Newton Police Department
• Brenda S. Goodnight, 48, of Knoxville was cited with failure to yield upon entering through highway after attempting to merge from a parking spot in the 200 block of West Second Street South at 4:45 p.m. Monday and striking a vehicle in the roadway driven by Dixie D. Cowden, 81, of Newton, who was traveling south and had the right-of-way. Each vehicle sustained an estimated $800 damage. A passenger in one of the vehicles, 39-year-old Beth A. Williams of Laurel, was cited for failure to maintain safety belt.
• Demarco K. Minenga, 53, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 12:29 p.m. Monday at Walmart. A loss prevention agent informed police that she observed Minenga taking hearing aid batteries, which had a total value of $55.04, and putting them in her purse and in her hearing devices. Minenga was charged and released to appear in court.
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