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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Oct. 30, 2020

Newton Police
Department

• Jeffery K. Clark, 33, of Newton, was charged with domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood flow causing bodily injury at 2:27 a.m. Oct. 23 in the 300 block of West Eighth Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched for a report of a domestic assault. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim who stated Clark had placed his hand over her mouth and pinched her airway until she was unable to breathe. The victim also said she was knocked to the ground and had injuries to her face and neck. Officers observed injuries on the victim’s neck, shoulders and the left side of the face. A minor child was present during the assault. Without being asked, the child made statements to officers about an assault that support the victim’s statements. Clark was arrested and taken to jail. A no contact order was requested by the victim.

• Angela L. Gaston, 42, of Newton, was charged with first-degree harassment at 7:06 p.m. Oct. 19 in the 200 block of East 28th Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched to an apartment building in reference to a harassment. Upon arrival, the victim told police Gaston had left mail in the office drop off mailbox. The had expletive language written on it threatening harm to the victim. The victim had also received a voicemail on the work phone using more expletive language and threatening to slit the victim’s throat. The victim was afraid of Gaston and believes she will act on her threats. The victim describe the Gaston as “a very angry and scary person.” Gaston was taken into custody on Oct. 21. A no contact order was requested by the victim.

• Melody S. Ryther, 58, of Newton was charged with trespass first offense at 2:54 a.m. Oct. 24 in the 1800 block of South 12th Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, Ryther went to the Newton 66 after being trespassed from the property. She was cited and released.

• Dylan J. Kelso, 22, of Newton, was charged with simple assault at 4:18 a.m. Oct. 20 in the 1800 block of South 12th Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to an altercation at Newton 66. Officer were able to speak to both parties involved and review video showing the parking lot, where the incident took place. The video showed Kelso shove the victim to the ground then grab her from behind and drag her across the parking lot to the curb. He was cited and released to appear in court.

• Nathan D. Martin, 31, of Newton, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 3:39 p.m. Oct. 23 in the 1500 block of North 11th Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers arrived at residence on North 11th Avenue East to look for Martin who has an outstanding warrant of a parole violation from the Department of Corrections. Police located Martin inside the residence and placed him custody. He was patted down for weapons before being transported to the Jasper County Jail. At the jail, Martin notified staff he had drug paraphernalia in his back pocket. Inside a black zipper pouch were two syringe needles, two spoons and Q-tips. He also had a vile of Naloxone (NARCAN) in his possession.

• Dakota R. Andersen, of Kellogg, was charged with operating while under the influence first offense at 11:28 p.m. Oct. 26 in the 100 block of East Fourth Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers on active patrol in the 100 block of First Street South when they noticed a truck that was traveling eastbound on First Avenue East when officers noticed what appeared to be a non-functioning third brake light. Police initiated a traffic stop in the 100 block of East Fourth Street South. Officers made contact with the driver, identified at Andersen. While speaking to him, officers notices an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Andersen eventually submitted to a standardized field sobriety test where he failed two of the three tests. Andersen submitted to a preliminary breath test which returned a BrAC of above .08. Andersen refused to submit a sample to the datamaster. Officers continued interviewing Andersen who admitted to driving after having one beer. He was cited and released to appear in court.

• Ceyda Bayram, 18, of Newton was charged with fifth-degree theft at 2:36 p.m. Oct. 24 in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched to Walmart on a report of a female shoplifter. Loss prevention observed Bayram in the hair dye aisle with a backpack. She was seen selecting two boxes of hair dye and leaving the aisle. She was then observed concealing the two items in her purse. Bayram passed all operating registers and made no attempt to pay for the concealed merchandise. Bayram was stopped and taken to the office. Loss prevention located more merchandise on Bayram that had not been paid for. Total value was $50.65. She was cited and released.

• Riley A. Hodge, 29, of Newton was arrested at 11:05 a.m. Oct. 22 in the 100 block of North Second Avenue East on a Jasper County warrant for violation of probation on original charge of sex offender area/activity violation. He was taken to jail.

• Kyle Chance, 36, of Newton, was arrested at 11:12 a.m. Oct. 28 in the 100 block of North Second Avenue East on a Jasper County warrant for probation violation original charge was forgery and a Newton Police Department warrant for domestic assault. He was taken to jail.  

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