Portsmouth man charged with failing to register as sex offender


PORTSMOUTH — A 69-year old local man was arrested Saturday, March 11, on the felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender in a timely fashion after his release from prison, police said.

Police said Michael T. McDonald, 69, of 115 Cottage Ave., was released from 2nd District Court at 1 p.m. on March 8 after having been incarcerated at the Adult Correctional Institutions for a probation violating stemming from a previous conviction of possession of child pornography. 

Mr. McDonald failed to register as a sex offender within the 24-hour time period, according to police. A patrol officer went to his last known address, 115 Cottage Ave., on March 9 at about 3 p.m., but no one answered the door, police said.

A warrant was issued and he was found at the same address on Saturday morning, police said.

Here are some other highlights from the Portsmouth Police reports from over the past week.

Tuesday, March 7

William A. Fulco, 37, of 47 Thompson Ave., Bristol, was charged at 1:15 a.m. with failing to stop after a motor vehicle accident, with damage resulting to the other vehicle. Police responded to a report of an auto accident in the parking lot of the Island Tap on Park Avenue. A Fall River woman told police that the driver of a small, black two-door car had struck her vehicle while backing out of the lot, then left the scene. Police said they were able to identify the driver and caught up with him in Bristol. The woman’s car sustained a small scrape on its passenger side, front bumper, police said.

Michael A. Vanover, 58, of 164 Reynolds Ave., Providence, was arrested on a Superior Court bench warrant shortly before 4 p.m. Police pulled Mr. Vanover’s car over on West Main Road after observing it cross over into the opposite lane of travel. 

Wednesday, March 8

A 17-year-old boy was charged with breaking and entering, a felony, and vandalism with malicious injury to property, in connection with a complaint police first received around 10:30 a.m. on March 4. Police said someone reported that a residence on Old Pier Road had been broken into sometime overnight. The front door appeared to have been kicked in and police found evidence that marijuana had been smoked inside the building, said police, who were told nothing appeared to have been stolen from the home. Police said evidence from the scene led them to identify the juvenile, who came to headquarters with a parent on March 8 and admitted to having entered the residence along with others. The boy was referred to the Juvenile Hearing Board and the case is still under investigation, police said.

Thursday, March 9

Timothy M. Klemonsky, 44, of 925 Wapping Road, was charged with domestic assault, domestic vandalism with malicious injury to property and larceny of under $1,500. A local woman told police on March 5 that Mr. Klemonsky had assaulted her, and police said they saw red abrasions on her cheeks and a small cut on her left fingers. Police said after assaulting the woman, Mr. Klemonsky kicked her dog, smashed her Macintosh computer and stole her iPhone, a large knife, stun gun and Mace. Mr. Klemonsky fled the scene in a pickup truck and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He turned himself in at 7:15 a.m. on March 9, according to police.

Richard P. Marley, 49, of 71 King Phillip St., was arrested on four felony Super Court full bench warrants. An officer with knowledge of the warrants arrested Mr. Marley at his home shortly after 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 11

Jim Schiller, 20, of 190 Station St., Coventry, was charged at about 2:30 p.m. with driving while intoxicated and underage possession of alcohol. His vehicle, with four other passengers inside, was stopped in the Cumberland Farms parking lot in the south end of town for speeding.

Emily G. Griffith, 24, of 14 Atlantic St., Newport, was charged at 4:43 p.m. with driving while intoxicated after being stopped for speeding on Route 24 North near Cedar Island.

Mitchell J. Baldwin, 26, of 7 Allard St., Warwick, was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test at 9 p.m. His vehicle was stopped on West Main Road at King’s Grant for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, according to police.

Sandra I. Deloura, 61, of 33 North Drive, was charged at about 10:30 p.m. with driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police said they stopped her car on West Main Road near Hedly Street for leaving the lane of travel.

Sunday, March 12

Trisha L. Willis, 36, of 15 Clement St., Tiverton, was charged at about 3:40 p.m. with driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police responded to Anthony Road after the silver Hyundai that Ms. Willis was driving struck a utility pole, splitting it at the base and heavily damaging the front of the car, which was still running. When a resident of a nearby home tried to speak to Ms. Willis and a man while they were standing outside the vehicle, they fled on foot toward Massachusetts Boulevard, according to police. A patrol officer arrived to find Ms. Willis banging on the front door of a home on Islington Avenue, and she later failed a field sobriety test. Two cell phones were left in the car — one owned by Ms. Willis, the other by a man who lived on Islington Avenue. When police went to his home, however, he denied he had been at the scene. Police said there was a 30-pack of unopened beer cans in the back seat along with five unopened pint bottles of hard liquor.


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