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Police Blotter

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:02 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT

Newton Police Department

• Natasha L. Cannon, 23, of Newton was cited with no insurance accident-related after authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident at 3:52 p.m. May 28 in the Walmart parking lot. Her vehicle sustained an estimated $600 damage, and the vehicle she collided with, owned by 76-year-old Harry L. Farr of Newton, sustained an estimated $400 damage.

• Michael A. Criqui, 22, of Newton was arrested on a Jasper County warrant for probation violation after authorities located him at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday at 818 E. 16th St. N. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Michella A. Halterman, 32, and Cody L. Kessler, 26, both of Newton were charged May 28 with child endangerment causing bodily injury, a Class D felony, after authorities investigated a child abuse complaint received at 3:41 p.m. May 22. During the investigation, authorities determined the child had significant bruising to his buttocks, and the boy stated he and his sister were made to kneel on plates of dry rice with bare skin while holding a book above their heads or at arm’s length when being punished. The victims also allegedly were made to stand against the wall in a sitting position while holding a book at arm’s length for extended periods of time as punishment. Kessler admitted to spanking the victim. Both Halterman and Kessler were charged and released to appear in court.

• Melvin G. Hawkins Jr., 51, of Newton was charged with public intoxication, third of subsequent offense, after authorities responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated male at 8:15 p.m. May 27 in the 200 block of North Ninth Avenue West. When authorities arrived, a witness stated the male had walked into a house. Authorities located him and identified him as Hawkins. He admitted to walking in public and was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Brandon W. McConnell, 26, of Newton was charged with first-degree harassment and fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 4:49 a.m. May 28 at Kum & Go on First Avenue East. The suspect fled the scene, and authorities located him in the 200 block of East Fourth Street South and identified him as McConnell. He was arrested for allegedly taking a beanie cap and several pairs of sunglasses, valued at a total of $155.38, without paying. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail, where he was additionally charged for allegedly threatening an officer by stating he would kill him.

• Lawerance D. Shimon, 50, of Newton was charged with operating while intoxicated after authorities responded to a complaint of a man sleeping in a van with the motor running at 9:19 p.m. May 27 at his residence at 1509 W. Eighth St. S. in Newton. Shimon had slurred speech and trouble keeping his balance. He failed sobriety tests and had a BAC of .146. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• David L. Smith, 58, of Newton was charged with driving while license revoked and cited with failure to obey a stop sign after authorities responded to a traffic accident at 7:55 a.m. May 27 at West Ninth Street South and First Avenue West. Smith was traveling north on Ninth Street and collided with a vehicle driven by Colby R. Lawson, 16, of Newton at the intersection of First Avenue. Lawson’s vehicle sustained an estimated $500 damage, and Smith’s vehicle was not damaged.

• Adam L. Sparks, 34, of Newton was charged with simple assault after authorities responded to an assault complaint at 2:58 p.m. May 26 on the Jasper County Courthouse lawn. The victim stated Sparks threatened and shoved him. The victim stated he had been using a metal detector to the survey the lawn and Sparks was angry about it. Sparks was released to appear in court.

• Beau J. Stejskal, 18, of Newton and Joseph M. Taylor, 19, of Prairie City was charged with public intoxication and possession of alcohol by person age 18-20 after authorities responded to a noise complaint at 12:37 a.m. May 28 at a residence in the 200 block of West Ninth Street North. Authorities observed three individuals running from the residence and located them in the 1300 block of First Avenue West. Stejskal’s BAC was .122 and Taylor’s was .105. Colfax resident 18-year-old Cheyenne M. Lloyd also was cited with possession of alcohol by person age 18-20. All three were transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Curtis A. Watson II, 25, was charged with criminal mischief after authorities responded to a report of an assault at 1:39 a.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 500 block of South Fourth Avenue East. He was charged for kicking a door at the victim’s residence, where he was staying, and causing an estimated $100 damage. He came to the police department at 3:34 p.m., was charged and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Justin D. Wieland, 25, of Newton was charged June 1 with fourth-degree criminal mischief after authorities received a report indicating Wieland allegedly broke the victim’s van windshield. He was charged and released to appear in court.

• A 15-year-old Newton female was charged with possession of alcohol underage after authorities observed another juvenile operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license at 10:59 a.m. May 22 in the 100 block of Highway 14 North. The 15-year-old was a passenger in the vehicle and admitted to drinking a beer earlier. She had a BAC of .009 and was referred to juvenile court services.

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.

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