Police Log: ‘Florence’ Displaced; Wrong Way Drivers

by | Aug 20, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, July 29

2:25 p.m. – A West Greenwich man told police he thought he’d been assaulted by the manager of the Quick Lane on South County Trail the previous Friday. He said he wanted to get a tire fixed but when he learned it would take a couple of hours, he decided to leave. He tried to leave by the back door, the same door he’d used when he came in. The manager told him he couldn’t use the back door. The West Greenwich man said his car was in the back and he attempted to move past the manager. The manager put his hands on the man during this incident and the West Greenwich man decided over the weekend he wanted to press charges. Police checked with Quick Lane and employees there said the man had been rude and had been told upon entry he was not allowed to use the back door, that the back door was for employees only. While waiting to be served, according to one employee, the man appeared agitated and said, “What is this? A f***** cocktail party?” Video of the incident did not show an assault by the manager; police said there was not enough evidence of an assault.

Tuesday, July 30

3:56 p.m. – A Centreville Bank employee told police that the statue named “Florence” – a woman sitting on a bench in front of the bank – had been moved and damaged. The statue had been taken off its concrete bench and moved to a portable chair behind the bench. There were some flowers and the remnants of a broken vase on the bench. Video surveillance showed a man not known to police with tattoos on his lower arms moving the statue. Bank employees took the statue inside the bank for safekeeping.

4:09 p.m. – The HR director of a company on South County Trail told police a employee fired May 30th was on the premises and was talking to employees while they were at lunch. The director said the former employee had posted several comments about his former employer and his firing on social media. He asked police to issue a No Trespass order to the Connecticut man.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

6:20 p.m. – Police came upon a man on Main Street who appeared to be intoxicated. The officer called EGFD rescue and the man was taken to Kent Hospital.

9:12 p.m. – An EG woman told police she noticed what looked like a strobe light from inside a house on Spring Street. She said an elderly woman lived there and she wanted police to check it out. Police found the house vacant and a lamp with a flickering bulb inside.

11:52 p.m. – A man at the Citizens Bank on Main Street told police his girlfriend had assaulted him and started walking north up the street. When police found the woman, she said her boyfriend called her after crashing her car near the bank. She went to the bank to check on the situation. Witnesses said the couple had argued then the woman left the scene.

Thursday, August 1

5:53 p.m. – A resident told police drivers continue to drive on the Crompton Road–Shippeetown Bridge the wrong way. The bridge has been one way for the past two months because of construction. 

6:58 p.m. – A valet at Café Fresco told police his backpack, which he had left behind a brick wall next to the restaurant, went missing sometime within the past hour. The pack contained a iPad as well as his wallet. The iPad’s GPS showed it was at Brayton Street near Division. Police retrieved the backpack. The iPad was still there but the man’s wallet was missing. Neighbors told police they didn’t see anyone stow a backpack there.

Friday, August 2

9:25 p.m. – Police got a complaint about an intoxicated woman trying to leave Blu by car. The woman agreed to leave her car and keys at Blu overnight and take an Uber home.

Saturday, August 3

1 a.m. – Police arrested a Wakefield man, 24, for vandalism/malicious damage to property and disorderly conduct after police saw the man smash what appeared to be his cell phone on the sidewalk on King Street. He then picked up the cell phone and walked to a parking lot behind one of the buildings near the train tracks. Police followed the man and saw him yelling at a man sitting in a dark-colored Jeep. When the man in the Jeep tried to drive off, the Wakefield man struck the passenger side window with his hand. The Jeep drove around the man in an attempt to leave the parking lot. Police then saw the Wakefield man throw something at the Jeep, smashing the Jeep’s rear window. Police called for assistance. The man was taken into custody and transported to EGPD. He was later released with a summons to appear in District Court.

11:06 a.m. – Police received another complaint about drivers traveling the wrong way across the Crompton Road–Shippeetown Road bridge. The bridge is open for one-way traffic only during construction there.

12:35 p.m. – A resident came to the station to ask about wayward teens.

3:07 p.m. – A father and son were arguing over a compressor on Exchange Street. The two men went to their respective homes and peace was restored.


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