• Matthew L. Barnes and Chelsea L. Runnells, both 22 and of Newton, were charged with disorderly conduct at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday after neighbors reported the two were yelling and screaming in a driveway. According to a police report, officers were called to 315 E. 15th St. N. regarding the verbal fight. The reporting party told police that the problem had been ongoing since 10 p.m. that night. Barnes and Runnells were both taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Nancy J. Behm, 46, of Newton was arrested and charged with public intoxication (second offense) at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday after police were called to 430 N. Eighth Ave. E. regarding an unwanted guest. According to Newton police, the reporting party told officers that Behm appeared to be looking for someone who did not reside at that address. Investigators said that she had watery, bloodshot eyes during an on-scene interview. Behm reportedly refused chemical testing and a Datamaster breath test to gauge her blood alcohol content. Court records show she has a prior public intoxication conviction from Jan. 19, 1995. Behm was taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• A 15-year-old Newton boy was arrested Sunday after he allegedly assaulted his mother at their home at 9247 First Ave. W. According to a police report, Jade M. Avila was combative and continuously resisted officers during the arrest at 6:25 p.m. Authorities said the female victim was found with fresh, red markings on her upper chest. She told officers that Avila pushed her repeatedly causing the markings. Avila was charged with interference with official acts and serious assault. He was released and his case will be handled by the juvenile court system.
• Kimberly S. Kizer, 44, of Newton was arrested at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for a probation violation. According to a police report, officers found Kizer at 501 N. Second Ave. W. #3. She was serving probation for unauthorized use of a credit card. Kizer was transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Maukess K. Armstrong, 33, of Newton was charged with driving while license suspended at 1:34 a.m. July 4 after his vehicle was stopped by police due to an inoperable brake light. According to a police report, Armstrong was pulled over in the 100 block of East 19th Street South. His Iowa Department of Transportation record showed him to be under suspension. He was cited and released to appear in court.
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.