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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter July 12, 2019

Newton Police

Department

• Alexia J. Clark, 22, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse at approximately 1 p.m. July 4 in the 1800 block of South Seventh Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, the victim came to the department and reported he was arguing with Clark and during the altercation, Clark jumped on his back and bit him on the upper right part of his arm. The victim stated Clark had anger issues and he recorded some of the incident while it happened. Police asked the victim for a copy of the video. Police took pictures of the injuries and the victim filled out a statement of the incident. The victim asked for a no contact order against Clark. Clark was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Benjamin J. Grulke, 33, of Newton, was charged with trespassing at 2:40 p.m. July 9 at the Newton Public Library. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call about trespassing and upon arrival, police spoke to Grulke, who identified himself as someone who has trespass papers on file with the library. Library employees told police they would like to file charges due to a prior warning April 16. Grulke was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Cassius P. Stahl, 31, of Newton, was charged with public intoxication and second-degree harassment at 1:30 a.m. July 9 in the 1000 block of Glenway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a possible domestic situation because the reporting party had received a text advising to call 911. Police arrived at the scene and Stahl was shouting, cursing at police and demanding to go to jail. Stahl threw himself on the ground and began rolling around. He rolled into a Newton police officer’s leg and demanded to go to jail because of that. Stahl laid on his stomach with his hands behind his back and advised he was resisting. Police detained Stahl and could smell alcohol on his person. A witness told police Stahl had approximately four or five double shots of Fireball. Stahl was transported to the Jasper County Jail where he consented to a chemical test but became increasingly hostile and verbally aggressive so police were unable to complete the test. When Stahl became aggressive, he told officers he wanted to find each one of them off duty and “see what he does to them.” Stahl continued to issue these threats after police told him he could be charged for them.

• Joshua B. Gorla, 40, of Newton, was arrested at 11:40 a.m. July 9 at the Adult Probation office on a Marion County probation violation warrant. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

Jasper County

Sheriff’s Office

• Nevada N. Bechel, 40, of Newton, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at midnight July 3, and Julie A. Burr, 52, of Newton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance during the same incident. According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Burr was pulled over for failing to obey a stop sign at the end of the 168 eastbound exit ramp of Interstate 80. A strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. Burr was asked about the smell and she advised she could have some in the center console. A search of the vehicle found a clear jar used to store marijuana, indicated by marijuana residue and a clear plastic bag with marijuana in it. Burr was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail. Bechel was a passenger in the vehicle and had in her possession a multi-colored pipe and advised it was used to smoke marijuana. Bechel was cited and released to appear to court.

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