EG Police Reports: Leaf Blower Blow Up; Opposite of a Dog Person

by | Dec 11, 2014

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.

Sunday, Nov. 30

7:16 a.m. – A Grandview Road resident complained to police about early-morning noise from a man operating a leaf blower nearby and the leaf-blower’s hostile attitude when confronted. According to the report, the Grandview resident said the leaf blowing began at 7 a.m., too early by his thinking. The leaf blower told the man to “go f*** yourself.” He also invited the resident to call the police, saying he knew many EG police officers. The leaf-blower told police he acted like that because the resident had given him “attitude.” Police told the resident there was nothing in the town ordinance that addressed leaf cleanup and that leaf blowers were not classified as heavy machinery. The leaf blower agreed to stop using the machine until 9 a.m.

7:27 a.m. – Police arrested a Narragansett man, 58, for driving with a suspended license after he was involved in a traffic accident on South County Trail. During routine checks on both drivers involved, police learned of the man’s license suspension. He also failed to have proof of insurance. Police gave him a district court summons and told him to report to EGPD for processing before his court date.

8:46 a.m. – Police were called to a residence on Frenchtown Road because of fire damage to a garage door. The property owner told police he had been away Nov. 26-29 and said the garage door was undamaged before he left. He told police he thought the culprit knew the property but didn’t name anyone. He said he would press charges if someone was caught.

1:40 p.m. – A Forest Lane resident told police someone had sprayed shaving cream on a car parked in her driveway while she and her family were away for Thanksgiving. Shaving cream was used to draw pictures of male genitalia on the driver’s side windows and doors.

6:56 p.m. – The manager of CVS on South County Trail told police a couple came into the store about a half hour earlier and took a number of items. She was tipped off by the manager of the CVS on New London Turnpike, where the couple had been earlier and had taken items. She checked out the store’s surveillance video. It showed a white man and woman entering the store. The woman, carrying a large bag, made her way to the hygiene aisle, the man followed. The man was wearing a hooded sweatshirt pulled down concealingl his face. They can be seen taking items off the shelves and putting them into the woman’s bag. After about five mintues, they left. Among the items taken were several packs of Crest White Strips, Prevacid, Rogaine, and razors.

Monday, Dec. 1

10:55 a.m. – The animal control officer talked with someone at NK Animal Hospital after reading a report that over the weekend about a woman contacting NKAH and threatening to kill her son’s dog, who lives with her. The resident had contacted EG police on Nov. 4 to complain about the dog and ask for the dog’s removal. Her son, however, is an adult and wished to keep the dog, which was small and did not appear to be at all aggressive when the animal control officer visited. At the time, the officer offered some training tips and told them to call the R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) or the EG Animal Protection League if they decided to get rid of the dog. On Nov. 27, however, the woman called NKAH and said she wanted the dog euthanized. When told she could not make that decision since the dog was not hers, the woman then threatened to kill the dog by breaking its neck. The animal control officer took the animal out of the home and, later, spoke with the son, who admitted the dog could not return home but said he thought his mother had been exaggerating about hurting the dog. The dog was turned over to the R.I. SPCA.

12:39 p.m. – A man told police the radio of his truck was stolen and the car lock tampered with while it was waiting to be fixed at Flood Ford on South County Trail. He said he’d dropped it off for Nov. 21 and an employee discovered the theft when the man came to pick up the truck. A Flood Ford representative said they would take responsibility for the theft.

2:30 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police she’d received a phone call from a Frederick, Md., number stating her brother was being held at gun point and she needed to send money for his release. She tried to get more information from the caller, but the man hung up. She then called her two brothers, both of whom live in Massachusetts, and they were both OK. Police tried to reach the caller but no one answered.

3:26 p.m. – Police documented that a fire call box was damaged on Woodbridge Drive. EGFD had found the damaged box during a check of the system. It was not clear when or how the damage took place.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

11:31 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police she had been receiving multiple phone calls from her ex-boyfriend, against whom she has a no-contact order. She said she wanted to press charges.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

8:05 a.m. – Police issued an arrest warrant for a North Kingstown man, 26, after he allegedly assaulted a man at the Cumberland Farms parking lot on Post Road. According to the report, a man was sitting in his car in the convenience store lot when the NK man called over to him, complaining about where the man had parked. The NK man then strode over to the man’s car. The man said he got out of the car to avoid being trapped and the NK man grabbed him and threw him against the car. The other man tried to hit the NK man but missed. The NK man fled when the other man said he’d call the police. The CF clerk told police the same version of events. The car was out of North Kingstown and police there said they were familiar with the people who owned it. Both the clerk and the man who was allegedly assaulted picked the NK man’s picture out of a photo lineup. Based on that, EGPD issued the arrest warrant. NK police attempted to contact the man but were not immediately able to locate him.

9:26 a.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 29, on a 4rd District Court bench warrant after the car he was traveling in was pulled over for speeding on Route 4. Routine checks on the driver and the passenger (the Providence man) turned up the warrant. The passenger was taken into custody, processed at the station, then delivered to court.

2:36 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police she’d gotten a voicemail from a man who said he was calling from the Dept. of Legal Affairs at the U.S. Treasury and wanted to talk to the woman’s daughter. The woman called the number back on behalf of her daughter and spoke with a man who gave his name and an ID number. The man said they had mailed out a form to her address threatening enforcement action on back taxes. He said her daughter owed $4,786.35 from 2009. Both the voicemail caller and the man she was speaking with had accents. The woman asked to speak to a supervisor and was told the supervisor was not available right then. The woman got off the phone and decided to report the call to police. According to her daughter’s records, she had filed a tax return for 2009.

6:31 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 22, on a bench warrant for failing to appear after he was involved in a multi-car accident on Division Street in front of 1149 Restaurant. The man immediately told police he thought his license may be suspended. That was confirmed, and the warrant was found. He was processed at the station and released on bail. He was also issued a court summons for the license suspension.

9:51 p.m. – A customer of Mozzarella’s on Post Road told police he returned to his car and found the right rear window smashed and a briefcase taken. The case contained an iPad and a laptop computer and several computer cables. The car had been locked.

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