Neighbor Dispute Possible Motive for Mailbox Vandalism
A resident on Hillcrest Drive awoke to a loud explosion at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 19. That morning, he noticed his mailbox had been blown up and pieces were strewn in a 50-foot radius around his yard and street, as well as his neighbor’s lawn. A couple living across the street reportedly saw a car leave the area and head toward Mount Laurel Way after the explosion.
According to the victim, he has had problems with his neighbors who live farther up his street. Police were unable to contact said neighbors. The fire marshal believes that an M80 firework was used to destroy the mailbox. No other mailboxes in the area were damaged.
A Different Way to Stay Cool
An alert resident called police the night of Jan. 19 after she saw a man acting suspiciously in the parking lot of her building. According to the woman, the man was wearing a black shirt and black baseball cap and was “ducking” behind cars and trees.
When police arrived, they found the man, who was admittedly intoxicated. He told officers he had been walking around outside and lying down on the ground because he was hot. During their conversation, the man’s friend came to claim him and brought him back to his apartment.
Marc Andre Vallee, 44, of 6 Algonquin Trl. in Narragansett was arrested Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. on charges of driving with a suspended license.