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Newport police reports for Aug. 2: Domestic, fire, theft, property damage

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Recent criminal activity reported in Newport:

Threat

Police received a report July 2 that a man was confronted by a group of three men at Burger King and told the bike he was riding belonged to a man living in the 800 block of High Street. The man was forced to ride the bike to the suspect's High Street home. When he arrived, the suspect reportedly walked outside with a kitchen knife. The victim ran away. Police could not make contact with the suspect.

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Suspicious male

Police received a report June 30 that an unknown man wearing a "Jason mask" and carrying a baseball bat walking into a laundromat at Third Street and Pullman Avenue in St. Paul Park. The man then left. Newport police assisted on the call.

Theft

A Newport woman reported July 15 that her MacBook computer ($1,300) was stolen from her home in the 2000 block of Second Avenue.

Property damage

A Newport man reported July 14 that someone keyed a vehicle parked in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue.

MasterTech Auto, 1206 Hastings Ave., reported July 16 that a customer's vehicle window was damaged, possibly by a BB. Damage: $150.

Fire

Newport firefighters were called shortly before 6 p.m. July 17 to a reported fire at a playground at Mark Court and 17th Street. No injuries reported.

Domestic

Police were called to a reported domestic July 17 at a home in the 1500 block of 11th Avenue. A man and woman each had minor signs of a physical assault, but neither wanted to press charges. The man left the home. The case was forwarded to the city attorney for review.

Police were called July 20 to a reported domestic at an apartment in the 1600 block of 10th Avenue. A man said a woman had assaulted him but he didn't want to press charges. Police asked him to sit down while they talked to the woman, but he ran away. The woman said the man had assaulted him. No arrests were made.

Officers were called to a residence in the 1600 block of 10th Avenue for a reported assault July 21. A woman claimed a man slapped her across the face and pushed her to the ground after she kicked him in the groin because he "got in her face," according to the report. The man told police the woman kicked him but he did not assault her, and another witness verified the story. The man did not want to press charges.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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