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Middletown Arrests: Through Feb. 20

The following information was provided by the Middletown Police public information officer. An arrest does not constitute a conviction and all defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Middletown Police report the following incidents:

Feb. 20

SECOND-DEGREE FAILURE TO APPEAR — At 7:09 a.m., Michael C. Mullin, 34, of Darling Road, Salem, was picked up on an outstanding warrant from Connecticut State Troop F.

VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER, THIRD-DEGREE ASSAULT — At 1:37 a.m., Manson Tarivio, 34, of High Street was arrested.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT, SECOND-DEGREE ASSAULT — Rahsheen Green, 39, of Summerhill Road stabbed a man in the back with a knife, police say.

SECOND-DEGREE FAILURE TO APPEAR — Charles White, 24, of Arnold Street turned himself in on an outstanding warrant.

Feb. 19

NARCOTICS NOT KEPT IN ORIGINAL CONTAINER, DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES LESS THAN 1,500 FEET FROM SCHOOL, ILLEGAL SALE OF  CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES BY NON-DRUG-DEPENDENT PERSON, SECOND-DEGREE FALSE STATEMENT, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS, INTERFERING WITH AN OFFICER — At 6:53 p.m., police found a parked Infinity Q56 on Ferry Street that was running with illuminated headlights in a non-parking zone. Abraham A. Tatum, 35, of Prospect Place, Cromwell, was seen walking toward the car, the report says, and acting nervous, saying he was visiting his brother, then said cousin, then said his friend Ali. A search revealed a baggie in Tatum's pocket with nine oxycodone pills, which he said he had gotten from Middlesex Hospital after injuring his hand while working as a carpenter. The report also says he had $1,243 in cash. The hospital staff confirmed Tatum had been treated for a sprained right wrist but was given one Percocet and a prescription for more.

ILLEGAL DELIVERY OF LIQUOR TO A MINOR — Kris Orlowski, 31, of Long Hill Road turned himself in on an outstanding warrant. 

Feb. 18

IMPROPER USE MARKER PLATE, INSURANCE COVERAGE FAILS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS — At 9:31 p.m., Efrem J. Oliveras, 20, of West Meadow Lane was driving a Mercury Marquis on Court Street and failing to stop at the intersection with a plate belonging to a Mazda MX5. The car smelled of alcohol and marijuana and officers found five 12-ounce cans of Natural Lite Beer and an empty pint of Jack Daniels whisky and .8 grams of marijuana and a grinder. 

Feb. 15

SIXTH-DEGREE LARCENY — At 11 p.m., Christopher Caster, 41, of Washington Street was seen by police urinating on the side of a building on Main Street in full view. He had an active warrant, police say.

Jan. 23

DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES LESS THAN 1,500 FEET FROM SCHOOL, POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS, POSSESSION LESS THAN HALF-OUNCE MARIJUANA — Michael A. Hayes, 30, of Burgundy Hill Lane was arrested after a narcotics sting of homes on Hillside Avenue. Also found were Devon M. Johnson, 25, of Military Road and Linda Black, police say. Hayes had a bag of 2.7 grams of marijuana, 2.3 grams of crack cocaine and $49 in cash, police say. Hayes was charged with the above, Johnson for possession of controlled substance and non-student possessing drugs near school.

Jan. 18

NARCOTICS NOT KEPT IN ORIGINAL CONTAINER, NON-STUDENT POSSESSING DRUGS NEAR SCHOOL, POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL, DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES LESS THAN 1,500 FEET FROM SCHOOL, POSSESSION LESS THAN 4 OZ MARIJUANA — At 12:25 p.m., Zachary T. Maffuid, 19, of Brenda Lane, Old Saybrook, was driving a Honda Accord on Court Street with a passenger not wearing his seatbelt, police say. The officer smelled marijuana and found a metal tin in the center console with a pipe and 3.7 grams of marijuana. Inside the truck was found a bag with 13.8 grams of marijuana, a pipe, rolling papers, three jars of hash oil and three Adderol pills, a can of butane and black torch, the report indicates. Maffuid has a pending case for possession with intent to sell narcotics in New Haven and police say he was "very distraught" that he was being arrested.

Jan. 8

SIXTH-DEGREE LARCENY, ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME — Police received a call forwarded from city hall about a victim who had purchased $200 worth of pain medication through an email address, "newbankpc@gmail.com," the report says. When the victim met the seller Stephen J. Palmieri, 22, of Whitney Street, in a Honda Odyssey minivan, he was given a tin of Altoids breath mints. A police sting resulted in police agreeing to buy oxycontin pills for cash.

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Dec. 31

TWO COUNTS CARRYING A PISTOL WITHOUT A PERMIT, TWO COUNTS WEAPONS IN VEHICLES, POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON, ILLEGAL CARRYING OF FIREARMS, INTERFERING WITH AN OFFICER, ASSAULT OF PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL, TWO COUNTS CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF PISTOL — Christopher D. Huff, 27, of Johnson Street was a passenger and Michael F. Farmer, the driver in a a Toyota speeding on Main Street Extension and drove onto the Route 9 ramp, the report says, with a registration belonging to a Michael Farmer. A search revealed he had a baggie with 3.4 grams of marijuana and Farmer said he was on his way to the casino, the report indicates. He is a known Blood gang member with felony convictions and two pending cases.

While being searched, the report says, Huff took off running into oncoming traffic on Route 9, jumped over the metal guide rail and tumbled down a steel ledge covered in thorns, trees, bushes and rocks, jumped over a stream and scaled a metal wire fence. Police say he was caught at the Westridge Lane cul-de-sac and punched an officer in the face.

Meanwhile Farmer escaped from police who were trying to handcuff him by rolling the officer over, the report says, and he dove over the Route 9 guardrail, scaled a chain-link fence and ran through back yards of homes on Westridge. A police canine was called in to locate him unsuccessfully.

Farmer, police say, is a Ruthless For Life biker gang member with two prior arrests in 2009 and 2011. Inside the car, police found a loaded .45 caliber pistol and a Intratec 9mm Luger semiautomatic pistol and a high-capacity magazine with 21 9mm rounds. Police seized $504 in cash from Farmer and $555 from Huff, who said his mother had given him the money as a late Christmas gift.

Dec. 26

DUI — At 8:19 a.m., James P. Murphy, 57, of Kneeland Road, Marlborough, was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup on Route 9 south when multiple 911 calls came into Middletown, Cromwell and Connecticut State Police Troop H that he passed out several times and kept pulling to the side of the roadway, the report says. A CSP Troop H officer found the car parked on Route 9 and gave him a parking ticket then let him go, the report says, after allegedly testing him for DUI.

When police found him on Hartford Avenue, the front side and tire of his car was up on the Jersey barrier, the report says, and a woman was trying to wake him up. Inside, police found a can of compressed air and a plastic bag on Murphy's lap and he had glassy eyes and slow speech. Murphy told police he wasn't feeling well, then that he thought he was diabetic and hypoglycemic but refused to be tested again for DUI. He grabbed the ignition interlock device in his car, police say, blew into it, and when it registered all zeros, said, "see? I haven't been drinking!"

He couldn't stand up by himself, the report says, and was found with five DUI arrests from December 2009 to October 2012.  The report says Murphy, "has had police contact in Cromwell, Wethersfield, West Haven and Troop H, where he has been found passed out and claimed his IID was malfunctioning," numbers times in the last week. At the hospital, police say, a doctor told the officer there is no test for nitrous oxide abuse. Murphy denied "huffing" the can of air.

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