EG Police Reports: High-Speed Chase, Sad Dog Stories

These reports come from the East Greenwich Police Department and are public information. An arrest does not mean the individual has been convicted of a crime. EG News does not identify those arrested for misdemeanor charges.

Saturday, Aug. 16

12:29 a.m. – Police were called to Ocean State Veterinary Hospital on South County Trail for a report of a possible mistreated animal. A Central Falls man had walked into the hospital with a pitbull and her newborn puppy. According to the report, the mother dog was “clearly neglected” – emaciated, with skin problems and infection causing pus to drain from her eyes, ears and nose. The man was urged to leave the dog at the facility but he said he couldn’t afford treatment and wanted to take the dog. Police prevailed on the man to leave the dog and the man left without incident.

10:30 a.m. – A Wine Street resident told police she found her car doors both open this morning and an inhaler and a flashlight gone. The car had been parked in the driveway and left unlocked.

Sunday, Aug. 17

5:39 p.m. – A Middle Road resident notified police after seeing a raccoon that appeared to be injured in the backyard of a neighbor’s house. (The woman was looking after a pet at the house while the owners were away.) Police saw the animal, which could not leave the area due to an injured leg, and put it down with one shot, then helped to dispose of the animal.

Thursday, Aug. 21

11:13 p.m. – Police cited a Warwick man, 26, for possessing marijuana (1 oz. or less) after police got a report of a suspicious car in the lot behind the American Legion Hall. Police found the Warwick man with his car. When asked if there was anything suspicious in the car, the man said he had a marijuana pipe. When they searched the car, they found a pipe in the center console, but also found a plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana. He said he hadn’t mentioned the marijuana because he didn’t think the police would find it. The man said he had a legal medical marijuana card but not with him. He was cited and allowed to leave. Police confiscated the marijuana.

Friday, Aug. 22

3:30 p.m. – Police cited a North Kingstown man, 18, for possessing marijuana after he was pulled over for speeding on Howland Road. When police spoke to the driver, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana. When police asked about the smell, the driver turned over a jar of what later tested positive for marijuana. He was cited for speeding along with the marijuana citation. Police confiscated the drug.

7:48 p.m. – Police arrested a Cranston man, 44, for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped because his car did not have an inspection sticker. Routine checks turned up the license violation. The man was given a 3rd District Court summons, a Traffic Tribunal summons for the inspection issue and released. His car was towed from the scene.

Saturday, Aug. 23

10:59 a.m. – Police assisted a man whose dog was struck by a car after the dog had squeezed out of the open window of the man’s parked car to follow the man across the street. An unknown car hit the dog, causing injury to the dog’s left eye. Police helped the man get the dog to Ocean State Veterinary Hospital.

8:29 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 45, for driving while intoxicated and refusing the submit to a blood alcohol (BAC) test after he was pulled over for driving erratically on Division Street. Police smelled a strong odor of alcohol when they approached the driver’s side window. The man inside appeared to be very drunk, slurring his words and with bloodshot eyes. He said he’d had a couple of drinks on Main Street. Although the man said he would take field sobriety tests, after the first one, he refused to continue. Police took him into custody at that point. At the station, the man refused to take the BAC test. Police gave him a summons for 3rd District Court and the Traffic Tribunal and released to a friend.

Sunday, Aug. 24

5:06 p.m. – Police arrested a Pawtucket man, 35, on charges of reckless driving, high-speed pursuit and driving with a suspended license, after he tried to elude police following a stop for speeding on Route 4. The driver initially pulled over for police but then drove off just before the officer reached the car. The driver then continued on Route 4 to Route 95, off at Rt. 117, then back on Route 95, south this time, traveling fast. He was finally stopped by South Kingstown police near the town line with North Kingstown. The man was found to have two active bench warrants and a suspended license. He was charged by both EG and SK police.

9:07 p.m. – Police arrested Brian C. Deyerle, 45, of Pawtucket, for violating a no-contact order, subsequent offense, and domestic simple assault, third subsequent offense, both felonies. An EG woman called police to say Deyerle had called and was knocking on her door, even though there was a no-contact order in place. Police found him curled up behind Long Street near the train tracks and took him into custody.

