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Newport police reports for Oct. 10: Theft, suspicious activity, assault

Recent criminal activity reported in Newport:
A Marshall, Minn., man reported Sept. 17 that his cellphone was stolen from outside Newport Cold Storage, 2233 Maxwell Ave., when he left it on a picnic table to go retrieve his lunch from a microwave. The phone was worth $650.
Police were called Sept. 23 to a home in the 1200 block of Fourth Avenue. A man reported that checkbooks were stolen from a cabinet, and he accused his ex-girlfriend, who also lives at the home, and another man of stealing them. The woman became upset and tried to lock herself in the bathroom and threatened to kill herself. Police arrived and talked to those involved. The woman was planning to leave the home.
SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $48 gas drive-off Sept. 26. Suspicious activityA Newport man reported Sept. 22 that his son and other juveniles were approached by two strange people while they were doing tricks on their bicycles at Valley Road and 21st Street. The suspects — a man and a woman, both in their 50s — got out of their van and offered $20 to the children for doing bike tricks. The woman told the kids not to worry because the man was a police officer, but the children ran away. The suspects then left in the van. Police could not locate them but planned extra patrol in the area. AssaultPolice were called Sept. 12 to a home on Fourth Avenue for a domestic incident. A woman and her juvenile granddaughter were involved in a physical altercation; each said she was hit by the other. The case was referred for possible criminal charges.
A Red Wing man was cited for disorderly conduct Sept. 22 after he reportedly showed up a day earlier at Burger King, 1598 Hastings Ave., and tried to assault a man who was having a cigarette outside the restaurant. The two had been involved in a confrontation over an ex-girlfriend. DomesticPolice were called Sept. 18 to a domestic incident at a home in the 1600 block of Dayton Avenue. The suspect,  a male, was very uncooperative and disrespectful toward officers but the incident was handled without arrest, according to the report. Property damageA Newport man reported Sept. 20 that someone kicked a hole in his wood fence in the 1100 block of Mark Court. The damage was estimated at $100. DrugsPolice were called Sept. 21 to the alley behind Newport Drug Store, 1644 Hastings Ave., on a report of a male down. When officers arrived, they found a Newport man known to them who was unresponsive to voice or touch. Police reported that he is a known drug user who previously had overdosed on methadone. Police found a marijuana pipe in his pants pocket. He was ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia and was transported by ambulance to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.
 Intoxicated malePolice on Sept. 24 transported an intoxicated 18-year-old male to a Hastings detox facility after he returned to his home in the 800 block of High Street and was smashing things in his bedroom. TamperingA Newport man told police Sept. 26 that someone had ransacked his vehicle in the 1500 block of Cedar Lane. Nothing was reported stolen.
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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