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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Feb. 12, 2020

Newton Police Department

• Alexander J. Deboef, 27, of Mitchellville, was charged with driving while license denied or revoked at 9:14 p.m. Feb. 4 in the 700 block of North Sixth Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers initiated a traffic stop on a black 2015 Dodge Ram and the registered owner, Deboef, showed a driver’s license status of revoked for an OWI test failure. Deboef was issued a citation and given a court date.

• William L. Cupples, 52, of Newton, was charged with second-degree theft at 10:35 p.m. Feb. 4 in the 1300 block of South Sixth Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were conducting a routine patrol when they observed a vehicle traveling without registration plates and a non-functioning third brake light. Officers made contact with the driver, Ashley Reed, who was issued a citation for no driver’s license and explained the reason for the stop. Officers requested Reed’s driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Reed provided her identification card and the vehicle title and told police she was purchasing the vehicle from Cupples. Officers saw Cupples had signed the title under purchaser. Police ran the vehicle and found that it was stolen from Ankeny Police Department. Ankeny PD requested Newton police file a second-degree theft charge of stolen properly on Cupples. Officers made contact with Cupples who said he purchased the vehicle and did not know it was stolen. Cupples was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Kristen A. Peters, 28, of Newton, was charged with public intoxication at 3:39 p.m. Jan. 30 in the 1100 block of South Fifth Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched to a call of an intoxicated female exposing herself. Newton police arrived and spoke with Peters and they could smell a strong odor of alcohol, noticed her speech was slurred, she was incoherent at times, unsteady on her feet and had difficulty walking. Peters failed sobriety tests and declined a declined a breath test. Peters was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Justene N. Barton, 32, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft from an incident that occurred at 3:48 p.m. Jan. 2 in the 200 block of South Eighth Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched to Newton Health Care Center for the theft of a Culver’s gift card the victim had received for Christmas. A few days later the victim could not find the gift card. Barton is an employee at the Newton Health Care Center and she allegedly stole the gift card from the victim’s room and used the gift card at Culvers in Waukee on Dec. 31. Barton was cited and released.

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