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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Oct. 1, 2019

Newton Police

Department

• Mark A. Weis, 40, of Durango, was charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to provide proof of financial liability, third degree criminal mischief and unsafe entry onto sidewalk or roadway from an incident that occurred at 12:27 a.m.
Sept. 7 on North Second Ave West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers observed the east wall of the West End Car Wash being demolished and lying on the ground. Newton police also observed the vehicle had circled the lot and drove through a yard striking the house and causing damage, crossing a sidewalk and re-entering the street after hitting the garbage cans. Newton police spoke with a witness who stated Weis hit the wall then drove around their house, hitting a tree, the back gutter and the side of the house knocking phone lines out and damaging the house then running over the front gutter before leaving the yard and hitting the garbage and flinging it all over the yard and street. A warrant was requested and Weis was arrested Sept. 26 by Marshal County authorities and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

• Garang D. Deng, 37, of Des Moines, was charged with driving while license is suspended at 2:33 a.m. Sept. 26 in the 300 block of North 19th Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were conducting a routine patrol when they observed a black Honda Accord traveling west in the 100 block of North 19th Avenue West. Newton police ran the registration plate number and displayed Deng’s information that said his driving status was revoked for failing an OWI test. Officers initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Deng. Newton police ran Deng’s information again and confirmed his driving status was revoked. He was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Gonzalez J. Garcia, 45, of Des Moines, was arrested at 8:36 p.m. Sept. 25 in the 400 block of First Street South on a Polk County warrant for probation violation, original charge driving while barred and leaving the scene of an accident and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Andrew L. Francis, 34, of Newton, was arrested at 11:41 a.m. Sept. 26 on a Jasper County warrant for sex offender registration violation and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Megan A. James, 34, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft from an incident that occurred at 1:56 p.m. Feb. 7 at Walmart. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to shoplifting. Newton police arrived and met with asset protection who said two females were seen on surveillance video scanning merchandise. Asset protection stated James was seen making an appearance of paying prior to the two females leaving the store with the merchandise. Asset protection told offiers the merchandise was not paid for and totaled $199.85. At 6:52 p.m. Sept. 27, officers met with James at the Jasper County Jail and she agreed to speak with them. James admitted to taking the merchandise on Feb. 7. She was arrested and jailed.

• Justin L. Hubbard, 29, of Newton, was charged with consumption of alcohol in a public place and third-degree burglary at 9:07 a.m. Sept. 27 at Maytag Park. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to Maytag Park for someone being inside the log cabin shelter. When police arrived, the employee directed police to the correct shelter where Hubbard was located with an fire going and an open can of beer. The door had been forced open with the metal clasp was hanging and there were pieces of freshly broken wood lying on the ground near the door. Newton police interacted with Hubbard and he was found in possession of a screwdriver, pliers and a black BB gun. Hubbard also smelled of alcohol. Hubbard denied breaking into the shelter and denied ownership of the beer but did claim the bicycle, backpack, BB gun and other various items in his backpack. Hubbard was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Courtney L. Jenkins, 25, of Newton, was charged with consumption of alcohol in a public place at 12:08 a.m. Sept. 28 in the 100 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers conducted a walk through of Pour Bastards and exited the front door and observed Jenkins standing out front on the sidewalk. Newton police saw Jenkins holding an open blue 16 ounce can inside a green koozie. Officers asked Jenkins what was in the koozie and she said nothing. Newton police then instructed Jenkins to remove the can from the koozie and she removed an open Bud Light can. Jenkins said she was standing outside to get away from a fight that had occurred in the alley behind the establishment. She was cited and released.

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