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Fight erupts during Portsmouth Bingo game


PORTSMOUTH - Police were called to a housing authority building to break up a disturbance over the selling of beauty products during a Bingo game.

Police Capt. Mike Schwartz said the argument was broken up by the time police arrived Friday. He said although one person suffered a scratch in the altercation, police are not calling it an assault and no charges will be filed.

Schwartz said the dispute erupted when somebody with "entrepreneurial spirit" set up a table to sell cosmetics during a Bingo game at the Feaster Apartments.

"Some people thought she should, some thought she shouldn't, some really thought it was a distraction to the Bingo and tempers flared," Schwartz said.

Feaster Apartments is a 140-unit public housing complex that is home to many seniors, but also to many with physical and mental disabilities. More than half of the residents are under 65 years old, Schwartz said.

Police were called back to the apartment building a second time that night because someone wanted clarification on the earlier response from police, Schwartz said.

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