Portsmouth Police continued their towing and ticket blitz citing 20 vehicles before noon. Plus, a simple domestic call turns into a six-hour ordeal to assure the safety of a child. We hit the highlights of the Portsmouth Police Chief’s Daily Briefing
Towing and Ticket Blitz Continues
- Police cited a vehicle facing the wrong way on High Street at 12:21 am.
- Just down the block at 12:29 am, they cited a vehicle with a flat tire with a 72-hour tow warning.
- At 6:36 am, officers cited a vehicle with a busted window on Walnut Street. The owners have 72 hours to move it or be towed.
- Their next target for a ticket was on Gallia Street at 6:41 am. Police marked a vehicle with a flat tire that appeared to have been there for some time.
- Six minutes later, officers cited a vehicle with a flat tire in the 2000 block of Robinson Avenue.
- Two blocks down and seven minutes later, they marked two more vehicles with flat tires for towing if they aren’t moved within 72 hours.
- During the 7 am hour, police cited cars on 12th Street, Grandview, 17th, 19th, and 20th Street for flat tires. In each case, the owners have 72 hours to move the vehicles or they will be towed.
- Between 8 am and 9 am, officers cited vehicles with flat tires on Auburn Avenue, Cherry Street, and Kentland.
- Police arranged for a tow of a vehicle parked on Wilson Avenue with tags that expired back in 2019 just before 9 am.
- At 10:37, officers towed a vehicle on Waller Street for expired tags and a flat tire.
- Just after noon, police arranged for two vehicles previously marked for towing to be hauled away on High Street.
A traffic stop at the Royal Inn yielded a wanted man just after 2 am. Officers placed him under arrest on a warrant from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office. The Royal Inn allowed the man to park his car until his father came to pick it up.
- A Kent Street man called police at 8:34 am to report his next-door neighbor is in his living room and refused to leave. He found a used syringe and believes she is on drugs. Police advised her she was not permitted on the property.
- Just after 3 pm, police responded to a report of an argument at Alexandria House. The apartment resident said he allowed a friend with mental health issues to stay with after he was released from the hospital. The friend has no place to go but is difficult to keep under control.
- A man called police at 3:35 pm to report a woman he allowed to stay with him refused to leave. He claimed she stole from him. She left before PPD arrived.
Couple Crashes Into Speedway
An older couple crashed their vehicle into Speedway at 9:46 am. They refused medical treatment. The vehicle was towed away.
An 8th Street neighbor flagged down the animal control officer to report people pilfering through a burnt home. Police arrested a woman with a warrant on the scene. She was released on her own recognizance.
Hey That’s My Stuff
An employee at A Children’s Place reported a vehicle break-in at 5 pm. Video showed a man get into the car for a few minutes and then leave. Nothing but change was missing from the vehicle.
Hiding In The Closet
What started as a domestic call to 9th Street around 5:30 pm turned into a complicated matter police didn’t wrap up until well after 11 pm.
Just after 5:30, a neighbor reported a man and woman fighting. No one answered the door when police arrived. Officers attempted to make contact. When police looked in a window, they noted a dresser drawer on the floor and a hold in the wall. The responding officers felt they had no cause to enter the home, so they started to leave.
Moments later, a neighbor flagged them down to report the couple arguing again. When police went back to the home, they could hear the pair arguing. When officers looked in a window, they saw a man hide in the closet. Officers thought they knew who the guy was. There’s an open warrant for his arrest. However, the woman who lived in the apartment wouldn’t let cops inside. Officers informed her they had a warrant for the man’s arrest but she still refused to allow them inside.
Police noted safety issues in the home and informed the woman they would contact Children’s Services since there was a child in the house. The mother called the child’s grandmother to come to get the child while the police were there. The mother failed a drug test. CPS agreed the grandmother would be a good fit for a family safety plan and removed the child from the home. The mom is required to stay away from drugs and take anger management classes.