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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Oct. 23, 2020

Newton Police
Department

• Benny Kirichuk, 47, of Newton, was charged the domestic abuse assault at 5:58 p.m. Oct. 16 in the 1300 block of West 16th Street South. According to the Newton Police Depart, officers were dispatched in reference to a domestic fight. Upon arrival, police made contact with the victim who stated she had been outside the apartment building checking on a friend when Kirichuk came up to her and hit her on the right side of the back of the head. The victim said she had a lump on the back of her as a result of the hit. Officers inspected the back of the victim’s head but were unable to see a lump. Kirichuk had fled the scene before officers arrived. Police spoke to a witness who stated seeing Kirichuk strike the victim on the side of the head. The victim requested a no contact order against Kirichuk. He has three prior convictions for domestic abuse assault, the first two on July 31, 2019 and the third on Dec. 15, 2019. Kirichuk was arrested Oct. 17 and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• Renee S. Tedrow, 52, of Newton, was charged with driving while barred at 12:06 a.m. Oct. 17 in the 200 block of East Fifth Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were on active patrol in the 1300 block of South 12th Avenue West when they ran a plate through the NCIC. The registered owner was listed as Tedrow and showed she had a barred status. Officers caught up with her in the 200 block of East Fifth Street South and initiated a traffic stop. Her driving status was confirmed by her social security number. Tedrow was taken into custody.

• Benjamin M. Phillips, 42, of Newton, was charged with driving while barred at 6:07 p.m. Oct. 18 in the 100 block of East Fourth Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers observed Phillips driving south on East Fourth Street South and performed a traffic stop for failure to display registration plates. Phillips identified himself by first and last name and birth date but did not have a drivers license. Officers ran his information through NCIC which showed his driving status as barred. Dispatch verified his status. Phillips admitted he had been given paperwork notifying him of his barred status but was unsure if his status was still barred because he was working on getting the fines handled. He told officers he had recently purchased the vehicle and did not have plates yet. The seller of the vehicle was contacted and confirmed the vehicle had recently been sold to Phillips. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Jason T. Purtillo, 37, homeless, was charged with trespassing at 7:13 p.m. Oct. 17 in the 1300 block of West Fourth Street South and cited for trespassing at 12:31 p.m. Oct. 14. According to the Newton Police Department, Purtillo was served in person that he was banned from Casey’s by the manager of the store. On Oct. 14, Purtillo had been at the property at least eight times and was asked to leave before calling the NPD. He was cited and released. On Oct. 17, officers were called in reference to a trespass by Purtillo. En-route to the location, officers spotted Purtillo in the 800 block of West Fourth Street South. Witness statements from the resident of the residence stated they were alerted to someone on the property by their dog. They then found Purtillo standing on their front porch. Purtillo was warned on Oct. 11 not to return to the property. He was cited and released.

• Angela L. Gaston, 42, of Newton, was arrested at 6:06 p.m. Oct. 20 in the 400 block of North Second Avenue East on a Jasper County warrant for failure to appear on a neglect or abandonment of dependent person charge. She was taken to jail.

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