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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter

Newton Police Department

• Joseph L.D. Bond of Newton was charged with public intoxication after authorities responded to a complaint of a suspicious male at 6:40 p.m. March 19 at Hy-Vee in Newton. Bond admitted to smoking methamphetamine and failed sobriety tests. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Darrin F. Fehrer, 50, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a complaint at 2:45 p.m. March 19 at Walmart. He was charged for allegedly switching tags on items in an attempt to purchase a dog bowl at a reduced price and for allegedly concealing other items. The total value of the items was $33.12. He was released to appear in court.

• Travis J. VanBaale of Newton was charged with possession of marijuana after authorities observed him driving with an inoperable headlight at 7:25 p.m. Feb. 17 and followed him to #11 South Hampton Court. When speaking with VanBaale, officers observed a marijuana pipe in plain view in the vehicle. VanBaale admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle and retrieved a box containing four bags of marijuana with a total weight of 9.5 grams. He was charged March 18 and released to appear in court.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office

• Austin C. Frascht of Grinnell was charged with operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of prescription medication without a valid prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities stopped him at 3:30 a.m. March 15 at Iowa Speedway Drive and South 13th Avenue for a traffic violation. Frascht failed sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test indicated a BAC over the legal limit. During his arrest, authorities located marijuana, a pill identified as an acetaminophen and hydrocodone prescription medication, and rolling papers while searching Frascht and his vehicle. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Patrick W. Holland of Colfax was charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense, after authorities responded to a single-vehicle accident at 12:14 a.m. Tuesday at Highway 117 South and South 68th Avenue. A preliminary breath test indicated a BAC higher than .2. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Brady E. Sage, 24, of Milo was charged with operating while intoxicated after authorities stopped him at 2:52 a.m. March 16 in the 100 block of West 10th Street North.

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