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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Oct. 16, 2020

Newton Police

Department

• Dalton J. Dupee, 21, of Newton, was charged with first-degree harassment at 3:35 p.m. Oct. 8 in the 1500 block of North 11th Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched regarding a harassing message. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim who said the messages were over a female. The victim said the message stating to stay away from his girlfriend and he was going to shoot and aim to kill. The message also threatened the victim’s family would be “putting him in a grave.” Police made contact with Dupree who admitted to sending the threatening messages. He said he was heated at the time and did not think prior to sending the messages. He was cited and released to appear in court.

• Hannah N. Long-Stevens, 18, of Newton, was charged with third-degree harassment at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the 1000 block of East 19th Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, Long-Stevens sent a harassing message to a victim via Snapchat. The message threatened to make the victim cry when they were alone, using expletives. Long-Stevens admitted to sending the message and understood the message was intimidating and was a mistake. She was cited and released to appear.

• Roxanne R. Vandersvelde, 58, of Newton, was charged with violation of no contact order at 12:18 p.m. Oct. 2 near East Fourth Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were notified of a violation of a no contact order. Police spoke to both Vandersvelde and the protected party. They both advised the other was yelling and “flipping them off” from their vehicles near the intersection of East Fourth Street North and North Second Avenue East. Vandersvelde admitted to being in the area which is within in the 8 block radius the no contact order indicates. The protected party told officers Vandersvelde came to the victim’s house to point and laugh at them. Vandersvelde first admitted to being “a couple blocks” from the protected party’s home. She later said she was “4-5 blocks away” from the residence. Both admissions fall within the radius of the protective order. She was arrested and taken to jail.

• William J. Gragg, 48, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree fraudulent practice at 1:50 p.m. Oct. 3 in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, Gragg was seen by security staff at Walmart switching price tags on a pair of shoes. He removed a lower priced bar code of $9.98 and placed it on a pair of shoes priced at $28.75. Greg proceeded to the self checkout station and used the fraudulent bar code to obtain the higher valued Gragg. He was approached and apprehended by security staff who detained him until police arrived. Gragg was advised of his Miranda rights after which he admitted to swapping the tags on the shoes. He was cited and released to appear in court.

• Edward P. Bunch, 47, of Garner, was charged with operating vehicle without owner’s consent at 12:16 p.m. Sept. 29 in the 1500 block of North 11th Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to a man operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim and owner of the vehicle who told officers that Bunch had gotten into a verbal altercation with her and left in the car without permission. The victim made several attempts to contact Bunch to get the vehicle back without success. A warrant was requested for Bunch for the charges.

• Taggart L. Stanley, 30, of Newton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia at 4:06 a.m. Oct. 4 in the 1000 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, Stanley was being taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for six counts of third-degree theft. Officers conducted a search of her person which located a folded up dollar bill in his front pants pocket. He told police he forgot it was there and that it contained methamphetamine. Upon unfolding the money, a white crystalline substance was found. Officers also found two syringes in his pocket. he was arrested and taken to jail.

• Joseph A. Conkling, 43, of Newton was charged with willful injury causing bodily injury at 11:33 p.m. Oct. 2 in the 600 block of East 10th Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to a fight. After field investigation, it was revealed that Conkling had hit the victim in the head with an aluminum bat and then used a letter opener to stab and cut the victim’s arm. Officers viewed a large knot on the back of the victim’s head and his arm was bleeding from puncture wounds. The victim refused to be transferred to the hospital, against the effort of the Newton ambulance crew. There was further fighting between Conkling and the victim, and Conkling had injuries to his facial area from being punched by the victim after he had struck him with the bat and stabbed. The victim stated the blow with the bat knocked him to his knees, and Conkling came up behind him with no right to do so. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Jason T. Purtilo, 37, homeless, was charged with consumption in public places intoxication at 10:17 p.m. Oct. 7 in the 500 block of South Fifth Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Newton Christian Reformed Church in reference to two males in the breezeway. Officers were advised that one male appeared to be holding a can of alcohol. Upon arrival, officers observed a male, identified as Purtilo, sitting in the breezeway. Officers made contact with Purtilo and observed he had bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of alcohol on his person. He had slow, slurred speech and mumbled as he spoke to police. Officers escorted him to the front of their patrol car and asked Purtilo how much he had to drink to which he responded that he needed help. Officers requested a breath sample for a preliminary breath test. Purtilo provided a sample which indicated a .364 breath alcohol level. Officers located an open 23.5 ounce can of Four Loko Apple Alcohol. He was placed under arrest and advised of his right to a chemical test at his expense. Purtilo refused to answer whether he wanted to test or not and the lack of answer was considered waiving his right. He was cited and released.

• Benjamin T. Gordon, 44, of Newton, was charged with domestic assault first offense at 6:36 p.m. Oct. 7 in the 400 block of South Fifth Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who advised Gordon threw magazines at the victim, striking her in the midsection. The victim was recording Gordon when he attempted to grab to cell phone by grabbing the victim’s arm. Officers were shown the video where they could clearly see Gordon throwing magazines at the victim, who had no visible injuries. He was taken into custody and a no contact order was requested by the victim. At approximately 6:53 a.m. Oct. 9, officers were dispatched on a report of a no contact order violation. It was reported Gordon had violated the no contact order by showing up at the residence of the protected party. Upon arrival, officers observed Gordon in the area of the residence and he admitted to being in the alley next to the home. He was arrested and additionally charged with contempt — violation of a no contact order. He was taken to jail.

• Drew C. Sokol, 28, of Newton, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 9 in the 100 block of East Fifth Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a male individual in the hallway of the apartment complex who was identified as Sokol. After running his information through dispatch, he was placed under arrest on a Cerro Gordo county warrant for contempt of court and taken to the Jasper County Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, staff uncovered a glass meth pipe from Sokol’s person.

• Agnes N. Dweh, 40, of Des Moines was charged with trespassing first offense at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the 1400 block of North Sixth Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to a trespass. The victim advised police Dweh had been advised to not come back to the residence and she drove into the driveway and came up to the front door. Dweh was warned May 19 not to return to the residence. Photos from the incident in May match the vehicle driven by Dweh Oct. 1. The victim and another family member saw the female on their property and could identify her as Dweh. Another witness also observed the vehicle in the photo pull into the driveway, saw a female exit the vehicle, walk to the door, then walk back to the vehicle and leave. The witness account matched was the reporting party and family member advised happened. Dweh was cited and released to appear in court.

• Randi L. Hamilton, 38, of Newton, was arrested in the 1100 block of East Eighth Street North on two Jasper County warrants for violation of probation on original charges of three counts of third-degree burglary and possession contraband in a correctional institution. She was taken to jail.

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