2014-02-14 / News Briefs


Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Feb. 03 through Sunday, Feb. 09, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 118 calls. Of those, 54 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 45 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, and 5 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 118
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 39 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 41 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 19 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 18 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 27 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 - Structure fire
1 - Cooking fire
2 - Lockouts
4 - Electrical problems
3 - Smoke scares
1- Gas leak
2 - Carbon monoxide detector
10 - Assist public calls
13 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
3 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
35- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 1 smoke alarm / CO inspection prior to property sales, and 12 life safety / site inspections, 4 fire system plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGEThere is a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall notice for power supply/chargers that were sold with the HP Chromebook 11. The charger is black and measures 1¾ inches by ¾ inches, and has a 6-foot long cord with a micro-USB connector on the end. The model number of the charger is MU15- N1052-A00S. The CPSC reports these chargers can overheat and melt, posing fire and burn hazards. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled charger for the HP Chromebook 11 and contact Google toll free at 866-628- 1371 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. EST seven days a week for more information.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Feed a Friend Food Drive

On Wednesday, Feb. 19 the Rotary Clubs of Middletown, Newport and Portsmouth in conjunction with Harry Kyriakides, the owner of the North End Steakhouse, Best Western, and The Mainstay Inn, will hold its second annual Feed a Friend Food Drive and Fundraiser Dinner, benefiting the Martin Luther King Community Center hunger programs and food pantry.

Tickets are $25 each. Guests will enjoy a hot Texas style buffet and are asked to bring a non- perishable food item. The event takes place at the North End Steakhouse, at The Mainstay Inn, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Foods and all monies raised will benefit the Martin Luther King Center whose food pantry and kitchen that support many families and individuals each week.

For more information contact, Alyson Novick - Director of Development at anovick@mlkccenter.org or 401-846-4828 x 102.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Feb. 03 to Sunday, Feb. 09 , the Newport Police Department responded to 526 calls. Of those, 100 were motor vehicle related; there were 76 motor vehicle violations issued, 24 accident reports. The police also responded to 7 noise complaints, 4 animal complaints, 1 suicide call, 20 home/business alarm calls, and 3 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 7 prisoners and escorted 2 funerals. They recorded 7 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 3 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 24 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 7 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n3 arrests were made for breaking and entering.
n 3 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 1 arrest was made for trespassing. n 1 arrest was made for fraudulent use of checks.
n 1 arrest was made for larceny.
n 1 arrest was made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct.
n1 arrest was made for leaving
the scene of a collision.
n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for possession of narcotics.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of drugs with the intent to
manufacture or deliver.
n1 arrest was made for domestic vandalism.
n1 arrest was made for simple

Rogers Teachers Chosen for Ocean Program

Beth Copeley and Scott Dickison, teachers at Rogers High School, were among the eight teachers statewide selected to participate in the first MaTTS Project (Marine Technology for Teachers and Students). The program is based at the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center and will provide a year-long professional development program. The project focuses on providing opportunities for teachers and students to experience new technologies related to exploring the global ocean and discovering opportunities for marine careers using new tools, and following STEM pathways. The MaTTS program is funded through a grant by the National Science Foundation.

BNI Visitor Day

The newly formed Newport chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) welcomes visitors to an open meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 8 - 10 a.m. at the Fifth Element Restaurant, 111 Broadway. For more information, visit bni.com.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at Newport Hospital. Patients and/or caregivers are welcome to attend. The group meets monthly, every third Saturday, for an informal meeting on education and support for those affected with Parkinson’s.

For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 401-789-1333 or fes217@aol.com.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session held
on Monday, Feb. 10, at Newport
City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.
There were 8 matters on the
nOne case concerning underage
possession of alcohol was continued. nOne case involving a noise disturbance was continued.
nA bench warrant was issued for
one defendant who failed to appear for a charge of using an air
nThe review of one case for urinating in public was continued.
nOf four traffic infractions, one
driver charged with speeding 1-10
mph over the speed limit and failure to obey a traffic light defaulted
with fines totaling $180 and imposed costs of $35; and another
case of adriver charged with traveling 1-10 mph over the speed limit
and no registration card in the vehicle was dismissed. Two defendants pleaded no contest and were
fined $85 each for driving with an
expired registration and making a
“U” turn in a prohibited place.

Preventing Substance Abuse

The Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force and the Newport Partnership For Families will be holding a brown bag lunch at the Newport Public Library Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. Members of the community are invited to come learn more about the root causes of substance abuse among Newport teens. For more information, contact Ben Ellcome at 716-531-8403 or Ellcome.ben@gmail.com.

Lifeguard Course and Job Opportunities

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County will be hosting a lifeguard certification course taught by New England Lifeguarding on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2 - 7 p.m. at the Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St. The course includes First Aid, CPR, AED and lifeguard training. Participants must be 16 or older. Certifications will be given that day to those who successfully complete the training. For more information on cost to attend and to register, contact Keila Sanchez at ksanchez@bgcnewport.org or 847-6927 ext. 17.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County are now hiring certified lifeguards and swim instructors. Employment applications will be available on the training day and at the Central Clubhouse any time.

Little League Baseball Clinics

The Newport Little League will sponsor a series of free winter baseball clinics on Sundays through March 9. Designed to help Newport youth practice their skills and prepare for tryouts (which will be held the weekend of March 22), the clinics will be held in the Thompson Middle School gymnasium. Enter through the back door. Clinics will be broken down into two sessions: Ages 8-10 will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. and ages 11-12 will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Participants should bring a glove and wear sneakers. For more information, contact Anthony Borgueta at 401- 595-8947 or borguetaa@gmail.com.

Potter Pet U

The Potter League will hold its next Potter Pet University on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6 - 7 p.m. Rabbits make wonderful companions, but their unique needs require specialized care. Learn about the nutrition, housing and behavior of pet rabbits and how to ensure their best care. Dr. Murdock will also go over some of the most commonly seen medical concerns and will leave plenty of time for Q&A.

Free and open to the public. Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia at 401-846-0592 ext 120 or AnastaciaS@ PotterLeague.org.

Return to top