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Little Compton Police Log: Underage Booze Possession and Missing Tote Bag Found

The following reports were supplied by the Little Compton Police Department. An arrests does not indicate a conviction.

arrested a 19-year-old Massachusetts man on Sunday after they discovered he was driving in possession of pot and alcohol.

Jean-Pierre Mendez, 19, of 1 Emmit Terrace, Revere, MA, was arrested at 12:19 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. Mendez was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of alcoholic beverages by an underage person. Police stopped Mendez for a motor vehicle violation. The pot and booze were found after a brief investigation, police reported.

Electrician takes money

Charles Case, 39, of 256 Long Highway, Little Compton, was arrested by Little Compton Police at 7:41 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Case was taken into custody based on outstanding warrant, charging him with obtaining money under false pretense. , based on an allegation that Case gave an estimate to a Tiverton homeowner last winter for electrical work, took the initial deposit money and never returned.

Court warrant

Gary Smith, 46, of 375 Morris St., Rovidence, was arrested in Little Compton at 9:48 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. He was taken into custody based on an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear in Sixth District Court. Police initially stopped the vehicle Smith was riding in for an inspection sticker violation.

Missing tote bag appears after 2 years

A landscaper came to the police station at 4:52 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 with a tote bag he reportedly found at Warren's Point. It contained personal items, such as credit cards and a license. Police tracked down the owner of the items and returned them to her. She told police the bag was missing for two years.

Pumpkin smashes mailbox

Police responded to a Swamp Road residence at 9:21 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 for a report of a mailbox damaged by a thrown pumpkin. The matter is under investigation.

Boundary dispute

Police responded to a West Hill Lane residence at 5:19 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 for a report of a blocked easement. Upon arrival, police interviewed the two parties involved and reported it was regarding an ongoing boundary dispute between neighbors. Police encouraged both parties to work the matter out or pursue civil litigation.  

Alleged illegal tree cutting

A Francis Lane resident came to the police station at 4:24 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 to report that one of his neighbors might possibly be cutting down trees and brush on conservation land. Police are investigating.

Bicycle found

Police responded to an Amesbury Lane residence at 12:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 for a report of an unattended bicycle near the property. Police searched the area, but could not find an owner. They seized the bike and secured it at the station until the owner comes forward.

Sail found

A Hambly Road man brought a windsurfing sail into the police station at 2:04 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 that he said he found on . Police secured the sail until the owner comes forward.

