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Newport police reports for Sept. 12: Robbery, fire, drugs

Recent criminal activity reported in Newport:


Police and firefighters were called to Newport Elementary School, 851 Sixth Ave., on Aug. 20 for a reported fire. A juvenile started a small fire by the outdoor garbage area. It was extinguished.

Firefighters were called at 6:40 p.m. Aug. 31 to assist with a garage fire at 1429 Summit Ave., in St. Paul Park.


A 36-year-old Newport man was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital Aug. 21 for possibly overdosing on methadone. He was spotted acting strangely outside of John Bartl Hardware, 1688 Hastings Ave.


Police were called Aug. 31 to a home in the 800 block of 18th Street for a domestic incident. A woman told police that her boyfriend threw chicken at her and dumped water from a dog dish on her during a fight about “the same old stupid stuff,” according to the report. The man admitted dumping water on his girlfriend. He spent the night at his parent’s house in West St. Paul to avoid fighting again. Police transported him there because he and his girlfriend had been drinking.


A Newport man reported Aug. 26 that someone stole tools and work equipment from his truck parked in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue.

A St. Paul woman called police Aug. 27 to report that she left her wallet at SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., when she went in to pay for a candy bar. The woman said by the time she returned to get her wallet, someone had stolen $400 cash she had in the wallet.

Police were called Aug. 27 to Boyd’s Motel, 1700 Hastings Ave, for a theft. A man said two ladders were stolen from the south courtyard area of the motel. The ladders were valued at $300 and $175.

QB Contracting., of Little Canada, reported Aug. 28 that seven spools of heavy gauge wire were stolen from a vehicle parked at Valley and Ford roads. No value listed.

Martin Joseph Construction, of Cottage Grove, reported Aug. 29 that someone stole $500 worth of copper from a storage container that had been broken into in the 2100 block of Hastings Avenue.

SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $50 gas drive-off Sept. 1. Police located a suspect.

A Newport woman reported Sept. 1 that someone stole a license plate from a vehicle parked in the 1600 block of 10th Avenue.


A St. Paul Park man reported Aug. 30 that he was assaulted and robbed while riding a bike near Newport Center on Hastings Avenue. The victim said a white male approached him and had a knife that looked like a small “Rambo-type” knife, according to the report. The suspect demanded money and the victim said he turned over his wallet, but it contained no money. The suspect punched the man in the face and knocked him unconscious, the police report said. The victim declined emergency transport to a hospital. A suspect was not located.

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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