Portsmouth Police had their hands full on Tuesday all manner of suspicious goings-on, including supernatural suspects, women wielding weapons, and a young lady who accidentally locked herself into a pair of handcuffs. We break down the highlights.
A 4th Street resident contacted police just after 1 am to report numerous supernatural occurrences at her home.
She told police someone or something was inside her home and had hypnotized her. Police took information for a report.
A Mabert Road caller reported a big fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend at 4:25 am. The woman told police the man slapped her in the face and kicked her in the stomach. She responded by chasing him out of the house with a baseball bat.
The man said she slapped him first, he defended himself, and she chased him out of the house with a bat. Officers said the woman had a red mark on her cheek and the man had no injuries. Neither wanted to press charges.
Police dropped the woman off somewhere else.
A Poplar Street caller reported two people attempting to get into vehicles just after 5 am. The caller asked officers to keep an eye on the area.
Hey! That’s My Stuff
Another report of a stolen catalytic converter. This time at Aaron’s on Walnut Street. Someone helped themselves to the part from one of the store’s vehicles. The incident was caught on video. Police took a report just after 10 am.
Officers answered a burglary call on 11th Street at 11:28 am. A housesitter said he returned to the residence and found a lot of items missing. Police took a report.
Just after 2 pm, a 16th Street caller reported a robber stole items from his home. Police said the victim appeared to be under the influence. They took information for a report.
The Manager of Big Lots contacted police at 2:15 pm to report one of their employees stole $500 worth of merchandise.
At 7:30 pm, a Kent Street Caller reported someone broke into their vehicle overnight. Police took a report.
Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 10:13 pm on 17th Street. The caller said people were inside the home taking items. Neighbors told police that teens and adults were frequenting two boarded-up houses and causing problems. Police arrested one subject. They said the houses needed to be boarded up again.
Police were called to the Gallia Street Subway at 12:14 pm for a report of a woman waving a knife at a man. The man had already headed home.
After checking with the man at home, police determined he was the primary aggressor.
Just after 12:30 pm, a woman contacted police to report her sister missing. She told officers the sister is homeless and has a drug problem. Police took information for a report.
Police answered a request for a welfare check at 1:15 pm. A neighbor asked officers to check on the welfare a little girl next door.
She said she heard an adult yelling at the child and telling her she hated her. She also told police this was not the first time she’d heard verbal abuse.
Police spoke with the mom and child. They didn’t hear an argument and both appeared fine.
Removed From Home
About 10 minutes later, officers had another welfare check at a different home. They went with CPS to an 8th Street residence and assisted them in removing a child.
Down The Drain
Police were called to Lincoln Street at 2 pm by a city sewer worker for a report of an angry citizen. The man had hit a sewer and was angry with the worker.
Upset citizens told police the sewer lid was off and they were afraid someone might fall in. The sewer lid was replaced.
Looking For A Fight
A man in a maroon shirt carrying a black and blue pole was attempting to fight folks on Poplar Street just before 4:30 pm.
Officers detained him and discovered he had a warrant in New Boston. New Boston Police came and picked him up.
This Is Why You Don’t Play With Handcuffs
Officers came to the aid of a female juvenile on 15th Street at 4:30 pm. The girl managed to handcuff herself into a set of handcuffs. An officer used a handcuff key to set her free.
Plowed Into Pepsi
A driver smashed into the Pepsi cooler at the Kroger Gas Station just after 6 pm. The accident knocked the cooler off its base and it was leaking water.
Police advised the driver to contact his insurance company.
Open All Day
Just before 9 pm, a Jackson Avenue neighbor reported a garage door and door into a home open all day. The neighbor said it was unusual but didn’t want to get involved.
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