Meesh November 09, 2011 at 01:07 PM
wow...after 2 years a tote bag was found with the belongings.......leaves to have faith that my purse that was stolen 6 months ago will be found one day...or maybe not...but i guess if their are still honest people out their..then...
WarVet November 10, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Yawn...another week in the town of Mayberry. Our stolen tax dollars "at work."
Lance Polestrong November 17, 2011 at 11:28 PM
I agree, the Police shouldn't be concerned with any of these small calls, only the big ones. However, I'm quite certain that if it was your lost bag, smashed mailbox, land in dispute, tree being cut down, stolen bicycle, or lost sail, you may feel differently.
WarVet November 19, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Nah. Those are things a private security company could handle and they could provide a better, cheaper service. The police did not PREVENT one crime on this page, they just responded AFTER a resident had "discovered" the crime or lost property. And the warrant, marijuana and alcohol stop weren't preventions of a crime either. And those were actually victimless crimes! Let's get a private security firm in here and save some tax money!
Ryanthegirl November 19, 2011 at 05:31 AM
So are you suggesting we live in a town with no police? If I need to call someone for help do I call my private security company? The more I pay the better protection I can get right?
Breeze McIntosh November 19, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Excellent point, Lance! I think maybe 'WarVet' has not seen enough action and maybe should move to a higher crime rate area where his tax dollars will tolerate a more acceptable level of crime! I say do it, War Vet. In fact, I can just see the would be criminals 'drooling' over the concept of a minimum wage "security force" protecting Little Compton! Heck, they might even be friends with each other! Your 'savings' may want to be explored further, however, before making your assumptions.
WarVet November 25, 2011 at 01:30 AM
yeah because the LC police "prevent" SO MANY crimes. They , in fact, DO NOT! They do absolutely nothing different than a private company except stop motor vehicles (which they LOVE to do.) Our stolen tax money would be FAR BETTER used towards a private company which would do THE SAME things as the "police" we have, plus they would do it better and cheaper!
Ryanthegirl November 25, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Why do you still live here?
Breeze McIntosh November 25, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Back it up with numbers, WarVet. How do YOU know if they do or do not prevent crimes if they were prevented. We all know that private companies cannot 'steal' your tax dollars, right?? So, lets see it. Show me how a private security company can save tax dollars AND be better. Take all the time you need, I'll wait.....
WarVet November 25, 2011 at 11:49 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124027127337237011.html http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=943000&s=v There are two examples but many more are coming! Look at the yearly numbers for LC, the number of "crimes" compared to anywhere else in RI. They are miniscule compared to other towns yet we pay a full-time police force a lot of money! A private company could handle this town and handle it well. Plus they could actually get fired if, say for example, one of them lost a gun. Also, if the town was not happy with the company they could hire another one. You can't do that with our current "police force." CHECKMATE!
WarVet November 25, 2011 at 11:51 PM
http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/the-growth-of-privatized-policing/
Breeze McIntosh November 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM
So you want the privates to carry guns. Ok. The town may not be able to hire another company, because, as you know, in the business world, they run on contracts, which designate a time frame. Anyways, go back to Google WarVet, and type in 'why privatizing police is a bad idea". I can post a number of websites, as you did. But like I said, they may be cheaper, true, but are they better? Will their employees serve the community, or will they serve their companies bottom line? Do you think that you will have the same rights as the police give you when they deal with you? Will they be able to stop cars for MV infractions? Give tickets, with fines, or will drivers just be able to drive with impunity. A lot of questions that need to be vetted. The Town hires the police, the company hires the security. Who is loyal to who? We may have to agree to disagree. YAHTZEE!
Lance Polestrong November 26, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Private security does not have the same legal rights as Police Officers in enforcing laws, making arrests, and seizing property. So until WarVet is able to change State and Federal Laws, Private Police Departments are not really a viable option. GAME-SET-MATCH to Lance.
Mark Wyman November 26, 2011 at 06:41 PM
In the United States Every citizen has the same legal rights as Police Officers in enforcing laws, making arrests, and seizing property. The police have no extraordinary rights that a common citizen does not have.
Breeze McIntosh November 26, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Shill, that is awesome, because I would love to see you come on my property and try to 'seize' something. I would then, as a citizen like you of course, charge you with larceny. And then, when I was through kicking your a**, I would charge you with trespassing. Oh, and who would you call after all that took place, the police? The extraordinary right that they have is the ability to take away your freedom when you no longer deserve it after breaking the law.
East side November 28, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Contracting out police and fire is insulting. It makes no sense as Breeze has identified above. To WarVet, how about something creative to suggest (i.e. - should property not be seized in a given timeframe (as identified above, bike/sail/other) this is sold off and funds are used to promote a supplemental education for people like you. The first lesson would be to locate a clue.
WarVet November 28, 2011 at 02:08 AM
You're wrong. A security guard can EASILY get arrest powers! And private security companies are the wave of the future! We now live in a police state! Police can violate your rights at any time without any consequences or repercussions. They do not work for the people! Unlike normal human beings, whose jobs require adherence to the same moral standards that apply in their private lives, police officers are required to act in ways they would never even consider in their private lives. For forty hours a week (or more, if they are trying to milk their departments’ overtime rackets), police officers are required to forget the moral standards that govern their private interactions with their own friends, families and neighbors and adopt the moral outlook of the sociopath and the gangster.Specifically, the job of the police officer involves giving orders to strangers and locking them up in cages if they choose not to obey. Unless the police officer is a complete sociopath, he would never consider acting in such a way in his private life.
WarVet November 28, 2011 at 02:16 AM
The notion that government protects us, that if we only trust it with the right powers and enough resources, it can shield us from the dangers of life, underlies every statist argument for every government program. sociologist David Bayley pointed out, "The police are to the government as the edge is to the knife." The police are an implement of coercion wielded by the political class, whether they are operationally under the control of Washington, D.C. or City Hall. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that police have no enforceable duty to protect individual rights. No individual or institution has the moral right to use aggressive force. That principle applies not only to the Federal Leviathan, but to the loathsome little replicas of that vile beast found in every city, county, and state. Rather than helping to consolidate the existing police state, supporters of the rule of law should work to end their local government's monopoly on the police power – with the ultimate objective of abolishing it outright.
WarVet November 28, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Can we really survive without government police? When we consider how much they do to disrupt civil society, it would seem obvious that we can. The police, on balance, are a force for decivilization and disorder. They commit massive violations of person and property. They enforce gun and drug laws that basically create organized crime and breed gang activity. Most of what they do encourages, rather than diminishes, violence. Despite all this, America remains a fairly civilized place. If we survived this long with the police, just imagine how much better off we’d be without them.
WarVet November 28, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Read and LEARN: http://www.independent.org/store/book_detail.asp?bookID=21
Joe Sousa. November 28, 2011 at 02:20 AM
How about a Newport county Police dept. One police force for the whole county. Include the Fire ,and Public Works dept. along with dispatch Save save save $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ County Government it works!
Breeze McIntosh November 28, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I get the feeling that WarVet has illusions of himself as Mel Gibson in 'Mad Max-Beyond Thunderdome'!. I think many people would disagree with your take on the police and how much they diminish civil society, however. WarVet, you totally jumped the shark when you changed your argument from a private, cheaper police department to nothing at all. A private police force can do all the things that YOU claim the police do in your posts. I tend to believe that you are just an angry guy who at one point felt that the police somehow wronged you. Good luck in your world!
WarVet November 28, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Abolish government police and hire ALL private security. That is my "argument." That way people get the service they paid for and not some tax-fed, out-of-control monster, with too much power like we have now. If you don't think we are headed down a troubling road then look no further: http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/senators-demand-military-lock-american-citizens-battlefield-they-define-being If that doesn't disturb you then you are a fool!
Breeze McIntosh November 29, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Warvet, are you sure they took out all of the shrapnel? I get it, your an anti-government extremist. This must be because the private companies have been showing great promise as of late. Well, good luck with your secure and fortified compound.....I guess.
WarVet December 01, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Actually, yes. Anything the public sector can do the private sector can do better! It's been proven again an again. In addition, with a private company you don't have to buy their product or shop at their store. Not so with the government where everything is done through force and coercion! There is NOTHING the government/ public sector can do without using force or first taking from someone else. The truth hurts. Wake up, sheep!
Born and Raised in the Tiv December 16, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Sure, because private security guards are all upstanding citizens with no agendas, right?? I'd love to think how safe we'd feel with a bunch of fat, underqualified retired mall cops protecting us with nothing but flashlights and walkie-talkies!! Security guards are usually either those who couldn't make it on a police force or ex military who couldn't find a better job!

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