An unnamed Providence, Rhode Island, man attempted to rob a convenience store and then a dry cleaner on Monday, armed only with a potato “disguised as a gun.” We’re not sure what that means, but reports indicate that he was waving the potato around. He may have been planning to potato-whip the clerks, but never got the chance.
Here on the Crime Library we’ve seen all kinds of cops: good cops, bad cops, serious cops, nice cops. Today we present the “Dancing Cop.” As far as we know he is the only one of his kind, but we sincerely hope to see more of this kind of police officer in the future — and not just at Christmas.
Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the fourth most deadly nightclub fire in U.S. history. On February 20, 2003, one hundred people died when a fire erupted at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The fire was started by pyrotechnics that were part of a performance by the hard rock band Great White. This graphic video below shows the mayhem and devastation that took place that night.