Police Log: Arrests at Autumnfest

The following arrest information was supplied by the Woonsocket Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Grabbing of beer leads to stabbing

Thomas George Lamoureux, 51, of 154 Pond St. was arrested on Saturday after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend's brother, then leaving the scene to go to Autumnfest.  According to reports, Lamoureux went to visit a girl at 56 Hazel St. late Saturday afternoon. The girl was out, but she arrived home via taxi with beer and according to her brother, David Michaud, Lamoureux "rushed his sister and tried to take her beer." The girl reportedly pushed Lamoureux away and Michaud told police the suspect pushed his sister back.

Upset that Lamoureux pushed his sister, Michaud told police that he walked towards the suspect carrying a wheelchair. A struggle ensued and according to Michaud, when he escaped Lamoureux's grasp, he saw that he'd been cut. Reports state that Michaud had a three-inch cut which would require stitches.

Lamoureux allegedly left the scene and was located by detail officers and EMTs at Autumnfest. It was discovered that the suspect also had warrants and he was taken in on charges of domestic assault, larceny under $500, domestic vandalism and felony assault with a dangerous weapon.

Desperate for a beer

William Charron, 21, of 380 Blackstone St. was arrested at Autumnfest around 7 p.m. Saturday evening after a detail officer refused to let him in to the Beer Garden. According to reports, Charron pleaded with the officer, then walked around to the side of the area and climbed a ten-foot chain link fence to get in. According to reports, he landed on a picnic table that was full of patrons. When as officer grabbed him to escort him out of the garden, Charron allegedly resisted, escaping the officer's grasp twice. Two officers were knocked to the ground while trying to arrest Charron and patrons began throwing beer at them. Charron was taken in for disorderly conduct.

Other police activity

Brett George Coderre, 21, of 137 Crawford St. was arrested on Clinton St. around 10 p.m. for disorderly conduct.

Robert Gonzalez, 24, of 240 South Main St., Attleboro, was arrested at for disorderly conduct.

