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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter July 23, 2019

Newton Police Department

Stanley L. Taggart, 28, of Newton, was charged with three counts of trespassing and fourth-degree theft from incidents that occurred across multiple dates. According to Newton Police Department, Taggart was caught trespassing at Walmart July 7, July 8 and July 13 after being served a no trespass order from Walmart on Feb 21. The store has surveillance footage that shows Taggart allegedly leaving the store with merchandise that is believed to be not paid for. The police requested warrants for the charges as contact could not be made with Taggart and his address was outdated. Taggart was arrested on the warrants at 2:50 pm July 19 in 400 South second Avenue East and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Nicholas J. Love, 32, was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct at 1 p.m. July 20. According to the Newton Police Love was walking down the middle of the road on North 19th Avenue East with a female. The victim observed the individuals in the road and honked twice to get them to move so cars could go through. The victim then pulled up next to Love and the female and rolled down her window to ask Love to move over. Love got upset and tried to hit the victim through her window and the victim’s husband drove away to prevent Love from assaulting his wife. Love ran after them as they drove away and the victim was in fear of her safety. At 1:30 July 20, Newton officers located Love and he admitted to walking in the middle of the road with the victims saying he impeded their travel. Love refused to move out of the road. Love was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Mark D. Gardner, 56, of Newton, was charged with operating while under the influence, failure to provide proof of financial liability and following too close at 3:26 p.m. July 19. According to the Newton Police Department, Gardner was traveling south on East Fourth Street North coming to First Avenue when he rear-ended a vehicle in front of him. Police spoke with Gardner and they could smell alcohol coming from his person and he had slurred speech and poor balance. Gardner said he only had one beer four hours ago. Gardner consented to a preliminary breath test which he tested more than .08 percent. Gardner then admitted he had four beers. At the police department Gardner consented to a breath test on the datamaster which registered a .0152. Gardner was released to appear in court.

• Todd E. Philpott, 50, of Cedar Rapids, was charged with public intoxication at 8 p.m. July 20. According to the Newton Police Department, there was a fight in progress in the 4000 block of South 22nd Avenue East. Jasper County Dispatch advised two males in a red Chevrolet truck were seen having an altercation at a gas pump at Love’s Travel Stop. When police arrived, they identified Philpott and made contact with him. Police observed Philpott had bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of alcohol on his person. Philpott was also swaying and had slurred speech when talking to the officers. Philpott admitted to consuming alcohol on that day. Police requested a sample of his breath for the preliminary breath test to which he refused. Police then advised Philpott of his rights to a chemical test to which he waived his right to a chemical test. Philpott was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail. 

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