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Police Blotter

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 11:49 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 12:27 p.m. CST

Newton Police Department

• Zachary D. Russell, 20, was arrested on a Jasper County warrant for failure to appear on a fifth-degree theft charge after authorities picked him up at the Pella Police Department at 12:20 p.m. Aug. 23. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Jill M. Guzman, 43, was arrested on two Marshalltown warrants after authorities were called to 1501 N. 11th Ave. E. at 9:09 p.m. Thursday. She was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Lasaundra D. Lanphier, 24, of Oskaloosa was found to be under suspension after authorities pulled over her vehicle at the 400 block of South Eighth Avenue East at 10:05 p.m. Thursday. She was also charged with driving while license suspended and no insurance. She was cited and released to appear.

• Joseph K. Reusswig, 37, of Newton is charged with second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, after authorities were called to 415 W. Fourth St. S. at 3:09 a.m. Aug. 23. Officers were called for an assault where Reusswig visited the victim and after a short time started acting hostile. Reusswig had the victim go upstairs where he held a corkscrew up against the victim’s neck and demanded all of the victim’s money. Reusswig took $70 in cash and a pack of cigarettes. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Michael A. Criqui, 22, of Newton is charged with third-degree burglary after authorities were called to 817 E. Sixth St. N. at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 15, 2013. Officers went to the scene where they found smeared prints and footwear impressions found on a table. Criqui denied having been at the residence but after examination discovered the footprints matched his footwear. A witness also observed Criqui leaving the residence with a garbage bag that appeared to have a TV inside of it. Criqui was served his charge and taken to the Jasper County Jail Thursday. 

• Norma L. Elam, 52, of Newton is charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities were called to Hy-Vee at 2 p.m. Thursday. A store employee witnessed Elam conceal three items from the pharmacy department into a bag of already purchased items and try to leave with them. The total value of the items was $24.15. She was cited and released to appear.

• Shelby R. Williams, 36, of Newton is charged with operating while intoxicated second offense after authorities pulled over her vehicle at 100 E. Eighth St. N. at 11:24 p.m. Aug. 10. Officers pulled over the vehicle with only one functioning brake light. Williams was found fidgeting and jittery. Her speech was also rushed and she repeated the same phrases multiple times. Officers believed she was under the influence of narcotics. She submitted to a urine test which tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine. She was cited and released to appear.

• Patti L. Gardner, 53, of Newton is charged with public intoxication after authorities were called to 1806 S. 12th Ave. W. at 4:35 p.m. Aug. 27. Officers found Gardner at the Newton 66 harassing customers. She was rambling incoherently and had fallen down. Officers tried to find a family member to come and get her but were unable to. She was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Justina L. Wiltsie-Pender, 24, of Newton is charged with domestic assault after authorities were called to 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. #4 at 3:50 p.m. Aug. 26. The victim said that he had left the apartment to get away from the violence. Pender said she was in an argument with her boyfriend and that he had bit her fingers. The victim said he tried to leave the apartment when an argument started but Pender would not let him and then scratched his chest trying to stop him. Pender then said she was not truthful with her original statement. She was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

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