By Bethany Hashway
Wednesday, Nov. 1
9:45 a.m. – Police arrested an Exeter man, 71, for simple assault and disorderly conduct after he got into an argument with another patron about insurance while at The Beacon Diner on South County Trail. The Exeter man said the other man was wrong, swore at him, then punched him in the face. The Exeter man proceeded to choke the other man, who was now on the floor, until an employee attempted to stop him. The Exeter man shoved the employee aside, but then stopped after he realized what he’d done. When police arrived, the man was arrested and taken to EGPD for processing and was later released with a District Court summons.
11:16 a.m. – Police arrested a Coventry man, 34, on a bench warrant after he was pulled over for going through a stop sign in the area of King and Duke streets. Routine checks showed the warrant. He was taken into custody, and taken to Superior Court for arraignment.
Thursday, Nov. 2
11:15 a.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police that she had been scammed by a caller who said he was with the FBI and that there was a warrant out for her arrest for money laundering. The caller got the woman to give him the last four digits of her Social Security number and asked about her credit cards and bank accounts. The caller then gave the woman another phone number to call to help her straighten things out. The second man told her to cancel her credit card, buy five $100 gift cards at CVS, then call him back and read the gift card numbers to him. After she did all this, the woman told her husband, who said she’d been scammed and needed to call the police.
Friday, Nov. 3
1:21 a.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 31, speeding and a number of moving violations, as well as driving with a suspended license after a high-speed chase with police. Police noticed the driver after he turned left from Exchange Street to King Street without signaling, then failed to stop at a stop sign on King Street. Police activated lights and siren on Main Street to get the driver to pull over, but he did not pull over. Police followed the driver onto Division Street, heading west. The driver shut off his headlights and, according to the report, accelerated to 70 mph in a 25 mph zone. The driver passed five cars on the left and passed through two stop signs without slowing, then turned right onto the Route 95 on ramp northbound. EGPD called the officer off the chase and notified State Police to pick it up. The car stopped at Exit 11 and EGPD arrested the driver, who was taken to the police department and held overnight before being taken to District Court.
2:30 p.m. – A Meadowbrook Road resident told police someone had put holes in her front window on Halloween. She said she heard three knocks at 9 p.m. and then noticed the damaged window. She said she saw three kids running down the street but did not recognize them.
Saturday, Nov. 4
6:16 pm. – Police arrested Thomas Campbell, 36, of North Kingstown, for felony charges of domestic assault (third offense) and mayhem and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct from an Oct. 25 incident. Coventry police had picked up Campbell on a hit-and-run offense. After seeing a warrant in the system for Campbell’s arrest, Coventry PD notified EGPD. EGPD picked Campbell up and took him to the station for processing.
Sunday Nov. 5
4:22 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 30, for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic simple assault after he allegedly tackled his roommate causing a picture to fall from the wall, gashing the roommate’s head. The roommate told police he had been sleeping but woke up to the sounds of the East Greenwich man “trashing the kitchen.” When police arrived, they found the suspect in bed, with a large knife on the bed with him. He was arrested without incident and taken to EGPD for processing. Someone was called to pick up the man’s three children, who were sleeping in the basement at the time. Police also arrested the roommate, 21, who had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court.
4:30 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police she had what could be an explosive device from WWII that her father had given her a few years earlier. Someone from the state fire marshal’s office arrived at the house and took the possible ordinance into custody. He said it did not look like an explosive device but that he would have it x-rayed and would return it to the homeowner if it was deemed safe.
Friday Nov. 10
5:56 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 46, on a bench warrant after someone tipped off police about the outstanding warrant. Police pulled the car over on First Avenue after routine checks turned up the warrant. The man was taken into custody, processed at EGPD, then delivered to the ACI in Cranston.
Monday Nov. 13
4:06 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 66, for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic simple assault and battery after he slapped his girlfriend while waiting for his dog to be treated at the animal hospital on South County Trail. According to the report, the girlfriend had wanted to bring in the dog, who may have swallowed marijuana. The man had not wanted that information disclosed. The couple began arguing and the man grabbed the woman by her shirt, pushing her away. He then slapped her with his open hand, then left. Police found him at his residence. He initially denied having struck the woman but changed his story after he learned a camera had captured the incident. He was arrested and taken to EGPD headquarters where he was processed. He was later transported to the ACI in Cranston.