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Police identify Newport victim of reported methadone overdose; suspect released from jail without charges

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Authorities say a man died of a reported methadone overdose in Newport over the weekend, but were tight-lipped about the incident as they continued investigating this week.

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Newport police officers were called at 1:41 a.m. Saturday to an apartment complex at 1624 10th Ave., for a 32-year-old man who had reportedly overdosed on methadone, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Newport police.

The man was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he later died.

Police identified him Tuesday as Dennis K. Tarmuat, who lived in an apartment at the 10th Avenue address.

After police responded to the 911 call, a 42-year-old Newport woman who lives in the same apartment complex was arrested on suspicion of third-degree murder without intent to cause death and third-degree controlled substance. She was expected to be released Tuesday without charges but pending further investigation, according to the Washington County Attorney's Office. She was still considered a suspect in connection with the death.

"It is a continuing investigation," said Fred Fink, lead Washington County prosecutor. Fink declined to discuss details of the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said he was asked by the prosecutors not to discuss details of the case while it's being investigated.

Authorities were awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.

Methadone is used as a pain reliever or to treat symptoms of drug withdrawal, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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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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