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    R.I. Trooper Punched Sergeant in the Head at Fundraiser

    Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009
    Updated: September 8th, 2009 09:46 AM GMT-05:00

    Providence Deputy police Chief Paul Kennedy says Edward Stenovitch punched Sgt. Bernard Gannon in the head early Saturday at a bar at the Providence police union hall.

    Stenovitch was charged with assault Monday and released on his own recognizance. His phone number is unlisted.

    Kennedy says the attack was unprovoked. Gannon was treated for a broken nose.

    State Police Maj. Elwood M. Johnson Jr. says Stenovitch has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

    Hundreds of officers had gathered to raise money for the wife of Providence police Officer Peter Rocchio, who died in a June car crash.

    What the hell?

    I'm the gatekeeper, are you the keymaster?

    Servicing what feels like one giant Mental Hospital......... going on 3 years.

  • #2
    Good Lord....

    This story leaves a lot to be desired. There's basically no facts at all.


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      A checkered past for the union hall

      Providence goes after police union hall’s liquor license

      01:00 AM EDT on Friday, September 11, 2009

      By W. Zachary Malinowski

      Journal Staff Writer

      PROVIDENCE — Last call at the police union hall?

      The Police Department administration Thursday asked the Board of Licenses to suspend or revoke the union hall’s liquor license following a brawl at the police watering hole early Saturday morning. The brawl led to the arrest of state Trooper Edward J. Stenovitch, on a charge that he punched Providence police Sgt. Bernard “Teddy” Gannon in the face.

      Gannon suffered a broken nose and was sent to Roger Williams Hospital for treatment.

      The assault and subsequent investigation found that Stenovitch and other police officers were drinking in the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #3 on Sheridan Street between 3 and 3:30 a.m. The union hall holds a Class D liquor license that prohibits the bar from serving alcohol after 1 a.m.

      Police Chief Dean M. Esserman said that, on Wednesday, he met with Kenneth Cohen, the union president, and several other union representatives and told them that the department would take action against the union hall.

      “Everyone is treated the same,” Esserman said. “They absolutely understand that we are bringing the case to the board.”

      Said Deputy Police Chief Paul J. Kennedy: “They are a licensed establishment and we expect them to comply just like any other licensed establishment in the city.”

      Cohen, a retired police lieutenant, could not be reached for comment.

      The action against the union hall appears to be unprecedented. Over the years, there have been plenty of fights and other unruly activity — inside and outside — the cottage-style building on the banks of the Woonasquatucket River in Olneyville.

      Back in the 1970s, a police officer opened fire on a framed photograph of then-Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr., and, in 1990, two officers were suspended for firing more than 20 rounds at rats in the parking lot outside the union hall.

      On Friday night, hundreds of police officers gathered there to raise money for the widow of Peter Rocchio, a Providence police officer, who died in June while driving his car off-duty on Academy Avenue in Mount Pleasant.

      The officers each plunked down $20 for a buffet dinner, drinks and a night of music — karaoke and off-duty officers performing with their own bands.

      Stenovitch, his wife, and another couple from North Providence stopped by about 3 a.m.

      Shortly thereafter, Stenovitch allegedly punched Gannon in the face. Kennedy said the attack was “unprovoked.”

      Stenovitch’s lawyer, John D. Lynch, said that several police officers retaliated against Stenovitch in the parking lot and left him with two black eyes and at least one cracked rib. Lynch said that his client, like Gannon, was treated at a local hospital.

      Stenovitch was arraigned before a bail commissioner at Providence police headquarters on the simple assault misdemeanor count and released on his own recognizance.

      Lynch said Stenovitch cannot identify the officers who assaulted him and, even if he could, he probably has no intention of filing criminal charges against them. “He should heal up and forget about it,” he said.

      Serena Conley, city liquor administrator, said that, within the next two weeks, she will meet a representative from the Police Department and city solicitor’s office to decide whether the union hall should have its license revoked or suspended. Another option is a fine.

      They will forward their recommendation to the five-member Licensing Board for action.

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      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein


      • #4
        Awesome, it would have been so cool to be there!!!! Yay!!!


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