The Season of The Brush – A Story About High School Football, Part One

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Before I start this next story, I want to give a shout out to Glenn and Norma King down there in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for being such great hosts to me in my recent visit to The Volunteer State.

Glenn went to East Greenwich High School in the 1940s and has a great memory for EG and things that occurred during his 17 year stay here, before leaving to join the Marine Corps. He remembers looking out a classroom window during early fall and seeing Italian women digging up the dandelions on the football field to use in making dandelion wine. I will try to tap his memory from time to time to get tidbits of what growing up in EG during the ’30 and ’40s was like.

Today’s story deals with high school football here in EG during the ’50s. I will retreat to my mythical Greenwood Cove for this story to protect whomever needs protection. The story is true and those involved will figure it out. The rest of you can “project,” I am sure.

And, with no further ado, I give you “The Brush” . . .

When summer starts to wane and the weather starts to cool, when the leaves start to turn and Indian summer rears its golden, rustic head, it can only mean one thing. Here in New England it is the start of the fall ritual known as high school football.

In a book titled “Bleachers,” by John Grisham, and the movie, “Radio,” the focus was high school football. And high school football is taken much more seriously in other parts of the country, particularly Down South and in the Southwest and West –sometimes bordering on religion – where stadiums are the shining jewels of the community and the whole town shuts down on Friday nights to attend the games. Still, back in the day, it was no less important to Greenwood Cove boys, who had the gleam in their eyes and the dream in their hearts.

In tiny Greenwood Cove, home of “The Hauggers,” almost every young boy who could walk, talk and chew gum at the same time, yearned to don the Crimson and White, and play for legendary coach, C.A. “Bull” Cherry.

The Bull was a legend in Greenwood Cove. After starring at Holy Family H.S. in the big city, he went on to stardom at The Catholic College, back when that Dominican institution had football. After a three-year stint with the New York Giants, he gave professional wrestling a try. But that nomadic life soon became dreary and The Bull decided to pursue his first dream of coaching young, impressionable high school boys, and forging them into men.

A job as a high school math teacher and combination football and basketball coach was offered to him at Greenwood Cove HS, the smallest high school in the smallest state, in what was then the greatest country on earth. It was going to be a real challenge, so Bull took the job, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Until 1942 there was no Greenwood Cove High School. Rather, the town’s center of learning was Greenwood Cove Academy, a religious institution, that charged tuition. Students from town could attend the Academy and the town picked up the cost or they could go to neighboring high schools, or even to the big Catholic schools in the city, with the town picking up the costs.

However, in 1942, the town fathers decided that the local kids needed a school of their own and purchased the Academy from that august body, renaming it Greenwood Cove High School and giving the town’s teens a chance to stay at home to attend high school. The new high school took on the colors of the old Academy, and even a lot of the beloved traditions.

It was to this town that C.A. Cherry (C.A. standing for Conrad Albert) came to make his mark in high school football, and put his personal stamp on the young men of Greenwood Cove. It would be a tenuous stamp, and one that would not reach fruition for 13 years of struggle. But, destiny would strike for the Greenwood Cove Hauggers, when Coach Bull met up with a prodigious farm boy from the Huguenot Village section of town, the soon to be famous, Ronald “Quackers” Littell.

For the first 13 years at GCHS, Bull Cherry struggled. The small town high school played in the old Class C Division, made up of the so-called smaller high schools in the state. Still, most opponents had student bodies two to three times that of Greenwood Cove. So, the Hauggers, almost always outmanned and outnumbered, usually ended up on the short end of the score. A 5-4 season was considered a success and ties were celebrated liked wins with sock hops in the school gym. Being .500 was usually the season’s goal. That is, until Quackers emerged on the scene.

Quackers got his name as a young man on his farm where he used to chase the chickens and ducks around the barnyard trying to tag them, or catch them, for purposes known only to him. Though it may have seemed like an odd pastime, it helped young Ronald develop a certain kind of quickness, and a unusual running style peculiar to him.

Ronald burst onto the scene in 1952 as a short, squat farm-tough eighth grader. He made an impact almost immediately, as eighth grade boys who were good enough, or big enough, were allowed to play on the varsity team. Seeing as most GCHS squads only had 20-22 players, Quackers was given a uniform and a chance to play immediately. He played an unusual and interesting combination of positions – running back on offense and nose guard on defense.

