Police Log: What Not to Say to a Cop

Monday, Nov. 17

3:35 p.m. – The officer assigned to school crossing duty on Middle Road at Hanaford Elementary called in a report of a white pickup truck that drove past her while she was signaling to the driver to stop. Police stopped the truck at further east on Middle Road. He said it was a misunderstanding, that he’d thought she was signaling him to go. The officer arrived and said it was the right man and that he had given her the finger as he passed by. The driver was given a traffic summons for failing to stop for a school crossing guard.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

3:12 p.m. – An employee of the Humidor Cigar Shop on Post Road told police an unhappy customer had purposefully dumped a bag of tobacco all over the floor. According to the report, the customer had bought the tobacco the evening before and returned this day to say the tobacco was no good. The employee told the man he could not get a refund because the product was opened and had been used. The customer became irate and then dumped the remainder of the tobacco all over the floor. The employee said he did not know the man’s name but said he wanted police to issue a no-trespass order to the man next time he came in.

6:22 p.m. – Police arrested a Coventry man, 64, for driving while intoxicated and refusing a chemical breath test after he honked at police to get moving on South County Trail at Division Street. According to the report, police had stopped in the road because another vehicle was stopped and police wanted to check on it. The Coventry man was driving the car directly behind the police and he started honking. When police got out and asked if there was a problem, the man said, “Yeah, your driving.” Police smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man. The man said he’d been at a golf club, where he’d had lunch and retrieved his golf clubs, which he showed to police. He agreed to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. Police took him into custody. At the station, he said the officer had been in an unmarked car but the officer had been in a marked police car. He refused to take the blood alcohol content (BAC) breath test, so he was issued two court summonses, for driving while intoxicated and refusing a BAC. His car was towed from the scene.

11:51 p.m. – Police arrested a West Greenwich man, 52, for driving while intoxicated and refusing a chemical breath test after he was stopped for speeding and swerving on First Avenue. The man stopped his car in the travel lane, not the breakdown lane, and he appeared nervous. Police could smell alcohol on him; he said he’d had “three tall draft beers.” He stumbled when he got out of the car and had a hard time retrieving his license from his wallet. The man consented to field sobriety tests, which he failed. At the station, the man refused to take the blood alcohol content (BAC) breath test. Police gave him court summonses for both driving while intoxicated and refusing to take the BAC and he was ticketed for speeding and leaving the lane of travel.

Friday, Nov. 21

4 p.m. – A West Greenwich man told police about an incident of road rage that happened while he was driving south on Post Road. According to the report, a man driving a silver Audi swerved into his lane almost hitting him. The West Greenwich man beeped his horn to alert the other driver, but after that the Audi driver swerved twice more into the man’s lane. When both cars came to a stop at a traffic light, the driver of the Audi got out of his car and started yelling at the West Greenwich man. The West Greenwich man told the Audi driver he was going to call the police, at which point the Audi driver got back in his car and drove away. The WG man gave the police the license plate number of the Audi. Police had not been able to reach the Audi driver as of this report.

Sunday, Nov. 23

1:30 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 42, for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped on Main Street for speeding. He was processed at the station and given a court summons. A friend came to drive away his car. After he was released, police gave him a ride home.

11:25 a.m. – Police arrested a Cranston woman, 51, on a 3rd District Court bench warrant after an acquaintance called police to get her out of his apartment. The friend had allowed her to stay overnight but in the morning, according to the report, she began drinking and becoming hostile. The woman told police there was a warrant out for her arrest and the warrant – for shoplifting – was confirmed. She was taken into custody, processed at the station and, in lieu of making bail, was taken to the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI).

EGHS Student-Led Financial Literacy Initiative Becomes Policy

R.I. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, EGHS Senior Charlotte Palmer and economics professor Margaret Brooks after Palmer presented her findings on the importance of financial literacy to the state Council for Elementary and Secondary Education. Photo credit: RI JumpStart

In high school, students learn a lot of things – math equations, science principles, foreign languages, world history, how to write, how to read. But one area that gets little attention is financial literacy – learning how to manage your money, even as credit card debt and college loans can set young people back financially for years, even decades.

