• William H. Whitley, 48, of Newton, was charged with driving while barred at 2:47 a.m. Nov. 22 at the intersection of First Avenue East and East 23rd Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers observed a vehicle with an inoperable third brake light. The vehicle came to a stop facing north at the stoplight at the intersection of First Avenue East and East 23rd Street South. Newton police said the vehicle then proceeded west on First Avenue East when officers activated emergency lights and the vehicle pulled into Taco Johns. The driver was identified as Whitley, who told officers his license was suspended and when they ran him he came back and barred for habitual offender with 17 withdrawals in effect. Whitley was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Cassandra Y. Pence, 35, of Newton, was charged domestic abuse at 2:48 a.m. in the 700 block of North Second Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call for a domestic fight. When police arrived, they made contact with the victim who said Pence came home intoxicated and they both had a verbal argument. Pence then allegedly open palm slapped the victim on the left side of his face. Newton police observed a mark and redness on the left side of the victim’s face. Officers then made contact with Pence who told police she came home and had a verbal argument with the victim. Pence then told officers the victim had gotten very close to her and she then used her open right hand to push the victim away. Pence denied slapping the victim. Pence was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Sheila L. Carty, 46, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft from an incident that occurred at 5:14 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to Walmart for a theft. When Newton police arrived they spoke with Walmart asset protection who told officers Carty allegedly stole a vacuum cleaner valued at $57.78 including tax. Asset protection filled out a sworn statement and told Newton police that Walmart wanted to pursue charges. Officers were unable to locate Carty so a warrant was requested for her arrest. She was arrested on a warrant for the charge at 3:14 p.m. Nov. 26 at in the 400 block of South Second Avenue East and taken to the Jasper County Jail.