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The North Providence Breeze 01-09-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 liminary findings showed a reduction from 874 incidents in 2017 to 837 incidents in 2018, or a drop of 4 per- cent. The numbers for 2018 have yet to be finalized, he said. "We expect that the 2018 totals may be reduced another percentage point or two once the Rhode Island State Police and FBI have evaluated the data," he said. "Due to the fact that our figures are only preliminary, we are proud to announce that crime in North Providence will be reduced by at least 4 percent, perhaps more." The drop in crime last year was much smaller than the 16 percent decline from 2016 to 2017, said Martins, but it's still great news for a town that's seen a mostly steady drop-off in crime over the past decade. Crime rose by 4 percent in 2016, but that number was down sharply from five years earlier. The town saw 1,028 incidents in 2016, 987 incidents in 2015, 1,225 incidents in 2012, 1,218 incidents in 2013 and 1,072 incidents in 2014. With the declines of the past two years, that's an overall drop of more than 31 percent in seven years. Martins said the department under Tikoian continues to see success using the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) policing model to help police target problem areas. "We want to put the cops where the activity is occurring," he said. A number of crime categories saw significant reductions in 2018, though in some of the categories, such as robberies (six down to four), the overall low numbers rendered the percentages less impressive. Aggravated assaults were down from 26 to 21 incidents, or 19 percent, simple assaults were down from 170 to 160 incidents, or 6 percent, larce- nies from motor vehicles were down from 49 incidents to 33 incidents, or 33 percent, and burglaries dropped from 70 incidents to 62 incidents, or 11 percent. A December spike in house breaks inflated the burglary numbers some- what, he said. There was an increase in 2018 of motor vehicle thefts, from 43 to 51, said Martins, but a North Providence Breeze story in October, in which police urged residents not to leave their cars running in their home driveways or the parking lots of con- venience stores, seemed to help. "Since that story went out, I think we've only had one or two incidents," he said. There was an increase last year in larceny of motor vehicle parts, from 24 incidents to 31 incidents, or 29 percent. Most of these involved steal- ing of tires and rims, an issue that's been plaguing the state, Martins said. Shoplifting totals were also up, from 64 incidents in 2017 to 85 in 2018. Drunk driving cases were "way up," said Martins, from 51 incidents to 84 incidents. Police were proactive in their enforcement, he said, and many of these arrests happened because they were in tune with the behavior that comes along with driving drunk, and that enforcement work is all about making the town safer. Drug incidents were down sharply, from 84 in 2017 to 53 incidents last year. The Breeze will have a full break- down of the crime numbers once they become official. CRIME DROP From Page One Holes in our history I would like to know how our his- tory teachers failed us for so long. We have heard plenty in the news- papers and on television about "fake news" and you can add to that our American history books about our humble beginnings. The book I reference is titled Founding Myths: Stories that hide our patriotic past, by Ray Raphael in 2004. I was shocked to read the following: • The picture of George Washington crossing the Delaware with someone holding the American flag – but the flag was not created until three years later. A writer wanted to romanticize our experi- ence, but it was a false narrative. • Also, I was shocked to learn that Betsy Ross did not make the flag, someone else did, but she got the credit. • Another person in history that got credit but should not have is Paul Revere. On the night in ques- tion when someone had to warn the colonist's that "The British Are Coming" was wrong. Only because someone wrote a poem called Paul Revere's ride and a song did he get credit. That night four men were sent out in four difference directions, (realistically, how could one man reach everyone?) One got caught by the British, the second was Paul Revere who was stopped by the British and they took his horse with Revere walking and running back to Boston. Yes, Revere has the statue but a man named Mr. Dawes and another man made their destina- tions. Longfellow's poem won out in the end. Finally, there are more holes in some American history books than are in a colander/strainer for spa- ghetti. DAN D'ALESSIO North Providence LETTER TO THE EDITOR Betancur named director at RWU PROVIDENCE – The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University has announced that Marcela Betancur will become its new director on Jan. 14. Betancur has been working as executive adviser for strategy and development for the Providence Housing Authority, as a policy and program consultant for the Central Falls School District and as a research and report consultant for the Economic Progress Institute. Betancur, who lives in North Providence, serves as vice president of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee & Civic Fund, and she is national program com- mittee alumni chair for the New Leaders Council. Previously, she has worked as a policy associate for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, and as director of homeownership and asset build- ing for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. 1848 Smith Street North Providence, RI 401-353-8800 WEDNESDAYS Dinner & Jazz with Steve Burke 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Now Open Everyday! Italian Specialties | American Favorites R E S T A U R A N T Clerici Osteria Authentic Italian Cusine Homemade Pastas ~ Traditional Italian Pizza ~ BYOB Serving Lunch & Dinner ~ Daily Specials 1942 Smith Street, North Providence, RI ~ Open Tuesday- Sunday Homemade Pastas ~ Traditional Italian Pizza ~ BYOB Authentic Italian Cusine Homemade Pastas ~ Traditional Italian Pizza ~ BYOB 401-349-0499 Tues. - Thurs. 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Bring Your Own Wine!

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