• A 13-year-old Newton male and a 14-year-old Newton male were charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief Friday after authorities investigated a vandalism complaint reported at 9:45 p.m. April 12 at a residence in the 700 block of East 12th Street South. The boys were charged for allegedly vandalizing the victim’s vehicle, causing less than $250 damage. The boys were referred to juvenile court services.
• A 15-year-old Newton male was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 7:01 p.m. Friday at Walmart. A loss prevention employee informed police she observed the boy taking two pairs of sunglasses, valued at $12 and $19, respectively, and removing the tags before attempting to leave the store. He was referred to juvenile court services.
• A 14-year-old Newton girl and a 14-year-old Newton boy were charged with possession of alcohol as a minor after authorities observed five young people at 2:45 a.m. Saturday walking east in the 100 block of North Sixth Avenue East and attempting to hide behind a van. All five were under the age of 18 and out past curfew. Two of the subjects, the 14-year-old girl and boy, smelled of alcohol and had a blood alcohol content of .022 and .004, respectively. Both were given curfew warnings, charged with possession of alcohol as a minor and released to their parents.
• Ryan E. Dearinger, 41, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief after authorities responded to a complaint of an unwanted guest at 8:18 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 700 block of First Avenue East. The victim stated Dearinger was at the residence uninvited and wanted to start a fight. Dearinger then allegedly grabbed the victim’s bicycle and began slamming it on the ground, causing an estimated $100 damage to the rims and tires. Dearinger was charged and released to appear in court.
• Joshua M. Hilsenbeck, 25, of Newton was charged with possession of a firearm as a felon and fourth-degree theft after authorities responded to a theft complaint at 3:34 p.m. May 7. The victim informed authorities a Beretta .22 cal 21A semi-automatic handgun was missing from his residence and that the Newton Pawn Shop informed him that a man had tried to sell one to the shop. Security camera footage showed Hilsenbeck attempting to the sell the handgun at the pawn shop. He was located at the Jasper County Jail and admitted to authorities he left the handgun in an alley behind Otto Law Office, where the gun was later located. Hilsenbeck is a felon and was convicted Feb. 26, 2008, of trafficking stolen weapons.
• Cody W. Minenga, 32, of Newton was charged with third-degree burglary after authorities responded to a complaint of an unwanted guest at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at a residence in the 1300 block of South Fifth Avenue East. The reporting party stated Minenga was at the residence uninvited and that he yelled at and threatened a woman at the residence. Minenga had been told less than an hour earlier by another officer to stay off the property. He was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Ricky L. Craig, 40, of Des Moines was arrested for probation violation on a Jasper County warrant for operating while intoxicated after turning himself in at 3:15 p.m. Friday at the Jasper County Jail. He was placed in jail.
• William J. Padron, 40, of Newton was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped him at 5:06 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. He was released to appear in court.
• David E. Solasberry, 52, of Mitchellville was arrested on a Polk County warrant for probation violation on an original charge of operating while intoxicated after Jasper County authorities located him at 9 a.m. Thursday at 5948 W. 148th St. S. in Mitchellville. He was turned over to Polk County authorities.
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• Lee D. Niederklopher, 29, of Ottumwa was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped him at 10:55 a.m. May 18 and determined his license had been suspended. He was released to appear in court.
• Israel Salina Vasquez, 35, of Mitchellville was arrested on a Warren County warrant for probation violation and cited for no driver’s license after authorities stopped him at 7:02 p.m. May 15 for a traffic violation. A background check showed he was wanted for violating probation, and a check of his driving record showed he did not have a valid driver’s license. He was transported to Pleasant Hill, where he was turned over to Warren County officials.
• Quintin O. Watley, 25, of Altoona was charged with driving while license suspended and cited for speeding after authorities stopped him at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday for a traffic violation. A check of his driving record showed his license was suspended. He was transported 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 16 and older.