First-offense DUI, refusal
to take chemical test
Julia Andrews, 48, of 56 Ethel Dr. in Portsmouth, was charged Sept. 24 with first-offense DUI and refusal to take a Breathalyzer test, police said. Andrews was stopped for alleged erratic driving, then failed on-scene field sobriety tests. She was held at the police station, and a re-arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 1 in Newport District Court, police said.
Incidents • On Sept. 22, neighbors saw a person wearing a camouflage shirt reach into the open window of a truck parked in the parking lot of a Narragansett Avenue business and take something out. The person then got in another vehicle and drove away. A man had just parked the truck and entered the business. The neighbors wrote down the license number of the vehicle that drove away and gave it to the man who owned the truck when he returned. He checked his truck, which was filled with tools, but the only thing he found missing was a pack of cigarettes. The man called the police and gave them the license number. They found the vehicle and the female driver, who was wearing a camoufl age shirt. They also found the cigarettes. No charges were filed.
• A plaque holding a newly mounted fish purported to be worth $2,500 was allegedly stolen from a fisherman’s house on Frigate Street. The plaque and fish were later found on the wall at a local business. When police asked the owners how they got it, they were told that a man came in and sold it to them. They described the man and the fisherman said that the description matched a person who had access to his house. The incident is under investigation, police said.
• Three school buses at the Southwest Avenue bus parking lot were again robbed of three fire extinguishers. That is the second time this has happened in the past two weeks. All three extinguishers were recovered. People found them thrown in yards and reported their finds to the police.