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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Aug. 1, 2018

Newton Police

Department

• James A. Garland, 38, of Newton, was arrested and charged with violation of a no-contact order at 4:25 a.m. July 22 after he allegedly entered the residence of the protected party on East 18th Street North, went through the front door and fell asleep on a couch in the back room. According to a NPD report, the protected party was awoken by her son, and she called 911 emergency services. Garland was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Scott J. Bishop, 48, of Baxter, was charged with OWI, first offense, at 12:52 a.m. July 22 after police stopped Bishop on a motorcycle in an alleyway off North 19th Street in Newton. According to a police report, Bishop showed multiple signs of impairment including bloodshot, watery eyes and poor balance. An initial breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was more than Iowa’s .08 legal limit. Bishop was cited and released to appear in court.

• Edward J. Wheeler, 36, of Newton, was arrested and charged with first-degree harassment at 11:28 p.m. July 25 after he allegedly threw lighter fluid in his mother’s face. According to a police report, a witness told police Wheeler was screaming at his mother “I’m going to burn you (expletive)” and “you’re going to die,” as he poured the lighter fluid on her. Investigators said the residence in the 400 block of East 10th Street North did have an odor of lighter fluid. Wheeler transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• William J. Bernard, 35, of Newton, was arrested and charged with fifth-degree theft and public intoxication at 5:18 p.m. July 24 after he was reportedly spotted by an employee at Theisen’s, 3362 Highway 6 E. in Newton, peeling the stickers off sunglasses and taking a pair without paying. According to a police report, Bernard told investigators he took the pair of sunglasses, valued at $14.95, by mistake. Police said Bernard had watery, bloodshot eyes and an aggressive demeanor during the arrest. He denied drinking alcohol and waived his right to a chemical blood test. Bernard was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

Bernard was with 38-year-old Sarah K. Snyder, of Gilman, during the alleged theft. She is also facing fifth-degree theft charges in relation to the incident and was transported to the Jasper County Jail.

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