NEWPORT, Maine — Police Lt. Randy Wing said alcohol fueled two major altercations in town this weekend, one that ended with a woman being struck in the head with a baseball bat and the other with damage to a restaurant.
The first incident was reported about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when police were called to Gilman’s Trailer Park off Route 100 for a fight involving baseball bats and guns. Wing said two adult men got into a scuffle and a female friend picked up an aluminum bat and struck a second female in the head and shoulders.
The 18-year-old victim was struck three to four times, Wing said, and was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield for treatment of lacerations and serious bruises.
The aggressor was a juvenile female. She was charged with aggravated assault and released into the custody of her mother. The men were not charged with any crime. A gun was found at the scene, Wing said, but it was an unloaded shotgun and was not used in the attack.
The second incident happened several hours later at Irving Oil’s Big Stop Restaurant, across the street from Gilman’s Trailer Park. The incident was not related to the earlier fracas, Wing said.
Wing said the Irving melee involved four or five individuals, and at least two of them were assaulted and suffered minor injuries. The two injured men refused medical treatment, Wing said, and the other men responsible for the injuries fled the scene.
The restaurant’s breakfast buffet was damaged in the fight.
“We are continuing this investigation,” Wing said.
Wing also received a report of the theft of at least $8,000 worth of construction tools from a locked utility trailer on Route 7, also known as Roussin Road, in North Newport.
The trailer, which belongs to Boulanger Construction of Palmyra, was left over the weekend at a home where the company was doing repairs. The residence was damaged earlier this summer when it was struck by a car.
“Sometime over the weekend, someone entered the trailer and the residence,” Wing said.
He said it was the second time a utility trailer was robbed in Newport. About three months ago, a locked trailer belonging to Fred Massow of St. Albans was left overnight at a renovation site on Route 7. It was entered and thousands of dollars’ worth of tools were stolen. That case remains open.
Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid is cautioning service workers about leaving utility trailers at unoccupied work sites. “The trailers are like a huge bulletin board. ‘Come rob me,’ they say and people do, even when they are locked,” he said.
Macdaid is urging contractors to remove their trailers when they are not at the job site.
Anyone with information about any of the thefts is asked to call Wing at 368-3263, ext. 202. Messages may be left anonymously.