Cowesett Man Arrested for Child Pornography

State police arrested Joseph Bradshaw, 27, of Love Lane in Warwick, for possessing child pornography and transferring child pornography Monday, Dec. 29, after an investigation by the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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ICAC Task Force members had been investigating the trading of child pornography pictures and videos by someone using an internet connection at 295 Love Lane, according to a press release from the state police.

On Dec. 29, the task force, armed with a warrant, searched the Cowesett house and Bradshaw was identified as the owner of the digital media used in acquiring and transferring the pornography.

Bradshaw was arraigned in Third District Court Monday. Bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance and he is restricted from contacting anyone under age 18 and using the internet.

State police are asking anyone who may have information about inappropriate conduct between Bradshaw and children to contact the ICAC Task Force at (401) 444-1710.

A person found guilty of possessing child pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000, or a prison term of up to five years. Transferring child pornography can bring a fine of up to $5,000, or a prison term of up to 15 years, or both.

The Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force actively engages in investigative efforts to identify subjects involved in child exploitation-related activities. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force Program is administered by the Rhode Island State Police and supports a national network of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task forces engaged in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.

Looking Ahead, Stories for 2015

Over the past year, a few stories percolated along, updating with a chapter or two, but generally keeping a low profile. Some of them have been going on for years – and may yet continue beyond 2015 – but we suspect all of these will make some noise in the year ahead. Stay tuned.

Here are stories to follow in 2015:

1. In Countersuit, Odeum Corp. Accuses Erinakes Of Conflict of Interest

One of the first big stories for 2015 may be a ruling from Judge Brian Stern (himself an EG resident) on whether or not Steve Erinakes still has a stake in the Greenwich Odeum theater building. Stern is due to make a ruling on that and on the Odeum’s claim that Erinakes failed in his fiduciary duty to the nonprofit.

2. Town Settles Tax Dispute With Sarah’s Trace Homeowners For $70,000 and

Trial Date Set In Homeowner Lawsuit Over Cole Construction

We’re back in court for this next one. The lawsuit pitting Sarah’s Trace homeowners against the EG School District, the Town of East Greenwich and various construction-related entities is set to go to trial March 2, 2015 – four years after the suit was filed. The homeowners say construction of the new Cole Middle School caused cracks in their walls and foundations, threatening the structural integrity of the houses. In July, the town settled with homeowners over a lesser point, the assessed value of their houses.

3. Districtwide All-Day K Would Add $800,000 to Budget

All-day kindergarten seems to be a foregone conclusion, if state and national trends are any indication. But it won’t come cheap. To institute it in the next school year, it would cost $800,o00. There’s a vocal lobby of residents pushing full-day K. The question in 2015 is whether or not it will happen this September – partially or completely.

4. Moving School Start Later Is A Mindset, Says Sharon Principal

Another big issue is the idea of pushing back the start time an hour for middle and high school students. As with full-day K, much of the research supports such an idea. But some question how it would work – with after-school sports in particular – and whether the change would really give kids more sleep time, or just an excuse to stay up later.

5. New England Tech’s $120 Million Expansion To Bring Dorm to EG by ’17

Now, this is a sleeper story. East Greenwich is going to be learning from Bristol, Newport, Smithfield and Providence about what it means to be a college town, with New England Tech’s first dorm do to open by 2017.

6. The future of the Bostitch property.

No story to click on here, just some words from Town Council President Michael Isaacs at an October candidates’ forum that an announcement is in the offing on a plan to use the South County Trail facility.


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Top Stories of 2014

There was no big storm in 2014 (whew!) and we did not merge two separate town municipalities either (that was so 2013!), but there was news aplenty over the past 12 months, including an election that brought many new faces into town government, an arrest for prostitution on Main Street, the closing of Middle Road for most of the summer, and the granting of a 36th liquor license – harkening the continued surge in restaurant openings downtown.

Here’s a list of the biggest stories of the year (if you have different choices, let us know!): 

1. Isaacs, Schwager, Cienki Win Seats On Council With Newcomers Todd, Stone

When four of the five sitting Town Council members declined to run for re-election, we knew we were in for change. Indeed, on Nov. 4, voters gave the nod to three Republicans and two Democrats – four men, one woman. The last two previous councils had been all-GOP, all-male. The new council is Michael Isaacs (R-back for his sixth term and again president), Sue Cienki (R- vice president), Mark Schwager (D), Bill Stone (D), and Sean Todd (R).

