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Police Blotter

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 11:49 a.m. CST

Newton Police Department

• Tony D. Bass, 40, of Newton was charged with aggravated eluding after authorities attempted to stop him at 10:17 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of East 17th Street North for having an inoperable license plate light and were forced to pursue Bass when he didn’t stop. Bass allegedly drove 55 to 60 mph on North 11th Avenue East, proceeded through five stop signs and drove on the wrong side of the rode until he pulled over at 202 E. 14th St. N. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail and additionally cited with no driver’s license, no insurance, five stop sign violations and driving on the wrong side of the road.

• Kellie C. Brown, 48, of Marshalltown was charged with driving while license suspended and cited with violation of financial liability after authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident at 5:34 p.m. Monday on First Avenue East in front of Newton Family Restaurant. Brown was westbound in the inside lane when an eastbound vehicle driven by Keith A. Nicodemus, 84, of Colfax turned left in front of her, resulting in a collision. Nicodemus was cited with failure to yield while making a left turn. After Brown was found to have a suspended license, she was charged and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Tony E. Hansen, 50, of Newton was charged with operating while intoxicated (third offense) and driving while license revoked and cited for failure to maintain control after authorities responded to a report at 1:36 p.m. June 29 of an individual crashing his motor scooter in the 300 block of South 11th Avenue West. An officer observed Hansen smelled of alcohol and appeared to be disoriented. He was taken to Skiff Medical Center. Hansen refused to give a preliminary breath test and a blood test. He had previous OWI convictions from March 2002, September 2002 and April 2007.

• James M. Johnson, 50, of Newton was charged with pubic intoxication after authorities responded at 5:19 p.m. Sunday to three complaints of a person sitting on the side of the road in the 300 block of West 10th Street North with a bicycle yelling at those passing by. Johnson showed signs of intoxication but stated he could not perform sobriety tests because he has a prosthetic leg. After learning he would placed under arrest, Johnson became belligerent and yelled profanities at the officer. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Anthony E. Ortiz, 23, of Elgin, Ill., and Angel M. White, 31, of Woodstock, Ill., each were charged with possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana without a drug tax stamp after authorities stopped them at 9:16 p.m. Sunday at the 166 mile marker on Interstate 80 for speeding. White, the driver, and Ortiz, the passenger, had conflicting stories about their travels. A Jasper County deputy later ran a K-9 unit around the vehicle and indicated narcotics were present. Authorities located marijuana, and Ortiz and White were arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail. White also was cited for speeding.

• Dezmond L. Rogers, 17, of Newton was charged with public intoxication, interference with official acts and minor in possession of tobacco (second offense) after authorities observed two men — one without a shirt in 42-degree weather — walking and smoking at 10:52 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North Second Avenue West. One did not appear to be the legal age, and officers stopped to investigate. Rogers stated he was 18 years old, refused to provide any other information and began causing a scene, according to police reports. He also smelled of alcohol and was taken to the police department, but he refused chemical testing. Authorities determined Rogers had a valid juvenile detention order, and he was transported to Eldora by a Jasper County deputy.

• Jordan M. Sexton, 17, and Byron A. Sharp, 17, both of Newton, were charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 4:36 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart. A loss prevention worker informed police she observed Sharp taking tags off a sweatshirt and a hat and Sexton putting the items on and continuing to walk around the store. The total value of the items was $42.68. They were referred to juvenile court services.

• Timmy L. Sholley, 42, of Newton was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped him at 9:20 a.m. Oct. 17 in the 100 block of Iowa Speedway Drive after recognizing him as driving with a suspended license. He was released to appear in court.

• Robyn D. Taylor, 45, of Newton was charged with simple domestic assault after authorities responded to a domestic situation at 5:19 a.m. Monday at 1102 N. Fourth Ave. W. in Newton. Taylor was charged for allegedly slapping the victim. A no contact order was requested, and Taylor was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Three individuals were charged Oct. 15 with fifth-degree theft in connection with a shoplifting incident reported at 5:10 p.m. July 25 at Walmart. Joseph L. Symmonds, Kendi K. McCollum and Katelyn A. Roush, all 16 and residents of Newton, were charged for allegedly stealing 10 bottles of alcohol with a total value of $32. They were referred to juvenile court services.

• Three men — 32-year-old Jayson R. King and 23-year-old Joshua D. Jiron, both of Newton, and 21-year-old James A.P. Freerks III of Laurel — all were charged with public intoxication after authorities were dispatched at 12:48 a.m. Sunday to 7 Cardinal Court for a fight in progress. The men appeared to be intoxicated and were taken to jail. A chemical test indicated at .162 BAC for King. Jiron passed out and vomited at the jail and was unable to request or waive a chemical test. Freerks banged his head on the inside of the squad car several times while being taken to the jail and kicked an officer. He was not offered a chemical test and was additionally charged with interference with official acts causing injury.

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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