At 10:40 a.m., Feb. 7, Warwick Police Officer Nathaniel Gray was on patrol on Bald Hill Road when he made a check of the area following the report of aggressive panhandlers …
At 10:40 a.m., Feb. 7, Warwick Police Officer Nathaniel Gray was on patrol on Bald Hill Road when he made a check of the area following the report of aggressive panhandlers confronting customers outside stores and trying to open car doors in the plaza.
Gray checked the area around Trader Joes, 1000 Bald Hill Ave., and spotted a man he knew from prior encounters panhandling at the entrance to the plaza.
The man was identified as Shayne R. Barnes, 44, of 31 Universal Boulevard, Warwick (possibly homeless). Police discovered Barnes had an active warrant out of the Cranston Police Department for Violation of a Restraining Order and Domestic Disorderly Conduct.
Barnes was arrested and taken into custody. He was searched and police asked if he had any needles or drugs in his possession, “as he is a known narcotics user,” Gray wrote in the arrest report.
Barnes told police he had a needle in his pocket. He also told police that he had fentanyl in his cigarette box in his jacket pocket, next to his backpack and bicycle, which were left where he had been panhandling.
Police found the needle and the drugs, which ultimately tested positive for fentanyl and weighed 1.2 grams. Barnes was charged with Possession of Schedule I-V Controlled Substance (10 grams or less). He was turned over to Cranston Police to answer for the open warrants.
Around 2 p.m., Feb. 2, Warwick Police Officer Normand G. Guilbert responded to Pizza King at 1800 Post Road to investigate the report of a catalytic converter theft.
The victim told police that one of the business’s company vehicles, a Toyota Prius, had its converter stolen sometime overnight.
“He advised that he at times leaves the vehicle in the parking lot overnight and uses his personal vehicle to get to and from work, but last night (Feb. 1) left the Prius in the lot,” Guilbert wrote. “When he went out to start the vehicle today for a delivery he heard a loud roar when it started up. He and I both checked underneath the vehicle to confirm that the converter was taken.”
The incident was forwarded to the Warwick Police Detectives Unit for further investigation.
Around 3:24 p.m., Feb. 5, Warwick Police were dispatched to the vicinity of Chelo’s Restaurant at 2225 Post Road for the report “of a possible DUI in progress.”
A restaurant employee told police that the man was at the Chelo’s bar, but was served only one drink. Employees noticed the man swaying back and forth on his way back from a trip to the bathroom.
“Dispatch advised units that the manager of the restaurant had tried stopping the male from driving and that the male operator was intoxicated,” Warwick Police Officer Connor R. Bemis wrote in the arrest report.
The man was driving a red GMC Sierra in circles around the parking lot.
Upon arriving on the scene, police spotted the vehicle facing north on Donald Avenue at the intersection with Post Road. It was stopped at a green light.
“I observed the male to be staring at my cruiser,” Bemis wrote.
Bemis initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle drove off and failed to pull over. Eventually the vehicle stopped at a red light next to the Airport Connector.
Bemis got out of his cruiser and walked to the truck, spoke to the driver and told him to pull over to the right side of the road. The driver complied, pulling into the lot of the Best Western hotel at 2138 Post Road.
Police identified the driver as Jeffrey J. Pollard, 63, of 123 Buffington St., Swansea.
Based on numerous observations Pollard was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Liquor (BAC unknown) and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test (first offense). He also received traffic citations for Stopping on Travel Portion of Open Highway and Failure to Yield Right of Way to Emergency Vehicles.
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Thankfully the Cops are on the ball in Warwick. More nuts driving drunk....it's awful.
As far as the catalytic converters go, I did see where the State has tried to make it more difficult to sell them but, IMO, they need to outright ban the sales of them to junk yards...period. Teh people who do this are a bunch of total losers....
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