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Police Blotter

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 12:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 7:30 p.m. CST

Newton Police Department

• Charles C. Balius, 34, of West Des Moines was arrested at 5 p.m. Jan. 31 on three warrants for violation of a protective order after turning himself in. He was charged with two additional counts of violating protective orders for allegedly sending text messages to and calling a Newton woman. He was taken to jail.

• Adam R. Brown, 21, of Newton and Christopher J. Pierce, 16, of Colfax each were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities responded to a complaint at 2:46 p.m. Friday of an odor of marijuana coming from an apartment at 303 S. Third Ave. E. #3. Officers arrived and observed Pierce smoking marijuana. They also saw a marijuana pipe on a kitchen counter within the reach of a 6-year-old girl. Pierce also was charged with child endangerment, and both men were taken to jail.

• William M. Harvour, 58, of Newton was arrested at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday and charged with public intoxication after authorities responded to a complaint of a possibly intoxicated male who had fallen on the sidewalk in the 100 block of South Second Avenue West. Harvour failed sobriety maneuvers, was charged and taken to jail.

• Brandon L. Moyer, 20, of Grinnell was arrested Monday by Poweshiek County authorities on a Jasper County warrant for failure to appear in court for an initial hearing on a charge of driving while license suspended. Local authorities picked him up at 4 p.m. and brought him to the Jasper County Jail.

• Vincent L. Spoonemore, 59, of Newton was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended and cited with violation of conditions on a restricted license after authorities stopped him at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of East Seventh Street North for an equipment violation and determined he did not have a valid driver’s license. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Jennifer J. Tucker, 41, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday at Walmart. She was charged for allegedly concealing $14.94 in merchandise in her purse and was released to appear in court.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office

• John R. Stouffer, 45, of Brooklyn was arrested on a Polk County warrant for failure to appear on child neglect charges and also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of synthetic narcotics after authorities responded to a single-vehicle accident at 8:47 a.m. Tuesday at the 168 mile maker on Interstate 80. Stouffer was a passenger in the vehicle, and authorities determined he was wanted on a warrant. Following his arrest on the warrant, Stouffer admitted to having a bag of methamphetamine in his possession. Authorities also found a glass pipe in the patrol vehicle. Stouffer was taken to 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 16 and older.

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