Newton Police Department
• A 14-year-old Newton male was charged with two counts of harassment in connection with incidents reported March 10 and 20 at Berg Middle School. The boy was charged for allegedly harassing a male student by saying he was going to “have sex with your mom,” “I’m going to kill you” and “I’m going to murder your family.” He also was charged for allegedly harassing a female student by calling her “hooker” and the “town whore” as well spreading rumors that she wanted to have sex with him. The victim also reported he constantly acted like he was going to spank her buttocks. The boy was charged and referred to juvenile court services.
• Scotty W. Allspach Jr., 17, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief after authorities responded to a complaint at 3:30 p.m. April 8 in the 600 block of North Third Avenue East. Allspach was charged for allegedly throwing a brick at the hood of the victim’s vehicle, causing an estimated $100 damage. When the victim arrived home, he found the pickup truck window had been broken with a rock, causing an estimated $50 damage. Allspach was referred to juvenile court services.
• Marcus A. Gifford, 29, of Newton was charged with aggravated domestic assault after authorities responded to a report of a domestic assault at 10 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 300 block of East Fourth Street North. The victim stated Gifford had opened her car door and struck her once in the face before leaving. Officers observed a large amount of blood around the area where the victim was lying as well as blood coming from her nose. Gifford was charged and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Matthew A. McNeer, 29, of Des Moines was charged with third-degree burglary after authorities responded to a burglary report at 2:02 p.m. April 4 at a residence in the 400 block of East 16th Street North. The victim reported a checkbook and a few dollars in coins had been taken. McNeer was interviewed April 8. He admitted to entering the residence without permission and taking the items. He was charged and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Kelsey R. Rozenboom, 24, of Lynnville was charged with operating while intoxicated after authorities stopped her at 1:57 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of South Eighth Avenue East for having an inoperable brake light. Rozenboom smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests. A breath test indicated a BAC of .093. She was charged and released to appear in court.
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