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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Dec. 19, 2018

Newton Police Department

• Michael A. Suiter, 26, of Newton, was charged with control of firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance violation, and two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp at 2:17 a.m. Sunday. According to Newton Police, officers made a traffic stop in the 1200 block of South 12th Avenue West on a vehicle for having no rear plate light. Officers noticed inside the vehicle a leafy, green substance inside a clear bag, later confirmed to be marijuana. Suiter later admitted it was marijuana, as well as having a firearm inside the vehicle. After officers searched the vehicle, they found large amounts of marijuana in multiple bags, 18 dextroamphetamine and amphetamine pills, a scale, two loaded nine-millimeter magazines and a loaded Ruger LC9S pistol. Suiter was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• John R. Penning, 41, of Newton, was charged with domestic assault at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. According to Newton Police, officers were called to the 1500 block of North Third Avenue West for a male threatening people and acting out of control. When officers arrived, they spoke to a witness in the driveway who told officers Penning was inside making homicidal and suicidal comments while breaking items. Another witness stated Penning allegedly smacked her across the face after telling him he needed help, leaving redness on the left side of her face. Penning was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

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