Though he didn’t start that first year, he got into action on special teams and late in most games, and watched and learned as Greenwood Cove suffered through a 2-7 season.

In 1953, now a freshman, Quackers earned a starting spot. He was a solid contributor as the team went 4-5. The next year he made even more of an impression and the Hauggers upped that mark to 5-4.

But, in his junior year, Quackers really broke out, leading the Crimson & White to a 7-1-1 mark and a share of the Class C title. The town reveled in the accomplishment of the team and it gave Greenwood Cove a breath of life and a swagger it has not seen in years.

But 1955 was only the harbinger for the future as 1956 would be The Season in Greenwood Cove for years to come, and Quackers would make himself a legend to be talked about long after the games and scores became just a sweet memory. In that hallowed season Littell led the team to their first unbeaten, untied campaign, and the undisputed crown as Class C king!

Along the way he became the first Haugger to make All-State, and the only athlete from the state to ever be given a full football scholarship to a Pac-8 school, when he inked a letter of intent to play for Oregon State University.

It was a season of dreams, a season of brotherhood and bonding and untold rewards. Roasted and toasted, C.A. “Bull” Cherry was in his glory, as was the whole town. And though Quackers was graduating, there was a whole slew of players coming back for the next season, with promise of more success ahead. Everyone was eagerly looking forward to the future and what was to come.

Unfortunately, you have to wake up from dreams. We did not know it then in our revelry, but as the gods of sport giveth, so do they taketh away. We unknowingly looked forward to that next season. The season, that in the minds of those closest to it, would forever be known as “The Season of the Brush.”

At first, the 1957 season opened with a lot of promise. Though fall is the time for games, the time for preparation is the long, hot days of August. Brian McCormack and his buddies were looking forward to contributing this season to more Haugger victories, and more recognition from the town and the state.

Every athlete has his superstitions, and the young Hauggers were no exception. Before the start of practice for the ’57 season, Brian and his buddies, Nunzio Grazano, Vinny Venuto and Gil Barker had taken a brush, put it in a wooden box, and buried it in the wall that ran along the front of Greenwood Cove High.

This was no ordinary brush. It was the one that the players from the previous year’s unbeaten team has used to brush their hair and style it after a hard practice and a hot shower.

Practicing and playing football were one thing; looking good for the chicks afterwards, was another. Anyway, in the convoluted thinking of teenage boys, The Brush had taken on magical powers, and revering it would become their ritual, and hopefully, give them the luck and success needed to have another great season in Haugger land.

The four would-be stars used to walk to school passing The Brush on their way to the locker room. So, each day they would stop and offer up their prayers for success in the upcoming season. After practice they would stop on the way home and repeat the ritual, asking for personal success, team success and success evermore.

The Bull knew success would come from practice, practice and more practice. He, and his two assistants, Enzio “Ironman ” Zaccanazzi and Pat “Hardcore” Hollister, drilled the team hard and endlessly on fundamentals and plays and threw in conditioning and turns on the hated “bucking machine,” a medieval torture rack for blocking made up of two-by-fours with a thin padding of fire hose to “protect” the boys. Brian hated the bucking machine and a few years later would exact his revenge on that enemy ( another story). The device was made by Coach Cherry because the school could not afford the nice football equipment seen in many sports equipment brochures,

Nunzio earned a position as starting halfback and Vinnie, known as V-Volt to his friends, would be starting at offensive tackle. Brian and Gil had back-up roles with Brian getting sub duties at halfback and defensive back and Gil as offensive guard. Things were ” looking good” as the boys would say, as they perused the upcoming season’s schedule.

Little did they know what lie ahead. Fate was about to rear its ugly head, and that would not be beneficial to the hopes and dreams of the GCHS “Boys.”

End of Part One. Check back next Saturday, Sept. 6, for Part Two.

33 Cole Teachers Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The crowd of students roared their approval as teacher after teacher got a bucket of ice water poured over their head Friday afternoon, as 33 staff members at Cole Middle School took part in the now-famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The cheers reached a crescendo at the end, when first School Resource Officer Burt Montalban was doused, then he turned and did the same to Principal Alexis Meyer. 

