Police Log: Hair Color Trauma & Campaign Sign Drama

by | Sep 3, 2018

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, August 13

4:25 p.m. – Police cited a Cranston man for driving with a suspended registration after he was stopped for not having an inspection sticker and a burnt out brake light. Routine checks showed the suspended registration. The car was towed and police seized the plates.

Tuesday, August 14

11:30 a.m. – Police cited a North Kingstown man for driving a motor vehicle with a cancelled registration after police stopped him for having no registration stickers. Routine checks revealed the cancelled registration. The car was towed and plates were seized.

Wednesday, August 15

12:30 p.m. – An East Greenwich man went to turn in a shotgun for safe keeping. The man told officers that the gun belongs to his son who had been arrested recently for a domestic-related incident in North Kingstown.

Thursday, August 16  

2:30 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police her wallet went missing while she ate lunch at Panera. She and a friend got to Panera at 12:30 p.m. They ordered lunch and she paid with cash. The woman told police she remembered putting her change into her wallet, and never taking her wallet out of her purse. They sat down to eat lunch and while eating, she placed her purse on the ground. They finished eating around 2 p.m. and she picked up her purse and placed it on her lap to get something out of it. She immediately realized that her wallet was missing. She said she looked everywhere, even asking the manager of the restaurant for video footage. The wallet contained some cash, her driver’s license, AAA Card, credit cards and possibly her Social Security card.

Friday, August 17

1 p.m. – An East Greenwich man complained to police that his father’s campaign sign was moved. The man said his dad is running for public office and had a large sign posted at the end of Signal Ridge Way at Division Road. On Aug. 16 at 10:31 p.m., the sign was moved. The man showed video footage of three males taking down the sign and putting it on the ground. The males were all stocky and between 5’ 10” and 6’ and look to be in their 30s. The candidate had placed a camera on a tree due to sign having been removed the two previous nights. The man learned the police themselves had moved the sign the earlier nights, responding to public complaints about the sign obstructing drivers’ views. Police told the man the sign needed to be far enough off the road that it didn’t block drivers’ vision. Some time later, one of the men in the video reported to the station to say he’d moved the sign because it had obscured his vision while driving. He’d seen the video on local news after the campaign shared it with the media.

5:54 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 39, at his home on a warrant out of South Kingstown Police Department for domestic malicious damage. He was taken into custody and transported to EGPD for processing and leter turned over to South Kingstown police.

Sunday, August 19

11:30 a.m. – The owner of Salon Vibes called police to report that a former customer has been harassing her on social media. The owner told police that the customer came in every two weeks to get her hair washed and colored. The customer told the salon she didn’t want to wash her own hair due to poor water quality in her apartment complex. On Aug. 18, a stylist at the salon, did the customer’s hair per the owner’s instructions since she was out sick. The customer said she wanted her hair a little darker, which the stylist did, and when the customer left she reported she loved it and booked another appointment. Later that day the owner got a Facebook message from the customer stating she thought her hair was too dark. The owner said they tried to make the customer happy. When this was unsuccessful, the owner blocked the customer from her Facebook. After she blocked the customer she received many messages from people appearing to be friends with the customer, some accusing the salon owner of running a bad business, others more threatening, including one in which the writer said she lived in the Bronx and that when people mess up “it doesn’t end well.” The customer would not talk to the police, referring them to her lawyer. But the lawyer told police he was no longer representing her. Finally, the customer’s mother called the police and said she would tell her daughter to convey the police message that she cease all contact with the salon owner.

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