According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford, Newport Police Department, on Dec. 27, at about 12:07 PM, the Newport Police Department received a call in regard to a residential burglary that had just occurred in the 2800 block of Ivy Drive in Newport.
According to the victim, he came home to find a person in his residence. The suspect jumped through a closed window and ran north toward Melody Lane. The victim followed the assailant and was able to obtain a license plate number and description of a vehicle used by the suspect to get away. Officers arrived at the scene and began a search for the vehicle. During this time, a volunteer fireman located the vehicle on Highway 18 and began pursuit of the suspect. The fireman informed the Newport Police Department of the location and actions of the suspect until officers arrived. The suspect then pulled into an apartment building on Low Street and was apprehended by Newport Police Chief Michael Scudder as the suspect was attempting to go into an apartment. A search of the vehicle yielded a pair of binoculars which were stolen from the residence on Ivy Drive. The suspect was identified as John Payne, of Newport. Payne was taken into custody and in a subsequent interview admitted that he broke into this residence for the purpose of committing a theft. He was also found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe. Payne was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a minor cut to his arm which was obtained while jumping through the window. He was then booked into the Jackson County Detention Center with the offenses of Residential Burglary and Theft of Proptery. Payne is expected to be charged as a habitual offender and has a bond hearing set for Friday, Dec. 28.