Newport police reports for March 22Reports include property damage, a neighbor complaint, vehicle fires and cemetery trespassing.
Newport police and fire crews responded about 8:45 a.m. March 9 to Interstate 494 and Maxwell Avenue to help an Inver Grove Heights man whose vehicle engine started on fire. Crews extinguished the fire. There were no reported injuries.
A Newport police officer on patrol about 1:20 p.m. March 9 near Highway 61 and Bailey Road saw a semitrailer loaded with vehicles approaching on the highway. The truck’s rear axle was on fire. The driver pulled over and extinguished the fire himself. No emergency assistance was needed.
Police were called March 10 to the 1600 block of 10th Avenue when a Newport woman reported that someone had smashed her vehicle windshield and two windows. Damage exceeded $1,000.
A resident in the 800 block of 17th Street reported March 10 that he believed his neighbor was dumping garbage on his property. Police talked to the neighbor, who said he didn’t throw garbage in the neighbor’s lot. No citations issued.
A police officer on routine patrol shortly before 10 p.m. March 10 in Newport Cemetery saw a vehicle with two occupants at the top of the cemetery hill. The occupants were a 28-year-old Newport man and a 23-year-old Newport woman who said they were “just hanging out and looking at the (Northern Tier Energy) refinery lights,” according to the report. They were cited for trespassing.
Newport Auto Sales, 1390 Hastings Ave., reported March 12 that a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban was stolen from the business within the previous day. The vehicle was valued at $8,000.
Super America gas station, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $20 gas drive-off March 13.
A Newport resident near Dayton Avenue and Gary Drive reported about 4 a.m. March 13 that a juvenile male was opening vehicles in the area and trying to steal things.