Week that was

Week that was

North Smithfield restaurant abruptly closes

The Pines Restaurant closed its doors permanently this week after weeks of cutting back hours.

The restaurant and banquet hall, first opened in 1965, changed ownership in 2012 and underwent extensive renovations. Recently, hours at the Pound Hill Road establishment had decreased to only weekends, but the business had reportedly accepted many reservations for Christmas parties, weddings and other events.

Last week, those with reservations were informed the business is permanently closed. By Monday, Dec. 4, the business’s phone number was out of service and its Facebook page was disabled.

According to information previously posted on that page, it was owned by Paul St. George, and David Healey served as the business’s general manager.

Attempts to reach restaurant management for comment have been unsuccessful.

Woonsocket woman accused of intentionally dropping toddler

A city woman who allegedly told her incarcerated boyfriend that she intentionally dropped their five-year-old child “to teach her a lesson” and broke the girl’s arm was arrested this week by Woonsocket police.

Dignailis Estrella, 26, of 531 Tenth Ave. confessed to the act in a phone call with the boyfriend in prison in March, according to police. The incarcerated father told DCYF workers about the conversation, and a recording of the conversation was later obtained by police and child welfare investigators.

Estrella reportedly brought her daughter to the hospital two days after the fall. The state Department of Children Youth and Families has taken custody of children.

Estrella has been charged with first-degree child abuse and was arraigned Monday at District Court. Bail was set at $50,000 with surety, but Estrella was held without bail as a probation violator of a conviction in 2010 of assault with intent to commit a felony.

North Smithfied police identify robbery suspect

The North Smithfield Police Department had issued an arrest warrant for the suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of CT Gas on Nov. 22.

Cristian Medeiros, age 19, of Woonsocket has two additional warrants for unrelated incidents, according to police.

Police released a photo of Medeiros from the store’s surveillance photo last week, asking for the public’s help in catching the person who allegedly committed a strong-armed (physical force) robbery at the Smithfield Road store at about 1 a.m. on Nov. 22.

Anyone with information about Medeiros is asked to contact the North Smithfield Police Department at 401-762-1212.

Woonsocket man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child porn

A registered sex offender previously convicted in Rhode Island state court of being in possession of child pornography was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Nov. 3 for again being in possession of child pornography. Authorities say he did so while on state probation for possessing child pornography.

Victor Radbill, 32, of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Sept. 12 to a federal charge of possession of child pornography. Radbill reportedly admitted to the court that he was the owner of a cell phone SD card containing child pornography found inside a dryer at a laundromat in October 2016.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell also ordered Radbill to serve five years supervised release upon completion of his term of incarceration. The government recommended the court impose a sentence of 10 years in prison, the U.S. Sentencing Guideline sentence in this matter.

According to information presented to the court, on Oct. 22, 2016, a cell phone SD card was found inside a dryer at a Manville laundromat. An individual at the laundromat viewed the contents of the SD card and discovered images of child pornography and “selfies” of a person he recognized as a customer of the laundromat. A Lincoln Police Department detective who investigated the matter identified Radbill on a surveillance photograph taken inside the laundromat on the afternoon the SD card was discovered. The matter was referred to the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

A court authorized search of the SD card by detectives assigned to the ICAC task force revealed more than 500 images and three videos of child pornography. The forensic review of the SD card also revealed “selfies” of Radbill. The forensic examination revealed that the “selfies” of Radbill were taken on the same model cell phone Radbill admitted to owning.

Investigators determined that the images of child pornography were possessed by Radbill at the same time he was serving a state sentence of five years suspended with probation, having been convicted of possession of child pornography.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra R. Hebert and Denise M. Barton.