Local airplane mechanic Wally Sherman who knows Mr. Battersby, had reportedly allowed him inside the airport operations area. When that was learned, the airport operations manager suspended Mr. Sherman from the airport for thirty days. After reviewing the details of the series of events leading up to the incident Interim City Manager Ted Smith reversed the ban. Mr. Sherman is free to come and go at the airport and work on customer aircraft.
Smith also called for a meeting of the city airport committee to clarify entry eligibility at the airport and to tighten up other policies and procedures at the airport.
Meanwhile, Mr. Battersby remains banned from airport property.
Newport Police say they were called to the Newport Airport Saturday on a report that a former customer of the airport gained unauthorized entry into the airport operations area and confronted an airport employee – allegedly with his car. Battersby was contacted by Newport Police, arrested and then taken to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked on charges of Criminal Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct and Menacing. His bail was set at $32,500. Battersby was also given a 90 day suspension from Newport Airport property according to police.
Battersby was earlier excluded from the airport after an incident a number of weeks ago in which he engaged another person in a spirited dispute inside the operations area of the airport. As a result, Battersby was barred from the airport for thirty days.
Battersby is a pilot who used to lease a hangar at the airport.