Youth Sports Community Surprised by Coach's Bath Salts Arrest

The head of Cranston League for Cranston's Future said the bath salts-related arrest of a coach shouldn't be "seen as an indictment" of the valuable youth sports organization.

The head of Cranston League for Cranston's Future said the felony arrest of former board member and coach Glen Lonardo for allegedly giving bath salts to a West Warwick detective was an unexpected surprise considering Lonardo's reputation as a member of the CLCF community.

Jim Dillon, president of CLCF, said in an interview that "you don't expect something like this, but we certainly hope the legal system takes its course and justice is served, whatever that might be."

Dillon said Lonardo has been a valuable member of the CLCF community for about 15 years and "has never had any kinds of problems with the kids or parents or anything."

"We've never had a complaint about his performance in our organization," Dillon said. "He does an incredible amount of public service with his position. He put in many hours as a volunteer both coaching as well as organizing the league.

"We feel bad we won't have him working with us."

Lonardo officially resigned from his membership on CLCF's board as well as his chairmanship of CLCF Girls Softball on Friday "to pursue his personal legal issues," Dillon said. 

Lonardo had previously served as football sports chair for the CLCF Chiefs for the last four years and was no longer serving in that role at the end of the season. He became softball chair this year. 

"I hope people will see this for what it is — it shouldn't be seen as an indictment of CLCF in any way shape or form," Dillon said. "We've been providing quality youth sports groups for years and will continue to do that. We never had any complaints about sports chairs or coaches that led to any kind of discipline."

"I feel for Glen and his family and hope that when this is all said and done it's a positive outcome for them," Dillon said.

Lonardo is also the owner of X-Citement Video on Quaker Lane in West Warwick.

Court records show Lonardo allegedly delivered synthetic cathinones — a schedule I controlled substance — to a West Warwick detective on Jan. 17. The drug, identified as Alpha-PVP, is one of several variants of what more commonly is referred to as bath salts.

Lonardo was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver on Jan. 18 and was initially ordered held without bail. He was released on Jan. 21 on $25,000 surety bail after entering no plea to the charges, which is customary for felony arraignments in District Court. 

He is due to reappear in court on April 14 for for an Attorney General conference.

See also:

Prominent Youth Sports Coach Busted for Bath Salts

Kristen L January 27, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Hmmm.... That's interesting considering I complained about him and even wrote an email to the City complaining and regarding my interactions. Nothing was ever done and my warnings were never heeded.
Cranstonparent January 27, 2014 at 04:12 PM
CLCF is so full of it on this. Big surprise, huh, Mr. Dillon?
What has happened to society? January 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM
REALLY, take out the head of CLCF Gals and replace him with this BOZO. Noone had any idea, really. Time to take my kids to another town for sports, no MORALES left here I guess in the boys club. ITS SUSPOSED TO BE ABOUT THE KIDS , not here anymore being made in to a business and adults reliving their youth. Sickening!!
Cranston resident January 27, 2014 at 08:03 PM
I would love for Mr.Dillon to answer why the CLCF Board replaced the Gals Softball Chairman and the end of last year and WHY Gals Softball has lost over 1/2 of their enrollment in 12 months! Something is seriously wrong at CLCF.
Dick Smith January 27, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Mr. Dillon, would still feel sorry for Mr. Lonardo if he sold illegal drugs to your son or daughter? You absolutely should take this as an indictment because you put him in charge !!
CLCF PARENT January 28, 2014 at 07:21 AM
He resigned on Friday? Then why was he there on Saturday running the show at the girls softball signups, Mr Dillon?? So he will resign for the papers but still be there running it all?
Joe The Plumber January 28, 2014 at 09:58 AM
I am all for letting the justice system handle this man's case. But I find it incredulous that anyone would actually try to defend this man as some people have done. Children are our most precious commodity. It is up to us to protect them. This man sold illegal drugs to an undercover agent. He cannot be allowed to be around our children. There is just no defense for a person like this and it tarnishes the reputation of the CLCF organization. Mr. Dillon, you are only further blemishing CLCF's reputation for trying to defend this guy. It would be wiser to just be silent on this.
nicole fine January 28, 2014 at 03:18 PM
I understand the frustration and outrage most of you have expressed here. BUT, why aren't more of you upset/interested in the school budget and what is going there? THAT is an issue that EFFECTS everyone. Schools use tax dollars. Come to the meeting Thursday night if you really want to see mismanagement and "abuse of power" in action!!
Aaron Hernandes January 28, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Nicole-the reason we are expressing concern about this and not the School budget is we all know that we have no control of the budget. We can go to 100 meetings until 2 in the morning and programs directly relating to the kids will still get cut. I think Mr. Dillon might be smoking some of the stuff Mr. Lonardo is selling and that is why he is completely clueless and shocked about this poor guy. What are the chances that he hires a fancy lawyer, has the charges dropped and CLCF takes him back? They never had complaints, since the rumor was it would all fall on deaf ears. How could you lose all these softball girls and never figure out why? When my son played CLCF football, they implemented the West Warwick rule. The West Warwick rule was no refunds once you paid, because one year Mr. Lonardo would not allow the best coach to be the head coach, so 1/2 the team went over to West Warwick. Think about that for a minute-why would a kid drive all the way to West Warwick 5 nights a week, plus Saturdays. The coach must have really stunk. Wait to word gets out in the more wide spread media. Right now, it is only on the Patch. This does not surprise me at all and CLCF is 100 times better off not having him run Football and now Softball.
nicole fine January 28, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Mr. Hernandes, true attending school committee meetings are arduous and tedious at best, even if you feel you cannot change the outcome you should want to be part of the process and see what is going on. And speak up when wrong is running rampant. Sorry for the soap box but I HATE seeing the kids of Cranston losing out on so MUCH because of the fault of a FEW!!
Marcus January 28, 2014 at 07:18 PM
That's a funny story I recall making a pretty large complaint about him.
truth January 29, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Unfortunately this is everywhere,.I was going to signup my child for a travel softball team(ECD) and then found out they have a big time thief and drug user recruiting for the organization.You really have to be careful now a days and do your research. These people are taking over our youths organization s. Its a shame.


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