• Jac A. Fisher, 22, of Newton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia at midnight Aug. 29. According to a police report, an officer saw a car parked after hours at Agnes Patterson Park. The officer approached the vehicle and encountered two suspects, one of whom was Fisher and the other was a juvenile female. The officer could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana and Fisher agreed to show the officer a plastic container with marijuana in it, while the female showed the officer a burnt blunt and a red kit for smoking DABS. Fisher was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Eric M. Pender, 26, of Newton, was charged with four counts of possession of controlled substance at 9:10 a.m. Aug. 29. According to a police report, an officer was sent to the 300 block of East 12th Street North on a call of someone struggling to breathe. When the officer arrived, he saw Pender running out the back of the residence into a shed carrying a box. Pender exited the shed, telling the officer he needed to go back inside to check on his girlfriend while crying hysterically. Other officials were now present to treat the unresponsive girlfriend in the house, and simultaneously retrieve the box, containing alprazolams, methamphetamine and marijuana. Pender was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Sylvia M. Kehoe, 52, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 4:24 p.m. Friday. According to a police report, officers were sent to Walmart on a call of theft. When officers arrived, they learned Walmart employees had Kehoe detained and she claimed she had never used a self-checkout before and forgot to scan all the items she intended to purchase. Items included a small cut tray, push-up bra and dental floss, totaling more than $11. Kehoe received a citation.
• Mary A. Steward, 55, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 10:10 p.m. Monday. An officer was sent to Walmart on a call of theft. When the officer arrived, he interviewed Steward, who was being held at the back of the store. The staff said Steward bought some items while putting about $117 worth of items in her purse. Steward admitted to attempting to steal the items since she didn’t have enough money to pay for them. She received a citation and released to appear in court.