Police Log: Fires, Hit-and-Run, and a Syringe

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, March. 26

5:58 p.m. – Police were called to assist EG Fire at Castle Street for a report of a structure fire. When police arrived, EGFD had put the fire out. It had started in a recycling bin next to the side of the house. A UPS driver saw the fire while delivering a package to the house and he alerted the homeowner. The homeowner was able to largely extinguish fire using a garden hose; when  EGFD arrived, they put out the rest of the small fire. It was unclear of how the fire started. There was some damage to the recycling bin and to a portion of the wood shingling on the south side of the house. 

Tuesday, March. 27

7:26 p.m. – Police cited a Providence man for possession of marijuana after he was involved in a car accident at Main Street and First Avenue. Police smelled marijuana on an injured passenger who was being treated at the scene by fire department personnel. Police asked the man if he was carrying any marijuana, noting that the fire department does not allow passengers to carry illegal drugs when being transported by rescue. The man denied having any marijuana, but police found a large plastic bag containing what later tested positive for marijuana in his pocket during a pat-down search. The man said he did not have a medical marijuana card. Police confiscated the marijuana and the man was taken to the hospital to be treated. Once tests determined that the substance was indeed marijuana, police mailed the man a citation.

8:29 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 66, for leaving the scene of an accident, after police were called to Post Road at the (former) Benny’s Plaza for the report of a hit-and-run accident. At the scene, the driver who had called the police said she had been driving southbound when a small Mercedes sedan pulled out of the Jason’s parking lot and ran into the passenger-side door of her car. The woman said the Mercedes fishtailed as the driver tried to get it under control, then the car drove off northbound on Post Road. Two people said they witnessed the incident and told the woman that the other car’s license plate was stuck on her passenger-side door.

Wednesday, March. 28

1:49 a.m. – Police stopped a Providence man for having dark tinted windows and after a licence plate check showed that the plates weren’t on file. The driver told police that he had just purchased the car and lost the dealer plates, so he placed his license plate from his old car onto this one until he was able to register the car. Police gave him a summons for driving an unregistered car, and gave him a warning on the illegal window tint. Police seized the license plates and the car was towed.

Friday, March. 30

2 p.m. – A Main Street resident told police she found a syringe filled with what looked like blood when she was doing yard work. Police took the syringe and disposed of it.

5:48 p.m. – A Queen Street resident told police that she gave her daughter permission to open a PayPal account with her Santander credit card in the beginning of March to buy a $4.99 teddy bear. During a recent visit to her bank, Santander, she learned her balance was low. It appeared her daughter had withdrawn $942.12 from her account using the PayPal account. She had the bank cancel the bank card.

Sunday, April 1

10:42 a.m EG police picked up a Cranston man, 52, from Cranston PD after he was arrested in that city on a warrant out of East Greenwich for larceny.

3:45 p.m. – Police were called to Ashbrook Run for a fire. Police found a large fire pit piled high with large pieces of furniture that had tumbled over beyond the confines of the fire pit, lighting nearly logs, branches and twigs on fire. The homeowner was trying to contain the fire but the fire department was called and extinguished the blaze. No one was injured.

Police Log: Arguing, Magic Mushrooms & a Deer

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, March 19

8:52 p.m. – A man driving west on Kent Drive hit a deer after it ran out in front of him. He was not hurt but the deer had to be put down by police after they arrived. The front of the man’s car was damaged.

Tuesday, March. 20

3:28 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 27, on a District Court bench warrant and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms after receiving a call about a suspicious person on Queen Street. Police located the man, who said he believed there was a warrant out for him. He was right so he was taken into custody. At the police station, police found he had some marijuana on him (less than an ounce) along with the mushrooms. In addition to the arrest charges, the man was cited for the marijuana and, later, taken to the ACI in Cranston.

5 p.m. – The manager of the McDonald’s on New London Turnpike told police that the restaurant received a counterfeit $20 bill for a food order. The manager tested the bill by using a counterfeit bill detector marker, and it revealed that the $20 bill was fake. The manager said she’d approached the customer about the bill and the customer, a woman, seemed surprised and ran out. The manager reported to police that the woman drove off in a silver car with Connecticut license plates.

