Police arrested several individuals on charges of drug possession and breaking and entering in separate investigations this week.
FALL RIVER — Police arrested several people on charges of drug possession and breaking and entering in separate investigations this week.
On Tuesday, Virginia M. LaRochelle, 26, of 23 Barnes Road in Harrisville, Rhode Island, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop by Officer Joshua Carreiro, a member of the Fall River Police Department's Special Operations Division.
Carreiro stopped the vehicle after observing it around 3:15 p.m. swerve and nearly strike a barrier on Route 79 northbound while exiting onto Davol Street. While speaking with the driver, Carreiro noticed LaRochelle, who was seated in the passenger seat, reach down toward her feet and purse despite repeated directions from the officers on scene to keep her hands visible, Fall River Police Detective John Robinson said.
Police removed LaRochelle from the vehicle. LaRochelle allegedly told Carreiro that she had cocaine in a pill bottle in her purse. Police looked in her purse and saw two pill bottles, one containing cocaine, the other containing 2½ tablets of Klonopin, Robinson said.
LaRochelle was charged with possession of Class B substance and possession of a Class C substance.
Also on Tuesday, police arrested James R. Ross, 37, of 90 Norfolk St., Fall River, on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threat to commit a crime.
Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a 911 call reporting an unwanted party on the 400 block of Aetna Street. Fall River Police Officer David M. St. Laurent arrived on scene and detained a man, identified as Ross, who was spotted running toward the front of a house. Robinson said a witness told police that Ross approached them in response to a Facebook posting and began pounding on their side door. Ross is alleged to have attempted to enter the residence through a rear kitchen window, and while doing so armed himself with a broom and began striking the complainant, Robinson said.
Ross told police he went to Aetna Street to confront the residents about negative Facebook postings. Robinson said the police officers observed a twisted screen lying on the ground near the residence's rear window.
On Wednesday, police arrested Jeremy Rodriguez, 22, of 515 Whipple St., on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug.
Around 6 p.m., members of the Fall River Police Department's Special Operations Divisions Impact Task Force were patrolling the Flint, in the area of Pleasant Street, when they reported seeing three people in a vehicle with its left turn signal activated while turning right, Robinson said. Officers Brandon Stukus and Paul McGuire followed the vehicle onto Pleasant Street, where officers said they saw a woman approach the vehicle and attempt to enter the rear passenger seat, Robinson said.
The officers exited their cruiser and asked the woman to step away from the vehicle as they approached the operator. A passenger, identified as Rodriguez, was removed from the vehicle after he allegedly failed to follow the officers' instructions to keep his hands visible. Police frisked Rodriguez and discovered six small bags of crack cocaine, Robinson said.
All the people arrested were expected to be arraigned this week at Fall River District Court.
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