• Lauren A. Neal, 35, of Newton, was charged with driving while barred at 9:25 a.m. Jan. 10 on North 10th Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, Neal was stopped for a domestic disturbance complaint. Neal openly admitted she did not have a valid license and she thought it was suspended for non payment of fines. Neal was cited and released.
• Shea H. Bucklin, 22, of Newton, was charged with trespassing from an incident that occurred at 1:58 p.m. Dec. 26 at Walmart. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to Walmart for a report of a shoplifter. Officers spoke with the loss prevention employee and Bucklin was identified. She admitted to shoplifting and was arrested. At 7:31 p.m. Dec. 26 Walmart loss prevention contacted Newton police regarding a trespass order for Bucklin. Bucklin had previously been caught shoplifting from Walmart and signed a trespass warning on Sept. 26 2017. Bucklin was cited and released.
• Megan M. Reese, 29, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft from incidents that occurred between January 2017 and May 2019. According to the Newton Police Department, Reese was the store manager of CATO between January 2017 and May 2019 and during that time she openly admitted to removing tags from the new/undamaged store merchandise, processing that merchandise as damaged in the store computer, rendering it worthless when it was, in fact, not damaged. According to Newton police, Reese would then take some of the items of her choosing home without paying for them. Reese admitted to taking home several “damaged” items with her during this time period. The only items the store computer had record of were 10 knit tops totaling $199. Reese was cited and released.
• Lucas. J. Kendall, 36, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft from an incident at 4:28 p.m. Nov. 25, 2019. According to the Newton Police Department, officer responded to a call from library staff identifying Kendall as the individual who had concealed a “Rock Chronicles” paperback book inside of his backpack and then attempted to leave. The book was equipped with an anti-theft strip which set off the alarm. Kendall was asked to open his backpack, which he did, and staff obtained the book which had Newton Library identifiers. Kendall also had a previous FTA warrant. He would not return phone calls or answer his apartment door and a warrant was requested. Kendall was picked up on the warrant at 12:51 a.m. Jan. 10 in the 1800 block of First Avenue East and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Brooklyn E. Mallicoat, 20, Newton, was arrested at 5:35 a.m. Jan. 10 in the 2300 block of First Avenue East on a Jasper County warrant for fifth-degree theft and taken to the Jasper County Jail.