9:43 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 32, for a Superior Court bench warrant after police were called to the man’s home on a report of a disturbance. When police arrived, they heard two people arguing loudly. The man answered the door; routine checks turned up the warrant. He was taken into custody and taken to the station for processing. Unable to come up with cash bill, he was transported to the ACI in Cranston.

Saturday, March. 24

7:30 a.m. – Police cited a North Kingstown man, 40, for driving a car with a suspended registration after they noticed his expired inspection sticker. The car was towed; police seized the plates.




 

Police Log: Drunk Driving and Suspicious Speeding

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, March. 12

11:51 a.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 33, for driving on a suspended license after pulling him over for speeding on Exchange Street near King Street. Police spoke with the driver, who said he didn’t have any identification on him. Checks on him using his name showed the license suspension. The man told police he’d been visiting friends on Duke Street; police said the house on Duke Street where the man had visited was known for drug activity. He said he knew nothing about that. He told police his license had been suspended for 10 years. Police could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The man said he had a medical marijuana card but didn’t have the card with him and didn’t have any marijuana with him. The man was taken into custody and processed at the police department. He was later released with issued a District Court summons.

Wednesday, March. 14

11:15 a.m.  – Police arrested a Pawtucket woman, 32, for driving with a revoked license after police were called to 900 Division St. for a car accident with injuries. The driver of the first car told police his back was sore so rescue was called. The driver of the second car had told police her arm hurt so a second rescue was requested. The driver in the first car had told police he had been rear ended by the second car while he was waiting to turn left into a driveway. The woman who was driving the second car involved told police that she didn’t realize the car into front of her was slowing down to turn and she couldn’t stop in time. Both cars had to be towed; the drivers were transported to the hospital. Police did routine checks on the drivers and found the woman’s license was revoked. She was issued a District Court summons for the second offense.

Thursday, March. 15

12:41 a.m – As police were doing a routine check of the Park-and-Ride on South County Trail they had found a blue Nissan Altima with Massachusetts license plates that appeared to be abandoned. Police did checks on the car, which showed that the car was registered to EAN Holdings LLC out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but had been reported stolen to  North Providence police on Feb. 22. While searching the car, police found that the driver’s side door was unlocked and two key fobs were on the floor under the steering while. Police also noted that there were minor scrapes to the back bumper. Police did smell a faint odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car. The car was a rental so police called the rental company; they said someone from the company would pick up the car.

Saturday, March. 17

1:15 p.m. – A resident from Marlborough Street told police he had received a package from Home Depot he did not order at his house on March 15. The package contained a white rope. The man told police he’d talked to someone at Home Depot who said the rope had been ordered along with a wifi thermostat. The man reported that he doesn’t have an Home Depot credit card account but someone had apparently opened up an account in the man’s name and used that account for the order. The man cancelled the card.

Sunday, March 18

2:05 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 54, for driving while intoxicated after they were alerted from another driver. The woman was heading east on Division Street toward South County Trail. The driver who alerted police continued to follow the car and police caught up with it at Cindy Ann Drive and Middle Road. As police watched, the car drifted over the center line twice and even into the opposite lane of travel. Police tried to stop the car but the driver did not pull over. Eventually, police got the driver to stop; she stopped right in the middle of the street. When talking to the women in her car, police could smell alcohol on her breath. Her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. When police asked her for license and registration she asked if she could go home. Police had to repeat the request several times. As the woman was getting her license out of her purse, police saw a small bottle of alcohol in it. The woman complied with police requests that she take field sobriety tests, which she failed. Police took her into custody and transported her to EGPD headquarters for processing. She was charged with driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and refusal to submit to a chemical test (second offense). Police also cited her for leaving lane of travel and operating left of center.

