• Nytasha B. Bookout, 17, of Newton was charged with serious assault after witnesses told investigators that the juvenile punched a female victim in the stands at a Sept. 16 Newton football game. According to a police report, Bookout allegedly hit the victim twice, once in the mouth and once in the side of the head, causing injuries to her lip. The defendant was formally charged Friday for the 8:50 p.m. assault at H. A. Lynn Field. Bookout was released to appear in court, and her case will be handled by juvenile authorities.
• Dale J. Dalton, 55, of Baxter was charged with operating while intoxicated at 10:38 p.m. Sept. 20 after he failed sobriety maneuvers during a traffic stop for an inoperable brake light. According to a police report, Dalton allegedly gave off an odor of alcohol during the stop in the 200 block of East First Street North. A field breathalyzer showed the defendant with a blood alcohol content of .099. Dalton was released to appear in court.
• Michael J. Hesse, 37, of Newton was arrested at 11:25 p.m. Sunday on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Newton police reported that Hesse originally was charged with failure to pay child support. Located at his residence at 916 W. Fifth St. S., the defendant was taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Andrew C. Martin, 34, of Newton was arrested at 4:41 a.m. Monday on a warrant issued in Marion County for failure to appear in court. According to a police report, Martin’s original charge was driving while license suspended. Located at 1762 W. Fourth St. N., the defendant was taken to the Jasper County Jail to wait for transport to Marion County.
• Dillon R. Morton, 18, of Newton was charged with possession of marijuana and driving while license suspended at 3:39 p.m. Friday after police stopped his vehicle for traveling without license plates in the 700 block of West Fourth Street South. According to a police report, an investigation revealed a baggie of marijuana in the defendant’s pocket, and his driving record showed Morton’s license to be suspended. Authorities also found the defendant to match the description of a suspect involved in a hit-and-run incident. Details have not been released on the accident, and charges are still pending. Morton was released to appear in court.
• Patrick H. Veber, 59, of Kellogg was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated at 1:57 p.m. Friday after he allegedly struck a parked car in the 800 block of South Fifth Avenue East. According to a police report, Veber was unable to perform sobriety maneuvers and was unsteady on his feet as investigators interviewed him. A spokesperson for the police department said that the left front of Veber’s vehicle hit the left front of the parked car owned by Sharon K. Jolley of Newton. Both vehicles sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage. The defendant also was cited with failure to maintain control for the accident, and he was released to appear in court.
• Howard D. Roush, 66, of Newton was arrested at 5:54 p.m. on a warrant for failure to appear in court. According to a police report, Roush was located at his residence at 914 W. Fourth St. S. and taken to the Jasper County Jail. He was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance.
• Amanda O. Speed, 27, of Fontenelle was arrested and charged with fifth-degree theft after she was apprehended in Prairie City following the 4:19 p.m. shoplifting at Walmart Saturday. According to a police report, a license plate number was obtained from the defendant’s car after an employee allegedly witnessed Speed taking a shirt and hair color products. Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies made the arrest at the Clearview Women’s Recovery Center and found the defendant with $47.13 in merchandise at 8:50 p.m. and transported her to the Jasper County Jail.
• A Newton man was arrested after threatening a group of people with a machete at the carnival at the Skate Castle on Thursday. The Newton Police Department reported that 48-year-old James M. Johnson was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and carrying a dangerous weapon for the incident. A motive is yet to be released by police, but authorities said Johnson was located on North Second Avenue West across the street from the carnival, and he did not have the weapon in his possession during the arrest. The machete was later found in the area of the alleged attack. Johnson was taken to the Jasper County Jail.
Prairie City Police Department
• Thomas Earl Graham, 57, of Prairie City was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated (first offense) at 8:56 p.m. Wednesday after he allegedly drove through a backyard in the 100 block of East South Street. According to a Prairie City police report, officers determined the defendant was intoxicated when he was located driving in the 300 block of Dewey Street. Authorities alleged that Graham refused sobriety and datamaster tests. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Kristina C. Greene, 44, of Prairie City was charged with driving while license suspended at 1:05 a.m. Saturday after police stopped to check an alleged suspicious vehicle parked on the Prairie City Square. According to a police report, Greene was found to a have a suspended driver’s license and also was cited for driving with no insurance. She was released to appear in court.
• Bryce J. Holland, 19, of Altoona was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 18 after Prairie City police stopped his vehicle and allegedly found multiple items used to smoke the illegal substance. According to a police report, Holland had rolling papers, a container which field tested positive for marijuana residue and a marijuana smoking pipe. Authorities also claim he had alcohol in his vehicle during the stop. Holland was taken to the Jasper County Jail.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. It is the policy of the Newton Daily News to release the names of individuals charged with a crime who are 15 and up.