Middletown Police report the following incidents:
IMPROPER USE MARKER PLATE, OPERATION MOTOR VEHICLE WITHOUT MINIMUM INSURANCE, AND WHEN LICENSE IS SUSPENDED — On July 26, Melissa A. Teixeira, 39, of Gentile Place, Branford, was driving a Pontiac Sunfire on Main and Court streets and a police check revealed the plate was registered to a 1998 Honda Civic, according to the report. Police say Teixeria parked in the Sons of Italy Social Club and upon questioned by officers, she said she bought the car a few weeks ago and took the plate off her boyfriend's car because she "didn't have the money to register the vehicle."
DISORDERLY CONDUCT — On July 26 at 2:47 p.m., a woman walked into police headquarters complaining that her ex-boyfriend, Frank Justiniano, 21, of Ferry Street, whom she had just dropped off to work at Cellular Factory, had spit in her face and swore at her after she broke up with him.
SIXTH-DEGREE LARCENY — On July 25 at 2:43 p.m., police were called to Bob's Stores on East Main Street for a shoplifter, Michael Dascanio, 54, of Russell Street, in custody. The security person told officers he saw Dascanio, who was wearing flip-flops, carry a $75 box of Nike Dual Fusion TR III sneakers, change into them and leave the store without paying, the report says.
OPERATE UNREGISTERED VEHICLE, ILLEGAL OPERATION UNDER SUSPENSION, TINTING CAR WINDOWS — On July 23 at 6:47 p.m., Terrell C. Johnson, 29, of Rogers Road, was driving on East Street past an officer stopped at South Plumb Road, with dark tinted car windows. The report says the plate was registered to a 2002 Nissan Altima and Johnson admitted to police he pulled into an East Street driveway to "allude this officer."
OPERATING UNREGISTERED VEHICLE, FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE — On July 19 at 2:56 p.m., Juan L. Rodriguez, 22, of Ian Drive, Meriden, driving a 1998 Volkswagen Passat, caused a car accident on Washington and Vine Streets, by hitting a 2003 Nissan Maxima stopped in traffic. that resulted in no injuries, police report. Rodriguez told officers he tried to stop but was too close to avoid hitting the Nissan, the report says.
ILLEGAL SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, POSSESSION OF LESS THAN HALF-OUNCE MARIJUANA — On July 17 at 6:09 p.m., s Dodge Avenger was driving on George Street with darkly tinted windows. Police stopped the car on Washington Street and saw an item being thrown from the passenger-side window, the report details. A knotted plastic sandwich bag with eight individually wrapped bags of marijuana totaling 6.4 grams was found in the roadway, police say. The passenger, Joshua S. Jones, 22, of Lakeside Avenue, admitted he threw the bag, police say.
OPERATION MOTOR VEHICLE WHEN LICENSE IS SUSPENDED — On July 16 at 7:59 p.m., undercover police in the street crime unit saw Jesus Manuel "Cheto" Otway, 24, of Pearl Street driving a Nissan Maxima and a records check revealed the car was registered to a New Britain owner, the report says. The officer, familiar with Otway from a warrant on a heroin charge and police pursuit in which Otway allegedly tried to hit an officer with his car, knew he had spent 20 months in prison and was on probation, the report says. "It was also learned that Otway may be affiliated with the Latin Kings street gang," the report details. Knowing he had a suspended license, police stopped him on Route 9 near Exit 14 and were told, "he is not selling drugs anymore because he learned his lesson and works two jobs to earn a living."