Police Log: Beer Keg As Ramming Device & Found Cocaine

Information about the following incidents was supplied by the East Greenwich Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Credit: EG Patch
Credit: EG Patch

Wednesday, Jan. 1

12:18 a.m. – Police euthanized a deer with two broken legs that was hit by a car on Shippee Road at Tipping Rock.

12:20 p.m. – Residents of a house on Oakwood Drive told police their children found a plastic bag in the road with containing white powder that looked like cocaine. They said they’d heard an argument at 1:30 a.m. between two men inside a small grey or white car parked in front of their house. One of the men was heard saying, “I cannot find it.” The driver continued yelling at the passenger, who got out of the car for a few minutes. After about 10 minutes, they drove away. The powder tested positive for cocaine.

3:06 p.m. – A Cindy Ann Drive resident told police her dog was bitten by another dog on Mayflower Drive while her daughter was walking it. The owner of the dog that did the biting lives on Mayflower. The dog was being watched by a neighbor and was not on a leash at the time of the incident. She said her dog was vaccinated. She was told to quarantine her dog for 10 days.

Thursday, Jan. 2

A number of cars were towed because they remained on the street during the town’s snowstorm parking ban, including a car on Friendship Street, an ATV parked on the sidewalk on Main Street, and a car on Queen Street.

Friday, Jan. 3

2:17 a.m. – While on patrol, police saw an enormous amount of water flowing down Overbrook Lane and Division Street. On closer inspection, water could be seen spewing up from the ground on the north side of Division Street, as well as through storm drains at the corner with Overbrook. Police alerted Kent County Water Authority. An officer saw water flowing towards a house on Overbrook so he alerted the homeowner, who found her basement was full of water. EG Fire was called to help deal with that situation. KCWA arrived and started turning off water to the area. Other Overbrook Lane residents were notified – one other house was affected. You can read more about the water main break here.

2:20 p.m. – A regional manager for Walgreens told police a a man in a hooded sweatshirt came into the store at 1000 Division Street on Dec. 22, picked up a basket, waited a few minutes then grabbed 20 to 25 DVDs from a shelf in the front of the store and ran out the door. Surveillance video shows the man fleeing across the parking lot; it does not show him getting into a car.

Sunday, Jan. 5

12:18 a.m. – A town employee plowing the sidewalk on Main Street told police the roof of the plow got caught on the Ed’s Roost awning at 357 Main St., damaging it. He said the awning was usually not a problem and in fact he’d plowed under the awning just the previous week without a problem.

2:13 p.m. – Police arrested Ronald A. Messier, 63, of Main Street, on a bench warrant after talking to him on another issue. Routine checks turned up the warrant. Police took him into custody, processed him at the station.

Monday, Jan. 6

1:23 a.m. – A London Street resident called police because he thought someone was trying to break into his house. When police arrived, they found the back windshield of a car parked at that house had been shattered; glass was everywhere. A beer keg was found on the passenger seat – it had not been there before, the resident said. The London Street man said this was the second time his windshield had been broken while parked at home. The beer keg was seized as evidence.


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