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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 11:49 a.m. CDT

Newton Police Department

• Dale Raridon, 80, of Newton was cited with following too close after a two-vehicle accident at 5:40 p.m. Friday. Raridon was traveling south on East 12th Street North when he struck the right rear corner of a vehicle ahead of him driven by Michael J. Hartwell, 57, of Newton. Hartwell also was cited with no insurance. Hartwell’s vehicle sustained and estimated $800 damage and Raridon’s an estimated $2,000 damage.

• Dale L. Schlangen, 40, of Monroe was cited with following too close after a two-vehicle accident at 11:14 a.m. Saturday. Schlangen was traveling west in the 1800 block of First Avenue East when he struck the rear of a vehicle ahead of him driven by 36-year-old Colfax resident Mandi M. Nichol, who was preparing to turn into the parking lot of Classic Car Wash. Three individuals in Nichol’s vehicle — 14-year-old Reagan Nichol of Colfax, 11-year-old Brode Nichol of Colfax and 14-year-old Kathleen Baldwin of Mingo — reported injuries but were not transported for medical treatment. Nichol’s vehicle sustained an estimated $4,500 damage and Schlangen’s an estimated $1,400 damage.

• Marjorie A. Stevens, 71, of Newton was cited with turning from improper lane following a two-vehicle accident at 5:48 p.m. Saturday. Stevens was leaving Walmart on the east side of the road turning north when she struck a northbound vehicle in the west lane driven by Cara L. McCulley, 52, of Newton. The vehicles sustained an estimated $1,000 damage each.

• Jinne M. West, 28, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at noon Monday at Walmart. West was charged for allegedly attempting to leave the store without paying for four items with a total value of $14.53. She was charged and released to appear in court.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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