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Newport police reports for April 24: Suspicious situation, trespassing, domestic, drugs

Recently reported criminal activity in Newport.

Suspicious situation

Newport Elementary School called police April 4 to report that a student threw a BB and hit an eye of a classmate. Staff believed the boy also said he was going to bring his Airsoft BB gun to school. Police talked with the boy’s mother, who said she’d take away his toy guns and check his backpack each morning.

A Newport woman called police April 7 to report that someone in a white van had been driving in the 1900 block of Barry Drive and checking mailboxes. The van was not located.


Two Newport juveniles, a boy and a girl, were cited for trespassing after they were caught breaking into a vacant home in the 1800 block of Hastings Avenue on April 4. They said they thought it would be a fun adventure. Their parents were contacted.


Police were called April 1 to a Newport home for a reported domestic incident. Police arrived to find a 9-year-old boy punching his mother in the stomach while she was standing in the driveway talking on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. The boy stopped punching when police approached. The boy said he was mad because he could not play video games anymore. Police talked to the boy about consequences of hitting his mother, the report said.


An employee of Burger King, 1598 Hastings Ave., reported April 2 that a broken pipe used to smoke methamphetamine was found in the restaurant’s men’s bathroom. It was not known who left it there.


SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $67 gas drive-off on April 6.

A Newport woman called police April 10 to report that her daughter’s cellphone was stolen. Police resolved the dispute between cousins.

Property damage

A 27-year-old Newport man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property on April 6 after he allegedly threw an ashtray through a window at his friend’s home in the 1100 block of Mark Court. The man apparently was drunk and angry that his cellphone had been stolen at a bar, according to the report.


A Newport man reported April 8 that his son was assaulted at school. He wanted information from police about what he should do.


Firefighters were called about 7:15 p.m. April 14 to Hastings Avenue near Highway 61 and Interstate 494 for a debris fire.

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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