Portsmouth police: Cars hit deer, dogs

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portsmouth-policePORTSMOUTH — Here’s a sampling of the police log from the past week:

Saturday, April 27

Prudence Island resident Heidi Lane told police she had found a syringe on the beach in front of the Homestead Dock parking lot. The syringe was capped on both ends and appeared to be unused, said a police officer who disposed of the syringe.

Monday, April 29

Eugene Branco of Fall River walked into the police station around 1:15 p.m. to report damage to his vehicle’s tire and rim as a result of hitting a pothole on April 25 while traveling south on Route 24. Police advised Mr. Branco to report the incident to the R.I. Department of Transportion.

Wednesday, May 1

A deer was euthanized by police after being struck by a Ford Escape on East Main Road near Chase Terrace just before 8 a.m. Linda Pico of Portsmouth was driving south when a deer ran from the east side of the road into her vehicle, police said. The deer ran through the driver’s side back window, shattering it and denting the door. The animal’s head struck the driver but caused no injuries. The deer later collapsed off the roadway near Chase Terrace.

A Toyota Prius driven by Lizabeth Cottrell of Tiverton hit a dog on West Main Road near the Middletown line around 6 p.m. Police said two dogs had run into the road and another car hit the second dog, but the driver of that vehicle did not stop. Another driver, later identified as Scott Vardaro, stopped to assist Ms. Cottrell and the dog, but the animal bit him, according to police. Mr. Vadaro later went to Newport Hospital for treatment. Police said an unidentified party took both dogs away from the scene and the extent of the animals’ injuries is unknown.

Thursday, May 2

Michael S. Southworth, 45, of 48 Easton Ave., was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense), following an accident on West Main Road at Stringham Road around 5:30 p.m. Police said the vehicle driven by Mr. Southworth rear-ended a car operated by Gail Oltedale that had stopped at a red light. Police said the Southworth car also hit another car operated by Evonne Arruda that was parked at a gas pump at Xtra Mart.

Sunday, May 5

Charles J. Watson, 56, 15 Tilley St., Newport, was charged with possession of schedule I-IV drugs, a felony, after police arrested him at about 6:45 a.m. Police found Mr. Watson sitting at a bus stop after getting a report of a hitchhiker in the area of West Main Road and Cory’s Lane. A records check revealed there was an active Second District Court bench warrant for Mr. Watson’s arrest, police said. During a search, police found nine yellow pills and five blue pills that R.I. Poison Control identified as Diazepam, police said.

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