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Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:48 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:49 a.m. CST

Newton Police Department

Jason S. Woody, 40, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse assault, first offense, at 7:23 p.m. Wednesday after police were called to 616 E. Seventh St. N. in reference to a domestic assault. Police arrived and met with the victim and witnesses who told police Woody and the victim had an argument in the house over Woody wearing shoes in the house. Woody allegedly became aggressive and raised his fists. The victim hit Woody, and Woody hit the victim back. The victim didn’t have any visible injuries. Woody said he hit the victim because he was hit first. Woody was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• James F. Duncan, 43, of Marengo, was charged with operating while under the influence, third offense, driving with license suspended and open container after police were called at 7:40 p.m. on Interstate 80 East in reference to a reckless driver. Duncan was passing the 157 mile marker in a silver Grand Prix. An officer waited at the 164 exit and saw a vehicle matching the description swerving between lanes and traveling at a high rate of speed. Police pulled Duncan over at the 168 exit. Duncan’s license had been suspended for non-payment. Duncan told police he had been drinking and had two open containers in the vehicle. Duncan refused all sobriety tests. Duncan was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Justin L. Williams, 25, of Austin, Texas, was charged with operating while under the influence at 10 p.m. Saturday after police responded to a call of a reckless driver traveling east in the 400 block of First Avenue West. Williams appeared to have blood shot, watery eyes. Williams refused a breath test. Williams was released and issued a citation to appear in court.

• Karen L. Christy, 47, of Newton, was charged with operating while under the influence, second offense, at 4:38 p.m. Saturday after police made a traffic stop in the 200 block of East 18th North Street after receiving a call of a suicidal female driving around intoxicated. Christy had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. Christy said she had been drinking earlier in the day. She refused a sobriety test. Christy was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

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