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Police Beat: Oct. 30 to Nov. 4

A compilation of incident and arrest reports from Cranston Police.

DUI
On Oct. 30, Officer John P. Rocchio noticed a large SUV pull up behind his parked cruiser near the intersection of Hope and Pippin Orchard Roads while he was on a motor vehicle stop with another motorist.

After completing the traffic stop, Rocchio approached the SUV and observed the driver, later identified as Edwin Foster, 44, of 251 Laten Knight Road, Cranston, slouching behind the steering wheel with his head positioned so that only the top was visible.

Rocchio reported that Foster spoke with slurred speech and said he was coming from a bar. A strong smell of alcohol was on Foster's breath.

After failing a field sobriety test, Foster was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and refusing a chemical test.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Police charged a Warwick Man with disorderly conduct Oct. 30 after he allegedly became belligerent and refused to clear the scene at Mardi Gras.

According to police, Erik T. O'Neill, 30, of 2221 Post Road, Warwick, refused to move from the front entrance of the club at closing time. Police said they told O'Neill to move several times and he continued to ignore their requests. Eventually, police said, O'Neill used an expletive to insult an officer and was given one last chance to clear the scene but he used the expletive again and "just stood toe to toe with [the officer]."

O'Neill was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

UNREGISTERED, UNINSURED
On Oct. 31, police said an officer traveling north on Narragansett Boulevard noticed a gold Mercedes did not have a current registration sticker on its license plate. A check of the plates showed the vehicle had no active registration since May.

The vehicle was pulled over and towed from the scene. The driver, Moises Elias, 18, of 18 Benedict St., Providence, was issued a summons for driving an unregistered vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

POSSIBLE GAS LEAK
Police were dispatched to 237 Lake Garden Drive Oct. 31 for a report of a gas smell.

According to police, police and fire officials noticed the smell at the address, but it came and went. National Grid arrived on scene a short time later and a gas company worker said they were familiar with the odor but already tested the area and houses and there was not a problem. The gas worker said he would perform additional tests and notify police if anything different was discovered.

SHOPLIFTING
Cranston Police reported the following shoplifting arrests recently:

Maryanne Clayton, 42, 18 Diamond Hill Road, Glocester, charged with shoplifting a Sony camcorder and various DVDs from K-Mart on Garfield Avenue Oct. 31.

A juvenile,14, of Providence, charged with shoplifting three PlayStation games from K-Mart on Garfield Avenue Oct. 31.

Kerry Smith, 35, charged with shoplifting a can of baby formula from Shaw's on Chapel View Boulevard Nov. 1.

Hidayat Sami, 38, 30 Howard Ave., Cranston, charged with shoplifting deodorant, razors and body spray from K-Mart on Garfield Avenue Nov. 4.

Melissa L. Renzi, 43, 41 Everly St., Cranston, charged with shoplifting a nail kit, sneakers and pajamas from K-Mart on Garfield Avenue Nov. 4.

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