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Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:18 p.m. CDT

Newton Police Department

• Mikhail Aleshin, 27, address unknown, was charged with public intoxication after authorities observed him stumbling westbound in a parking lot at 1:40 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of North Second Avenue West. Several individuals were helping him walk, but he eventually fell down. His BAC was over the legal limit, and he was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Hasan Begovic, 29, of Urbandale was arrested on a Polk County warrant for second-degree theft after authorities located him at 5:22 p.m. Sunday at Loves Truck Stop. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail. 

• John L. Britton, 48, of Newton was charged with domestic with strangulation (third or subsequent offense) after authorities were dispatched at 7:42 p.m. Friday to his residence in the 800 block of South 13th Avenue East in reference to a domestic assault. He was charged for allegedly hitting the victim and wrapping his arm around the victim’s neck, making it hard for the victim to breath. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Christopher L. Cleveland, 32, of Newton was arrested on two Jasper County warrants for failure to appear in court in reference to child support after authorities located him at 6:43 p.m. Friday at 224 E. 12th St. N. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Jordan L. Etter, 16, of Newton was charged Saturday reckless use of fire in connection with an incident reported at 10:38 p.m. May 10 at a residence in the 400 block of West 15th Street North. At that time, authorities were called for a fire that had gotten out of control and burned a high school student. Etter was charged for allegedly spraying lighter fluid on the fire and dropping the bottle of lighter fluid when it became hot, resulting in the cap bursting off the bottle and spraying the victim. The victim was severely burned on the right side of his body and was transported by air ambulance to the Iowa City burn unit. Etter admitted he was trying to make the fire bigger and that everyone around the fire was encouraging him to do so. He was referred to juvenile court services.

• Nathan J. Etter, 21, of Newton was charged with serious domestic assault after authorities responded to a complaint at 8:37 p.m. Sunday of a male throwing items around an apartment in the 200 block of East 28th Street North. He was charged for allegedly grabbing a female’s arm, causing a bruise, during the incident and was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• John A. Hardie, 23, of Newton was charged with violation of a protective order after authorities went to speak to him at 6:21 p.m. Saturday at his residence in the 600 block of South 13th Avenue West regarding a hit-and-run accident. Authorities determined Hardie and the protected party were living together. He was charged and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Jonah D. Jones, 20, of Newton was charged with possession of a controlled substance after authorities stopped a vehicle in which he was a passenger at 7:27 p.m. June 12 in the 300 block of East 12th Street South to question Jones about an open investigation in Jasper County. He was arrested on charges from the open investigation and additionally charged for allegedly having marijuana in his pocket. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Lindsay P. Leonard, 39, of Kellogg was charged with operating while intoxicated after authorities were informed of possibly intoxicated driver and stopped the suspect at 2:36 a.m. June 12 in the 100 block of East 31st Street North. The driver, Leonard, smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests but refused chemical testing. She was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Adam L. Ozinga, 32, of Newton was charged with public intoxication (second offense) after authorities responded to a report of an intoxicated male in a fight at 12:03 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of West Third Street South. Ozinga smelled of alcohol and was advised he would be arrested for public intoxication if he went to any public place. He also was advised to go inside the residence. As officers were leaving, Ozinga began yelling at officers and walked onto the sidewalk. He was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Rodney M. Savage, 28, of Newton was charged with theft after authorities responded at 3:22 p.m. May 28 at Newton Senior High School to a complaint of a bicycle being taken. The suspect was identified as Savage from camera footage. The bike was valued at $100. Savage was released to appear in court.

• Chad E. Schultz, 35, of What Cheer was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped him at 6:32 a.m. Friday in the 3300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive for driving erratically and determined his license had been suspended. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Elisha E. Woody, 29, of Newton was charged with aggravated domestic assault after authorities responded to a report of an assault at 10:10 p.m. June 12 at his residence in the 800 block of First Street North. She was charged for allegedly striking the victim in the head with a beer bottle and was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• A 12-year-old Newton boy was charged with reckless use of fire after authorities responded to a report of a vehicle on fire at 1:23 p.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of South Eighth Avenue East. The boy admitted to lighting a plastic necklace on fire with a lighter while sitting in the front driver’s seat of the van. He 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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