Newton Police Department
• Austin A. Fiser, 18, of Newton was charged with aggravated domestic assault after authorities responded to a report of a domestic assault at 5:43 p.m. Oct. 10 at 1650 S. 15th Ave. W. #16. Authorities spoke to the victim and issued a warrant for Fiser’s arrest. He was located at 1:06 a.m. Friday at 1103 W. Sixth St. S. and was taken to the Jasper County Jail. He also was charged with violation of a no contact order.
• Joshua D. Johnson, 16, of Newton was charged with operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities stopped him at 12:28 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East 28th Street South. Officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Johnson admitted to using marijuana during the night. Officers located 11.2 grams of marijuana in a cigarette box under his passenger seat along with a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue. He was charged and referred to juvenile court services.
• Jeffrey D. Karns, 47, of Knoxville was charged with operating while intoxicated after authorities stopped him at 1:49 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of West Second Street North for driving without headlights on. Karns appeared to have bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech, but he refused all sobriety tests. He was charged and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Todd R. Sampson, 42, of Newton was charged with possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication, failure to affix a drug tax stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia after he approached authorities in the midst of a traffic stop at 12:57 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East 28th Street South. Sampson, who appeared to be intoxicated, told a police officer he needed a ride. After being placed under arrest for public intoxication, authorities found a baggie containing 10 full dosage units of methylphenidate and three or four broken pills. Officers also found a white powdery residue in a rolled up $10 bill. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.
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