Dog Attacks in Warwick

By :Bethany Hashway

Updated Information  Wednesday Afternoon :  According to a release the adult male who’s dog was attacked is being identified as Robert Joyal , 57 years old from Warwick, RI.

The police officer is John Zarborski, who is a 5 year veteran of the Warwick Police Department. According to a statement Officer Zarborski should be commended for his actions during the incident on Titus Lane and preventing further injury to Mr. Joyal and to the other bystanders who were on scene.

Warwick, RI- On Tuesday night June 20th, 2017 at around 6:03 p.m. police officers from the Warwick Police Department had responded to the area of 13 Titus Warwick, RI for the report of a “pit-bull fighting “ and that the dogs were attacking a man and the other dog in the roadway.


Credit: Bethany Hashway- Scene at Titus Lane


The first arriving police officer had located an adult male who was on the ground with three dogs, two of the dogs were actively attacking the smaller dog. According to a press release the aggressive dogs described as pit bulls had continued with their attack as the officer approached the scene with his taser out. One of the aggressive dogs had turned towards the police officer and he tried to use his taser as a less lethal option to try and stop the aggressive dog. The use of the taser was unsuccessful and then the second pit-bull had turned on the officer according to a release. The officer fearing for his safety and the other people on the scene the police officer had discharged his service pistol two times striking the dog and ending it’s threat.


The police officer then went over to the male and saw that on the ground the other two dogs. The aggressive dog he first tried to stop with his taser attacked the police officer. According to a release the officer tried unsuccessfully to use physical force to deter that attack. The dog had continued to lunge and had tried to bite the officer who was forced to discharge his weapon two more times to stop the second dog’s threat.


According to a press release based on evidence that the Warwick Police gathered and multiple witness statements, the initial investigation has revealed that the police officer’s actions were lawful and necessary to protect the lives of citizens and him from serious bodily injury. Both of the dogs described as pit bulls, were deceased at the scene.


The police officer was uninjured during the attacks. Based on an on –going investigation, the officer’s name is being with held. The owner of the dog who was attacked was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment for the dog bites.



The Warwick Police are still investigating this incident and are asking any witnesses to the initial dog attack and/ or subsequent use of force by the officer to contact the Professional Standards Division at (401) 468-4200.



Credit: Bethany Hashway – Warwick Police block off Titus Lane

Warwick Police Promote 5 Officers

By: Bethany Hashway

Warwick, RI- On Tuesday June 20th, 2017 at 6:00p.m. Mayor Scott Avedisian along with Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the members of the Board of Public Safety held a ceremony at City Hall Council Chambers where they promoted five officers.


Last night the five officers that were promoted are Rick J. Rathbun -Major, Michael L. Gilbert- Captain, and Joel P. Thomas- Lieutenant. These two officers were sworn in last night as Third Class Officers Alfred J. Silveria and David L. Boardman.


During last night promotion ceremony the Warwick Police Honor Guard was on hand to post the colors, Mayor Avedisian administered the oath of Office. Father Robert Marciano- the police department’s chaplain gave the invocation and benediction. Both McCartney and Avedisian offered remarks.

Serious Accident Saturday Night

By: Bethany Hashway

Warwick, RI- On Saturday night June 10th 2017 at 10:05 p.m. the Warwick Police Department were dispatched to the area of 1919 West Shore Rd. in Warwick, RI for the report of a motor vehicle accident between a SUV and a motorcycle that happened in the road.


The first police officers that arrived on scene located an adult male who had been driving the motorcycle that crashed with the SUV. The SUV had taken off from the accident. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with critical injuries. The SUV was located in the parking lot of 2408 Warwick Ave after witnesses called police to report the SUV’s location. The operator of the SUV was taken into custody without incident.

According to a release members of the Warwick Police Traffic Division Reconstruction unit responded to the accident scene and have begun an investigation into all the facts and circumstances of the accident. So far the initial investigation has revealed that drugs were a factor in the accident on the driver of the SUV.


The operator of the SUV has been identified as Brian Larkin, 48, from Warwick, RI. Larkin was held on charges of Duty to Stop in Accident Resulting in Personal Injury and DUI Serious Bodily Injury Resulting. He will be appearing before a bail commissioner (Justice of the Peace) on 6/11/17 at Warwick Police Department Headquarters for an arraignment on those charges.


The victim is a 33-year-old Warwick resident; name is being withheld at this time pending notification to his next of kin.


Anyone that has witnessed this accident or that has any information ion this accident is being asked to call the Warwick Police Traffic Division unit at (401) 468-4200.

WPD vs. WFD Charity Basketball Game

By: Bethany Hashway

Warwick, RI – On Saturday July 8th 2017 at 6:30 p.m. the Warwick Police and Warwick Fire Departments will be playing in a charity basketball game at Pilgrim High School. This basketball game will benefit the National Autism Association.


This is the third time this event is being held. In the past the Warwick Fire Department has won twice during this charity basketball game. During last year’s event they raised $5000 to help kids that are dealing with Autism.


All proceeds for this game go towards the National Autism Association. Tickets are $5 and children under 3 are free. Please come out and support the Warwick Police and Warwick Fire during this basketball game.


Anyone who is interested in tickets for this event should contact either Scott Robillard WPD -401-692-1064 or Michael Monteiro WFD –401-280-0309.


Here is the Facebook Page for more information

If you can’t make it to the game here is a link where you can donate