2. ‘EG Parents’ Wins Big In School Committee Race; Winters Hangs On and

Anatomy of a Movement: How a Parents’ Group Won 3 School Committee Seats

Three incumbents sought re-election to the School Committee in November, but in the end only one – Mary Ellen Winter – survived the balloting, which brought three newcomers to the committee – top-vote-getter Yan Sun, Michael Fain and David Osborne. David Green (who had been chairman) and Jack Sommer both lost. All three newcomers are aligned with a parent group that began organizing last spring around such issues as later school start times and all-day kindergarten. Under the new configuration, Committeewoman Carolyn Mark was able to gather the votes needed to assume the chairmanship, with Deidre Gifford remaining as vice-chair.

3.  Norman’s Is Back Open on Main Street

After the Town Council refused to renew the victualing and liquor licenses for Norman’s Tapin February because of more than $30,000 in back sewer fees, the 42-year-old establishment closed its doors. While members of the Harris family, which owns the restaurant/bar, spoke optimistically of reopening, the establishment was dark for nearly 10 months. But in November, a refurbished Norman’s reopened.

4. Woman Arrested For Prostitution Pleads Not Guilty

It caught everyone in the state by surprise – that prostitution was happening out of a massage parlor called The Blissful Oak in toney East Greenwich. Police started investigating the so-called “relaxation studio” located on the second floor of  58 Main St. after hearing that the masseuses there were offering to provide extra services for additional money. The arrest – in April – was made after an undercover police officer from Warwick was allegedly asked if he wanted something to “finish him off” after the massage.

5. Council Approves ‘Cigar Bar’ Liquor License; EG Has 36 Licenses Now,

Council Denies Havana Full Music License, Granting Partial Only and

‘Soft’ Opening for Red Stripe? They’re Slammed

In recent years, East Greenwich has become a restaurant mecca and the trend continued in 2014, with the opening of Red Stripe and new victualing and liquor licenses for not one but two cigar bars, as well as the granting of licenses for a new Asian restaurant next door to Cobblestones on Post Road. But one story behind the story may be ever-increasing number of liquor licenses allowed in town. The Town Council must approve all liquor licenses and, as Council President Michael Isaacs has taken pains to say, they are renewed yearly so if there are problems with a particular establishment, the council can take action. One proposed establishment, however, had a tough time of it before the council – Havana, planned for 11 Main St. The hitch there was a liquor license but a music license, since the former occupant, Rok Bar, rocked the neighborhood a little too hard. Despite guarantees that they would soundproof the building, in June the council voted to grant them a license for acoustic music only. There has been no word since.


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Federal Grant To Help Schools Train Mental Health ’First Responders’

The East Greenwich School District and the eight South County school districts are recipients of a two-year, $100,000 federal grant to train non-mental-health professionals – school staff, police officers, community members – on how to recognize early signs of mental health problems in children.

“We learned about South County’s grant proposal and realized it was a great opportunity for East Greenwich if we joined forces,” said Nina Mackta, a social worker and head of the mentoring program for the district.

The grant money will pay for an eight-hour training course – Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) – that was developed in Australia in 2001 and is now offered in more than 20 countries, according to Susan Orban of Washington County Coalition for Children, which is facilitating the grant.

“We’ve set out to accomplish three major goals,” said Orban. “We want to ensure immediate help for every young person who needs it. We want to make every adult aware of children’s mental health needs. And we hope to remove the mental illness stigma that so often makes situations worse.”

The idea is to be able to stop problems before they get too big and before kids get so desperate for help they make bad, even dangerous, choices. East Greenwich is still working on who to train but over the next two years, the grant should provide training for about 40 people in EG (500 in the R.I. consortium overall).

The grant is yet another step in an expanding mental health care focus including a recent review of mental health care offerings in the district. That review resulted in five recommendations:

  • Assess current programs – East Greenwich offers a lot of different things, but what exactly?
  • Implement the first-responder training (offered by the grant outlined above).
  • Standardize data collection so the district can better track how students are doing.
  • Examine mental health staffing levels, comparing them with local and national recommendations.
  • Better engage the youth of the district.

“Newtown is on everyone’s mind,” said Mackta, referring to the school shooting two years ago where a young man fatally shot 20 students and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “We’re trying to bring East Greenwich up to snuff.”

She added, “There’s a mystery around mental health. We’re shining a light on it. We’re trying to clarify what it is.”


