Yup, you read that headline correctly.
Seemingly a fine upstanding citizen only a few short weeks ago, longtime Rhode Island youth sports coach Glen Lonardo's place of business was reportedly burglarized. Bad news for a man who many parents have entrusted with their children as a board member for the Cranston (R.I.) League for Cranston's Future youth sports program for the past 18 years.
Well, as it turned out for Lonardo, things got worse. Much worse. Much, much worse.
You see, Lonardo's place of business was one of his multiple area smoke shops -- this one doubling as an adult video store -- but that's neither here nor there, which really is the remarkable part about this tale of the CLCF's youth football chair.
According to multiple local media outlets, upon responding to the burglary, Warwick (R.I.) Police discovered packages labeled Blast, Nuke, Krush, Drone and Frenzy, which would've been nice had they been gifts bearing the nicknames of the softball players he was slated to coach this spring, but they allegedly contained synthetic cathinones -- better known as "bath salts."
Cops arrested Lonardo when he allegedly sold the controlled substance to an undercover detective outside of his X-Citement Video and Smoke Shop on Jan. 17. He was reportedly charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and released on $25,000 surety bail a few days later with a court date scheduled for April.
CLCF officials were reportedly shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to hear of Lonardo's alleged indiscretions. Apparently, this little iota slipped past the youth sports program: This past August, Cranston Police raided another smoke shop owned by Lonardo after a female customer drove on a suspended license into oncoming traffic while possessing two packages of bath salts, according to a Cranston Patch report. (After police towed her car and issued her a court date, the woman allegedly headed straight back to the smoke shop.)
Lonardo has reportedly since resigned from his position as football and softball chair at CLCF. Needless to say, parents are questioning what he was doing there in the first place.
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