Week that was

Week that was

Teacher turns himself in after assaulting student

On March 19, the Pawtucket Police Department was alerted to an incident that had occurred a day before at Slater Jr. High School. A parent of a student told the reporting officer that her 13-year-old son had been assaulted by a school teacher. The allegations were that the teacher approached the student, grabbed him, lifted him off of the floor and pinned him against a wall and was yelling at the student.

The teacher was identified as Richard Koster, 49, of 142 Warren Ave. in Cranston.

The March 18 incident came after Koster caught the student eating a cookie in class. According to police, another student told Koster that the youth had made a face after Koster said that eating in class was against the rules.

Pawtucket Police detectives began an investigation and gathered enough evidence to arrest Koster. He turned himself in on Thursday, March 27, at the Pawtucket Police Department. He was accompanied by his attorney. Koster appeared in District Court where he was charged with simple assault. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance after arraignment.

Quartet indicted for murder

The Providence County Grand Jury indicted Ashner Alexis of Providence, Anthony Moore of Woonsocket, Alain Bedame of Pawtucket, and Seydina Ndoye of Providence on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence.

Police say Ashner, Moore, Bedame, and Ndoye conspired and then murdered George Holland II, a 17-year-old from Providence.

Robert Winston, the juvenile who was waived out of Family Court and charged in the case, pleaded guilty on March 21 before Superior Court Justice Robert Krause to one count of assault with intent to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He remains held without bail and will be sentenced at a later date.

The shooting of Holland took place in Providence and the Providence Police conducted the investigation. The four men are scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court this Friday.

Man steals ambulance

Local police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who stole an ambulance and then crashed it.

Last Friday, at about 4:45 a.m., the Pawtucket Police Department was notified by workers at MedTech Ambulance company that one of their vehicles had been stolen. MedTech employees had been monitoring the location of the stolen ambulance using an installed GPS system. The employees later found the ambulance abandoned on Carter Avenue near Orient Avenue.

The thief, who was caught on the dashboard camera, had left the scene by the time police arrived.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pawtucket Police Department at 401-727-9100 and ask for Det. Doran, ext. 742, or Det. Johnston, ext. 724.

Two men indicted for burglary, assault

The Providence County Grand Jury indicted Christian Olivieri, 25, of 652 Main St. in Pawtucket, and Henry Lopez, 33, of 40 Taylor St. in Providence, and charged them with one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and assault with a device similar to a firearm.

On Jan. 1, Lopez and Olivieri burglarized a home in Pawtucket and assaulted one of the residents. The Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation with assistance from the Providence Police. Lopez and Olivieri are scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on April 16.