Math teacher Donna Militello saw her first ice bucket challenge while vacationing in Lake Tahoe in July. She immediately wanted to bring it back to Cole. 

With help from physical education teacher Deb McMullen, science teacher Kelly Smith and others, a plan took shape. Staff members were invited to participate, buckets were put in each classroom for donations to the ALS Association and students were encouraged to learn about ALS and submit facts about the disease, in lieu of or in combination with a donation. By the time of the challenge, on a picture-perfect Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, hundreds of dollars had been raised, with donations still coming in.

At the end of Friday, sixth, seventh and eighth graders came out to the field in front of the tennis courts and watched as the teachers doused each other one after another. 

“A great way to end the first week, don’t you think?” Meyer said afterward. 

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Town Council Candidate Robert Bolton

Why are you running for Town Council?

I  enjoy serving the Town of East Greenwich, which I love and have served for the past 10 years on the Zoning Board.

What are the most important issues facing our town?

Maintaining our fine school system, lowering taxes, increasing our tax base and providing more parking for Main Street merchants and restaurants.

What distinguishes you from the other primary candidates for Town Council?

I have more experience, and have held a very important position in the Town of East Greenwich for 10 years, which many other candidates have not. And I can win in November.

Town Council Candidate Eugene (Gene) Dumas

Name: Gene Dumas

Address: 50 Montrose St.

Email address:

Age: 49

Education: BS Electrical Engineering, URI 

Marital status: Single

Occupation: computer consultant

Have you run for elected office before? N0

Have you held elected office before? N0

Why are you running for Town Council?

To help improve the quality of life for EG residents

What are the most important issues facing our town?

Affordability (i.e. taxes), proper education, services

What distinguishes you from the other primary candidates for Town Council?

I’m a 3rd generation East Greenwich resident

Is there anything else about yourself you’d like to add?

After earning a BS in Electrical Engineering and an Army commission at the University of Rhode Island, I was a computer services business owner. An active volunteer with EG Senior Services, member of the EG Historical Cemeteries Commission, Director of the EG Cemetery Corporation, and Treasurer of The Friends of the Allen-Madison House.


Town Council Candidate Suzanne McGee Cienki

Name: Suzanne McGee Cienki

Address: 85 Walnut Drive, East Greenwich

Email address:

Age: 21+

Education: BS/JD

Marital status: Married

Number of children: 5

Occupation: Lawyer

Have you run for elected office before? Yes

Have you held elected office before? Yes

Why are you running for Town Council?

I believe it is important to give back to your community. There are many ways to provide service to your community and becoming a member of the Town Council is one way to help maintain the good quality of life in East Greenwich. I enjoy working on local issues and hope to continue to maintain a fiscally responsible local government.

What are the most important issues facing our town?

It is important to continue to improve the financial future of the town.To maintain fiscal health the town council must continue to look at consolidation, regionalization, rising costs, and maintaining a high bond rating. The town must continue to look for ways as to how structural changes in local government can improve the town’s fiscal health through consolidation and shared services. Economic conditions within the state are going to reduce funding for local municipalities and we need to be prepared for the financial impact through careful budgeting and prioritization.

We must continue to foster a spirit of cooperation with the small business in the town.  These business provide a vibrant and varied local market which brings people into our town.

We must continue to protect our natural resources, open spaces and shoreline.  Great financial stewardship and care for our environment can complement each other. The town of East Greenwich has a rich history and though careful planning we must maintain the beauty our town has to offer.

What distinguishes you from the other primary candidates for Town Council?

I served on the School Committee for four years and have local governmental experience. I realize that maintaining quality education is a huge asset to our town. Having served on the school committee I understand the necessity to provide a quality education to our children, and having worked on the school’s budget I am quite familiar with their process. I also realize it is important to provide services and a good quality of life for the all the taxpayers and there needs to be a balance so the town’s infrastructure does not suffer

Town Council Candidate Sean Todd

Name: Sean Todd

Address: 100 Hunters Crossing, EG

Email address:

Age: 37


  • Villanova University, Business Administration with a concentration in Chinese (1999)
  • Eastern Normal China University, International Business Program (1997)

Marital status: Married to Stephanie Todd

Number of children/grandchildren: 1 child, Alex, age 3

Occupation: District Sales Manager, BioReference Laboratories

Have you run for elected office before? No

Have you held elected office before? No

Why are you running for Town Council? 

