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Teacher Assaults Two Officers in Arrest at Seven Moons

A Seven Moons patron caused a scene and assaulted two officers in the process.


A Providence teacher caused a scene as officers attempted to remove her from Seven Moons restaurant in North Kingstown, racking up a bevy of charges.

Jane E. O'Connell, 49, of 203 Shirley Drive in Charlestown assaulted two officers during the incident that began at Seven Moons on Feb. 2 around 9 p.m. According to reports, police arrived at the restaurant after a patron called to report that an intoxicated woman had fallen off a stool at the bar and was incoherent and unable to speak. The concerned caller told police that restaurant staff refused to call for an ambulance, so she called 911 herself.

Officers entered the restaurant and were greeted by O'Connell who asked them what they wanted and began cursing at them. According to reports, she smelled of alcohol and had difficulty standing, holding on to bar stools to keep her balance.

While officers were trying to calm O'Connell down, another patron directed them to the woman who had fallen off the bar stool, who was O'Connell's friend. As officers tried to talk to the woman, O'Connell continued to yell and swear at officers.

Officers attempted to move her to another part of the bar, causing her to allegedly yell, "[Expletive] you, my brother's a cop." O'Connell continued to curse loudly throughout the restaurant, disturbing patrons (including children).

When officers tried to place her under arrest, she began to pull her arms away from them and spin her body and continued screaming. Outside, she continued to be "combative and cooperative," reports indicate, and refused to get into the police cruiser. Officers were finally able to get her into handcuffs after getting her on the ground. Police had to use two sets of handcuffs due to her size.

During the scuffle, she allegedly kicked an officer in the thigh. Once inside the cruiser, she began yelling, "I'm going to kill all you cops" while kicking the inside of the door.

O'Connell didn't settle down once she got to the police station. Officers had to pull her out of the cruiser after she refused to do so on her own. As they led her inside the building, O'Connell allegedly went limp and began to fall forward. One officer lunged forward to try to prevent her from striking the ground and ended up striking his head against a concrete wall. It was later determined that the officer sustained a concussion.

Police allegedly had to carry O'Connell into the building. She continued to be uncooperative during processing and during her arraignment. She was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.

O'Connell faces two counts of simple assault, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of resisting arrest and one count of obstructing an officer in execution of duty.

O'Connell's friend, along with the injured officer, were both brought to the hospital for treatment. 

