• Steven E. Daniels, 39, of Newton, was charged with first-degree burglary and domestic assault at 7:50 p.m. Jan. 4 after a physical altercation at a residence on South Eighth Avenue West. The victim was attempting to leave the residence when Daniels threw a glass flower vase which struck her in the back. The victim tried to leave in a vehicle when Daniels stood in front of the vehicle, and he also reached in through the driver’s window and attempted to take the victim’s purse. Daniels is also accused of striking the victim in the head causing redness on her left ear. Daniels was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Melvin G. Hawkins, 54, of Newton, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance at 5:37 p.m. Jan. 5 after police were called to a residence on West Fourth Street South in reference to an unwanted guest. Hawkins was in a bedroom of the home and very intoxicated according to the caller. Hawkins had slurred speech, and he had told police he had a marijuana pipe. Police also found a small bag of marijuana inside the pocket of Hawkins’ jeans and another pipe. Hawkins was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• David L. Smith, 61, of Newton, was arrested at 9:03 a.m. Jan. 4 at 409 E. 10th St. N. on a Jasper County warrant for failure to appear for a pre-trial conference on a driving while barred charge. Smith was taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Mary M. Yakel, 18, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft and operating a vehicle without owner’s consent at 11:28 p.m. Jan. 5 after the victim told police her gift card was stolen. When officers spoke to Yakel, she had the gift card at the residence and admitted to using it at Victoria’s Secret in Ames. The $50 gift card only had $14 left on it when it was recovered. Yakel is also accused of driving a 2005 Chevy Impala to meet a friend in Nevada at 2 a.m. Jan. 5 when the vehicle was involved in a collision. Damage to the vehicle was significant, and the victim told police she wasn’t supposed to take the vehicle. Yakel was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.