Police Blotter

Newton Police Department

• Alec J. Sparks, 24, of Newton was arrested on a Polk County warrant for drug charges after officers observed him walking at 8:23 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of South Fifth Avenue West. He was found to be wanted on a warrant and was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

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