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Police blotter

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 9:58 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 10:11 a.m. CST

Newton Police Department

Cynthia M. Culler, 53, of Colfax, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 9:54 p.m. Aug. 24 after police were called to Walmart. An employee reported Culler concealed merchandise and walked past the last point of sale. The total value of merchandise was $26.87. Culler was released and issued a citation to appear in court.

• Christopher A. Altemeier, 58, of Brooklyn, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 25 after police stopped a vehicle with an expired registration. The driver was identified as Altemeier and was placed under arrest for driving while suspended. During a search of the vehicle, police found a pink plastic container with a green leafy residue and a pipe containing residue that’s commonly used to inhale methamphetamine. Altemeier was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Justin T. Campbell, 26, of Newton, was charged with domestic assault, first offense, at 8:40 a.m. Sunday after police were called to a residence on Fifth Avenue East for a physical domestic fight. The victim told police a wrestling match ensued over custody of a child and the victim was grabbed by the face and arms. The victim had red marks on her right lower arm. Campbell was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Daniel B. Porter, 48, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., was charged with trespassing at 12:20 p.m. Sunday at Iowa Speedway. Porter is accused of climbing over a locked fence to get on the property where he tried to steal a John Deere gator utility vehicle. Porter had the vehicle running and had the fence propped up when the employee confronted him. Porter then fled toward the Newton airport. Porter was located by police, arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Joshua Runnels, 23, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 2:28 p.m. March 28 after police were called to Newton 66 on South 12th Avenue West. Runnels, an employee, had been caught on camera selling merchandise for less than the marked price. An employee told police they could see him selling merchandise by zooming in on the price on the register. He gave an example of Runnels selling beer and cigarettes for $10. Runnels was arrested on Aug. 20 and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Kristin E. Mitchell, 45, of Newton, was charged with violation of no contact protective order at 8 a.m. Aug. 28 after police were called to an apartment on East Seventh Street North. Mitchell placed a call with someone with whom she has a no contact order. She was located in the parking lot of the apartment complex and told police she was trying to get items from the apartment. Mitchell was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

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