Newport This Week


Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Jan. 6 through Sunday, Jan. 12, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 168 calls. Of those, 73 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 63 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 4 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 166
Station 1 – Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 54 calls
Station 1 – Engine 1 and 6
responded to 59 calls
Station 2 – Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 22 calls
Station 2 – Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 21 calls
Station 5 – Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 33 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 – Watercraft rescue
5 – Water or steam leak
2 – Lockouts
2- Gas leaks
1 – Carbon monoxide detector
17 – Assist public calls
15 – Fire alarm soundings
– no fire
8 – Fire alarm malfunctions
– no fire
46- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 1 smoke alarm / CO inspection prior to property sales, 8 life safety / site inspections, 5 fire system plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: RI Emergency Management Agency – Special Needs Registry – This system is designed to identify individuals who may require special assistance during emergencies. The Newport Fire Department encourages any individual, regardless of age, who has a chronic condition, disability, special health care need, or may require additional assistance during a time of emergency to sign up. The information provided assists us in determining how to best respond to your emergency. For more info please visit specialneedsregistry or contact the fire marshal.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Jan. 6 to Sunday, Jan. 12 , the Newport Police Department responded to 430 calls. Of those, 93 were motor vehicle related; there were 72 motor vehicle violations issued, 21 accident reports.

The police also responded to 8 noise complaints, 6 animal complaints, 2 suicide calls, 56 home/business alarm calls, and 5 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral.

They recorded 8 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 6 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 17 arrests were made for the following violations: n 9 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n 2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault. n2 arrests were made for larceny. n 1 arrest was made for DUI. n1 arrest was made for possession of a weapon other than a firearm. n 1 arrest was made for violating a no-contact order.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Jan. 13, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 10 matters on the docket:

• Four cases concerned minors in possession of alcohol. One defendant pleaded Nolo and was fined $100, one case was closed as paid in full, one was rescheduled, and one was continued.

• Two cases with charges of open containers/drinking in public were coninued.

• One defendant was charged with urinating in public. The case was continued.

• Of three traffic infractions, one defendant was found guilty of a stop sign violation and was fined $85, one pleaded no contest for not wearing a seat belt and was fined $40, and one case for driving 1-10 miles over the speed limit was continued.

Ballard Park Winter Hike

The Friends of Ballard Park will host a winter hike on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10-11 a.m. Naturalist Charles Avenengo and Friends of Ballard Park educator Jaclyn Lewandowski will guide the hike, pointing out animal tracks and evidence of winter dwellers along the trails and in the three-acre quarry meadow. They will also discuss survival techniques animals use during the winter months.

Ballard Park is located on the corner of Hazard and Wickham roads directly across from Rogers High School. Hikers should meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as trails are uneven and steep in areas. If you have binoculars bring them along.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person and $15 for a group. Reserve at Drop-ins welcome. In event of inclement weather, the hike will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1. Visit or call 401-619-3377 for more information.

Genealogy Workshops

The Portsmouth Free Public Library, in partnership with the Portsmouth Historical Society, will host a series of genealogy workshops and presentations. The workshops are designed to help people trace their roots by using databases and other online and print resources. Familiarity with the Internet is recommended. Bring your questions, problems, and stumbling blocks to the workshop for individualized help. Laptops will be provided or you can bring your own.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited so sign up early. All meetings will be held at the library, 2658 East Main Rd. The series will meet to work through ancestor searches from 1-3 p.m. on the following Sundays: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30, April 27, and May 18. To register, stop by the library or call 401-683-9457.

Met School Dedication

The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education invite all to the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. The snow date is Feb. 1.

Rugby Sign-Ups

The Island Rugby Football Club is now accepting registrations for the spring season for all boys and girls ages 13 – 18.5 living in Newport County. For more information, visit or contact Christopher Gray at 401-639-4901 or

Party for Clean Ocean Access

Clean Ocean Access will host its major social event and initial fundraising activity of the year on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Easton’s Point Restaurant. The fundraising and “fun-raising” party sells out every year, and advance tickets are available at the restaurant. The event features three bands, a DJ, slides and videos from ten local photographers, food, and raffle prizes. The advocacy group leads local efforts to keep area shoreline and waters clean and accessible to all. Contact to get involved in any capacity.

Arts Around the Fire to Discuss 375th

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County will host its monthly networking event, Arts Around the Fire, at Salvation Café on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. The meeting will feature members of Newport’s 375th anniversary planning committee who will describe the many celebratory events planned for the year and opportunities for involvement. Come hear what’s going on in the arts community and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Drop in. All are welcome. For more information, visit

Swim Lessons

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County Barracuda Swim Academy is accepting swim lessons registrations for tot swimmers, ages 6 months up, through Level 5. Lesson times vary and are offered Monday through Saturday. The session fee is $65 per swimmer and active membership of $20 is required. For a full schedule call 401-847-6927 or visit

Saturday family swim is back from noon-1 p.m. for the season and is free to members with active memberships. A fee of $5 is charged per each non-member.

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