Drugs in a Car & Too Many Air Fresheners

By Bethany J. Hashway

Tuesday, March. 6

7:12 p.m. – Police arrested a New Hampshire man, 22, for driving with an expired license after he was pulled over because one of his tailouts was out and for too many air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. Routine checks showed the plates didn’t match the car, the car was unregistered and the man’s license was expired. The man told police he was in the process of registering the car. He was issued summons for windshield obstruction, unregistered car, and no proof of insurance. He also received a District Court summons for driving with an expired license. The car was towed; police seized the plates.

Wednesday, March. 7

7:41 p.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown woman, 41, downtown for driving on a suspended license after they noticed her because of a missing front license plate. Routine checks turned up the license suspension. Police issued a District Court summons for driving with a suspended license and cited her for driving with an expired registration, display of registration plates, and obedience to stop sign.

10:10 p.m. – Police arrested a Cranston woman, 32, for driving on a suspended license after she rear-ended a police cruiser. At the time the cruiser was hit the officer was out of the car. Routine checks were done, and they found the driver’s license had been suspended along with the registration. She was taken to the hospital and was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license.

Thursday, March 8

9 a.m. – A Taylor Circle resident told police about an unwanted FedEx package she received on Feb 22. The woman told police the package was addressed to another woman but had listed her home address. She opened the package and inside was a new iPhone 7 from AT&T. She called AT&T but she said they were not helpful. The day the package was delivered, she told police, a man in his 20s came to her front door asking for it, explaining that it was from a relative of his who’s name was on the package. The woman refused to give him the package and he left in a silver colored car. She gave the package to police.

Friday, March. 9

10:30 a.m. – Police arrested an East Providence woman, 35, after she turned herself in on a warrant for domestic simple assault, domestic disorderly and disorderly conduct. She was processed and taken to Kent County Courthouse.

Saturday, March. 10

5:28 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick woman, 22, for possession of a controlled substance after police were called to the Park-and-Ride on Frenchtown Road on a report of a fight in a car there. Police found only one car in the lot and the car had clothes spread around the outside of the car. Police went over to the car and talked to the three people in the car, from which there was a strong odor of marijuana. Police searched the car and found what appeared to be marijuana, as well as a smoking device, an herbal grinder and a bottle of alcohol in the center console. Police then got the people out of the car and found a cigar with marijuana in it, 2 grinders, a clear bag of more marijuana, BB guns, money with a white powdery substance in it and Xanax pills. The Warwick woman was taken into custody and transported to EGPD headquarters for processing. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance (Xanax). Later she arraigned by a bail commissioner and released at 10:30 a.m.

A passenger in the car, a Providence man, 19, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after becoming aggressive toward the police during the stop. He was taken into custody, arraigned by a bail commissioner and released.

A third person from the car, a man from Providence, age 22, was arrested for possessing marijuana and disorderly conduct after he became aggressive toward police.  

4:35 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick woman, 42, after she turned herself in on a warrant on crank or obscene phone calls. She was processed and arraigned by a justice of peace and told to have no contact with the recipient/s of her crank or obscene phone calls. She was later released and was given a date to appear in District Court.




 

Police Log: Church Car Breaks, Cocaine on Duke St. & Russian Flag at EGHS

By Bethany Hashway

Monday, Feb. 26

1:24 a.m. – Police cited a Coventry man for driving a car with expired registration after he was pulled over on Route 4 for speeding. According to the report he was doing 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. Routine checks showed the registration was expired. The car was towed from the scene and the man was issued a summons for speeding.

12:25 p.m. – A South Road resident asked police if he was within his rights to aim surveillance cameras at the front of his property, which he said had been strewn with litter in recent months, specifically empty Natural Light beer cans. The police said the man was allowed to aim the cameras toward the road but recommended not including any other residences within camera range.

5:16 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 41, on a warrant after he turned himself in on a warrant for simple assault, disorderly conduct, domestic simple assault and domestic disorderly. He was arraigned by a justice of peace and given a no-contact order related to the domestic charges. He was later released with a court date.

