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Chariho mom charged after incident with teen

RICHMOND — A 40-year-old Hope Valley woman with a lengthy criminal record of assaults now faces a disorderly conduct charge after an incident Friday on the Chariho campus in Wood River Junction.

Richmond police say Jennifer L. Culotta, of 51 Fairview Ave., Hope Valley, parked along Switch Road and waited for a teenage student to drive by “and then taunted the student driver, yelling profanities and making obscene hand gestures.”

Police report Culotta followed the 17-year-old driver to the area of the Career & Tech Center where she parked behind the girl’s car. Police said Culotta attempted to open the driver’s door, but it was locked. She allegedly began banging her hands on the windows yelling for the driver to get out of the car, taunting the teen and ordering her to stay away from Culotta’s teenage child. She then left the scene, police said.

Culotta later turned herself over to police at the Richmond station, where she was processed and released with a summons to appear for arraignment on Jan. 7 in 4th Division Court in Wakefield. She was also issued a no-trespass order barring her from the Chariho campus.

Meanwhile, Culotta is scheduled for trial in Washington County Superior Court on Nov. 26 on felony charges of domestic vandalism and malicious injury to property, third offense, and domestic disorderly conduct, third offense. The Hopkinton police charges occurred in July when Culotta was allegedly involved in an altercation with her estranged husband, Kevin W. Culotta.

He was charged with violation of a no-contact order. Police said they found numerous smashed items in her house as well as broken windows. Kevin Culotta, who was in the house, had reportedly suffered a minor injury,

It wasn’t the first time Culotta has found herself in similar situations. In 2004, Rhode Island State Police charged her with felony assault after she allegedly tried to run over her husband with a car. In 2006, Hopkinton police charged her with domestic simple assault, domestic disorderly conduct, domestic vandalism and simple assault after an incident at her home. Police said she destroyed property and crashed her car into items on her property, including a boat and a hot tub.

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