• Heather S. Young, 46, of Newton, was charged with assault at 3:17 p.m. Monday. According to Newton police, officers were sent to the 300 block of East 14th Street North on a call of an assault. Upon arrival, a witness told officers Young allegedly assaulted another female inside the house. The victim was at the residence with the intention of helping her friend with something, that friend being Young’s mother when the mother and Young engaged in a verbal argument. The victim tried to intervene, but Young allegedly pushed her backward, suffering a scrap on her arm while making contact with the kitchen counter and falling to the floor. Young also allegedly took an ice scraper and hit her on the arm with it, causing visible injuries to the victim’s arm. Young was arrested and transported to Jasper County Jail.
• Jerry E. Wilfawn, 34, of Newton was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 8:32 p.m. Saturday. According to Newton police, officers were sent to the 600 block of North Second Avenue West for neighbors smoking marijuana. Officers arrived and spoke to the caller and then interviewed Wilfawn, who initially denied any drug use but later admitted to the caller’s suspicions. Wilfawn received a citation, summoning to appear in court.
• James A. Garland, 38, of Newton, was charged with assault and obstruction of emergency communications at 12:04 a.m. Sunday. According to Newton police, officers were sent to the 600 block of East 19th Street North for a fight in progress. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim, who said she heard two people fighting next door and an attempt to dial 911 was stopped. The victim told officers Garland punched the victim in the right cheek and took her phone and tossed it away. Garland told officers he was inside his residence cooking when he heard knocking and answered the door to three males who Garland told to leave and denied ever touching the victim. Officers later found the victim’s phone across the street. Garland was arrested and transported to Jasper County Jail.