2014-02-21 / News Briefs


Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 16, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 137 calls. Of those, 68 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 52 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 8 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 137
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 50 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 38 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 26 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 18 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 33 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
3 - Lockouts
2 - Electrical problems
1- Gas leak
1 - Carbon monoxide detector
15 - Assist public calls
10 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
7 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
50- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 8 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, and 11 life safety / site inspections, 3 fire system plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGESituational Awareness: When you enter a building used for public assembly, take a minute to look around. Mentally prepare yourself for an emergency. Locate all of the exits immediately. Be prepared to use your closest exit as the main entrance or exit may not be available in an emergency situation. If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately and dial 911.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Power Shut-Off Discussion

A group of concerned citizens is meeting Wednesday, Feb. 26 to discuss upcoming changes regarding power shut-off policies. National Grid is trying to pass a law to stop the moratorium anf they will have the power to shut off customers at any given time. Those who pay for utilities are encouraged to attend the meeting to stop them from passing this law. Learn more about what your rights are as a paying customer. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Park Holm Senior Center, behind the main office.

Arts Around the Fire

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County will host its monthly networking event, Arts Around the Fire, at Salvation CafĂ© on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Local dancer and founder of Artists and Scientists as Partners Rachel Balaban will talk about ASaP’s upcoming symposium on the intersection of the arts and science. Come hear what’s going on in the arts community and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All are welcome. For more information, visit newportarts.org.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Feb. 10 to Sunday, Feb. 16 , the Newport Police Department responded to 513 calls. Of those, 128 were motor vehicle related; there were 100 motor vehicle violations issued, 28 accident reports. The police also responded to 5 noise complaints, 6 animal complaints, 7 suicide calls, 32 home/business alarm calls, and 7 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral. They recorded 6 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 1 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 22 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 4 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n3 arrests were made for larceny. n 3 arrests were made for driving
without a license or with an expired license.
n 3 arrests were made for domestic vandalism.
n 2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n 2 arrests were made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for trespassing. n 1 arrest was made for a DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for open
n 1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for family

Municipal Court

Due to the President’s Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 17, Municipal Court was not in session. Judge J. Russell Jackson will resume court on Monday, Feb. 24 at Newport City Hall.

Lecture at Swiss Village Farm

The SVF Foundation will present Dr. Rosaria Pisa to discuss “Traditional Foodways” on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Dr. Pisa has studied long held food pathways and traditions in Mexico and Italy and explores the feasibility of restructuring the local and regional food systems here in America to utilize those time-tested methods. The lecture is free but advance registration is required. Contact Lynne Skillin at lynne@svffoundation.org or 401-848-7229 x10.

Lyme Support Group

At the next Lyme Support Group, “Misdiagnosed? How to File a Complaint with the RI Department of Health” will be reviewed and sample forms will be on hand. The open meeting is Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and on the third Thursdays of following months. The group is for anyone who wishes to discuss Lyme disease, including relatives or friends. The support group meets at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

Walmart Arson Arrest

On Feb. 17, just before 6 p.m. the Newport Fire Department responded to Walmart on Connell Highway for a report of a fire. There was a fire burning in two locations in the shopping aisles.

Once the fire was extinguished it was noted that the blaze appeared to be an act of arson.

While viewing video footage and conducting interviews and collecting evidence the joint team of investigators identified a male that had been at the store for an extended period of time and even changed clothes while inside the store. It was later determined that George Reddick, age 58, of New York City approached Walmart personnel seeking employment with the store. Investigators drew up an arrest warrant for Reddick for the charge of arson but learned that he had left R.I. Shortly after 4 a.m. on Feb. 19, Reddick turned himself in to Newport police and was taken into custody.

This quick identification and arrest of Reddick was the result of multi-agency participation, cooperation and teamwork by the Newport Police, Newport Fire, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Diabetes Class Rescheduled

The Visiting Nurse Services Diabetes Self-Management Class, which was set to begin Feb. 18 at Newport Hospital, has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. To pre-register call 401-682-2100 x 1642.

Panera Bread Helps MLK Food Drive

Panera Bread will hold a free coffee event on Tuesday, Feb. 25 starting at 7 a.m. to support the Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s “Ton of Love” Food Drive which benefits the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. In exchange for donating one or more food pantry items, the first 100 customers will receive a free Panera travel coffee mug and one month of free coffee refills (limited one mug per person, per donation; free coffee refills valid only at the Panera Newport until March 26). Recommended food items to donate include non-perishable canned soup, fruit, veggies and meat, rice, pasta and mac ‘n’ cheese, pasta sauce, Goya products, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and tea, canned or dry milk, cake and muffin mix, cereal and condiments.

Panera Newport also assists the MLK Community Center by providing leftover bread, bagels and pastries Monday through Friday as part of its Day End Dough-Nation program. This program is carried out every day in every Panera Bread location nationwide.

Babysitting Course

The American Red Cross Babysitting Certification, designed for students ages 11-15, will be offered in a 3-day session at the Boys & Girls Club on March 5, 7, and12. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 10, basic first aid as well as how to manage a babysitting business. Classes will be held from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St. The cost is $65 for club members and iNCASE participants, $85 for non-members.

For more information,contact dbailey@bgcnewport.org x17.

Barn Dance

The Newport String Project and Common Fence Music are bringing an old-time barn dance to Newport on Sunday, March 2 at Emmanuel Church. The old-fashioned fun will begin at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to kick up their heels at this free event. These simple dances are fun for all ages and no partner or experience is necessary.

Champion fiddler and co-director of the Newport String Project, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and guitarist Tom Perrotti will provide toetapping music and master caller Jim Hicks is coming from Illinois.

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