September 11, 2001, I lived in Hoboken, N.J., across the Hudson River from NYC. I watched the towers fall. I lost classmates and many neighbors in my apartment building. It was life changing for me. I vowed when I bought my own home, I would “do my part” and become a volunteer firefighter, which I did for years until I moved to Rhode Island. Here, I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters and mentored a child for a few years as my volunteerism. This is my next step to give back to my community. I’ve always had an admiration for politics and fiscal conservatism, and want to continue the long strides our previous Republican Council has made in curbing wasteful spending, and consolidating services while keeping the tax rate stable.

What are the most important issues facing our town?

  • Property Taxes- The majority of our tax dollars get earmarked to our schools and township personnel. We must continue to look for efficiencies to slim down the costs without losing the level of services.
  • Building Upgrades – One thing that is very unappealing is a vacant building with no tax revenue. I would look for ways to entice companies to seek East Greenwich as a place to open businesses and increase our commercial tax revenue.
  • Consolidation of School and Town Functions- Capitalize on the positive working relationship between the School Committee and the Town Council. I would look for ways to collaborate efforts of same or similar services already being serviced by Town employees to cut costs.

What distinguishes you from the other primary candidates for Town Council?

I’m a young entrepreneur who opened my 1st LLC [limited liability corporation] at 17 years old. I’ve been involved in successful small businesses my whole life, and know what would entice companies to start a shop in East Greenwich. Because of my business background, I can use my knowledge base to help guide the town’s expenditures to operate like the private sector. With my involvement in the public sector as a firefighter, I’ve seen bloated spending and waste from the inside. It’s this polarity and insight I bring, which makes me the right choice to help continue streamlining services for our customer, the taxpayer.

Is there anything else about yourself you’d like to add?

Let’s connect!!!


Twitter: @seantodd



Town Council Candidate Edward Field

Name: Ed Field

Address: 118 Pine Glen Drive, EG

Email address:

Age: 74

Education: Holy Cross, Harvard Business School

Marital status: M. Carolyn, EG Realtor

Number of children/grandchildren: 3 & 4

Occupation: Owner, Fitzwater Engineering, Scituate

Have you run for elected office before? No

Have you held elected office before? No

Why are you running for Town Council? To continue the excellent management of the town fiscally and educationally.

What are the most important issues facing our town? Holding taxes to minimal increases while providing the usual and expected good services such as good policing and good snow removal.

What distinguishes you from the other primary candidates for Town Council? Survived as a small business owner in RI for 35 years.  I have the ability to suggest and support good ideas.

Is there anything else about yourself you’d like to add? I like people and will be happy to talk with any constituent who has an issue or a suggestion.

Town Council Candidate Michael B. Isaacs

Name:  Michael B. Isaacs

Address:  46 Bunker Hill Lane, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Email address:

Age:  67

Education:  Hillwood High School, Nashville, TN (1965); University of Rochester (B.A. 1969); Boston College Law School (J.D. 1974)

Marital status:  Married to Mindy Isaacs

Number of children/grandchildren:  Stepdaughter Tara married to Stephen Hart

Occupation:  Attorney, former business executive. Formerly: Vice President, Development, Bresnan Communications. Vice President, Government & Corporate Relations, The Providence Journal Co. (when it was a publicly traded media company)

Have you run for elected office before?  Yes

Have you held elected office before? Town Council President 2004 – 2014 (5 terms)

Why are you running for Town Council?

It has been a privilege to serve on the Town Council for five terms as president. I am seeking office again to continue fiscally responsible policies and to see through to completion the initiatives that I support. My objectives include continued control of operating costs and fiscal responsibility, continued structural changes in government and consolidation. We also need to address capital improvements regarding road and sidewalk repairs, within the overall context of delivering Town services while holding down taxes. I want to continue our efforts and policies to make East Greenwich business-friendly so as to attract businesses, and thereby bring in commercial tax revenues.

