Police Log: Boat Launch Drama & High School Rivalries

by | Sep 29, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, Sept. 9

9:45 a.m. – The manager of East Greenwich Cemetery on First Avenue told police a fence company trying to install fencing at the property line of the cemetery and houses on Virginia Avenue was told to leave by one of the Virginia Avenue residents. The cemetery manager said the cemetery had been trying to re-establish the property line there because homeowners had been encroaching on cemetery property that had gone untended for many years. The resident told police he would allow the fence company to install the fence but was planning to pursue the matter in civil court.

11:17 a.m. – A Crompton Avenue resident complained about noise at the boat ramp from people partying and/or living there. She said she’d complained numerous times and didn’t want to keep complaining but the noise kept her up Monday night. Police confirmed with the town recreation department that all parks and recreation areas in town close at dusk. The town official said she would make sure a sign indicating hours was posted there.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

10 a.m. – A woman told police her mother’s ex-boyfriend was harassing her via text, even though she has applied for two restraining orders against him. Both times, the man started contacting her again after the restraining order lapsed. Police spoke with the man, who lives in East Greenwich, and told him he needed to stop contacting the woman. He said he just wanted her to know that after three years she was like a daughter to him and that he would always protect her. Police told the man he would be in trouble with EGPD if he continued to contact the woman. 

4:30 p.m.  – Police cited a West Warwick woman, 19, for operating a car with cancelled registration after police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Kenyon Avenue. The car was towed and plates were seized.

5:36 p.m. – A motorist complained that a traffic light at Frenchtown Road and the Route 4 overpass is giving priority to the secondary road. Police notified the traffic light company (SME?) and an officer will direct traffic in the meantime. 

6:07 p.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick man, 31, on a warrant after stopping him for using a cell phone while driving. Routine checks showed the warrant out of West Warwick and a suspended license. The man was taken into custody and transported to EGPD for processing. He was later turned over to West Warwick Police for the warrant charge and issued a District Court summons for operating on a suspended license, third offense, and for using a cell phone while driving.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

9:03 a.m. – A man was found sleeping on the property at Anderson’s Ski & Dive Shop. He was sent on his way.

3:12 p.m. – Police responded to the upper parking lot of the boat ramp on Crompton Avenue after getting a report about an argument that got physical. The man who made the report appeared to be very drunk and he said had been pushed. Police found the other man, who said he was only protecting himself after the first man came at him with raised fists. He had left the area after the incident. No charges were made.

4:42 p.m. – A mother reported her 13-year-old daughter had cut her arms. The girl was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

5:14 p.m. – Someone complained about a basketball in the middle of Main Street that drivers were having to swerve to avoid. 

8:19 p.m. – A King Street resident told police her neighbor, who was also an ex-boyfriend, was harassing her by being loud. Police contacted the neighbor.

9:23 p.m. – During a check of the boat ramp on Crompton Avenue, police found two people who appeared to be drunk. One was taken by rescue to the hospital. 

10:54 p.m. – Police arrested a Coventry man, 20, on a warrant after Rhode Island state police notified EGPD that they had the man in custody. He was picked up by EGPD and held at the station pending his court appearance the next morning for a vandalism charge from July. He is accused of drawing a swastika on a wall at New England while working for a moving company. The man said he had drawn on the wall but said he’d drawn the numbers 4 and 7 and that he didn’t mean for the drawing to look like a swastika. He said he was very high at the time of the incident and had been bored and he said he had no bias toward anyone. 

Thursday, Sept. 12

7:45 p.m. – A Melrose Street resident told police his blue Kenmore Power Spin vacuum was missing. The man said he has kept the vacuum in the hall outside his apartment for the past two years, but sometime between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, the vacuum disappeared.

9:30 a.m. – While police were helping out at Eldredge Elementary School during a lockdown drill, they noticed three men and one woman walking on the outer field. Police told them no one was allowed on school grounds during school hours unless they had business at the school. Police also told them no alcohol was allowed on school grounds and that they needed to vacate the area.

Friday, Sept. 13

6 p.m. – Police met with a Duke Street resident regarding fraudulent transactions that were on their bank account. The reporting party told police there were four fraudulent transactions which were: progressive Insurance$431.65, Uber Eats-$66, Applebee’s $51 and MCDonalds $1.14

10:29 p.m. – Police got a report about a highly intoxicated woman on Wine Street. She was taken by rescue to the hospital.

Saturday, Sept. 14

7:08 a.m.Someone told police a car with Maine plates was parked in the middle of Frenchtown Road. No owner of the car could be found; police had it towed.

9:56 a.m. – Warwick police said the car with Maine plates had been reported stolen; EGPD gave Warwick PD the name of the towing company.

10:23 a.m. – A resident told police he’d seen a mangy fox in the area of Hickory and Terrace drives but lost track of the animal by the time police arrived.

1:15 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 48, for simple assault/battery after police responded to Long Street to assist another officer with an investigation of an assault that happened on Sept. 13 at the boat launch on Crompton Avenue. The accuser had told police on Friday the two men had been drinking at the boat launch when the other man tossed him over the railing and then kicked him in the head. When police confronted the other man on Long Street, he said he’d only shoved the man and slapped him on the back of the head and that his hand still hurt from the slap. He was taken to the station, processed and held. 

10:25 p.m. – A resident told police a large group of kids were on the roadway on Juniper Drive. An officer spoke with parents and the group was dispersed.

Sunday, Sept. 15

12:45 a.m. – A Diplomat Drive resident told police two cars, a Jeep and a Volvo, had been speeding on Diplomat Drive and the occupants of the cars were yelling and threatening to come into the resident’s house. The caller, a high school student, said he was at the house with several EGHS friends and he thought the drivers of the cars were La Salle students and that they were angry that EGHS beat La Salle in field hockey Thursday night (4-0). Other residents had called to report speeding in the area. Earlier in the night, one student said, someone had egged cars on Juniper Drive. Police found three cars had been egged on Juniper Drive. 

10:45 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 54, on a warrant for simple assault from an incident that took place Friday. She was taken into custody and transported to EGPD for processing and also charged with violating bail. She was released on cash bail.

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