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WESTERLY — A Pawcatuck man is facing drug and weapon possession charges after the police responded to a report of a disturbance on Cross Street.

Torin McKenna, 34, of 155 Broad St., was charged April 2 with possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and misdemeanor possession of a prohibited weapon other than a firearm, and obstructing an officer. He was arraigned later that day in Fourth Division District Court and was released on a promise to appear, according to court records.

According to a Westerly police report, officers were called to Cross Street around 11:30 a.m. with reports of two men fighting. When officers arrived, they found McKenna walking nearby and said he appeared nervous and reached for his waistband. An officer saw a sheath attached to his waist and ordered McKenna to put his hands by his side. The officer removed a 4¼-inch knife from the sheath.

McKenna, who initially said his name was Michael John, told officers that he had had an argument on Cross Street in front of a friend's home. An officer patted McKenna down after finding the knife and found a wallet and ID that showed McKenna had given a fake name. He also had a bottle containing 70 pills of clonazepam, more commonly known as Klonopin. The police said McKenna did not have a prescription for the medication, a sedative prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders.

McKenna did not enter a plea. He is due in Washington Superior Court for a felony screening in June.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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