Police Log: Open Containers, Cold Fries, Hard Feelings

by | Oct 13, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway and Elizabeth F. McNamara

Monday, Sept. 23

4:29 p.m. – A resident told police people were speeding and driving the wrong way across the Crompton Road bridge, where work is being done and only one lane of traffic is open.

8:35 p.m. – Someone complained to police about a man knocking on doors on Long Street. Police found the man, someone known to police, as he walked on Long Street drinking beer out of a can. The man denied knocking on doors and said he was staying at a residence on Long Street. When police told him to dispose of the beer, the man became belligerent. When the man learned police would be giving him a Municipal Court summons for drinking beer in public, he said he might as well finish the beer then. Police dropped off the summons a little later; the man refused to sign it.

9:45 p.m. – Police followed a motorcycle (a man with a woman passenger) going about 65 mph in a 25 mph zone on Main Street, onto Frenchtown Road, where the motorcycle slowed somewhat and then onto Route 4, where the motorcycle was going more than 55 mph. But because of the potential danger posed by a high-speed chase, police abandoned the chase. They did, however, have the license plate number of the motorcycle.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

12:11 p.m. – A Warwick woman told police she and her husband were eating at Outback Steakhouse when they noticed a couple who used to be friends were also eating there. The two couple had had a falling out over an issue between their children. As they were leaving, the Warwick woman said the woman from the other couple called out, “Your son dodged a bullet!” twice. The Warwick woman’s husband said in response, “No, he didn’t.” After pausing to regain their composure, the Warwick couple left the restaurant.  

1:35 p.m. – Police got a report of a drunk man on a property on First Avenue. EGFD rescue took the man to the hospital.

4:54 p.m. – Someone drove their car into a wall at the United Methodist Church; no one was injured but airbags did inflate. The building inspector was notified to check the structure.

6:06 p.m. – A resident told police she’d recently learned someone in Ohio had opened a credit account through Sprint to buy an iPhone for nearly $600 in June. The resident only learned about it when a collections company contacted her about the outstanding bill.

7:26 p.m. – Police assisted EGFD after getting a call about an intoxicated woman on Wine Street. Rescue took her to the hospital.

7:40 p.m. – A nursing home resident called police to say she didn’t want to be there. Police checked the facility and found her OK and ready to go to sleep for the night.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

12:43 a.m. – Police noticed two people asleep in a car at the Frenchtown Road park and ride. The car registration checked out fine; the two people went on their way.

3:27 p.m. – The manager of Red Stripe told police an employee had gotten very upset after an argument with another employee and started yelling and seeming out of control. The man was fired and the manager asked police to issue a No Trespass order out on the now-former employee.

10 p.m. – The manager of the McDonald’s on New London Turnpike told police a patron had assaulted an employee because the patron was upset that her french fries were cold. The incident was captured on the store’s CCTV and police were going to follow up on the registration of the car the patron left in.

Thursday, Sept. 26

4:29 a.m. – A motorcyclist hit a possum on Middle Road. He told police he was not injured but needed help getting his bike upright. The motorcycle was somewhat damaged in the incident.

8:45 a.m. – Police cited two men, one of Warwick and one of East Greenwich, for drinking alcohol while sitting on the bleachers near the baseball field at Eldredge School. They each got Municipal Courts summons.

1:38 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich teen, 17, for possessing marijuana (1 ounce or less) at East Greenwich High School. 

8:49 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 38, for simple assault/battery and disorderly conduct after police responded to Kai Bar on Main Street on a report of an assault. According to a bartender at Kai Bar, the manager of the establishment had told the EG woman she would not be served because of an incident earlier in the week. The woman than allegedly pulled the manager’s hair with force, then let go and left in an Uber. Police caught up with the Uber a couple blocks away. The EG woman smelled of alcohol. She became belligerent when told by police she was being arrested. She continued to be uncooperative with police throughout the arrest and back at the station. 

11 p.m. – A Pizza Heaven employee told police a delivery person had delivered a pizza to an address on Duke Street. The person who paid for the pizza came out from behind the residence and gave the delivery person a $100 bill and got back $46. Back at the restaurant, the bill was determined to be counterfeit. 

Friday, Sept. 27

4:26 p.m. – A Shippeetown Road resident told police a MetLife Home & Auto check had been fraudulently cashed in June for $515.64. MetLife had notified her of the fraud.

5:50 p.m. – An EG resident told police he’d been scammed after he got a message on his home computer telling him he’d been hacked and he had to contact a representative of Microsoft. The person he reached at the number he was given told him his bank account had been compromised and he was about to lose $8,000. He would need to withdraw $8,000 immediately to avoid losing that amount. Then, the person on the other end of the phone said, he needed to buy four $500 Best Buy gift cards, which he did. It was only after that that the resident realized he’d been scammed. He had Best Buy put a stop on the cards; one had been used already.  

Saturday, Sept. 28

8:11 p.m. – A resident complained about loud music at Finn’s Harborside. There was no music coming from Finn’s when police arrived; the manager said the music would not be loud this evening.

9:22 p.m. – An Ashbrook Road resident complained about people coming and going from a neighbor’s house all night, flood lights on, and people congregating in the street. The resident said he just wanted to make the police aware of the situation.

9:49 p.m. – Police and EGFD responded to a reported overdose. After three doses of Narcan, the person was awake and alert and agreed to be taken to Kent Hospital. 

Sunday, Sept. 29

7:04 p.m. – A resident complained about people driving the wrong way across the Crompton Road bridge, which has one lane open to travel while bridge repair work is being done.

8:51 p.m. – A car parked in the lot just south of Finn’s Harborside and East Greenwich Clam was under water (it was high tide, which regularly floods that parking lot). A tow company was called to remove the car.

Monday, Sept. 30

1:21 a.m. – Police came upon a youth out walking after getting in a fight with her best friend. A parent was notified and she was picked up.

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Kevin Fetzer
Kevin Fetzer
October 14, 2019 8:19 am

The opossum hit by the motorcyclist appeared to be dead at the scene, but was nowhere to be found when coroner arrived later that night.


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