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Statewide Task Force Engaged in Enforcing Nightclub Safety Compliance and Alcohol Related Violations

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces that public safety agencies have formed a task force to work collaboratively on addressing safety issues associated with nightclubs, consumption of alcohol by underage persons, as well as other alcohol related offenses.

The Alcohol Compliance Task Force is comprised of the following agencies:

Rhode Island State Police
Providence Police Department
Bristol Police Department
Smithfield Police Department
Newport Police Department
Narragansett Police Department
South Kingstown Police Department
University of Rhode Island Police Department
Rhode Island Fire Marshal's Office
Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Roger Willliam's University Campus Security
Rhode Island College Police
Bryant University Campus Security
Providence College Security
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

The task force conducts nightclub compliance checks, as well as responds to areas identified by local police departments and the general public as being problematic due to excessive use of alcohol and consumption of alcohol by underage persons.

The task force has been active throughout the State since the beginning of September and has inspected a total of thirty (30) nightclubs. Six (6) of these nightclubs were cited for regulatory violations to include eight (8) fire code violations and five (5) Department of Business Regulation violations. Four (4) nightclubs were found to have underage persons inside consuming alcoholic beverages. As the result of these inspections, a total of twenty-one (21) individuals were summoned to appear in District Court to answer to the violation of Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person. One of these individuals was also charged with Misrepresentation of Age (False Identification).

The following is a list of the nightclubs that were cited:

Amici Bar and Grill, 242 Atwells Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island
-Two (2) fire code violations for Obstructed Exit Sign and Overdue Inspection of the Fire Alarm System

Celtic Lounge at Finnegan's Wake, 397 Westminster Street, Providence Rhode Island
- Nine (9) patrons summonsed for Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person
- Two (2) fire code violations for Inoperable Emergency Lights/Exit Sign and Overdue Inspections of Fire Extinguishers
- Five (5) Department of Business Regulation violations for Current Liquor License not Displayed, Minor Book Out of Date, Health Department Food Certificate Not Posted, and Proof of "TIPS" Certification Needed

Eagles International Bar, 480 Douglas Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island
- One (1) fire code violation for Overdue Inspection of the Fire Alarm System

Louie's Tavern, 597 Douglas Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island
- Five (5) patrons summonsed for Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person
- Three (3) fire code violations for Obstructed Exit Sign, Overdue Fire Alarm System Inspection and Overcrowding

Bon Vue Inn, 1230 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island
- Five (5) patrons summonsed for Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person

Charlie O's Tavern, 2 Sand Hill Cove, Narragansett, Rhode Island
- Two (2) patrons summonsed for Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person with one (1) of these patrons also being summonsed for Misrepresentation by an Underage Person (False Identification)

In addition to the aforementioned nightclub inspections, the task force was called upon to assist with alcohol related issues in neighborhoods in the City of Providence and Town of Narragansett.


On September 6, 2013, at the request of the Providence Police Department, the task force responded to Pinehurst Street in Providence which is located outside of the Providence College Campus. Members of the task force were confronted with a gathering of approximately two hundred (200) college aged individuals standing in the street openly carrying and consuming alcoholic beverages. Many of these individuals were determined to under the age of twenty-one (21) and visiting numerous house parties that were underway.

The following enforcement action was taken at this location:
- Five (5) individuals were summonsed for Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage by and Underage Person


On September 13, 2013, at the request of the South Kingstown and Narragansett Police Departments the task force responded to the Eastward Look Neighborhood which is populated by many college students living off campus. Members of the task force observed several individuals coming and going from house parties.

The following enforcement action was taken at this location:
- Five (4) individuals were summonsed for Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person.

In addition to the summons issued by the task force, members of the Narragansett Police also issued sixteen (16) municipal summonses for Possession of Alcohol by an Underage Person.