seed and soil February 05, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Agreed! Leave the colorful additions to commentators...and stick to a more standard journalistic approach. Just the facts Max. Or at the very least, stick to the guidelines of the grade school poem we were hopefully all taught!: Before you speak (or in this case write): THINK T is it True H is it Helpful I is it Inspiring N is it Neccessary K is it Kind As much as I can appreciate wanting to boost readership with entertaining offerings. Entertaining at the expense of others "alleged" behavior is IMHO, falling outside the lines of what one would consider fine journalism. I love getting my daily local dose from The Patch and very much appreciate the hard work and talents that go in to it's publication. Just hope to see more of those great works and less of this fare!!
Dark star February 05, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Completely disagree. Any person employed by state or local government (i.e. payed vis taxpayer dollars) needs to have their job description disclosed when an arrest is made public. State and local gov't employees, elected officials, and especially teachers are held to a higher standard than anyone in the private sector. I would not want this drunk teaching my kids. Teachers teach and lead in many ways. One of those ways is by example. What example is being shown to kids when (not if) she returns to the classroom? Please don't use the "free time" or "off the clock" excuse. Drunks like her cannot perform their jobs equal to someone that is sober. I am just glad she doesn't teach in NK.
Just a Parent February 05, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Perhaps her occupation is significant because her behavior is unbecoming of a municipal employee and certainly of a teacher. Further, she felt it necessary to identify herself to the police as a teacher (read the report). She also felt it necessary to identify her brother (by the way, he is a sheriff - doesn’t do real police work, transports prisoners) as a "cop". Perhaps if she kept her big FAT mouth shut, none of this wouldn't have ended up in the police report. Photoman67 being a teacher or related to one, you should know this. She is trash; we don’t need her in the classroom. Seed and soil, go back to your classroom and write grade school poems, your students are waiting for you.
CompassCarrier February 05, 2013 at 03:38 PM
When I read this story (which is also in today's ProJo) I wondered: if these patrons were noticeably intoxicated WHY DID THE BARTENDER CONTINUE TO SERVE THEM????? The same goes for Gillian's....every week you read about an incident there with drunken customers...why do they still have a liquor license??? The customers obviously are responsible for their own actions, but I can't for the life of me figure out why they weren't shut off at the bar.
Dark star February 05, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Excellent point C.C. I have wondered the same thing and like you believe the bartenders/management are somewhat responsible. However, I don't feel it removes her of personal responsibility. The bottom line is this teacher, a very poor excuse for a role model, was drinking and continue to drink excessively. And upon the police arriving to help her drinking buddy, got belligerent and subsequently arrested. She put herself in that position and it is ultimately her responsibility.
Ed Renehan February 05, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I believe the reporter is just stating all the facts - facts without quotation marks, btw - available as contained in the police report, thus delivering the most detailed, verifiable, accurate information possible. And this is certainly what I look for in journalism. Note that Projo and all the local television stations also refer to the woman's profession.
Annoyed February 05, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Really? Photoman67 and seed and soil - snap out of it. The "facts max" - drunk in public - verbally abusive - physically abusive - But I am sure she's GREAT with kids. The report was fair not fare. Maybe next time this person decides to put herself on public display - she will take a moment to - THINK!
seed and soil February 05, 2013 at 04:08 PM
@jap... When it reads "according to reports" or "allegedly", it is what someone else said happened. Unless the writer of this piece was there and had cameras rolling to capture ALL of the actual FACTS of exactly what happened and exactly what was stated....it is all just that....allegations, hearsay. My point is that this kind of reporting is certainly entertaining, and probably boosts readership. But is this lowest common denominator reporting the direction The Patch wants to head? I hope not!
Samantha Turner (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Photoman67, The inclusion of a person's occupation in an arrest report article, though rare, is dependent on many factors. In this particular case, I included her occupation because, during her arrest, she continued to scream at police officers that she was a teacher. I don't typically include a person's occupation, only if it's relevant to the story. Because she allegedly screamed it at officers during her arrest and due to the nature of her arrest (i.e. assault, possible intoxication, cursing in front of children), I and other local media outlets have included her occupation.
E February 05, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Totally agree.
The Prince of Wickford February 05, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Sounds like they way over served...and the bartender was dangerously negligent.
CompassCarrier February 05, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Samantha: This would make a terrific investigative piece for the Patch.....over-serving of patrons who are obviously intoxicated.
CompassCarrier February 05, 2013 at 06:57 PM
One more thing to note: she's supposedly intoxicated at 9PM on Sunday night....bet she's was going to do a GREAT job teaching on Monday morning.....
Jordan's mom February 05, 2013 at 08:06 PM
One can only wonder whats going on in this womans life,or what kind of person she really is.Obviously she has some problems.Just wondering how this story is considered news -its sad actually that this kind of thing is sensationalized.Hopefully more positve issues will be reported.
Mark Williams February 05, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Innocent until proven guilty...not that it looks good
Dark star February 05, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Whatever is going on in her life is immaterial. What kind of person is she? She is one that abuses alcohol, gets abusive and disrespects authority. What a wonderful role model!!! She was drunk and disorderly in public, disrespectful to law enforcement and other patrons which consisted of children. Personal behavior is nobody's fault except the person. She should be suspended without pay and then fired. But the RI teachers union will protect her and no doubt she will be in front of kids like nothing ever happened. When the teachers union tells you "its all about the kids", you can rest assured it most certainly is not.
LiveLaughLove February 05, 2013 at 11:38 PM
When I became a teacher, there was fingerprinting, criminal background checks, drug testing, 6 competency tests, and a content Master's Degree. It was hard, but worth it. This woman should lose the privilege of teaching children. And I am a teacher. Please do not think that any teacher in their right mind, who teaches children, behaves in this manner.
Discouraged February 06, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Released on $5000 personal recognizance???? Are you serious. How can you assault a police officer and then walk out the door? They should have locked her up and thrown the key away.
Politics Sheriff of NK February 06, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Because they needed her out of there. She took out half the on-duty police force already. One more round and we'd have NO police, until a new shift shows up! LOL
photoman67 February 06, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Interesting how the article in today's NK Patch about a drunk woman at Greggs fails to list her occupation, or even her name.
Judy Beaujean February 06, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Anyone listen to John DePetro on AM Talk Show this morning?
Nkfamily100years February 06, 2013 at 08:55 PM
I am shocked that anyone is surprised by this or any article about drunks in NK. Ask any NK Firefighter or Police officer and they will tell you dealing with this type of situation is a normal everyday occurance. This is not a Hillbilly town folks! Drunks, homeless, hard drugs and mentally disturbed people are common and our Cops and Firefighters have to deal with it everyday.
We R NK February 06, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Just a Parent is her behavior unbecoming of an alcoholic? Why don't we take her to the hill and let the townspeople stone her!! "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 The law will provide the consequence do we need to continue beating a dead horse. Just because we don't get caught when we are unbecoming........just saying.
Ginny February 06, 2013 at 10:53 PM
She will be ashamed of herself, hopefully. Small state, smaller town and those of us who have been in the teachers' room at lunch know how unmerciful it can be. She will suffer her own Purgatory or worse....stay away from our children. Harsh? Yes,but each generation must be better than the one before it and we trust these teachers to be a big part of the example in and out of the school building. It is called "trust" in our elders (from the child's eye level) and let's face it, she blew it.
Ginny February 06, 2013 at 10:56 PM
We expect our teachers to be held to a higher standard than a common drunk....our tax dollars at work everyone.
Jan April 12, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Stop judging this woman as if you yourselves are perfect. Everyone has problems. This incident took place publicly, I'm sure many of you drink, get drunk and act crazy at times, you just haven't been expose yet.
Politics Sheriff of NK April 13, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Jan, she is a disgrace and should be fired. Period.
Dark star April 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Jane O'Connell is a teacher, and teachers are held in higher regard than a regular citizen. Teachers are all to eager to remind us how difficult their jobs are, teaching our children, setting examples and being role models. Well if teachers want and sometimes demand respect, feel they should be treated as professionals and remind us that they earn 'every penny" of their compensation. Well, if you want all that, you will be held at higher expectation than a ditch digger and when you stumble, you will be vilified unlike the ditch digger. She needs to be terminated as soon as possible.
frmr resident May 01, 2013 at 04:14 PM
yeah,, let's not hold this WOMAN responsible for her actions. She's a victim, right?
Bob gonzalez June 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Fire her she works at gilbert stuart middle school she is a 7 grade teacher

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