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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter July 9, 2019

Newton Police

Department

• Francis D. Togba, 41, of Newton, was charged with failure to maintain control and operating while under the influence at 7 p.m. July 4 in the 800 block of Union Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a report of a single-car accident. When police arrived they made contact with the passenger and Togba, who stated he braked and swerved to miss a deer and rolled his vehicle over. Police observed he had bloodshot eyes and could smell alcohol coming from his person. Police asked if Togba would submit to a field sobriety test to which he said he had not been driving the vehicle but the passenger was. The passenger completed a voluntary sworn statement saying they had not been driving. Togba provided a breath sample for the DataMaster and he blew a .093. Togba was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Benny Kirichuk, 45, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse at 7 p.m. July 5 in the 2000 block of West 18th Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a report of domestic assault. When they arrived they found Kirichuk in the parking lot and began speaking with him while another officer spoke with the victim. The victim stated Kirichuk arrived and the two began arguing. The victim stated Kirichuk grabbed her cell phone and wouldn’t give it back. Then Kirichuk grabbed the victim by both arms and shoved her out of the room causing her to fall to the floor. The victim had visible injuries on her left knee and a bruise on her right forearm. Kirichuk was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Kyle A. Edwards, 29, of Newton, was charged with two counts of fifth-degree theft and one count of third-degree burglary from three separate incidents. At 2 p.m. Nov. 8, 2018, Newton police officers responded to a burglary in the 700 block of East 11th Street North. Upon their arrival, the victim stated someone had broken into his house and stolen items including antique guns from the house and detached garage. Police processed the crime scene and found a pop can that didn’t belong to the victim. It was collected for evidence and police lifted a fingerprint and send it to DCI to run through Iowa’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System. It matched a 10 print card from Edwards. Police weren’t able to locate Edwards and a warrant was requested for his arrest. At noon Aug. 8, 2018, Edwards walked out Wal-Mart at 300 Iowa Speedway Drive with a safe worth $128 without paying for it. At 8 p.m. April 3, Edwards went into the Hy-Vee in the 1500 block of First Avenue East and filled a cart with items worth approximately $100 and walked out of the store without paying for them. Edwards was arrested on the warrants for the three charges at 8:57 p.m. July 6 in the 900 block of North Sixth Ave. E. and was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Seth A. White, 22, of Newton, was charged with second-degree theft at 6 p.m. June 25 at the Walmart on Iowa Speedway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a report of an employee theft. The store manager stated an outside vendor working within the store had stolen two cell phones. The police made contact with the employee identified as White. White stated a group of men entered the electronics areas to purchase a phone and at some point during the transaction the men told White if he gave them two extra phones without ringing them up they would give him $700. White said he needed the money so he decided to give them the phones. When the transaction was done, White stated he gave the men an extra iPhone X and iPhone Max. Then the men told White to call them later and they would give him the $700. The iPhone X was a security phone and when the men tried to leave the store it set the alarms off. White was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Sandra Lee Younger, 58, of Kellogg, was arrested at 2:01 a.m. July 7 at 2305 E. 19th St. N. on a Jasper County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of contraband in correctional institution charge and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

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