Newton Police Department
• Marlin D. Homier, 37, of Newton, was charged with operating while under the influence first offense and possession of controlled substance and Eboni A. Garrett, 29, of Newton, was charged with possession of controlled substance marijuana at 2:24 a.m. Sept. 21 in the 300 block of Highway 14 South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were conducting a routine patrol and observed a vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, radar returned a speed of 58 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. A traffic stop was initiated. Newton police exited its marked patrol car and made contact with occupants of the vehicle. An odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. Officers had the occupants exit the vehicle while a search was conducted. Newton police found the remains of burned marijuana cigarettes on the front passenger seat and a green leafy substance on the passenger floorboard. The driver was identified as Homier and the front passenger was identified as Garrett. She admitted they purchased and consumed marijuana that night. Homier was arrested and transported to the NPD where he completed sobriety testing. He smelled of marijuana and alcohol. He admitted to drinking a couple beers. He had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and swayed while standing. He completed sobriety testing was determined to be impaired. His preliminary breath test indicated a BrAC of .103. A test was submitted to the datamaster which indicated a BrAC of .085. Garrett was placed under arrest and told officers she had marijuana concealed on her person as officers searched her. A clear plastic bag with a green leafy substance was found inside the front of Garrett’s pants. The substance was weighed at .6 grams and field tested positive for marijuana. Homier and Garrett were cited and released to appear in court.
• Roxanne R. Vandersvelde, 58, of Newton, was charged with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness at 11:20 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 200 block of Second Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called to the front of the Viet-Thai Taste restaurant on a report of an assault. Officers determined that Vandersvelde did intentionally physically assault the victim, causing injury to the victim’s right arm, right leg and back. She was arrested and taken to the jail.
• Kylie J. Doran, 18, of Newton, was charged with violation of no contact/protective order at 5:56 p.m. Sept. 24 in the 400 block of North Second Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference of a violation of a no contact order. Officers met with the protected party of the advised Doran was sitting outside the apartment complex. Doran admitted to being at the apartment getting property. She had been served a no contact order and was to take law enforcement to retrieve property. Doran took the property to another residence, still in violation. The protected party had video of Doran walking away from the residence. The order states Doran is not to be within eight blocks of the complex, with the other residence being within that radius. She was arrested and taken to jail.
• Joseph E. Blubaugh, 33, of Pleasant Hill, was charged with operating while under the influence first offense at 2:18 a.m. Sept. 17 in the 100 block of East Seventh Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers observed a vehicle with an inoperable brake driver’s side brake light and rear plate lamp. Police made contact with the driver, identified as Blubaugh, and observed he strongly of alcohol with red, watery eyes. Officers conducted field sobriety tests and determined him to be impaired. Blubaugh refused to offer a sample for a preliminary breath test. He was placed under arrest and consented to a data master breath test which indicated a BrAC of .119. He was taken to jail.
• Nathan E. Stewart, 20, of Newton, was charged with driving while barred at 6:37 p.m. Sept. 19 in the 700 block of East 10th Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were conducting a routine patrol in the 1000 block of South Eighth Avenue East when they observed a vehicle traveling westbound without a front license plate. A traffic was initiated in the 700 block of East 10th Street South. Officers made contact with the driver, identified as Stewart, and advised him of the reason for the stop. Police requested his license, registration and proof of insurance. Stewart provided a Iowa Drivers License but advised he believed his driving status was suspended. After running his information through the system, his status returned as barred for habitual offender effective through April 2022. Stewart was arrested and taken to jail.