Tuesday. Feb. 27

2:15 a.m. – As police were doing a routine check at EGHS they found a Russian flag on a pole attached to the Avenger statue at the entrance to Carcieri Field. Upon further investigation, police found graffiti on three stop signs, one parking sign and on the concrete base of a light police. The school resource officer was notified about the vandalism.

Thursday, March 1

12 p.m. – An East Greenwich resident told police about a party at an apartment on Duke Street that’s known to police as a site of illegal drug activity. While police were surveilling the area, they saw a man leave the apartment and look around as if to see if he were being watched. Police retreated to a nearby location when it appeared the man knew he was being watched. Some minutes later, they saw the man crouching behind a building on Duke Street. Police drove up to the man and ordered him to come with them. He ran off and was not located. Police found a bag of what appeared to be cocaine nearby to where the man had been standing. Further searching turned up four additional bags, for a total of approximately 2.5 grams. A resident told police the suspect’s car was parked on Queen Street. A check of the car’s registration identified a man police identified through his driver’s license photo as the one who had run away. 

Friday, March. 2

2:11 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 22, for domestic assault and battery after she allegedly punched her father in the face following a car- and-pedestrian accident in the municipal parking lot. The woman told police she’d gone out to Kai Bar with her mother and father and a family friend and that she saw her father put his hand on the friend’s leg, making her suspicious. The man was to drive the friend home while the woman was going to drive her mother home. But the woman and her mother decided to check on the father, who had parked in the municipal lot. The woman said she saw her father kissing the family friend in his car. Her mother then got out of the car and went over to the father’s car, reaching for the driver’s side door just as the man pulled away, causing the woman to fall. The man got out of his car and the daughter then hit him in the face with a closed fist causing a cut; he was treated at Kent Hospital. The woman was taken into custody, and processed and held overnight.

3:40 p.m., 6:11 p.m. and 7 p.m. – During a nor’easter with the heavy rain and wind conditions, EGPD responded to three houses damaged by fallen trees, on Mawney Street, Fox Run and South Pierce Road. Police were also busy with other downed trees and wires throughout the town during the storm.

5:50 p.m. – A North Providence resident told police that his car was stolen on Feb. 28 after he was involved in a car on Division Street east of Route 2. He said after the accident, in which he struck his head and thought he’d lost consciousness for a time, police were on the scene and ended up dropping him off in an unfamiliar neighborhood in Cranston and his car was towed. He was not sure what police department dealt with him and he said rescue never showed up to examine him. He eventually made it home to North Providence but has not been able to find his car even after contacting several towing companies and police departments. Because of that, he had decided to file a stolen car report.

Saturday, March. 3

10:54 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 27, for driving while intoxicated after they were alerted to a call about a hit and run accident at 500 Main St. involving a red Saturn. Police found the car parked in the Greenwich Hotel lot, with the driver standing nearby. At first, the man tried to run away. After a brief chase, the man stopped and told police he’d never been in an accident before and was scared. Police could smell alcohol on the man, his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. The man took the field sobriety tests and failed, so police took him into custody. He was issued a District Court summons and a separate summons for refusing to submit to a chemical blood alcohol test. 

Hit and Run in House

10:55 p.m. – A resident from South Pierce Road told police a car drove onto his front yard, damaging it, then left the scene. The man said the car was white, possibly a Crown Victoria. He said he’d been in his house when he heard the car drive up onto his front yard and then try to get back on the road. He said he saw two people arguing. The passenger got out of the car but when he saw the homeowner, he got back in the car and they drove off. The car left tire tracks across the entire front yard, damaging grass, a rock wall and the water line. From skid marks, police saw the car had been heading west on Middle Road, then made a sharp left on South Pierce and drove up onto the man’s front yard.

Sunday, March. 4

11:30 a.m. – A Warwick resident told police that while he was at church at St. Luke’s, someone tried to break into his car, which was parked in the municipal lot near Swift Community Center. The front passenger window had a puncture mark on it; the back passenger window had been smashed in. Nothing appeared to be missing from the car but two days later someone found and turned in a temporary license, a credit card and a few other items belonging to the man.

