Portsmouth police find guns in heroin bust

Mary Connell was charged with delivery of heroin from her Child Street home. Mary Connell was charged with delivery of heroin from her Child Street home.

Mary Connell was charged with delivery of heroin from her Child Street home.

Mary Connell was charged with delivery of heroin from her Child Street home.

PORTSMOUTH — Here’s the police log from the past week.

Sunday, May 5

Police responded to All-Island Landscape, 2829 East Main Road, for a report of a possible noise ordinance violation around 12:30 p.m. Upon arrival, an officer found a backhoe that was not being operated. A man there said he had been cleaning up the property earlier as part of his rental agreement.

Monday, May 6

At about 3:15 p.m., a Boyd’s Lane woman told police she found a hypodermic needle outside her residence next to where children gather for a school bus. Police took an empty syringe inside a plastic bag to the Fire Department for proper disposal.

Tait G. Ekblaw, 26, of 66 Gormley Ave., was arrested around 4:30 p.m. on two bench warrants for failing to appear for a Superior Court violation hearing. A police officer with knowledge of the warrants stopped Mr. Ekblaw’s bicycle at the intersection of Cove and Liberty streets.

Tuesday, May 7

Kiefer J. Woods, 21, of 86 Norseman Drive, was charged with stealing a flatscreen television set (larceny of property under $1,500) belonging to his mother from the same address on May 1. Police arrested Mr. Woods in Newport shortly after dropping off a prisoner to police in that city. He was spotted at a Cumberland Farms on Broadway, police said.

Manuel Souza, Jr., 68, of 2268 East Main Road, Apt. C6, was charged with simple assault around 5:15 p.m. in the area of 2268 East Main Road.

Wednesday, May 8

Jeffrey M. Perry, 38 of 33 Eustis Ave., Newport, was arrested at about 7:25 p.m. on a bench warrant for failing to appear to answer a charge in Second District Court. An officer with knowledge of Mr. Perry’s record spotted him walking in the Child Street/East Main Road area, police said.

Thursday, May 9

Police made a probable-cause search of a vehicle parked in the wooded area at the end of a cup de sac on Greystone Terrace around 8:50 p.m. A police officer who found three men inside determined they had gone there to smoke marijuana, although it was gone by the time police had arrived. A search revealed a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue, which police seized. The driver passed a field sobriety test and the men were allowed to leave the scene.

Friday, May 10

Mary Connell, 60, 22 Child St., Apt. A, was charged with delivery of heroin, possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana (over 3 ounces), following her arrest at home around 11 a.m. “This stems from an investigation over the course of several months of drug activity on Child Street, (that) Connell was selling heroin out of the residence,” said Police Det. Lt. Brian Peters. After a “confidential informant” purchased heroin from her, according to Lt. Peters, police obtained a warrant and searched the residence. Police also seized cash and weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, an SKS rifle and a .25 caliber handgun, he said. Ms. Connell was arraigned by a justice of the peace on Friday and sent to the Adult Correctional Institutions. She was back in District Court Monday morning and continues to be held without bail, he said.

A Jeep driven by Cheyenne Viera of Tiverton hit a deer on Route 24 northbound near the Boyd’s Lane on-ramp around 9:40 p.m. The car sustained damage to its front headlights and radiator and was able to be driven from the area. There was no report on the fate of the deer.

Sunday, May 12

Sean F. Casey, 28, of no permanent address, was charged with domestic disorderly conduct and making harassing and threatening phone calls after police reported to a South Drive residence for a report of a domestic disturbance at about 1:15 a.m. Mr. Casey had left the scene when police arrived but he was later found asleep in a car parked at the Boyd’s Lane park-and-ride around 4 p.m., police said.

Police arrested three men on separate charges following an incident that began around 2:15 a.m. Sgt. Stephen Burns was traveling west over the Mt. Hope Bridge when he saw a vehicle traveling about 67 mph in a 30-mph zone. A Bristol police officer was trying to catch up to the vehicle for a traffic violation in Bristol, according to police, who said the car reached speeds of 80 to 90 mph as it traveled on Boyd’s Lane. The car finally came to a stop in the driveway of 81 Massachusetts Boulevard in Common Fence Point. Police said the driver, Jordan Dickau, 21, of South Glastonbury, Conn., had a strong aroma of alcohol on his breath. He was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense), reckless driving/eluding police and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police said they found an empty bottle of whiskey on the floor of the car. Brian Fratello, a passenger, also appeared to be intoxicated, police said. As police were leaving the scene, he ran out into the middle of the road, gave an officer the finger and screamed curses at him, according to police, who charged Mr. Fratello with disorderly conduct. Another passenger in the car, Ryan T. Skerritt Jr., 22, of 79 Franklin St., Bristol, was charged on a bench warrant issued from Sixth District Court for failing to appear for sentencing.

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