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Missing Cat – ‘Vivian’ – Last Seen on Hill

Vivian, a medium-size, white-and-black tiger cat wandered away from home on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, owners said Monday. They are very distressed and hope Vivian returns safely.

Vivian is young and was last seen near First Avenue and Mawney Street, on the Hill. If you have seen Vivian or have any information, contact (401) 633-5616 or gesrn24@gmail.com.


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EG Police Reports: An Extra Generous Tip

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.

Thursday, Dec. 18

7:34 a.m. – A Middle Road resident told police an Amazon order was apparently delivered but stolen before she got home. The woman said she’d ordered $180 headphones from Amazon on Dec. 8. When they hadn’t arrived by Dec. 16, she contacted Amazon, who said the headphones delivered Dec. 11. The post office confirmed delivery.

Friday, Dec. 19

3:53 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 23, on a bench warrant after he was pulled over on Main Street because of an expired inspection sticker. He was taken to the station for processing, then brought to the Adult Correctional Institutions.

Saturday, Dec. 20

10:01 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 60, on a warrant for simple assault and disorderly conduct after a police officer saw the man driving on Partridge Run. He was taken to the station, processed, arraigned by a justice of the peace and released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.

3:44 p.m. – An employee of Naturally Nails turned over three diamond rings left behind by a client who’d come in for a manicure earlier. She had been in contact with the owner of the rings but wanted to leave them with police for safe-keeping.

Sunday, Dec. 21

12:59 a.m. – Police arrested a Pawtucket man, 37, on a bench warrant after the car he was traveling in was pulled over for speeding on Frenchtown Road. Routine checks of both the driver and her passenger – the Pawtucket man – turned up the warrant on the man. He was taken into custody, processed and, unable to make bail, he was taken to the ACI.

10:43 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 23, on a warrant after getting information about him from Barrington police. EG police went to his home and took him into custody here. Barrington police were notified and the man was held pending their arrival.

11:37 a.m.A Providence woman told police she used a Visa credit card to pay her bill at Outback Steakhouse but then forgot the card on the table. After she realized her mistake the next day, she called Visa and learned the card had been used to add $35 to the tip on her bill, as well as at Ruby Tuesday’s, Shell, 7/11, and Smokey Bones, for a total of $213. According to the report, it was unknown who had used the card.


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Today In EG: Community Supper; New Year’s Resolutions?

Recycling is ON (thank goodness!); trash pick up is delayed one day Thursday and Friday because of the New Year’s Day holiday. Christmas tree pickup goes from Monday, Jan. 12, through Friday, Jan. 16. For the full 2015 pickup schedule, click here.

Monday, Dec. 29

CCK Dinner: The monthly evening meal known as Christ Community Kitchen returns tonight for a post Christmas dinner. The meal is free and open to all. In the dining room at St. Luke’s Church on Peirce Street. 5 p.m.

New Year’s Resolutions: We are EG News are considering just what we might resolve for 2015 and wanted to know what New Year’s resolutions you’re thinking of. Let us know in the comments section below or drop us an email to editor@eastgreenwichnews.com. Thanks!

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Lunch on the Hill: Every Wednesday in the dining room at St. Luke’s, 99 Peirce St., lunch is served for all in need, from 11:15 to 12:15. In addition to St. Luke’s, Our Lady of Mercy, Christ Church and Westminister Unitarian churches have all taken on a Wednesday to serve the meal and local restaurants Jiggers, Wild Harvest, Crosby’s Cafe, and T’s take turns providing the food. If you are interested in helping, contact Steve McCloughlin (smccloughlin2@aol.com or 225-5540) or Steve Bartlett (dufferdog@aol.com 885-5889).

Thursday, Jan. 1

Frozen Clam Dip plunge: You don’t have venture far is you want to start the new year with a dip in the water. The Frozen Clam Dip takes place at the beach at Goddard Park and benefits the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership. Noon. Find out more here: http://mentorri.org/clam/.

‘Minute Clinic’ Opens at CVS

You’ve been sick for a few days and it feels like it might be strep throat. You could call your primary care doc for an appointment. You could visit an urgent care facility. You could even go to an emergency room. Or you could head to the new “Minute Clinic” inside the CVS Pharmacy at 1285 South County Trail.

The clinic opened up Dec. 19, the fifth one in Rhode Island (there are more than 900 nationwide).

