2014-02-07 / News Briefs


Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 2, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 131 calls. Of those, 55 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 40 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 1 patient was treated on the scene and 10 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 131
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 33 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 45 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 27 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 22 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 48 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 - Lockout
3 - Water problems or steam leaks
1- Smoke scare
3- Gas leaks
1 - Carbon monoxide detector
10 - Assist public calls
17 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
10 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
45- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 6 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, and 5 life safety / site inspections, 8 fire system plan reviews.


Eight children and their mother were killed in an early morning house fire in western Kentucky last week, with only the injured father and an 11-year-old girl escaping. The fire started accidentally with combustible material too close to an electric heater in a bedroom. Tragedies like this remind us how important it is to take precautions while heating our homes. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around fireplaces, wood stoves, and space heaters. All portable heaters should be turned off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Refrigerator Recycling

Rhode Island residents can receive a special $100 rebate for recycling outdated refrigerators or freezers through National Grid’s appliance recycling program.

The program encourages residential electric customers throughout the state to have inefficient refrigerators and freezers picked up at their home free of charge.

Pickup is available year-round, but the special $100 incentive ends Feb. 28. Rhode Island residents can schedule a free pickup by calling 1-877-545-4113 or by visiting www.ngrid.com/rirecycle.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission

The public is invited to the monthly meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 8 - 9 a.m. at their office at 435 Thames St. The commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Bike Newport at 401-619-4900; or email info@bikenewportri.org.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Feb. 2, the Newport Police Department responded to 464 calls. Of those, 127 were motor vehicle related; there were 105 motor vehicle violations issued, 22 accident reports. The police also responded to 8 noise complaints, 7 animal complaints, 2 suicide calls, 32 home/business alarm calls, and 5 incidents of vandalism. They also escorted 2 funerals. They recorded 1 instance of assisting other police departments and also recorded 4 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 15 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 3 arrests were made for underage drinking.
n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 1 arrest was made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 1 arrest was made for fraudulent use of credit cards.
n 1 arrest was made for larceny.
n 1 arrest was made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for disorderly
n1 arrest was made for driving
without consent of owner.
n1 arrest was made for violating a
family court order.
n 1 arrest was made for driving
without a license or with an expired license.
n 1 arrest was made for violating
a no-contact order.
n1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked license.

AARP Tax Preparation

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will offer free income tax preparation at 10 sites in Newport County beginning Feb. 3 to people of all ages with low and moderate incomes. It is not necessary to be an ARRP member to take advantage of this help. In 2013, the program completed over 1,600 returns for Newport County clients. All returns are computer prepared and are electronically filed for fast refunds.

The AARP Tax Aide program is the nation’s largest free tax preparation service. All tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS each year. Each return is quality checked before transmittal. Counselors are qualified to handle most common forms and schedules. State returns are completed along with the federal forms.

For more information contact each site, or Bob Lobecker at Robert. lobecker@verizon.net.

Sites will operate through April 15. • Edward King House,

Mondays, 11 a.m. -3 p.m. • Bank Newport, Washington Square

Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Newport Public Library,

Thursdays , noon - 7 p.m. • Dr. Martin Luther King Center,

Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Middletown Library,

Mondays noon - 3:30 p.m.,

Wednesdays 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., and

Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Middletown Senior Center,

Tuesday 9 a.m. - noon • Naval Station Newport, Naval Legal Services Office, 360 Elliot St

Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., starts Feb. 11, base access required • Jamestown Philomenian Library,

Mondays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and

Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Portsmouth Senior Center, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

High School Tour of Raytheon

An opportunity to see cutting edge technology has been organized by the Newport County Mentor/ Co-0p Group to visit the Raytheon Seapower Capability Systems installation in Portsmouth on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This visit to Raytheon will provide students a chance to see technology in action in areas such as undersea systems and maritime awareness. Demonstrations will include a visit to Raytheon’s Undersea Lab/Test Tank, an overview of Marine Domain Awareness, and a discussion on the field of cybersecurity. Lunch will be provided.

Contact school guidance counselor by Tuesday, Feb. 11 to be included on this tour. Bus transportation has been arranged to take students to and from their high schools to Raytheon.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session held
on Monday, Feb. 3, at Newport City
Hall. The Court adjudicates cases
related to city ordinances, parking,
and traffic infractions.
There were 15 matters on the
nTwo charges of open containers/ drinking in public were called.
Neither defendent was present so
bench warrants were issued for failure to appear.
nFour cases concerned underage
possession of alcohol. One case
was continued, while a no contest
plea was entered for one with a fine
of $300 plus court costs of $93.50.
Two requests to have records expunged were granted.
nFive cases involved noise disturbances. The judge issued a bench
warrant for failure to appear for one
defendants; the other cases were
continued or rescheduled.
nA bench warrant was issued for
one defendant who failed to appear for a charge of consuming alcohol in public.
nThe review of one case was rescheduled for the possession of a
switch blade.
nOf two traffic infractions, one
matter of wrong-way driving was
defaulted with an $85 fine and imposed costs of $35; and a charge of
traveling 1-10 mph over the speed
limit was dismissed based on a
good driving record, with costs of

Green Drinks

The monthly gathering of Green Drinks will be Thursday, Feb. 6 at Asterisk Restaurant, 599 Thames St. at 5:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Karla Simmons from Simmons Organic Farm in Middletown. Eating local and organic is a part of living sustainably, but these terms can often be confusing for consumers. Simmons will talk about what the terms mean, what to look for, and the importance of both.

Green Drinks is an international organization that allows people in the “green” and environmental communities to come together. Green Drinks Newport began in September 2007 and takes place the first Thursday of each month in the Newport area. For more information, visit greendrinks.org.

Valentine Craft and Chocolate Party

The Newport Public Library will host a free Valentine Chocolate Party for children ages 6 and up on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. Youngsters will have the opportunity to make a variety of Valentine craft projects, and hot chocolate and candy treats will be served. All materials are provided free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Sign up at the Children’s Desk or call 401- 847-8720 x204.

Police Parade Plunge

A Plunge for the Police Parade will be held Sunday, Feb. 16 at noon at Third Beach in Middletown. The community is asked to show their support of emergency responders by taking a “plunge.” All funds raised will be donated to the Aquidneck Island Police Parade which will be held Sunday, May 4. The suggested donation is $15 for members of the general public, $10 for emergency responders and $10 for spectators. Aquidneck Pizza will host a postplunge party with light refreshments for event participants.

The Aquidneck Island Police Parade is the only National Police Parade held to honor law enforcement officers serving past, present or in the memory of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The event organizer is Middletown High School senior, Greg Lema. If a large group wishes to participate, contact at Lema at glema430@gmail.com. For more information about the Police Parade, contact Newport Police Officer Corey Huck at 401-845-5737.

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