Newton Police Department
• Ronni E. Bennett, 16, of Des Moines was charged with assault on a uniformed police officer and interference with official actrs after officers were dispatched at 10:24 p.m. Monday to 1103 W. Sixth St. S. on a report of a runaway. Upon arrival, Bennett gave officers a fake name and date of birth. After attempting to take her into custody, she tripped one of the officers. When officers caught up with her, they took her down to the ground, where she began kicking their legs. In the patrol car, she banged her head against the cage, and an officer had to sit in the back with her to prevent her from harming herself.
• Two 14-year-old Newton males were charged with assault after officers were notified at 1:58 p.m. Aug. 29 of a fight that occurred on a Newton Community School District bus. Video surveillance captured the two boys throwing items at each other. When the altercation escalated, one of the boys threw a punch that connected with a girl, causing her to sustain a hairline fracture to her jaw and a concussion. One of the boys also caused an estimated $82.28 in damage to a window, and he was charged with criminal mischief.
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