Newport Police arrested a lot more people than they bargained for recently when they cuffed five suspects on their way to arresting the one they originally wanted to haul off to the county jail.
It started with a phone call from Lincoln County Parole and Probation saying that they wanted to have a sex offender arrested for violating his parole and for not registering as a sex offender. On their first stop looking for Jose (Freddy) Rodriguez-Aguilar, they came across Ronald Larson of Newport who had an active warrant for his arrest for violating his probation and another warrant for failure to appear in court. He was taken to jail and booked on $100,000 bail.
Police then ran a check on Tori Williams of Newport and found that she was wanted for probation violation and for being in possession of suspected methamphetamine. She was booked into the county jail and was being held on a no bail hold.
Then officers moved to another location, still trying to track down Freddy Rodriguez-Aguilar. But instead they wound up charging three people with hiding him. After they found Rodriguez-Aguilar hiding in a closet, they arrested Adam Anderson of Newport and Sara McClaugherty, both of Newport along with James Mistele. Anderson, McClaugherty and Mistele were charged with hiding a wanted man. Mistele was additionally charged with possession of methamphetamine. Anderson and McClaugherty were being held on $50,000 bail and Mistele on $100,000 bail.
And it all started with a simple phone call.