NEWPORT, R.I. — A news anchor for Eyewitness News This Morning on WPRI and FOX Providence and Eyewitness News at Noon was arrested Sunday morning after an incident in the area of the Newport Blues Cafe.

Thomas Patrick Little, 47, of 260 Fairview Lane, Portsmouth, was charged with disorderly conduct and simple assault.

Around 1 a.m., Newport police officers were in the area of One Pelham East on Thames Street when they heard yelling coming from the Newport Blues Cafe, according to an arrest report. When several officers arrived, Officer Michael Sherman in his report wrote, Little “was amidst a confrontation with staff.”

Newport Police Lt. Frank Rosa said the disorderly conduct charge probably stemmed from Little’s argument with staff, and “I think there was a simple assault on a police officer while taking him into custody,” he said.

Following a request for comment, a statement attributed to WPRI management was emailed to The Daily News: “We are aware of the incident and are conducting our own review of the facts. We have no comment at this time.”

An email to Little on Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned. His arraignment date was not immediately available on Thursday.

Little joined the Eyewitness News team in 1998 as a weekend sports anchor. He was promoted to news anchor in 2010, according to his online WPRI biography. He was named Sportscaster of the Year in 2008 by the Rhode Island High School Athletic Directors Association, according to his biography.