OMG PD: Not Just 'Playing Possum,' Blue Cab Company?
Check out some of the stranger police reports from around Rhode Island. Where an arrest is noted, it does not indicate a conviction.
It Wasn't Just Playing Possum
Bristol Police sorted out a confusing situation for a resident who found a dead opossum in her yard — seems that the woman was first told to place the dead animal in a trash bag and dispose of it, then told not to. The responding officer called HQ, which assigned the town's animal control officer to pick up the deceased beast.
You Booze and Snooze, You Lose
A Bristol resident had a rude awakening, of sorts, when she awoke to find a drunk man asleep in her house. Police responded and called the local rescue to bring the man — who'd crashed at the wrong pad — to the hospital for treatment. The caller declined to press charges.
So We're a Taxi Service, Too?
That may have been what a Warren Police officer asked when he went to a local elementary school recently to pick up a sick student and bring the child home. The school nurse told the chauffeur — er, officer — that the child's mother did not have transportation.
An Armless Snowman?
Following last week’s blizzard, snowmen began springing up across the state. One household in South Kingstown decided to create something a bit more unique with their excess snow and erected a 10-foot phallic sculpture. Police were called the house not once, not twice, but four times in a span of two days. For now, the snow soldier will remain. Police say that the sculpture is protected by free speech and is on private property.
Clerk Foils Armed Robbery
Two would-be robbers got more than they bargained for this week when they attempted to rob a convenience store in Cranston. Though they stormed the store with a shotgun, the clerk working that shift apparently isn’t the type to take orders from anyone – even if you have a firearm. According to reports, he fought off the robbers, only suffering a black eye and a cut from the scuffle. The robbers only made off with a few packs of Newport cigarettes... and no cash.
Family Jumps to Safety
It was a worst-case scenario for Portsmouth firefighters. At the height of last week’s blizzard, they received a 911 call of a house fire with a family trapped inside. Due to the whiteout conditions from the blizzard, it took crews three times as long to get to the house. The road to the house was blocked by snow and a downed tree branch. Once at the house, fire crews could not get into the second floor of the building, where the family was trapped, as the home was completely engulfed in flames. With no other options, the family (a man, woman and two children) jumped from a window on to a roof hanging. Aside from one teenager who sustained a minor leg injury, all four were unharmed. Officials believe the fire may have been started by a generator outside the house.