On September 14, 2013, members of the State Police resumed patrols in the Eastward Look area in conjunction with the Narragansett Police Department which resulted in the following:
- Two (2) individuals were summonsed for Transportation of Alcohol by an Underage Person
- One (1) individual was summonsed for Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage by an Underage Person
- One (1) individual was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs and Refusal to Submit to a Breathalyzer Test
- One (1) individual was summonsed for Possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce)
- One (1) juvenile was referred to Family Court for Possession of Alcohol by an Underage Person

The colleges and universities that are represented in the task force have received notification of those individuals cited who are students at their educational institutions so that they may take the appropriate internal disciplinary action they deem appropriate.

The task force will continue its efforts with the goal of averting a tragedy such as the Station Nightclub fire, as well alcohol-related fatalities caused by irresponsible or underage consumption of alcohol.

The following individuals were issued a summons for possession of an alcoholic beverage by an underage person:
- Katrina Klein Hans, age 20, of 91 Enesboro Street, Freehold, New Hampshire
- Samantha Cotter, age 20, of 5 Eagle Drive, Coventry, Rhode Island (charged on two separate occasions)
- Sophie Steell, age 20, of 66 Bristol Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island
- Katherine Gibbons, age 20, of 246 Channel View, Warwick, Rhode Island
- Jillian Beaucieu, age 20, of 385 Harbor Road, Fairfield, Connecticut
- Catlin Berard, age 20, of 24 North Fair Street, Warwick, Rhode Island (also charged with false identification)
- Kyle Fortin, age 19, of 45 Warefield Road, Putnam, Connecticut
- James Ferrando, age 20, of 11 Courtney Drive, Flanders, New Jersey
- Drew Sutherland, age 18, of 436 Raymond Road, Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Sean Moran, age 20, of 20 Ausable Forks, Albany, New York
- Keith Johns, age 20, of 335 West Woods Road, Hamden, Connecticut
- Brian Busia, age 19, of 18 Rosslar Road, Framingham, Massachusetts
- Connor Reid, age 20, of 301 Essex Road, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
- Peter Norberg, age 20, of 2 Derby Lane, Medfield, Massachusetts
- Justin Tse, age 20, of 35 McAdams Road, Framingham, Massachusetts
- Brandon Wagoner, age 19, of 14 Sylvan Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island
- James Butler, age 20, of 1 Clayton Street, Medfield, Massachusetts
- Colin Egan, age 20, of 1521 Juliette Drive, Wall, New Jersey
- Taylor Dawson, age 20, of 11 Andrew Circle, Hanscom, Massachusetts
- Gary Carlin, age 19, of 269 Sargent Road, Boxborough, Massachusetts
- Meredith Sweeny, age 19, of 10 Lincoln Street, Merrimack, Massachusetts
- Jacob Schmidt, age 18, of 55 Kimberly Drive, Guilford, Connecticut
- Tyler McCoy, age 19, of 10694 Route 116, Hinesburg, Vermont
- Samuel Susko, age 19, of 123 Lawton Avenue, Stamford, Connecticut
- Bianca Cavalieri, age 19, of 5 Joshua Drive, Portland Manor, New York
- Cesar Moore, age 19, of 60 Pauls Road, Brattleboro, Vermont
- Adam J. Kennedy, age 20, of 50 Charing Road, South Windsor, Connecticut
- Ernest Guerrera, age 19, of 143 Kara Drive, North Andover, Massachusetts
- Brittany A. Wigglesworth, age 20, of 176 Horizon Lane, Glastonbury, Connecticut
- Louis Carney, age 20, of 28 Kanatha Street, Blackstone, Massachusetts
- One juvenile, who was referred to Family Court

The following individuals were issued a summons for transportation of an alcoholic beverage by an underage person:
- Nichole Brule, age 20, of 30 Misty Court, Wakefield, Rhode Island
- Justin Perras, age 18, of 195 Route 2, Preston, Connecticut

The following individual was issued a summons for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce):
- Ashley Faraone, age 21, of 5 Kennedy Drive, Warwick, Rhode Island

The following individual was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Liquor/Drugs and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test:
- Samuel Kushner, age 22, of 27 Owl Drive, Sharon, Massachusetts

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Contact: Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, Rhode Island State Police/Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety

Related links

Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 09-19-2013

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