Donna D. October 14, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Emile, maybe the parents were in the Beer tent. I was just stating my opinion. I do not look down at people for drinking. I personally do not drink. By choice. I have seen many people destroyed by the effects of alcohol but that does not mean I think I am better than another. I will say my point is that there are plenty of bars and drinking establishments in the city. I am just saying that I do not think a Beer tent is beneficial. I am new to the Woonsocket area and I have been told by many residents that they will not take their children to Autumnfest after dark due to the rowdy behavior that occures. Just because there was only one related arrest, does not mean that there was not plenty of related incidents of inappropriate behavior. Autumnfest should be about the community and in MY opinion, a beer tent does not set a good example to the children of the community. If people can not put down a beer for the weekend to support their town, then, (again in MY opinion) there is an issue there. Woonsocket does not need to be supported by the revenue a beer tent brings in.
Donna D. October 14, 2011 at 02:14 PM
I don't think either of you are acting like adults. Adults can have a discussion with disagreements without resorting to name calling and telling each other "where to go". Maybe the beer tent should replace the beer with milk Emile.
Emile Belisle October 14, 2011 at 02:48 PM
@Donna D: Thanks for such a civil response to my comments and I respect your opinion. I too have seen many people destroyed by their over consumption of alcohol, drugs and over eating to the point of obesity. I also know its peoples actions alone responsible for such behavior and not anything they may consume. It might be interesting to know what revenue is brought in and how much of that is attributed to the beer tent. I was at the cape for most of the weekend and didn’t get back to town till Monday morning after which we walked down the hill and walked around for about an hour. I was flabbergasted to see, which was obvious to me how many poor stricken families were walking about, made me sad. Oh, welcome to Woonsocket! PS. Read again my reply to Dude, I told him he could go and have a nice day!
Emile Belisle October 14, 2011 at 03:28 PM
@John: I understand what you are saying but I don’t see how that changes anything I’ve stated. Did anyone actually read all I wrote or just bits and pieces of what you wanted to hear? For the last time, Alcohol doesn’t kill people as guns don’t kill people either. Yes, I would in no doubt be devastated if I lost one of my loved ones to a drunk driver in the same way I would be if they were shot by someone’s gun. We all need to take responsibility for our actions, whether inebriated of sober; it’s a choice we make, placing blame on the tools gets us no where!
Michael Dubois October 14, 2011 at 03:50 PM
@Dude, The Woonsocket Rotary Club is comprised of many business and community leaders working together for a common cause, which is supporting the less fortunate in both the local community and worldwide. Our moto, "Service above Self" perfectly sums up our mission to humanity. Every dollar raised throughout the year goes right back into the community. Please visit our website to learn more about our community support www.woonsocketrotary.com. You will find our many contributions to the community enlightning. One of our many, many gifts to the community was the construction of the Rotary main stage at Autumnfest. This was one of the many contributions to the betterment of Autumnfest. Also, a few of our members are proprietors of local restaurants and with their assistance we send several volunteers to attend TIPS certification courses. Many of the wait staff and bartenders of theirs also volunteer their time to serve in the Beer Tent. Rhode Island state law calls for at least one person on duty be TIPS certified at all times. In our case, we have several that are on duty at all times. Your claim that our "employees" are not licensed or "schooled in bartendering", is not based on fact. If at anytime you would like to learn more about our organization and what we do, I welcome you to contact me MDubois@comcast.net. Thanks
STEPHEN WEBER October 14, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I happily NO Longer drink myself and haven't touched anything containing alcohol in 4 years . but I was Big and Tall and older looking as a kid and I easily got served in the Beer Tent @ Autumnfest as an under aged teenager years ago . Ummm Drinking causes SOOO many problems in so many peoples lives, my own included and some people unfortunately never escape it's grip and hold on them .. That is a state park and its Illegal during the rest of the year to drink there .. There should be NO special treatment for Autumnfest.. Set up a Tea Booth with different types teas for people to try ... I'll come ... Kids should not be around drinking either .. They are too easily influenced and impressionable...
John D Rivera October 14, 2011 at 04:51 PM
beer sucks.
Emile Belisle October 14, 2011 at 05:51 PM
@ Dude: One last comment, I just read through other articles that you’ve commented on. Not once did I find any constructive dialog or real interaction between you and others commenting. Not once did I insult you or call you names. Sometimes, our words are all we have and usually show the content of ones character, yours speaks volumes Sir!
nunya October 14, 2011 at 06:22 PM
This is why I remain anonymous. Dude you are ignorant, hostile, and intolerant of opinions that differ from your own. I am with Emile on this and it sounds to me like you are threatening him. Find something better to do with your time. Emile be afraid. If Dude is one of your typical "Woonsocket Rockets" he has nothing to lose and not many brain cells.
Trisha Ledger October 14, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Dude, I'm starting to think *you* are drunk from your lack or grammar and poor spelling. Also, is it lonely up there on that cross you put yourself on?
Dean P October 14, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Dude, i'm here for you. don't listen to the people who get you angry. Ignorant people deserve ignorance too.
Franklin Delano Brosephelt October 14, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Does anyone remember the Burrillville Summerfest? I recall that when it was located at Hauser field in Pascoag there was a beer tent. The festival was wonderful, tons of people, very little incidents (this was not PaToad fest, it was handled much more responsibly). Then they moved it to the middle school, they couldn't serve beer, and it died rather quickly. I would cry if this happened to the autumnfest.
Trisha Ledger October 14, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Franklin, your name is great!
Sandy Phaneuf October 14, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Emile, you do not see the comment because it was "flagged as inappropriate" by more than three users and immediately disappeared.
Emile Belisle October 14, 2011 at 09:50 PM
I find it mind boggling how a difference of opinion can lead to such hostility. Makes no sense to me. I don't have a clue who this Dude guy is!
Emile Belisle October 14, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Dude: Enough said, it’s over and done with. We can agree to disagree. Good luck to you always! Enjoy the weekend!
Patricia October 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM
I would just like to clear a few things up, first of all the stabbing over beer incident was not over beer, it was over drugs. The article was so off on the reporting it made me sick. The problem is not alchol or drugs. It's the system! Woonsocket is so drug infested and all they do is arrest, slap them on the hand and let them go back to the drugs. Why does this society not have mandatory programs. I have dealt with the incorrect reporting of the Woonsocket Call many years ago and if they get their info from the police they really need to go some where else to get their info. So Woonsocket Call let me help you, this person does not live on Pond St in fact he is homeless, the knife was the girlfriends, and they are all on drugs. Oh, and also he was on probation as he has been for for 17 years for killing his own brother ! You ask how I know this, I'm the sister that no would talk too 17 years ago when my brother was killed. I left Woonsocket many years ago and have a very good life, but have lived first hand to bad reporting and useless probation offficers... I guess just the whole system right down to judges. Don't blame Autemfest blame the scum who sells your kids the drugs,worry about the alcohol later.
