Newton Police Department
• Kyle E. Chance, 35, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse at 1:42 a.m. Nov. 4 in the 900 block of North Sixth Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call of a domestic fight. Upon arrival Newton Police made contact with the victim who said Chance allegedly choked her and hit her in the head. The victim told police she and Chance awoke and Chance made a request of her. The victim told police she refused and Chance got angry. The victim then told Newton police Chance allegedly threw juice on her and then choked her by placing both hands around her neck and applying pressure. The victim stated she did not lose consciousness. The victim told officers Chance left the room and she went into the stairway and Chance allegedly hit her in the head. Newton police did not observe any injuries to the victim. Chance left the scene prior to police arriving and his whereabouts were unknown. Chance was arrested at 10:11 p.m. Nov. 14 in the 900 block of North Sixth Avenue East on a warrant for the assault charge as well as two additional Jasper County warrants for failure to appear on another domestic abuse assault charge and a forgery charge and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Ivory R. Starkes, 35, of North Las Vegas, Nev., was charged with fifth-degree theft at 2:17 p.m. Nov. 16 at Walmart. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call for a theft and upon arrival, Newton police spoke with Starkes who said she didn’t know why she was going to take the items but they were cute. Starkes told officers she had the money to pay for the items but did not, and she bought other items prior to leaving. Walmart employees have video of Starkes exiting the store with the items that totaled $43.70. Starkes was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Michael T. Ruple, 50, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse at 7:42 p.m. Nov. 13 in the 700 block of North 10th Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call for a possible domestic abuse. It was reported the victim had been choked. Upon arrival Newton police spoke with the victim who said she had been asleep in bed when Ruple came into the room and started arguing about the thermostat and heat in the house. The victim stated Ruple got angry and allegedly got into bed on top of her and grabbed her neck. Newton police said the victim had redness on her neck consistent with being choked and the victim said Ruple applied enough pressure she was struggling to breathe. Ruple admitted the argument got heated and he had grabbed the victim. Ruple was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Ashley M. Allison, 24, of Newton, was charged with driving with a suspended license at 10:16 p.m. Nov. 16 in the 1700 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers saw Allison driving a vehicle with the drivers side brake light not working. Newton police conducted a traffic stop in the 1700 block of First Avenue East in a marked patrol car. Officers spoke with Allison who told police she did not have a license and was just going to the store. Newton police took Allison’s ID and ran it through dispatch who said Allison was suspended with five withdrawals in effect. Allison was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Karen R. McMillen, 74, of Newton, was arrested at 2:20 p.m. Nov. 14 in the 1100 block of First Avenue East on a Poweshiek County warrant for failure to appear and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Mynor Abdias Escobar, 29, of Des Moines, was charged with driving with a suspended license at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the 300 block of South Eighth Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were on an active patrol when Newton police noticed a vehicle with no drive side taillight. Newton police turned around and initiated their emergency lights to attempt to make a traffic stop. Newton police were able to stop the vehicle and identify the driver as Escobar. Officers received Escobar’s passport and registration for the vehicle and went back to their patrol car and ran the name and date of birth through NCIC and it showed that Escobar’s license was suspended with four withdraws in effect. Newton police asked Escobar if he had a valid driver’s license and he did not. Escobar was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Brittney A. Johnson, 24, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse at 9:11 p.m. Nov. 14 in the 900 block of West Third Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call where Errick D. Almanzalopez, 32, of Newton, who was also charged with domestic abuse, called and said a meth head was trying to choke him out. Upon arrival, Newton police spoke with both parties and both parties had injuries. Both parties had inconsistent stories. Johnson said Almanzalopez came home and called her a junkie and he wouldn’t pay for her drug rehabilitation. Johnson then stated Almanzalopez came at her in a angry manner and while Johnson was defending herself, she hit Almanzalopez in the face. Almanzalopez told Newton police Johnson was attacking him and in the process got hit in the face. Johnson did tell police she may have hit Almanzalopez in the face while defending herself. Newton police were unable to identify who the primary aggressor was and both had injuries. Johnson had injuries on her head and her left breast and Almanzalopez had a cut on his left ring finger. Due to inconsistent stories Johnson and Almanzalopez were both arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.