Newton Police Department
• Emily A. Acord, 16, of Knoxville was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 4:20 p.m. Monday at Walmart. Acord was charged for allegedly taking make-up valued at $45.01 and leaving the store without paying for the items. She was referred to juvenile court services.
• John A. Hardie, 23, of Newton was charged with serious domestic assault after authorities responded to a domestic assault complaint at 8:54 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 1800 block of South Seventh Avenue East. He was charged for allegedly assaulting a female and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Michelle R. Honey, 24, of Newton was cited with following too closely and failure to have insurance after authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident at 12:21 p.m. Tuesday. Honey was traveling west on First Avenue East at East Eighth Street when she struck the rear of a vehicle ahead of her driven by Beth A. Moon, 42, of Newton. Honey’s vehicle sustained an estimated $600 damage and Moon’s an estimated $800 damage.
• Christopher W. Templeton, 66, of Colfax was cited with failure to obey a traffic control device after authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident at 4:27 p.m. Monday. Templeton was traveling west on First Avenue West at West Eighth Street and failed to stop for a red light, colliding with a northbound vehicle driven by Glen A. Terpstra, 26, of Newton. Templeton stated his brakes did not respond. A 2-year-old passenger in Terpstra’s vehicle received a visible abrasion to the right cheek as a result of the collision. An 8-year-old passenger in Terpstra’s vehicle complained of pain to her cheek as a result of striking the side window/panel, and a 6-year-old passenger was not injured. Both vehicles sustained an estimated $3,000 damage.
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