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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Jan. 22, 2020

Newton Police Department

• Amy L. Trostel, 38, of Newton, was charged with operating while under the influence at 12:24 a.m. Jan. 19 in the 300 block of East Fourth Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call for an accident where a car had hit a light pole. When they arrived, they made contact with Trostel. Newton police asked Trostel what happened and she said she was unsure of where she was. Officers could smell the odor of alcohol coming from her. Trostel submitted to field sobriety tests and eventually a preliminary breath test. She had a BAC of .125. Trostel also received citations and was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Ellen E. Howell, 72, of Newton, and Carrie L. Carr, 64, of Newton, were charged with disorderly conduct at 8:44 p.m. Jan. 9 in the 300 block of First Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call for an unwanted guest at the VFW. Newton police made contact with Howell who said during a game of bingo Carr was talking loudly and using profanity. Howell told Newton police she approached Carr who then pushed her. Howell said she had witnesses to the incident. Officers spoke with Carr who said she was playing bingo and speaking with a friend when Howell yelled at her from across the room. Carr said Howell then approached her and put her hand in Carr’s face making physical contact with her nose. Carr denied pushing Howell and Carr provided Newton police with a witness to the incident. Both Carr and Howell were cited and released.

• Christine E. Grassley, 35, of Newton, was charged with operating while under the influence at 1:34 a.m. Jan. 20 in the 100 block of South Fifth Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were actively patrolling when they noticed a vehicle traveling southbound on First Street South with a white light showing to the rear of the vehicle. Officers initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Grassley, who submitted to field sobriety tests and failed them. She also submitted to a preliminary breath test and data master which saw her BAC at .235. Grassley was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

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