Sandy Phaneuf October 14, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Patricia, The article is all related directly from Woonsocket's police logs. There is nowhere else to get the info, that is the official report. However, we are glad to provide a forum where residents can tell their side of the story and happy to speak with anyone that would like to clarify information. The Pond Street address is the one he gave police.
Sandy Phaneuf October 14, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Also, this in not the Woonsocket Call.
Patricia October 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM
I understand that your info comes from the police logs, I once tried to talk to The Call to clarify. They were rude and wouldn't admit the article was wrong. If the info you are getting ,is from the police logs then I probably would make a better investigator. Please don't misunderstand me I know their jobs are difficult I have other family members who work for law enforcement. Don't they check on what their told or do they belive every drug addicts story? All three involved, are crack heads. If the police would have investigated properly they might have been able to find some.
Owordly October 15, 2011 at 01:14 AM
I want to say thanks to Mike Dubois and the Woonsocket Rotary Club for having the Beer Garden and the food court which makes Autumnfest such a great event every year. If you have a hard time with alcohol or feel that its wrong please don't attend and let those who are comfortable with it enjoy themselves.
Anonymous October 15, 2011 at 09:35 PM
My lack of interest in Autumnfest has NOTHING to do with the beer garden. In fact, my husband has been to the beer tent every year since he was 21 (thats 15 years). My problems lie so much more deeper. From the filth to the filthy patrons, the too busy to care police officers to the jacked up prices for subpar items and rides. However @Patricia, I know full well where your fustration comes from. "Woony" cops are more concerned with getting back to the station intime to clock out than with factual INVESTIGATING! they listen to the first or second person they see, take it as fact and walk away to "write it up". The problem is not in the story (btw thanks u @Sandy Phaneuf for your wonderful reporting on articles) the story comes from the police, the problem is the police in general. I cant tell you how many times I've had to witness something atrocious going on at the hands of the police. Im a fine, upstanding citizens, have never been arrested, nor detained a day in my life, pay my taxes and take part in my child's education. I believe that Woonsocket cops are lazy, corrupt individuals with no moral fiber whom take pleasure in "ACTING" like authority and no further. The problem is the police and as long as the residents of this "city on the move....to the dump" stay quiet, this will continue. Something must be done and THAT has nothing to do with the Beer Tent.
Uncle Ben October 15, 2011 at 11:04 PM
If they are going to have a beer tent there should be 2 of em, 1 at 1 Entrance and 1 at the other entrance and force people to walk out of the park and not into the park and all those issues you mentioned will go away, or wait , did I suggest not having 1 at all yet ? lol j/k
Sandy Phaneuf October 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Anonymous, First off, thank you for the compliment. I am curious about your opinion of the Woonsocket PD. For one thing, I would like to know if your opinion was primarily formed in the past, before Chief Carey came to the city a few years ago. There have been many changes to the force in the past several years and I have found that the current group is BUSY, but overall pretty open and approachable. Believe it or not, as much police reporting as we do here on Patch, not nearly all of their activity is accounted for. I just wonder if sometimes they get a bad reputation due to past issues. In the story above, for example, Autumnfest patrons threw beer at the police!! I just hope people give them a fair shake - at the of the day, they are public servants that face a lot of dangerous situations on our behalf.
English first October 17, 2011 at 01:24 PM
I can't believe it. As an old hippy I have never defended the police...... However, after reading many articles in the Patch I have seen many great examples of police work in Woonsocket. For Anonymous to say "Woonsocket cops are lazy, corrupt individuals with no moral fiber whom take pleasure in "ACTING" like authority " is so unfair. Blanket statements like that help no one.
English first October 17, 2011 at 01:27 PM
I have never been to the beer tent. I am sure 99.9% of its visitorsare great. I know so many people enjoy it year after year. But you do not need beer for a good festival. If I am not mistaken there is no beer at Waterfire in Providence and it is a very successful event. Just saying....
Anonymous October 17, 2011 at 06:06 PM
@English First - My comment is warranted and unbiased. Contrary to belief this country is still free to speak your mind. If it was illegal to name the officers I speak about, and believe me I have them all, I would gladly say the names. There are 17 names of police officers in this city whom have demonstrated the above stated behavior. @Sandy Phaneuf - You are welcome. And I would be happy to say that these incidents were prior to the new chief but sadly, that is not the case. While I do believe he has done a good job, in a bad situation, it's difficult to "control" what each cop is doing. Furthermore, I will mention one case that happened last month on Saturday, September 10th outside Party Town. 2 patrol cars were sitting in the parking lot, noticably chit chatting and failing the notice that 2 cars nearly collided with a woman walking across the street. When screaching brakes were rampant, what did those 2 officers do? Nothing! Continued to sit in their cars until another officer got to the scene and then 1 took off down front street and the other got out of his car to assist. I was in Party Town for over 30 minutes and loading items in my car when this happened. I wish I could say I was shocked, but I've become numb to this behavior. Perhaps the chief would be best to patrol the city in an unmarked car so he can see the behavior of his cops. Lazy! I stand by my statements.
Uncle Ben October 17, 2011 at 07:45 PM
@Anonymous, I hear ya, here is something I went through the day the new Chief was signed in. And Susan Menard was Mayor, 1 day I was walking down the street and heard the sound of tires sreaching and look down this embankment and noticed a police car in the middle of crashing, I seen it all and was the person to call 911, anyway I ran down to make sure the officer was alright, he was so I stayed until help arrived, when help did arrive it was another policeman, the officer in the car was real nice to me and thanked me for looking out for him, anyway when the officer seen me talking to the crash victim he yelled to me get of here or you'll be arrested, I asked why ? he said this is none of your business and to leave, I snapped a few pictures with my phone. The next day I went to city hall to complain, in doing so they did a little invetigating and noticed the accident wasn't reported, there was a tow truck that was called to pick up the car, and they had it on record. Luckily I seen it all and remembered the tow company that came. After it was all figuered out I recieved a phone call from the new Chief asking if I could go there and talk with him, he was nice about it and invited the officer in the meeting so that he can Apoligize to me, and it was all over, now I think I blew my cover, lol anyway ya see ? it happens.
Brina M. October 18, 2011 at 07:33 PM
its not the tent..... most problems happen near the rides ......
Uncle Ben October 18, 2011 at 07:48 PM
yeah, its the people going on the rides after getting drunk and falling all over everyone.


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