Police Log: Missing Anvil; Found Wallet with Cocaine

by | Nov 17, 2019

By Bethany Hashway and Elizabeth F. McNamara

Monday, Oct. 28

8 a.m. – A Duke Street resident complained to police about issues she was having the man who lives upstairs. She said the man had been harassing her ever since their first interaction. She said he was always blasting music and smoking in the apartment in an attempt to make her sick. She suspected he had infiltrated her internet and that he was having her followed. The man told police he was allowed to smoke in the apartment as per his lease, had not gone into her apartment, and said he was frustrated by the situation. 

12:45 p.m. – An EG woman told police a man tried to get into her car while she was sitting in it eating her lunch in the parking lot at 1000 Division Street. She locked her doors and drove away quickly. Police searched for the man and the car as described by the woman without success.

7:18 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 20, for domestic simple assault/battery, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic mal-damage after they were called to the residence he shared with his girlfriend for a domestic disturbance. The woman who called said she and her boyfriend had argued and he had left. He then returned and punched a hole in the screen and opened the door, which had been locked. According to the woman, the man approached and said, ”Go ahead and call the cops. If I’m going to go to jail, I’m going to go for something good.” He then struck the woman on the left side of the face and the lip with a closed fist and left. Police picked up the suspect on Crompton Avenue near Water Street. He was taken into custody and held at EGPD overnight until court in the morning. The woman declined medical attention. Police gave her pamphlets on domestic abuse.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

1:11 a.m. – A resident called asking for help finding his stepson. Police found the stepson by the Beacon Diner. He declined to get a ride from police, saying he was walking to the Season’s mini mart gas station. 

2:58 p.m. – A resident told police a utility pole at Moosehorn and Middle roads appeared to be falling over. Police contacted National Grid but left the pole as is, saying there was no immediate hazard.

3 p.m. – Police were alerted to a strange phone call made to EGHS where a man asked about a bomb and also about IQ. His questions were circular; the call lasted about two minutes. The phone number came from Warrenton, Virginia. Police reported the incident to the RI Fusion Center, which deals with threats like these. The call was deemed a non-credible threat; similar phone calls were documented across the country police said.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

6:52 a.m. – A Crompton Road resident told police a red truck often speeds by their house and the driver sounds the horn. The resident followed the truck to a tree service company in Coventry, where he lodged a complaint with the office staff.

8:56 a.m. – A man in charge of an estate sale for an elderly man who was moving told police two items were missing, an anvil and a sledge hammer. They, and other belongings, had been stored in the older man’s garage before an estate sale. 

10:30 a.m.  – An anonymous person turned a wallet over to the police containing a driver’s license, credit cards, $63 in cash and two small bags of cocaine. 

12:02 p.m. – A resident told police they got concerned after digging in their yard and coming upon a clump of hair. Upon inspection, the hair turned out to be part of a wig.

4:57 p.m. – A resident contacted police about a possible liquor license violation by the American Legion hall on Main Street, which recently turned in its liquor license. Police found the event at the hall was an auction and no alcohol was served. 

5:19 p.m. – A Lenihan Lane resident told police a man was going around selling magazine subscriptions. That activity is allowed with a permit but the man did not have a permit. Police told him to stop going door-to-door. He waited at Shovlin Park for his boss to come pick him up.

9:05 p.m. – A resident told police she was hearing a strange noise by her back door. Police investigated, finding the noise was coming from the washing machine, which the property owner said she hadn’t realized was on.

Thursday, Oct. 31

12:09 a.m. – Someone told police a man was passed out in the area of Rector and Division streets. The caller said he asked if the man was ok and the man tried to get in his car. Police gave the man a ride to his mother’s residence.

11 a.m. – A South Road resident told police a gun he’d kept in his bedroom had gone missing. He said he hadn’t seen it in three years. 

11:55 p.m.  Police responded to a building fire at Greene Industries to assist the fire department. Read more about the fire here

Friday, Nov. 1

Overnight – A number of people reported downed trees and power lines due to strong winds.

2:42 p.m. – A woman told police a branch fell on her car as she was traveling westbound on Middle Road. The branch cracked the windshield and damaged the top of the car. 

8:51 p.m. – Police arrested an East Providence man, 34, for driving under the influence after his car ended up in a ditch on Frenchtown Road. The vehicle was facing eastbound on the westbound side of the road. The East Providence man was standing by the trunk and stumbled a bit while talking with police. He told police he was traveling west on Frenchtown Road when he missed a turn. He then attempted to make a U-turn and subsequently ended up in the ditch. Police could smell a strong odor of alcohol on the man. He had bloodshot watery eyes and his speech was slurred, according to the report. The man refused medical treatment when rescue arrived. After failing a field sobriety test, the man was taken into custody and transported to EGPD for processing. At the station he agreed to a chemical breath test to determine his blood alcohol level. It showed his blood alcohol was .245 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent. He was issued a District Court summons and released.

6:46 p.m. – A pedestrian was hit by a car on Post Road near Town Line Liquors. Because the incident took place just over the line in North Kingstown, NKPD handled it.

Saturday, Nov. 2

12:35 a.m. – After getting a complaint about noise at the Oaks Tavern, police told the people standing and talking outside the Queen Street bar to go back inside.  

10:30 a.m. Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 40, for domestic disorderly conduct and refusing to relinquish a cell phone after an altercation with his wife at home. According to his wife, the man got angry at one point and punched a jewelry box sitting on the counter, which caused his hand to bleed. When she said she was going to call the police, he grabbed her phone and refused to give it to her. The woman told police her husband did not hurt her. She said he’d left in his car. Police found the man in his car on South County Trail. He was taken into custody, processed then released with a District Court summons.

11:07 a.m. – A resident of the River Farm neighborhood complained to police about all the cars parked on Franklin Road, which provides access to the neighborhood from Post Road. Police confirmed there were a number of cars parked there but they were all parked legally and out of the way. 

2:12 p.m. – After a political sign was found on public property, police started looking for others since political signs are not allowed on public property. Police found several other signs located on town property. The signs – which said to vote no  on the school bond referendum on Nov. 5 – were removed.

11:30 p.m. – A student at New England Tech told police his motorcycle was missing. He said he’s last seen his motorcycle in the parking lot on Oct. 30 or 31. The motorcycle is described as a red and black 2004 Yamaha 1000 valued at $3,900.

Sunday, Nov. 3

7:30 a.m. – While police were on routine patrol they noticed more “vote no” signs posted in four different locations. Six signs were removed.


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November 18, 2019 9:11 am

I must say, Bethany, that your detailed EGPD reports are among the most interesting, fascinating (and sometimes depressing) things I read each week.

Skip Kingsley
Skip Kingsley
November 20, 2019 6:33 pm

Love all the news you deliver!

Elizabeth McNamara
November 20, 2019 6:52 pm
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