth woman charged with simple assault or battery 

Molly B. McComas, 25, of 33 Long Shore Road, Apt. 33, Portsmouth, was arrested on April 30 at 2:23 p.m. and charged with simple assault or battery.

On April 30, at 12:45 p.m., police were dispatched to Bank Newport for a report of an assault. The involved individuals apparently drove off from the area. However, police later stopped the victim’s vehicle in the parking lot of the Portsmouth Police Station.

The female victim was seen bleeding from her nose, according to police reports. She told police she was assaulted in the parking lot of Bank Newport by a woman she knew. 

The victim told police she was sitting in the driver’s seat with the window open when a woman known to the victim and a male passenger, who was using the ATM, punched the victim in the face several times. A second male passenger was also sitting in the car at the time. 

The female victim was transported to Newport Hospital for treatment of injuries. McComas later arrived at the Portsmouth Police Station to speak with officers. She was arrested at the station and charged.


Tiverton woman charged with DUI

Leigh Marie Hovanec, 24, of 185 Robert Gray Ave., Tiverton, was arrested on April 26 at 11:58 p.m. and charged with DUI, liquor or drugs, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) .08 to .10.

Police on patrol on April 26 at 11:36 p.m. in the area of West Main Road and Melville Elementary School observed a vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. A radar reading measured the vehicle traveling at 56 mph in a 45-mph zone.

The vehicle was stopped in the area of West Main Road and Turkey Hill. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery.

After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, identified as Hovanec was transported to police headquarters, where a chemical test measured a BAC of .098 on the first reading and a BAC of .104 on the second reading. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.


Middletown man charged with reckless driving 

Patrick Michael Baker, 48, of 79 Miantonomi Ave., Middletown, was arrested on April 27 at 6:09 p.m. and charged with reckless driving.

On April 27, at 5:31 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Route 24 and Turnpike Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle accident. A red Camaro, operated by Baker, was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed.

Witnesses told police the red Camaro was seen traveling southbound at a high rate of speed, swerving in between traffic and changing lanes frequently. The Camaro allegedly changed into the left lane quickly, causing a blue Volkswagen Jetta to brake quickly. The Camaro then allegedly changed lanes again back into the right lane, striking the front end of the Jetta, which spun and struck the guardrail. 

The Jetta was operated by a 19-year-old Portsmouth man, who was transported to Newport Hospital for evaluation. 


Middletown man charged with breaking and entering 

Alan Francis Ferkinhoff, 35, of 230 Gossets Turn Drive, Middletown, was arrested on April 30 at 12:47 a.m. and charged with breaking and entering a business or public building with intent, a felony.

On April 29 at 8:01 p.m., police were dispatched to St. Mary’s Church on East Main Road for a report of a suspicious man on the property. The man was seen walking next to the barn. A witness also reported seeing a vehicle drive behind the barn.

Upon arrival, police discovered a man, identified as Ferkinhoff, wearing khaki pants and headphones. The man told police he was out walking for exercise, and stated he had walked from Middletown to St. Mary’s Church. The man was allowed to leave.

Police were later given a description matching Ferkinhoff and discovered a vehicle registered to him located on the side of the barn. Police also discovered a white extension cord running from a power strip inside the vehicle to the interior of the barn, where it was plugged into an outlet. 

The male suspect was later apprehended in the Lawton Valley area off West Main Road. He told police he entered the barn so he could charge his phone and tablet. He also told police he was “homeless” and had been inside the barn several times throughout the past week. 

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