A few students at East Greenwich High School got together last year to change that and not just at EGHS but across the state. Senior Charlotte Palmer was one of those students and recently she spoke to the state Council for Elementary and Secondary Education about why Rhode Island should establish financial literacy standards.

Now, partially due to Palmer’s work, Rhode Island is one of only four states in the nation that has adopted financial education standards.

Palmer is a member of RealEdRI, a group founded during last year’s Choose2Matter event at East Greenwich High School.

“We’re trying to promote financial literacy education across Rhode Island,” Palmer said last week. The group conducted a survey of students around the state to see how much they knew about personal finance. The results prompted them to pursue better financial education standards.

“The first step was to take the two national sets of personal finance education standards, the Council for Economic Education standards and those written by the National Jump$tart Coalition, and decide which one should be recommended,” Palmer said.

She read through each set of standards over the summer before presenting to the Board of Education. She spent over 80 hours researching, reading and meeting with leaders in the field. Patricia Page, the business teacher at EGHS and the 2014 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, and Dr. Margaret Brooks, an economics professor at Bridgewater State University and president of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition, were her closest advisors throughout this process.

The culmination of her research efforts was her presentation to the council. Commissioner Deborah Gist described Charlotte’s presentation as “fabulous and persuasive.”

On November 10, the Council for Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously voted to adopt the standards that Palmer and the rest of the RealEdRI team had selected, which were those set forth by the Council for Economic Education.

“Rhode Island education is going to start involving more financial literacy,” she said with a smile. “This is the first step in a process, but, it’s a really big step.”

The next step is the inaugural Financial Capability Conference this Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rhode Island College. Commissioner Gist, Senator Jack Reed, and of course, Charlotte Palmer, will attend. The conference will include workshops, free professional development for teachers, and informative exhibits and panels. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Catherine Streich, a senior at East Greenwich High School, is a reporter for East Greenwich News.


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Today In EG: Later School Start Time Forum

Photo by Noël Bailey

Recycling is ON; yard waste pickup is ON (this is the FINAL WEEK of fall yard waste pickup). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Monday, Dec. 1

School Start Time Public Forum: The ad hoc School Start Time Committee is holding a public forum on the subject. Audience members will be able to ask questions and make comments. Jose Libano, principal of Sharon High School in Massachusetts, will be a guest speaker and will shed light on how his school made the switch. All are welcome. In the library at Cole Middle School. 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, Dec. 2

Historic Cemetery Commission meeting: The panel meets in the conference room next to the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall. Find the agenda here. 6 p.m.

School Committee meeting: During this first meeting of the new School Committee, members will vote to elect a new chair and vice chair. Find the agenda here. In the library at Cole Middle School. 7 p.m.

Town Council meeting: A special orientation meeting of the new Town Council takes place at Swift Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Find the agenda here.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Lunch on the Hill: Turns out there IS such thing as a free lunch, every Wednesday in the dining room at St. Luke’s. Lunch is served for all in need, from 11:15 to 12:15.

Cove Commission meeting: The panel meets in the conference room across from Council Chambers in Town Hall. Find the agenda here. 4:30 p.m.

Planning Board meeting: The panel meets with the Affordable Housing Commission to discuss the status of affordable housing in East Greenwich. Find the agenda here. In Council Chambers at Town Hall. 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Town Tree Lighting: Santa will arrive on a fire truck and light the tree in front of Town Hall, then go inside to meet with children and pose for photos. The St. Luke’s children’s choir will perform before Santa arrives. Town Hall at 5 p.m.

Winter’s Eve at EG Free Library: The fourth annual Winter’s Eve Juried Art Exhibit begins at 6 p.m. with an opening reception in the library’s Howard Silverman Gallery. Sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. The entire Library will be seasonally bedecked by East Greenwich-Warwick Garden Club members. Live music will be provided by harpist Judith Mitchell. An evening highlight will be the announcement of the Juror’s Award, a solo 2015 gallery exhibit. Juror Carol Strause FitzSimonds, a celebrated Rhode Island artist, will select one artist for the prestigious prize (www.csfitzsimonds.com for more information).

