• Two Kellogg residents currently staying in Newton have been charged with drug possession and child endangerment Monday after an April 9 investigation found marijuana and paraphernalia in the apartment where the two live with their 14-month-old son. The Newton Police Department reported Tuesday that 21-year-olds Thomas D. Steele II and Desire D. Phillips were found with marijuana, a smoking pipe and bong containing drug residue, gram scales and rolling papers when officers searched apartment 306 at 315 First St. S. Police said they were called to the residence by neighbors who observed the smell of marijuana, and officers also reported the odor upon arrival. Both subjects also were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A NPD spokesperson said that the Department of Health and Human Services was called to the residence, but information regarding the custody of the child is not being released at this time. Steele and Phillips were both released to appear in court.
• Shawn N. Stevens, 31, of Newton has been charged with disorderly conduct, stemming from his involvement in a fight at the Scoreboard Bar and Grill in downtown Newton early Sunday morning. Police reports indicate that officers were called to the establishment at 12:25 a.m., and many of the fight participants reportedly had left the scene. NPD officials could not give the specific number of individuals involved in the fight, but Stevens was identified as a participant. Authorities said no additional charges are expected in the case, and Stevens was released to appear in court.
• Amber D. Rogers, 26, of Des Moines turned herself in at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office at 4:30 p.m. Monday on a warrant for third-degree criminal mischief. Officials at the sheriff’s office reported Tuesday that the warrant, issued by the Iowa Department of Corrections, stipulates that bond is not available for Rogers. She was placed in 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 older.