11:54 a.m. – A Narragansett man told police someone had broken into his car while he attended church services at East Greenwich High School. The front passenger window had been smashed and his wallet, which he’d left on the seat, was missing.

2:09 p.m. – A Smithfield man told police someone had tried to break into his car while it was parked in the back (teachers) lot at East Greenwich High School. The man had been attending church services there that morning. There were three small holes in the driver’s side window but the vehicle did not appear to have been entered.

Monday, March. 5 – Assault

12:11 a.m. – A Peirce Street woman told police her daughter had assaulted her after the woman after an argument. The daughter threatened her mother then hit her in the face, causing her nose and lip to bleed. She fled the scene with her 2-year-old son and her brother. Police issues a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the woman and contacted DCYF.

Police Log: Pig at Large, Oaks Graffiti, Missing Plow

By Bethany Hashaway

Wednesday, Jan. 31

2:26 p.m. – A resident from South County Trail told police that she had received a phone call from a male who identified himself as an attorney named “Steven Lewis.” He told her that her grandson was in trouble for a “DWI” in another state and needed $4000 to pay his attorney fee so that he could help her grandson. He told her to go to a “Best Buy” store and buy two $2000 gift cards and then call him back for more directions. She went to the Best Buy store where the clerk told her it was a scam, so she did not to buy the gift cards and called the police instead.

Thursday, Feb. 1

4:50 p.m. – Police got a report of a black pig wandering down the roadway and they went to a nearby house where they knew farm animals were kept. The owners of that home said the pig lived at another location on Carrs Pond Road. Police notified the residents of that address and the pig was returned home.

Friday, Feb. 2

1:59 p.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick man, 64, for driving with an expired license after the driver was involved in a car accident on the west bound Route 4 North off ramp. Routine checks showed the man had an expired license. He was issued a District Court summons and released at the scene; a licensed driver drove the car from the scene.

Saturday, Feb. 3

12:35 a.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown man, 26, for driving on a suspended license after stopping him because of an expired inspection sticker. Routine checks showed his license and registration were suspended. He was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license and a summons for violation of inspection sticker. The car was towed; plates were seized by police.

1:51 a.m. – Police arrested a Providence woman, 34, for driving on a suspended license after she was involved in an accident on Division Road near New England Tech. Routine checks were done, and they found the driver’s license had been suspended. She was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license and released.

8:13 a.m.- Police were dispatched to 66 King St. for the report of structure fire. When police arrived on scene they found smoke coming from the wall on the east side of the building in a first floor apartment. A short time later East Greenwich Fire Department arrived scene and put out the fire. The investigation revealed that the fire had started around a gas-fired heater exhaust vent pipe. Residents of the building had to evacuate pending resumption of utilities.

Sunday, Feb. 4

8:30 a.m. – The owner of the Oaks Tavern, 63 Duke St., told police that an employee told him that the men’s bathroom was vandalized Friday night. In addition, someone had left graffiti on the ceiling in the bar area where someone had written with a black marker different words with a “tagging” design.

4:11 p.m. – A Frenchtown Road resident told police that his snow plow had gone missing from his backyard. He told police there were tire marks in the snow leading up to where the plow had been stored.


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Police Log: Wallet Wipeout, Shed Break In

By Bethany Hashway

Monday, Jan. 22

9:02 p.m. – A West Warwick woman told police cash and credit cards were stolen from her wallet sometime during a visit to Panera Restaurant at 1000 Division St. that afternoon. The woman said she’d left the purse hanging over the back of her chair and no one had left the table unattended while she and friends ate. She only discovered the theft when she went food shopping right after leaving Panera. She was missing $60 cash and two credit cards. When she called the bank for the cards, she learned the cards had already been used at the Target on Bald Hill Road, where someone had spent $899 on one card and about $1,200 on the other card.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

3:05 p.m. – A Fifth Street resident told police someone had broken into his shed overnight. This morning, he’d noticed an old suitcase on his driveway that was kept in the shed. The suitcase had been rifled through. The shed, which was unlocked, had been rifled through also. Nothing appeared to have been taken. The man told police he and his wife had heard what sounded like someone trying to get into their garage two different times the week before. Police advised the man to notify neighbors and to report any similar suspicious activity.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

4:17 p.m. – A Church Street resident told police someone had kicked in his basement door and turned on the water, which was supposed to be off because of a leak. He did not know who might have done this.