OLM Shopping Night: The second annual Christmas Shopping Night is back. The festive night will feature beautiful handmade items and artwork made by local crafters and artisans, as well as popular items from Scout Bags, Silk Tree Farm, Barrington Books, Pampered Chef, Birch Candles, TT Totes, and many more! Greenwich Liquors is sponsoring a wine tasting and many local restaurants will provide samplings of their cuisine. Local author Kerry Sheeran will be on hand to sign copies of her book The Marathon, and there will be some exciting raffle prizes with items from the participating vendors. From 5 to 9 p.m. in the OLM cafeteria, 55 Fourth Ave.


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Turkey Trot Runners Undaunted by Freezing Temps

The 2014 Turkey Trot was chilly but didn't deter runners both young and old.
The 2014 Turkey Trot was chilly but didn’t deter runners both young and old. Photo credits: EG News

The temperature at race time was 32 degrees, but runners young and old came out by the hundreds to compete in the 4th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and 1K Fun Run – about 200 in the fun run and 526 in the 5K.

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The Kentish Guard readies to start the 2014 Turkey Trot.

 

A gunshot by this Kentish Guard started the 5K.

Lehm Houston Maguire, 19, of British Columbia and EGHS alum Ben Fazio, 19, both finished the 5K with a time of 15:43. Derek Jakoboski finished third with a time of 15:55. Chris Millman, 20, placed fourth with 16:43.

The first female finisher was Clare Hanlon, 14, with a time of 19:50. Jackie Jackman, 36, finished in 20:15 and, in third, Pamela Hunt-Thomas, 46, finished in 20:32.

Proceeds from the race, which started and finished by Pal’s Restaurant on Duke Street, are going to the Greenwich Odeum, EG’s nonprofit theater on Main Street.

You can find all the results from the 5K here: https://racewire.com/live_results.php?id=4122.

Congratulations to all participants and to the race sponsor, Main Street Association, for a great event!

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Three Perkinses at the 2014 Turkey Trot.

 

Three Perkins – dad Greg, Andrew and Libby – post race.

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Trotter the Turkey loses his head.

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State Senator-elect Mark Gee.

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Race organizer Amy Moore gives her daughter a big hug after she completes the Fun Run. 

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The couple who runs together, finishes together.

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Local running legend Greg Johnson at the finish.

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A happy finisher!

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Andrew Perkins, EGHS Class of 2011.

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John Taylor at the finish.

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EGHS alums Ben Fazio (2nd place), Scott Kolm (6th place) and Chris Millman (4th place).

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Third place finisher Derek Jakoboski.

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Charlie and John Thomas before the 5K race.

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Luke Muoio finishes the fun run.

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Fun Run eventual winner heads for the finish.

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Trotter giving some love.

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Avengers Blank Knights, 39-0

Brian Gemma gets past Scarlet Knight defense. Photo credits: Mary MacIntosh 

One could have expected the the East Greenwich Avengers football team to look past the Exeter-West Greenwich Scarlet Knights and their 0-10 record. Instead, the Avengers kept their focus and easily handled the Knights, 39-0, moving their own record to 9-3 for the season, setting up the showdown with Middletown in next week’s Division III Super Bowl. Rayann Faizan scored twice for East Greenwich. Coach George was able to use his whole bench to secure the victory.

It didn’t take long for the Avengers to take control. On first snap of the game Rayann Faizan took the handoff from Nick Andreozzi and scampered through a huge hole created by Jarad Maymon and A.J Turchetta for a 55-yard touchdown, to give East Greenwich a 6-0 lead. After the Knights went three and out on their next possession, the Avengers took over on their own 47 and went right back to work. Andreozzi found Dan DePetro for two passes of 11 and 12 yards yards and then Faizan picked up another first down with a 12-yard run. DePetro had another short gain on a screen. After the Knights jumped offsides, the Avengers had first and goal from the 7. Faizan then capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. Owen Hainse kicked the extra point and East Greeenwich had a 13-0 lead with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.

Avengers Bring Down EWG Steven Forcino
Avengers bring down EWG’s Steven Forcino.

The East Greenwich defense continued its solid fourth-down execution on the next series when EWG went for it on 4th and 5 from their own 40. The Knights couldn’t convert and East Greenwich started a sustained, balanced drive. After hitting Quinn Sullivan for a 7-yard gain, Andreozzi picked up four yards on a keeper to the 30 for a first down. Successive runs by Dillon White and Faizan took the ball to the 20-yard line.  Andreozzi then went up top to DePetro who hauled it in at the one. White and the offensive line then pounded it in for the touchdown. EWG had good penetration on the extra point and Andreozzi had to take the ball himself to convert and give the Avengers a 21-0 lead with 11:28 remaining in the half.

