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89 Arrested as Newport Marks St. Patrick's Day

 
89 Arrested as Newport Marks St. Patrick's Day

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport officials say the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration was a success, but police had to arrest nearly 90 people for crimes including drinking alcohol in public.

Thousands of people gathered around the city Saturday for the 58th annual Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade, which included bagpipers, fife and drums corps, marching bands, police officers, firefighters and other groups from across the state.

Police told The Newport Daily News that they arrested 89 people during the day. Officers cited more than 50 people for drinking in public, while 10 were charged with illegal possession of alcohol and another 10 were cited for urinating in public.

Police say they arrested 84 people last year and 70 in 2012.

City officials say most people were law-abiding and enjoyed Saturday's events.

 

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