Newton Police Department
• George E. Adams, 58, homeless, was charged with public intoxication after authorities responded to a report at 2:08 a.m. Sunday of a male stumbling on the sidewalk in the 500 block of First Avenue East. Adams smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech but refused chemical testing. He was charged and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Teresa M. Dekoning, 44, of Newton was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped her at 5:29 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of East 31st Street North for having an inoperable tail light. Police determined her license was suspended, and she was charged and released to appear in court.
• Michelle R. Honey, 24, of Newton was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped her at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. Police determined her license had been suspended, and she was charged and released to appear in court.
• Tanner B. Jensen, 23, of Newton was arrested on a Des Moines warrant for failure to appear in court on an interference charge after Newton police responded to an incident at 8:52 p.m. Sunday at 927 W. Eighth St. N. and located Jensen. He was taken to the Polk County line and transferred to the custody of Des Moines police.
• Megan M. Kinart, 24, of Newton was charged with operating while intoxicated after authorities responded to a complaint of a possible domestic dispute taking place at 12:32 a.m. Saturday at Hy-Vee. Upon arrival, police observed a van had hit light pole and sustained front-end damage. The driver, Kinart, stated she was driving and had been drinking. She failed sobriety maneuvers, and a Datamaster test showed a BAC of .122. Authorities also determined her license had been suspended. She was released to appear in court.
• Jennifer A. Wright, 24, of Newton was cited with failure to yield upon entering through highway after authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1400 block of First Avenue West. Wright drove onto the street from the bus barn and collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by Nicole L. Hopwood, 40, of Newton. Wright’s vehicle sustained an estimated $2,500 damage and Hopwood’s an estimated $350 damage.
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.