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EG defender Dillon White.

The Knights finally made their first first down on the following drive but again turned it over on downs.  The Knights have had a hard time moving the ball all year and came into the game averaging 4.2 points per game. East Greenwich started to move the ball again but the drive ended with a fumble at their own 42.  Exeter-West Greenwich went three an out again but punted to Brian Gemma, who returned the ball 35 yards to the Knight’s 25. Owen Hainse then ripped off a big gain to the Knight’s 5 and the Avengers finished the short drive with Andreozzi finding Brian Lippe in the endzone for the touchdown with 5:59 remaining in the first half. After the kick failed, the Avengers took a 27-0 lead into half time.

Donovan Carcieri-Cassidy Outruns EWG Defense
Donovan Carcieri-Cassidy outruns EWG defense.

After Exeter-West Greenwich couldn’t move the ball in their first drive of the second half, East Greenwich took over on the 44-yard line. The Avenger’s second half started much the same way as the first, only with a different cast of characters as Coach George played his substitutes for the rest of the game. Just as Faizan had done to start the game, on the first offensive snap of the second half Donnie Carcieri-Cassidy took the hand off from Eric Carlson and scampered through a huge hole created by Robert Durant and Hayden Margolis for a 56-yard touchdown. That gave the Avengers a 33-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. The Avengers finished their scoring with 3:49 in the third quarter with a quick drive. Brian Gemma gave East Greenwich great field position, returning the EWG punt to the Knight 35-yard line. After two runs by Carcieri-Cassidy brought the ball to the 7-yard line, Garrett Steinberg bulled his way into the end zone for the touchdown and the final margin of 39-0.

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Rayaan Faizan and Dillan White celebrate Avenger win.

The Avengers now have 5 shutouts for the season and seem to be firing on all cylinders heading into the Super Bowl. The team is hoping that their fans will travel to Cranston Stadium, Dec. 7, at noon for their rematch with Middletown and the culmination of a great season.

Bob Durant writes about EG Football when he is not practicing law. 


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EG’s Main Street: Ground Zero for Small Biz Saturday

Last year it was MSNBC. This year it’s the Rhode Island Foundation. They both visited East Greenwich’s Main Street to showcase the importance of small businesses and buying local.

In particular, the Rhode Island Foundation came to Main Street on Tuesday to promote its “Buy Local RI” campaign. RIF President and CEO Neil Steinberg met with Town Council President Michael Isaacs and EG Chamber of Commerce head Steve Lombardi among others to highlight one of Main Street’s longtime success stories: The Green Door at 130 Main St., owned by Susan Swanson.

The shop has been on Main Street for 23 years, selling a mix of gifts, accessories, baby items and those with a Rhode Island theme.

“People are coming from all over the state to shop on Main Street now,” Swanson said.

“Patronizing local shops and restaurants has the potential to payoff in a big way. We are talking about money that each one of us is already spending, so no additional investment is required. The return can be spectacular as the cash circulates through our economy,” said Steinberg.

Getting Rhode Islanders to shift just 10 percent of their purchasing from chains to independent, locally owned businesses has the potential to add $373 million to the state’s economy, according to a study commissioned by the RI Foundation. The study estimated that 57 percent of spending with locally owned retailers stays in the state’s economy compared to just 13.6 percent of spending at major national chains.

Main Street is doing its part this holiday season, starting with Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29. There will be a trolley running along Main Street from noon to 4 p.m. to help shoppers get around. You can park your car, then pick up the trolley at a number of stops along the street – or just wave it down. It’s free, thanks to sponsor Bank Rhode Island.

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A number of local stores have specials on Saturday. You can find a list of all the specials on the EG Chamber website here: http://eastgreenwichchamber.com/pages/SmallBusinessSaturdaySpecials/.

Sunday, Nov. 30, marks the first Holiday Stroll – the Elf on the Shelf Stroll. The trolley will be back again from noon to 4 p.m. and you can look for the Elf on the Shelf at participating shops. Find him and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win an Elf on the Shelf.

