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

by | Apr 19, 2018

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.

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