EG Police Reports: Pedestrian Rage & Tarantula on the Loose

by | Sep 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.

Monday, Sept. 1

12:49 p.m. – Police picked up a large spider outside the EG Free Library that turned out to be a rose-haired tarantula after someone called in to report it. The library was closed for the Labor Day holiday. Police found the tarantula on the front steps. It had brown and black fur and was 5 to 6 inches long. They were able to get the spider into a box and took it to Sabrina’s Reptile Kingdom in Cumberland. The owner said he would hold on the to spider, which he identified as the rose-haired tarantula, for two weeks in the event its owner wanted it back, before putting it up for sale. [Ed. note: According to Sabrina’s, rose-hair tarantulas, native to Chile, are the most common variety of tarantula sold in the U.S. today and not native to the area. They are mildly venomous.]

4:02 p.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 22, on a 3rd District Court bench warrant and and driving without a license, after he was pulled over on Main Street because of his car’s dark-tinted windows. The man told police he did not have a valid license. Routine checks turned up the bench warrant. He was processed at the station and taken to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston. His car was towed from the scene.

5:53 p.m. – Police arrested a Central Falls man, 25, for driving with a suspended license after he was pulled over on First Avenue for not wearing a seatbelt and he told police his license was suspended. Police confirmed the suspension and gave him a 3rd District Court summons, with instructions to report to the station for processing before his court date. A companion drove the car from the scene.

7:34 p.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown man, 29, on a 3rd District Court bench warrant after he and a companion were questioned by police because their car was parked in a no-parking zone on Middle Road near Carrs Pond Road. Routine checks on the two came back with a warrant for the NK man, who was taken into custody, processed at the station and taken to the ACI because he did not have bail money. His companion drove the car from the scene.

10:04 p.m. – Police were unable to find the driver of a truck that appeared to have gone off the road on Frenchtown and Shippee roads, hitting a large rock, then continued west on Frenchtown Road until it was abandoned near Forest Lane. There was significant debris at the crash site. The truck, which had a broken axle, had empty beer bottles inside and a half-empty bottle of Dr. McGillicuddy’s alcohol and the cab smelled of alcohol. A neighbor said he saw a man talking on a cell phone outside the truck but the man was no longer in the area. Police had the truck towed from the scene and mailed a summons to the owner of the truck, a West Greenwich man.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

6:30 a.m. – A Graham Way resident complained to police about excessive noise coming from Frenchtown School on school days. He said he was awoken those mornings at 6:30 a.m. by sounds of trash pickup and various early morning deliveries. Police said they would talk to the school department about the matter.

2:41 p.m. – An East Greenwich couple told police about a verbal confrontation in the parking lot at 1000 Division Street in which a man on the sidewalk at a crosswalk in front of Gold’s Gym yelled profanities at them for not stopping at the crosswalk. The husband got out of the car to question the man; the man held up an object that appeared to be a knife and continued yelling at the couple. The husband got back in the car and they drove toward Dave’s Marketplace but they while stopped in front of Dave’s because of foot traffic, the man approached the car again, still yelling, prompting the couple to call the police. Police found the man and, after an interview, escorted him off the property. The couple declined to press charges.

3:56 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 26, for driving without a license after he was stopped on Post Road for speeding. Police gave him a summons. His car was picked up by a relative who paid the towing fee.


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