Newton Police Department
• Julie K. Miller, 57, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 7:39 p.m. April 6. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called to Walmart to investigate a shoplifting incident. A Walmart employee saw Miller place items in her purse and walk out of the store. When officers spoke to her, Miller told them she had intended to take the merchandise. The items were valued at $40.62. Miller received a citation and was released to appear in court.
• Benny Kirikchuck, 45, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse assault after authorities were called at 5:30 p.m. April 6 to West 18th Street South for a possible domestic abuse. According to the Newton Police Department, officers arrived on scene and met with the victim who told the NPD Kirikchuck had grabbed her by the throat and threw her up against the wall. Officers spoke to witnesses who confirmed what the victim said. The NPD spoke to Kirikchuck, and he admitted they had been arguing, he snapped and hit her. Officers placed him under arrest and took him the Jasper County Jail.
• Hailey O. Walker, 20, of Pleasant Hill, was charged with fifth-degree theft, consumption of alcohol in a public place and interference with official acts at 6:37 a.m. April 7 in the 800 block of North Second Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called to Casey’s, 1018 First Ave. E., in reference to an unwanted guest on the property. When the NPD arrived, they met the employee who pointed out the suspect to police and told officers Walker had entered the store, taken several alcoholic beverages and left the store without paying for them. Officers observed Walker in possession of the alcoholic beverages and was seen consuming them in a public place. Walker began walking away, still in possession the beverages. When officers stopped Walker, she was unable to show a receipt for the alcohol. She continue to drink the alcohol while in the presence of the officers. Officers attempted to place Walker under arrest, she resisted and spilled her beverage on police officers. Walker was taken to the Jasper County Jail.