Newton Police Department
• Ryan E. Dearinger, 42, of Newton was charged with serious assault, interference with official acts causing bodily injury and second-degree criminal mischief after authorities responded to a complaint of a fight in progress at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday at 122 E. Eighth St. N. Officers observed Dearinger yelling at a male on the ground with blood all around him. Dearinger was charged for allegedly assaulting the victim, resisting commands from authorities and attempting to kick officers multiple times. He also was charged for causing numerous dents to a vehicle when allegedly striking the victim’s head against the vehicle numerous times. The estimated cost of repair is $4,910.79. Dearinger was transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Bodhi A. Elliot, 18, of Newton was charged with possession of marijuana and Devin D. Miller, 19, of Newton was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities were dispatched at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday to 500 N. 19th Ave. E. in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Police could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle and found small baggie containing a crystal-like substance Miller admitted was his. Elliot admitting to having marijuana. Both were charged and released to appear in court.
• Darien K. Howard, 26, of Newton was charged with serious assault after authorities responded to an assault complaint at 2:33 p.m. June 24 at 1706 W. Fourth St. N. #1. Howard was upset that his 7-year-old son allegedly was duct taped by two older boys and went to confront them and the victim. He was charged for allegedly punching the victim — who had no part in duct taping the Howard’s son, according to court records — three times, causing injuries to the victim’s nose. Howard was released to appear in court.
• Nathan C. Howell, 24, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities received a complaint of a theft at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Walmart. Howell was charged for allegedly concealing items valued at a total of $44.55. He was charged and released to appear in court.
• Ashley D. Trautsch, 28, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities were notified of a theft at Walmart at 9:50 a.m. June 24. She was charged for allegedly concealing several items with a total value of $29.52 in her purse and was released to appear in court.
• Mesa R. Waits, 16, of Knoxville was charged with possession of alcohol underage after authorities stopped a vehicle for speeding at 4:30 a.m. June 23 in the 1100 block of First Avenue East. Police determined the car full of teenage girls had come from a party and that one of the girls, Waits, had consumed alcohol. She consented to a preliminary breath test, which showed she had alcohol in her system. She was referred to juvenile court services and released.
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.