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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter July 20, 2020

Newton Police Department

• Ibrahim Camara, 19, of Newton, was charged with controlled substance violation and failure to affix drug stamp at 12:33 a.m. July 14 in the 1800 block of West Fourth Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were on a routine patrol when they saw a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. Officers pulled behind the vehicle and observed the vehicle did not have registration plates. Officers initiated a traffic stop and exited their marked patrol car and approached the vehicle. Officers made contact with Camara and told him the reason for the stop. Officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Camara admitted to having marijuana inside of the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located a brown leather case on the front passenger floor board. Officers located three clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance, consistent with marijuana, a scale, a cardboard box containing $51 in US currency and a blue Hyde electronic cigarette case. Camara was advised of his Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with officers. Camara denied selling marijuana at first but then advised he sold small amounts to his friends. Officers weighed and field tested the green leafy substance. The substance field tested positive for marijuana and had a total weight of 47.7 grams. Camara was not in possession of the appropriate stamp and no stamp was affixed to the marijuana packaging. Camara was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• John P. Payne, 32, of Newton, was charged with violation of a no-contact order and domestic abuse at 8:01 p.m. July 14 in the 1400 block of North 11th Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call in reference to a no contact order. Officers contacted the reporting party by telephone. The victim inquired whether there was an active no contact order in place between herself and Payne. Officers requested Jasper County Dispatch check for a valid no contact order between the victim and Payne and they said there was a valid no-contact order and was still valid. Officers obtained a copy of the valid no-contact order and the no contact order stated that the victim is the protected party and the defendant is Payne. While speaking with the victim about the no-contact order violation, she said she had been assaulted by Payne at 12:30 a.m. July 12. The victim said she had sustained a black eye and had marks on her thigh from the assault. Officers made contact with the victim and observed the victim having purple bruising below her right eye and a purple bruise on her upper right thigh. The victim said Payne and herself had gotten into a verbal altercation about the stairway light when Payne pushed the victim to the ground and kicked her in the right hip. The victim then said that Payne grabbed her and threw his cell phone at her hitting her in the right cheek bone. Officers determined the bruises were consistent with the victim's statement. Payne was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

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