Friday, Jan. 26

6:54 p.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown man, 37, on one charge of violating a no-contact order. East Greenwich police were notified by Warwick police to be on the lookout for a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, for a possible “rolling domestic” – a domestic incident in a motor vehicle. East Greenwich Police stopped the car on Main Street and found the NK man in the car with another person – the two had a no-contact order between them but said they “didn’t care.” The NK man was taken into custody.

Saturday, Jan. 27

1:40 a.m. – Police arrested a Cumberland man, 24, for driving on a suspended license after stopping him on Main Street at King Street because one of his taillights was out.  Routine checks were done and they revealed that his license was suspended. He told police that he knew his license was suspended because he had an unpaid ticket. He was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license.

Monday, Jan. 29

12:10 a.m.  – Police arrested a Warwick man, 21, for driving while intoxicated after police saw his car cross the yellow center lines twice and veer over the white fog lines while traveling north on South County Trail. He was also driving at inconsistent speeds. Police could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car so they asked the man to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken into custody and driven to EGPD for processing.


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Police Log: Remote Argument, Ex-Girlfriend Woes, Missing Lion

By Bethany Hashway

Tuesday, Jan. 16

11:30 a.m. – Police were called to Renegade fitness center on Post Road after a fight broke out over use of a TV remote. One of the men involved in the dispute told police that while he was on a treadmill watching television another man had changed the channel. The first man complained to the second man that he’d been watching that particular channel (which was not specified in the report). The second man said the remote was attached to the bike he was using. The first man then grabbed the remote from the man on the bike, who allegedly pushed the first man. The second man denied pushing the first man and told police the first man had used profane language in talking to him. Both parties declined to press charges.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

3 a.m. – EG police picked up a Providence man, 41, from the Wickford State Police Barracks after state police arrested him on a warrant for larceny. The man was processed at EGPD. Police notified Barrington and North Providence police departments because the man  also had warrants out of those departments.

1:41 p.m. – The manager of Cumberland Farms on South County Trail told police that the store received a counterfeit $100 bill the day before. She said on Tuesday two young males bought soda and hot dogs at the store for a total of $8.77, using a $100 bill. The clerk did not check the bill for authenticity before putting it in the drawer. Later, when employees were cashing out, they came across the bill and realized it was counterfeit.

Thursday, Jan. 18

2:10 p.m. – The owner of a hair salon on Main Street told police a lion statue and security camera were missing from outside of his business. He said video footage from the previous night showed a man pulling on a brass lion ornament that is secured to the outside of the building. A short time later the man returned and covered the video camera. The camera and the lion were gone in the morning. The owner said the estimated value of the lion was $125 and the security camera estimated value at $250. Detectives were able to get a copy of the video footage. The owner told police he would contact the surveillance video company and have the company ping the whereabouts of the camera as well as the give the serial number of the missing camera.

Friday, Jan. 19

1 p.m. – A dog fell on ice refer to this story from the East Greenwich News http://eastgreenwichnews.com/?p=11453.

Saturday, Jan. 20

3:15 p.m. – An East Greenwich man told police that while he was playing Pokémon Go on Main Street at around 2 p.m. he had passed his ex-girlfriend, who was with her daughter and new boyfriend and another friend. He said they made remarks towards him and “flipped” him off when they walked past. He told police he had tried to get a no-contact order against his ex-girlfriend but the judge told him there was not enough evidence to get one. He showed police the footage of the one of the friends flipping him off, and asked police to document the incident.