The typical sorts of issues you might go to a Minute Clinic to address are ear infections, rashes, coughs, colds, minor wounds, strep throat, vaccinations and diabetes monitoring. They don’t take x-rays or do stitches – so these clinics are not ER or urgent care substitutes, Smith said.

According to Cheryl Smith, Minute Clinic practice manager for Rhode Island, the clinic is meant to be “an affordable, convenient option for folks who can’t get into their primary care doctor.”

Prices vary depending on insurance coverage but Smith said most insurers require the same co-pay as would be charged by your primary care doctor. Prices are shown on a screen in the waiting area.

The convenience comes because the clinic is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 Sundays.

“About 50 percent of the people we see come nights and weekends,” said Smith.

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The sign-in kiosk at the Minute Clinic inside the CVS at 1285 South County Trail.

You don’t make an appointment at a MinuteClinic. Rather, you show up and log in at a kiosk in the clinic, identifying the general reason why you are there, and you will get an estimated wait time.

Staffers in the clinic are either nurse practitioners or physician assistants. In addition to the clinic in East Greenwich, CVS clinics in Cranston, Wakefield, North Smithfield and Woonsocket, with two more slated to open in 2015.

 

 

 

Andie Coutoulakis Follows Her Dream at U.S. Naval Academy

Midshipman Andie Coutoulakis first started thinking about the military as a career back as a little girl, when her father took her to the air show at Quonset.

“I noticed that the men and women in uniform stood out in some way and, even at a young age, I felt some sort of pull towards them,” she said in a recent interview.

By eighth grade, she had a plan – to apply for an Navy ROTC scholarship, attend college, then serve in the Navy. Then she heard about the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. She joined and got even more motivated. But it was something her Sea Cadet commanding officer said one day that got her thinking about trying for the Naval Academy.

“He pointed to me and said, ‘This young woman is going to go to the Naval Academy one day,'” she recalled.

Of course, it’s one thing to hear that. It’s quite another to make it happen. Applicants need to be nominated by the president, vice president, a senator or congressman. Coutoulakis was Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s primary nominee.

Coutoulakis, then a student at East Greenwich High School, was serving as class president for the third year in a row. She was a committed and hard working student with a strong recommendation. But even those things weren’t quite enough. She was required to attend a 10-month program at the Naval Academy Prep School in – conveniently enough – Newport. After that, she was in. It hasn’t been any easier as a Naval Academy student, but Coutoulakis loves it.

“The best thing about being in the Naval Academy is being challenged every day – every minute of the day,” she said.

In addition to classes, to her schedule includes hockey practice, homework and travel on weekends for hockey games.

“There is so much pressure to do well and I love that,” she said. “I find the challenges of the academy to be rewarding if I do well and a learning opportunity if I fail.”

Coutoulakis is nothing if not enthusiastic about the Naval Academy. The school must have realized that, giving her some extra time at home over the Thanksgiving holiday to meet with students at both Cole Middle School and EGHS to talk about the Naval Academy.

She plans to enter the U.S. Marine Corps as a second lieutenant upon graduation. An English major, she said she would be keeping her options open job-wise as a Marine.

“I want to be a Marine first, and everything else will fall into place,” she said.


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Obituary: Francesca W. Henrikson, 73

Francesca W. Henrikson, 73, of East Greenwich and formerly of Freedom, N.H., passed away surrounded by her loving family on December 24. She is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, R. Peter Henrikson, Ret. Chief EGFD. Born in South Kingstown, she was the daughter of the late Francis Walsh, Ret. Chief NKFD and Nancy (Rodman) Walsh.
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Mrs. Henrikson had worked as a fiscal clerk for the East Greenwich School Department. She was very proud of her family’s long and distinguished history in fire service and although she battled illness, found strength in her grandchildren.

Besides her husband she is survived by her loving children, Susan L. Henrikson of Warwick; Peter F. Henrikson, Ret. Chief EGFD, and his wife, Kristen, of East Greenwich; Mary C. Smart of Warwick, and Christian M. Henrikson, WFD, and his wife Susan of Exeter; grandchildren, Lauren, Rachel, Jenna, Megan, Madelyn, James and Hunter; and brothers, Roger F. Walsh, Ret. Chief NKFD, and Gordon M. Walsh, NKFD. She was the sister of the late Quentin Walsh.

Her funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. Burial will be private. Calling hours are Sunday, Dec. 28, 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The online obituary and condolence page can be found here.

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