Jail for man found with crystal meth and who punched a woman in his car

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Rowley police photo filed with court documents of baggies on weighing scale

ROWLEY — A man has been sentenced to one year in jail, with 60 days to be served, after he pleaded guilty to punching a woman in the face.

In the same court case, Michael A. Amendola, 27, of 198 West 6th Street, Boston pleaded guilty to possessing a class-B drug with intent to distribute, the court record said.

A charge of kidnapping was dismissed as part of a plea deal, it added.

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The case this week before Judge Allen Swan heard that police received two separate calls from motorists on December 29 of a man hitting a woman inside a car.

One witness, a Lyft driver, wrote in a statement that he pulled up to a house on Pleasant Street, where he saw the “driver punching the female. She was trying to get out of the car, and the guy pulled her back in.”

Heading to the location to look out for a bright blue Dodge Charger, Officer Gavin Forni said he came from Bradford Street and passed the car on Summer Street.

He turned around and pulled the car over, and the driver “immediately demanded to know the reason he was being stopped,” he said in his statement.

When told the reason, Amendola “became very upset, stating that the two had a minor verbal argument,” Forni’s report said.

When asked for his license, Amendola wanted to know if he was under arrest or being detained, police said.

Forni said he told Amendola he was not free to leave and asked again for his license.

“After much back-and-forth, Amendola handed me his license,” Forni’s report relayed.

All this time, the woman, Kristy Kivlin — who was also arrested later — “remained calm, staring ahead,” the report added.

Officer John Raffi had arrived by this point and asked Kivlin, who is also from Boston, to come to his cruiser, Forni said.

At that point, “Amendola became more agitated, yelling out his window, ‘Don’t say anything to them,'” while continuing to ask if he was under arrest, his report noted.

Forni said he told Amendola he wasn’t under arrest but neither was he free to leave until the situation had been investigated.

He then asked the driver why police had gotten calls about a woman being punched. “He wasn’t willing to talk to me unless he was under arrest,” Forni wrote in his report.

When talking to Kivlin, Forni said police were given several false names. She also told them “that the two were a romantically involved brother and sister,” his report said.

Forni said police eventually got her name and found warrants from Taunton alleging three counts of assault and battery on ambulance crews.

After a search of her pockets, police said they found two small glass pipes with black burns on either end.

Forni said Kivlin was asked if she had anything in the car police should know about. She reportedly said her bag had two needles, one used and one “loaded,” police said, and she was later charged with possession of a class-B substance.

Forni said went back to Amendola and asked him to step out of the car, but the driver “became very argumentative, stating that I had no reason to search his vehicle.”

He told Amendola his reasoning, and “after much arguing, he stepped out of the vehicle,” the report said.

He was asked to stand in front of Raffi’s cruiser so Forni could search the Dodge. Once he did so, “in plain view,” Forni said he saw a “gold/brown” vial.

Police said it contained a “clear, rock-like substance,” which was methamphetamine, or crystal meth, a class-B narcotic.

With word coming through that the witness was willing to make a statement, Forni said Amendola was placed under arrest.

However, “He became very resistant with officers by flailing his arms and attempting to bring himself to the ground,” Forni’s report said.

After he was cuffed, Amendola “began yelling for his mother,” it added. He shouted that Kivlin “was a rat and that he would make sure every dealer in Boston knew it,” the report said.

Due to other remarks not making sense and “involuntary (seizure-like) movements of his body,” Action Ambulance was called, it added.

After medics arrived, they attempted to put Amendola in the ambulance, but he reportedly became uncooperative, police said.

“He stated that he couldn’t go to hospital because he had PTSD of being raped before,” the report said.

Meanwhile, a search of the car’s trunk found an unlocked safe with six clear baggies containing a “clear, rock-like substance,” Forni said.

The weight of the substance in the baggies ranged from 1.76 grams to 2.06 grams, he added.

Other items found include a scale, a bundle of plastic bags, “several used needles,” “several glass pipes,” another cell phone, and $202 in cash, police said.

On the charge of assault-and-battery on a family/household member, Amendola was sentenced to a year with 60 days to be served, given credit for eight days, and the balance was suspended for two years, according to the court disposition.

He was also ordered not to abuse the victim and undergo risk assessment and enrolled in education programs, it added.

On the distribution charge, Amendola was ordered to remain drug- and alcohol-free and undergo random screens and risk assessments, the disposition said.

Amendola was also ordered to pay a total of $640 in fees and assessments, along with ongoing court costs, and he forfeit the $202 found, it added.