• Kenosha M. Wims, 23, of Newton, was charged with simple assault May 8. According to the Newton Police Department, officers received a report of a confrontation around 9:55 a.m. April 20 at Dollar Tree in Newton. The victim was confronted by Wims about her tire being slashed. During the altercation, Wims slapped the victim on the cheek. The victim left the scene and called the police from a safe location. Wims received a citation and was released to appear in court.
• Dennis W. Rainey, 55, of Newton, was charged with public intoxication at 9:28 p.m. May 5 in the 900 block of East 12th Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called to East 12th Street North on a report of a fight. After officers arrived, they observed Rainey chasing another male. An officer had to wrestle Rainey to the ground to prevent him from chasing the other male. The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverages on Rainey. When the officer asked him if he had been drinking, Rainey confirmed he had. Rainey consented to a preliminary breath test and had a blood alcohol content of more than .08. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Britney R. Farr, 33, of Newton, was charged with filing a false report on May 3. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called at 1:41 a.m. April 11 to MercyOne Newton Medical on a report of a sexual assault. Farr told officers she was assaulted by an armed black male at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the 400 block of West Fourth Street North. Officers questioned Farr again two days following the incident where she provided more details. An investigation uncovered video evidence and witness accounts of Farr’s activity. Officers determined no sexual assault had taken place and the report was a fabrication. Farr received a citation and was released to appear in court.
• Rusty A. James, 59, of Newton, was charged with operating under the influence and interference with official acts causing bodily injury on May 2. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called at 4:33 p.m. to MercyOne Newton Medical Center on a report of possible man operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Upon arrival, officers located James sitting inside his vehicle in the southeast parking lot of the hospital. Officers noticed the truck was running, and James was sitting in the driver’s seat, speaking on a cell phone and crying. When the officers spoke to James, they could smell an odor of alcoholic beverages and noticed he had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. When James stepped out of the truck, his balance was unsteady. James admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages earlier in the day and refused sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test. When officers tried to take James into custody, he refused to be handcuffed and began to resist and pull away from the officers. James failed to cooperate with the officers commands causing injury to one officer’s knee during his resistance. James was taken to the ground and placed under arrest. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail.