The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
A disturbance on St. George Court sent several police to that street around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. A 51-year-old woman told police she was walking her dog by the property of one of her neighbors when her neighbor told her she “could kick” her dog for going onto her property and told her to get off her property and that she would get a no trespass order against her. She said they then argued and the argument led to one of the women hitting the other’s hat, knocking it off kilter, according to a witness, and she backed away from the confrontation and called police.
Officer John McHale then spoke with the alleged perpetrator who pretty much told the same story and said the other woman came on her property and “she saw it fit that she could use her hands and violence” to keep the other woman off her property and actually admitted she hit the front of her hat.
A landscaper who was doing some work in the area said he saw and heard some of the incident but did not see anything physical because they were not in his view but did say he turned around and saw that the woman’s hat had been hit and moved but was still on the woman’s head. He said the alleged victim at first said she did not want to press charges but just wanted the woman to be told not to trespass on her property or possibly get a restraining order but then changed her mind and had the other woman arrested. He said the alleged perpetrator had video of the incident but it did not reveal much because the two women were behind a large bush and a tree. McHale said they had to arrest the woman for disorderly conduct. She was taken to headquarters, fingerprinted and later released with a summons for District Court.
A Rushville, N.Y. man, who was staying at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thurber Street on Aug. 23, told police he returned to his parked car and found the passenger side window was smashed and his $4,000 company-owned laptop was gone. He said a $500 GPS unit and two hard drives worth $100 each were also gone. The man said there might be some video of the incident but that could not be accessed until a manager arrived the next morning. There were no other witnesses.
A Connecticut woman told police she was staying at the Comfort Inn on Aug. 23 when someone smashed the front passenger window and took her $1,000 laptop, an external hard drive and some jewelry from the car. No suspects or witnesses. The report was forwarded to detectives.
A guest of the Motel 6 on Jefferson Blvd. told police he parked his Volkswagen Jetta in the lot of the motel on Aug. 22 and found it had been broken into when he returned to it the next day. He said his $200 GPS unit was missing but not the $11 in cash that was left in plain view. No suspects or witnesses.
Two Providence women called police around 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 19 to report they parked their car in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Bald Hill Road and returned to find the car had been broken into. She said her friend’s purse was missing from under the front passenger seat where she left it. She told police her GPS unit, an iPod and a charger were in the purse. None of the surveillance cameras were trained on the area. No suspects or witnesses.
Police went to Chambly Avenue on Aug. 21 to take a report of a smashed car window and a missing GPS unit and two cell phones, worth a total of $400. No witnesses or suspects.
Police went to the Bright Cleaners on West Shore Road early on the morning of Aug. 22 to look at a window that had been hit with what looked to be BBs overnight. Officer Albert Marano reported that the BB didn’t go all the way through the plate glass but did leave a one-inch crack in the glass. The owner estimated it would cost $900 to replace the window. No suspects or witnesses.
DWI AND REFUSAL
Officer Stephen Major reported a DWI and refusal resulting from an accident that occurred around 3:20 p.m. He said he was dispatched to an accident involving a speeding car, a fire hydrant, a mailbox and a fence near Buttonwoods Avenue and Budlong Farm Road and dispatch said the car left the area. He said witnesses described the car and he was on West Shore Road near Hoxsie when he saw the car stopped in the middle of the intersection of Warwick Avenue and West Shore, blocking traffic in both directions. He said he used his loudspeaker and siren to pull the car over at the Hess gas station on Airport Road. He said the driver spoke out loudly and said, “You got me!” Major said he asked what he meant by that and the man said, “That [expletive] towel head guy drove me off the road back there. That’s why I hit the hydrant.” He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said he asked the driver if he had any more information about the car that drove him off the road and he said that it was “some white bitch,” in contradiction to what Major called “his ignorant racist reference” earlier. He said the man badly failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He said he brought Vincent Vallarine, 62, of 170 Pomona St. in Johnston, to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. Witness statements filed with the police report made no mention of towel heads or bitches.