As council president, I have worked with a coalition of suburban communities to press the concerns of municipalities at the State House. We have worked for pension reform, fair funding for education and against unfunded state mandates. We need to continue these efforts and continue to focus on legislation that will remove restrictions that prevent municipalities from operating as efficiently as we otherwise could.

What are the most important issues facing our town?

The level of property taxes continues to be an overall concern of residents. This past year, as in all other years, we worked diligently to hold down expenses and operating costs. We have had the cooperation of town employees in changing to high deductible health insurance plans and in implementing other cost saving measures. We have refused to adopt new vehicle taxes, as many other communities have.

Since first being elected to the Town Council, I have worked for structural changes in local government. I still think that consolidation of functions within the town and with the school department and other communities is one of the best ways to operate more efficiently and save money. A significant structural change was implemented by the Town Council when the previously independent Fire District became part of the Town government. Working with the School Committee, we have consolidated the separate finance departments, grounds maintenance, snow plowing and trash collection and recycling. Other areas to consider are more maintenance services, information technology, human resources and benefits administration.

Another important issue is the need to address road repairs. We need to step up infrastructure improvements for roads and sidewalks. We need to address this by approving the road bonds on the ballot and by shifting funding to this capital improvements area. As we have taken on other projects, this basic function has fallen behind. Savings achieved in other areas of operation should be used to fund road and sidewalk projects.

What distinguishes you from the other primary candidates for Town Council?

We are fortunate to have good qualified candidates running in the primary election. All of us believe in fiscal responsibility. For the 10 years that I have served as Town Council president, we have controlled costs and taxes, consolidated services, made structural changes in government and we have maintained the high level of services that the residents of the community expect. I ask that the voters return me to office to continue these efforts. As Town Council President for five terms, I have demonstrated my ability to implement sound, fiscally responsible government. My approach to addressing issues is to develop practical solutions and to foster consensus building and teamwork among council members, School Committee members and other elected officials. I will bring this experience on the Town Council.

Is there anything else about yourself you’d like to add?

I have extensive experience as an attorney and business executive in the broadcasting and cable television businesses, and more recently in private practice. My experience includes corporate development, acquisitions, business law and negotiations, regulatory law, and public policy formulation. From positions I have held, I have a perspective gained from both private and public sector experience and from working in companies that operated businesses in every region of the country.

I have brought this expertise to my analysis of Town issues and development of solutions to the problems that arise.  I look for ways in which municipal government can operate like an efficient business, with a concern for its customers – the taxpayers. I have also brought this perspective to my efforts at the State House on behalf of municipalities.

Council To Restore Senior Tax Credit Lost In Fire District Merge

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Two days after resident David Slitt complained at a Town Council meeting about the loss of the fire district tax credit for residents over age 65, Council President Michael Isaacs said the panel would vote to restore the credits at its next meeting, Sept. 8.

Slitt, 84, spoke during the public comment period of the council meeting Monday night, expressing his anger and disappointment that the credit had been eliminated. Isaacs said after the meeting the loss of the credit had been inadvertent.

According to Tax Assessor Janice Pexihno, the credit disappeared with the fire district was dissolved.

“There is no fire district tax so there is no fire district exemption. No one thought of that at the time of the merge,” she said.

Isaacs said he only learned of the loss of the tax credit – which both he and Councilor Mark Gee are eligible – two weeks ago. The tax bill sent in July for fiscal year 2015 was the first to comprise the single town taxing authority.

On Tuesday, Isaacs said the situation would be restored for the next fiscal year because it could only be done during a year when the town conducted a revaluation. One day later, Isaacs said he’d learned differently.

“All of us were very unhappy the situation arose,” Isaacs said. “We have determined that we can restore the fire district tax credit this year.”

A total of 1,445 households are eligible for the senior citizen tax credit, at a cost of $99,850 for the fire district part. Isaacs said he wasn’t sure yet how the mechanics of the restored credit would work, but said he was determined to restore it.

“I’m very thrilled with their action,” said Slitt Thursday. “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the very, very quick and favorable result.”

But there remains the question, why did this happen, he said.

“It’s not that I’m looking for total accountability,” said Slitt. “I’m just looking for an explanation.”