Newport Police Log: Woman Arrested for Threatening Restaurant Owner

A look at recent police activity around the city.

Salve Student Arrested for Underage Possession of Alcohol

Troy W. Ochoa, 19, of 125 Silverbirch Road, Longmeadow, MA, was arrested around 9:05 p.m. on Thursday for possession of alcohol by a minor.

Police were monitoring Vicker's Liquor and saw the driver enter the store while two people stayed in the car. After they drove off, the interior light was on and officers observed the passengers handling something. They followed them to Salve Regina University's campus and the driver was able to drive off before police could detain him.

Officers detained Ochoa and the other passenger, who had no alcohol on him. Ochoa said he had nothing in his backpack. According to reports, police felt a tall round bottle in the backpack which they later confirmed as alcohol with a Vicker's price tag. Ochoa said he had it in his room, but upon further questioning said William Smiley, another Salve student, purchased it for him at Vickers. He was issued a summons. Police are still investigating Smiley's whereabouts.

Woman Arrested for Threatening Bar Owner

[Editor's Note: The arrestee has been dismissed of all charges and the records have been expunged. Her identity has since been removed from this post.] A 44-year-old woman was arrested around 5:10 p.m. on Thursday for disorderly threats, simple assault/battery, and intent to defraud two Newport victims.

Officers were dispatched to Wild Orchid on Thames Street for an assault report on the manager of Christie's Restaurant. A witness said the woman was sitting at the bar and was giving the bartender a hard time. He told police he did not care that she did not pay her bill as long as she left. According to police reports, the woman started swearing and making threats, but left the bar. The manager followed her outside and she reportedly shoved him.

When police arrived they handcuffed her and transported her to the station for booking.

Other Arrests

  • Carol L. Medina, 45, of 195 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport, was arrested around 8:34 p.m. on Thursday for vandalism to property. Police were dispatched to Rolling Green for a report of breaking glass. When they arrived they saw the ground level window was broken. A witness said Medina was yelling for her husband to come outside and broke the window. She was handcuffed and transported to the station for booking.
  • Christian N. Belden, 33, of 7 Lowndes Street, Newport, was arrested around 2:22 a.m. on Friday for first offense DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police were dispatched to Xtra Mart for a report of a possibly intoxicated person. Officers saw Belden's car pull out quickly from a stoplight and pulled him over. Police noticed he smelled of alcohol and he refused to perform a field sobriety test. He was handcuffed and transported to the station for booking.  


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