6:25 p.m. – Police reported to Tillinghast Road after a car hit a deer there.  When police arrived on scene they found the car stopped on the side of the road. The driver said he was not hurt and told police that while he was driving north on Tillinghast Road a deer ran out in front of this car and he was not able to stop before hitting the deer. Police found the deer lying on the side of road, with what appeared to be several broken bones. The deer was unable to get up so police shot it. The driver’s car had damage to its front bumper, front lights, grill, and the license plate area.

Police Log: Dorm Theft & Air Freshener Woes

By Bethany Hashaway

Tuesday, Jan. 9

9:11 a.m. – A student from New England Tech College told police he noticed some items missing from his dorm when he returned Jan. 7 from the December break. The items included a Samsung 22-inch computer monitor, two Sony speakers, and a power strip and table lamp. He also told police he had a new roommate and the roommate didn’t see any of the items when he moved in. Campus security was able to track which keys were used to unlock the student’s room and found that his former roommate’s key was used to open the dorm door several times on Dec. 14 and 15. They also reviewed video footage from the elevator and it showed the former roommate and three other males enter the elevator carrying a large blue sack. The video footage was turned over to police.

Thursday, Jan. 11

6:30 p.m. – A resident from Marlborough Street reported to police that she been leaving an air freshener in her apartment hallway due to a moldy smell but her nextdoor neighbor keeps removing the air freshener. She told police that her neighbor wrote her a note and wanted to talk to her about the air freshener. Before the neighbors even got a chance to talk they got into a verbal argument over the note about the air freshener being in the hall.

9:11 p.m. – A resident from Burn’s Way told police about some suspicious phone calls she’d received. She said she had gotten a phone call at around 10:46 a.m. on Wednesday, then today at 10:30 a.m. she got another call from the same number. This time the caller, who had a Southern accent, left a voicemail. He claimed that he was with FedEx and they were trying to deliver a package. He told her that the package could not be left because the door was locked and he needed to leave the package inside the home. The resident checked with her family and no member of her family was expecting anything.

Police Log: Stolen Wheels, Stolen Plates, Stolen Purse

By Bethany Hashaway

Tuesday, Dec. 26

6:40 a.m. – A manager from Flood Ford told police two people stole four wheels off a Ford Mustang parked in the lot awaiting repairs early this morning. When workers arrived in the morning, the wheels were gone and the car had been placed on blocks. Video surveillance showed a small dark-colored pickup truck pull into the lot just after 1 a.m. Two men removed the wheels, put them in the back of the truck and left.

1:15 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick woman, 21, for driving on a suspended license. The arrest was made after police stopped her for rolling through a stop sign in the area of London Street and Duke Street. She told police that she knew her license was suspended. Routine checks showed that her license was suspended. The car was towed and police gave her a District Court summons.

Thursday, Dec. 28

10:30 a.m. – A High Hawk resident told police about two license plates that were missing from his vehicle. He told police that he came home on Dec. 27 at 11 a.m., and parked his car in his driveway. When he returned to it today both license plates were missing. He said they’d been on the car when he parked it in the driveway Dec. 27.

7:39 p.m. – A couple from Middletown told police that while they were inside eating dinner at the Outback Steakhouse for about an hour, someone broke the front passenger window and stole a purse. At first, they said nothing important was in the purse but they called the police later to say house and car keys had been in the purse and they would be in to fill out a report. Outback did not have a surveillance camera on that part of the parking lot.

Saturday, Dec. 30

1:20 a.m. – Police found candles burning near a car parked beside the skate park at the high school parking lot. Police tracked down the driver of the car at home. The driver said they had held a candlelight vigil at the parking lot and the car had been left behind.

Sunday, Dec. 31

2:35 p.m. – An East Greenwich man, 55, was stopped after police saw he was driving without a front license plate. Police did routine checks and checks showed that the car make and model did not match with the registration. The operator of the car told police that he didn’t have a registration because he was selling the car and he also showed police the car was just purchased, the note was only signed by him and the note was not notarized. Police questioned him about how long he had the wrong plate on the car and he told them about a month, because he wasn’t able to get his own registration due to fines. Police towed the vehicle and seized the license plate. He was issued a citation for improper use of registration.