Santa arrives on Thursday, Dec. 4, to light the big fir tree in front of Town Hall, from 5 to 6 p.m. Photos with Santa will be taken inside Council Chambers.

On Sunday, Dec. 7, there’s the Snowflake Raffle Stroll – participating shops will have raffles. On Dec. 14, it’s the Sweet Treat Stroll, where shops will have cookies or candy for shoppers. Carolers will be strolling too, brightening the holiday mood. The final stroll of the season, on Dec. 21, is the Holiday Hat Stroll – pull out or make (!) something festive to wear. Make it a family affair.

For the holidays, The Green Door moves into high gear too. Friday, Nov. 28, marks the opening of the shop’s second floor, which Swanson transforms into a holiday wonderland. And her handmade wreaths are not to be missed.

Moving beyond East Greenwich (but not too far!), “Buy Local RI” offers businesses and consumers a central website at buylocalri.org where merchants can market their products and services and shoppers can find locally sold products.

 

 

Just Sold: 6 Homes Sold in Time for Thanksgiving Dinner

A property report of the homes purchased in East Greenwich, Cowesett and Potowomut from November 20 to 26, 2014

35 Sleepy Hollow Road

35 Sleepy Hollow Road, EG

Date: 11/21/14

Sale Price: $198,000
Seller: Lois W. Sangster
Style: Ranch

Approx. Total Living Area: 1,610 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 2

1055 Middle Road

1055 Middle Road, EG

Date: 11/21/14

Sale Price: $150,000
Seller: Joyce C. Laurence
Style: Ranch

Approx. Total Living Area: 1,092 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 1

55 Sun Valley Road

55 Sun Valley Road, EG

Date: 11/21/14

Sale Price: $27,750
Seller: Eugene A. Leach
Style: Manufactured/Mobile

Approx. Total Living Area: 784 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 1

Baths: 1

1179 Tillinghast Road

1179 Tillinghast Road, EG

Date: 11/21/14

Sale Price: $325,000
Seller: Flora A. O’Connell
Style: Cape Cod

Approx. Total Living Area: 1,884 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 2

Baths: 1.1

17 Cononchet Trail

17 Cononchet Trail, EG

Date: 11/26/14

Sale Price: $330,000
Seller: Alfred K. and Karin A. Butler
Style: Contemporary

Approx. Total Living Area: 4,112 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2

40 Potowomut Road

40 Potowomut Road, Warwick-Potowomut

Date: 11/20/14

Sale Price: $318,000
Style: Colonial

Approx. Total Living Area: 1,700 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 2.1

 

Just Sold homes listed on East Greenwich News are arranged by town and closing date as provided by the Rhode Island Multiple Listing Service.

Cover art is solely the decision of the editor.

Patti DePriest is a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in East Greenwich. For questions or comments, please call 401-243-5041.

‘Always Above & Beyond’ – EG Teacher of Year Kara Ratigan

Kara Ratigan’s always been one of those teachers everyone wants – students and parents alike.

“You got Mrs. Ratigan?”  “Your child got Mrs. Ratigan?” … “You’re so lucky,” is the frequent refrain in August and September.

She’s just one of those teachers. Recently the Eldredge Elementary fourth-grade teacher was recognized by the state Department of Education as the East Greenwich Teacher of the Year.

It’s the second time in two years that a teacher from Eldredge was honored – Elaine Smith was named EG Teacher of the Year last year.

“I was just so touched by it,” said Ratigan after a recent School Committee meeting where she was honored. All the honorees from around the state were celebrated at a special Waterfire in Providence in September. “It was really neat,” she said.

The way the process works, according to Eldredge Principal Dom Giusti, is someone has to nominate the teacher. In this case, it was the family of a former student.

“It’s really nice when it comes from a parent,” he said.

About Ratigan, Giusti was enthusiastic in his praise.

“Kara’s fabulous. We alway expect everyone at Eldredge to go above and beyond and she sets the bar. She leads the charge,” he said. “Any new initiative, she raises her hand first. At the tech conference – she went before it was popular. She goes to the all-day Saturday STEM conference at Rhode Island College. She’s the liaison with the PTG. I don’t have to ask her to do anything. She volunteers before I get a chance to call her.”

