Police found a dead body under suspicious circumstances at Hudson House and a mom refuses to keep her kids away from a dangerously unsafe house. Plus a woman told police her friends in high places would stop her car tow. Did it work? Check out the highlights of a busy day for Portsmouth Police.
Not Much Goodwill at All
Just after 6 am, a Robinson Avenue caller reported a man and woman breaking into the fenced area behind the Goodwill. Officers could not locate the pair.
About 20 minutes later, a caller reported a man and woman fighting in the road. Police read the male his rights and advised him to stay away from Goodwill property.
Just before 7 am, police responded to an elderly man who’d fallen down some steps on Gallia Street. EMS assisted.
A woman called the police just after 7 am to report her sister had passed away. The sister was ill, there was nothing suspicious about the death.
The coroner released the body to the family and an ambulance picked the woman up.
Officers responded to the laundromat in Wayne Hills for a report of damage in the building just before 9 am. Police took information for a report.
A man contacted police at 9:30 am to report a woman stealing money from his uncle’s bank account. Officers said the case was a matter for the county to handle.
Just after 10, police arranged for a red Ford Explorer that had been sitting for several days on Sheridan to be towed.
About 20 minutes later, two more vehicles were towed away from Coles Blvd. A neighbor came out to thank officers for moving them.
A second DOA came in just after 11 am when a body was discovered in a Hudson House Apartment.
Police photographed the body and the apartment. An officer contacted the coroner to express some concerns about the body and asked the coroner to respond.
Dr. Adams was just getting ready to go into surgery but said he would come as soon as he was finished. Police collected several items for impound at the scene.
The coroner transported the body to Montgomery County for an autopsy.
Anywhere is Fine
Police responded to the Portsmouth Municipal Building for a report of a man and woman arguing. It turned out they were having that age-old disagreement about where to eat.
Scammers Target Elderly
A Horizon House resident contacted police just after noon to report she gave her personal information out to a scammer.
The scammer claimed to be from the FBI and told the woman he needed her Social Security number and address. He then told her to buy a Google Play card and transfer the money to him.
Police advised her that no government agency operates that way and that she should never give information over the phone. They told her to contact her bank and Social Security.
Just 40 minutes later, another report of the same scam. This time by a man who lives at the Hill View Retirement Center. Scammers conned him out of $500 by tricking him into purchasing Google Play Cards.
Followed by an Ex
Officer answered a call to Dever Street at 1:33 pm. A woman complained her ex had followed her and threatened her. Police determined the statements were not criminal and suggested she seek a protection order.
Kids At Condemned House
More developments in a case involving a condemned house and the safety of some children. Just before 2 pm, police received a report that the mom in the case was back at the unsafe dwelling and had the kids with her.
The person cleaning up the place said the woman was trying to take things from the home. Officers contacted CPS and headed to the Kinney’s Lane home.
The kids were with their mom. Police gave the woman a warning but did not file a report.
At 8:37 pm, police got another report of someone inside the home. They didn’t find anyone but observed the door was open. As the place was condemned by the city Health Department and is not safe to enter, they stayed outside and attempted to resecure the door.
Hey! That’s my Stuff
- Just after 3 pm Save A Lot on Gallia reported a shoplifter. The manager blocked the door until officers arrived. Police issued a summons to the man instead of taking him to jail and took information for a report.
- A Thomas Avenue caller reported a man and woman attempting to break into mailboxes with a crowbar and hammer just after 5 pm. Police took information for a report.
I Know People
A woman who parked in a handicapped spot without a placard thought friends in high places might keep her out of trouble.
Just after 4 pm, an officer wrote a ticket in the 1800 block of Wayne for a rental vehicle with a Florida tag. They contacted Enterprise who said they’d get the vehicle out in a few days and pay the ticked and impound fee and go after the renter for the money.
Police hooked up the vehicle to the impound lot. The woman who had rented the vehicle arrived on the scene was not happy. She told police she “knows people” and would have the vehicle out by the evening by calling former Sheriff Marty Donini. She also claimed to know judges who would assist.
Further, she said she just parked there for a minute while taking care of a client during the course of her job as a healthcare worker.
The officer said the woman called them vulgar names and then proceeded to Facebook Live the tow. Officers explained that they have had numerous complaints about the handicapped parking from PMHA and were enforcing it at their request.
The woman told the officer that she hoped they got “COVID and died”. The officer said she also hovered while they hooked up the car. Police made her step back.
Just before 5 pm, a mand riving on WB 52 called to report that someone shot his windshield. He said he didn’t hear the gunshot but there was a crack in the windshield the size of a silver dollar.
Police said there were no reports of gunshots in the area but did take information for a report.
Deer Put Down
Officers were forced to put down a deer with a firearm after it was struck by a car in the 2400 block of Kinneys Lane.
Police said the driver was not at fault.
Officers received another report of an injured deer near Notre Dame High School at 11:30 pm.