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Newport police reports for July 18: Theft, assault, domestic

Recent criminal activity reported in Newport:


SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $97 gas drive-off June 25. The gas station reported a $40 gas drive-off the following day.


A St. Paul man was arrested in Newport last month following a reported assault in St. Paul Park. David D. Durham, 22, was stopped by a police officer shortly after 8 a.m. June 26 for a suspected driving violation. Durham matched the description of a man who had left a St. Paul Park home where a woman said she had been slapped. Durham was cited for driving after suspension, no seat belt and no proof of insurance, and he was booked into Washington County jail for an outstanding warrant and on suspicion of violating a no-contact order.

Police were called shortly before 5 p.m. July 4 to SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., for a reported assault. A witness said there was an altercation between a man and a woman in the parking lot. Officers later contacted the woman involved. The woman, who has a disability from cancer, said she was upset that someone parked in the only handicapped spot in the parking lot, so she confronted the vehicle's driver. She admitted that she hit the car with her cane and swung it at the man, who then took the cane from her and hit her on the head. The woman said she didn't need any medical assistance.

Police were called about 10:30 a.m. July 7 to SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., for a fight involving four males who were punching one another. The males were gone when officers arrived. No arrests were made.


A Newport woman reported June 27 that her ex-boyfriend showed up at her home in the 1800 block of Hastings Avenue and punched out small windows on the front door. He then left. Police could not locate or contact the man.

A Newport man was arrested and cited for fifth-degree domestic assault after a reported domestic incident June 29. A woman told police that her husband had been next door partying with neighbors and her friend walked in on him and another woman. The man became upset when he was accused of inappropriate behavior and he threw a bottle on the ground, scaring his wife, and then allegedly attacked the friend, leaving marks on her arms, neck, ear and chest. 

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.

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.

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