When it comes to her students, said Giusti, “It’s all about the kids. Every single day, there’s a smile on her face. She individualizes all instruction. She does it all.”

He noted Ratigan often gets contacted by area universities to act as a critic-teacher for their teaching students. “Everyone wants her,” he said.

And East Greenwich has got her. We’re so lucky.


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How EG Police View Use Of Deadly Force

Monday  night, after weeks of deliberation, a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on any charges connected to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. For some, the decision marks just another instance of black people – young black men, in particular – being mistreated by the criminal justice system. For others, the lack of indictment is vindication for a police officer who appeared to be in fear of his life. Still others recognize plenty of questions remain unanswered (most importantly, why did Wilson feel the need to fire 12 shots) but accept that the grand jury did not think it had enough to indict.

East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is not Ferguson, Missouri. In particular, our police force looks a lot like our population – largely white. But what happened in Ferguson on Aug. 9 does raise the question: how do police in East Greenwich handle potentially dangerous situations?

“We have a ‘force continuum,'” said Deputy Chief Skip Cirella. It starts with what he called “command presence,” the announcement that police are present (either verbally or with the sirens and lights).

“We do that in hopes that alone will be enough,” he said. It often isn’t. So the second level would be using hands, pepper spray or a baton to deter a person. The EGPD recently added tasers to its list of weapons, but not every officer opted to be trained in taser use. The final level would be pulling out their gun, the service weapon.

EG police are authorized to use their gun when a suspect has a weapon or otherwise poses a threat to the public.

The fact is, the last time an EG police officer fired his weapon for anything other than to put down an injured or sick animal was 18 years ago, according to Police Chief Steve Brown.

“About 18 years ago, we had a suspect who was fleeing the scene and he swerved his car at the officers and one of the officers shot out his front tire,” Brown said.

In Ferguson, Wilson was alone at the time he came upon Brown and another man, who were walking down the middle of the street. According to Wilson’s grand jury testimony, he called for backup but then tried to get Brown into the car before backup arrived.

EG police officers also patrol alone but Cirella said officers are directed to call for backup if there’s any altercation or if there’s been a break in.

“Better safe than sorry. We encourage officers to call for backup if they feel the situation is unsafe,” he said. When it comes to using force, Cirella said, “we start out at the minimum and it always depends. Every situation is different.”

 

 

EG Weekend: Turkey Trot, Shop Local, Order Citrus

Photo Credit: Nöel Bailey

Recycling is OFF; yard waste pickup is ON (yard waste is being picked up EVERY week through November). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Friday, Nov. 28

FINAL DAY TO ORDER! EG Rotary Citrus Drive: It’s that time again – time to purchase that box of oranges or grapefruit that will see you through the darkest days of winter. Or perhaps apples or pears strike your fancy – you can order them, too. Order online atwww.egrotary.orgor call 885-­4650. Order deadline is Nov. 28.

Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day: You choose.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Hill & Harbour Turkey Trot: The fourth-annual 1K Fun Run and 5K Turkey Trot are a great response to Thanksgiving excess. You can register online or sign up on the day. For all the details, check out our story here.

Small Business Saturday: After the Turkey Trot, stick around (or come back) for Small Business Saturday. There will be a trolley running up and down Main Street so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect parking place. Celebrate – and buy – local! Find out more in this article here and find out all the specials on the EG Chamber of Commerce website here.

Pet photo benefit for EGAPL: Is your pet part of the annual holiday card? Take your best friend to Critter Hut, 6637 Post Road, North Kingstown, for Santa Photos from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the East Greenwich Animal Protection League (EGAPL). The League will also have handmade pet toys, bandannas and T-shirts for sale. All animals, including birds, reptiles, and farm animals, are welcome! For more information, contact Critter Hut at 401-886-9494 or email egaplevents@gmail.com.

Sunday, Nov. 30

EG Animal Protection League open house: Every Sunday, the EGAPL opens its doors so people can meet the dogs and cats in need of permanent homes. You can find videos of some of the animals available for adoption here. EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road, Cowesett. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Build a Gingerbread House: This popular fundraiser for London Bridge preschool takes place at the EG Firemen’s Hall. Each freshly baked house is $25 – icing and candy are provided. Call Janet at (401) 886-5347 for more information. From 1 to 5 p.m.