Newton Police Department
• Sara M. Burns, 29, of Newton was cited with following too closely after authorities were called to the 1400 block of First Avenue East at 3:36 p.m. July 18. Carl S. Scrabeck was traveling westbound when he stopped. Burns failed to stop in time and struck Scrabeck in his rear bumper. Burns’ airbag was deployed, and she was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Her vehicle sustained $1,400 in damage. Scrabeck’s vehicle was not damaged.
• Tyler M. Gilbert, 20, of Newton, was arrested on a Jasper County warrant for conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony after officers located him at 6:27 p.m. Friday at 922 W. Eighth St. N. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Travis L. Hammer, 40, of Newton, was arrested on an Adair County, Mo., warrant for fraud after Newton police stopped his vehicle at 11:39 p.m. Friday in the Kum & Go parking lot on First Avenue East and determined he was wanted on the warrant. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Matthew A. Raper, 18, of Newton and a 17-year-old female from Newton both were charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities were called to Walmart at 5:53 p.m. July 28. The loss prevention employee advised the officers that Raper and the 17-year-old had placed make up and fingernail polish into a satchel then walked past the check out counters to exit the store where he was stopped by the employee. The items totaled $63.80 in value. He was charged and released to appear in court, and she was referred to juvenile court services.
• Jordan M. Sexton, 18, of Newton was cited with following too closely after authorities were called to the 2400 block of First Avenue East at 6:59 p.m. July 8. Logan M. Hutchinson was turning into the parking lot of the Jasper County Senior Citizens Center when Sexton struck her vehicle in the rear, causing approximately $2,000 damage to his front bumper and $3,000 damage to her rear bumper.
• A 16-year-old male from Newton was charged with interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer and obedience to a peace officer after authorities were called to 319 E. 12th St. N. at 5:39 p.m. July 27. Upon arrival, the officers were told there were three people in an abandoned house that is owned by the city of Newton. Two males came out and said that they were hired to strip the house and that no one else was inside. The police searched the house and found the 16-year-old in a crawl space. As they were escorting him out of the house, he tried to break free and a struggle ensued. The officers sustained minor injuries to their arms and legs.
• A 14-year-old male from Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities were called to Walmart at 12:48 a.m. July 26. The loss prevention employee advised officers the 14-year-old was seen putting two items down his pants and exiting the store. He produced the merchandise, totaling $17.46, and was escorted to the police