April 17, 2021

Police Blotter Jan. 27, 2020

Newton Police Department

• Romell L. Cochran, 32, of Newton, was charged with operating under the influence at 10:06 p.m. Jan. 16 in the 800 block of East Sixth Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were on active patrol when they viewed a vehicle traveling westbound on North Sixth Avenue East with a non-functioning side brake light. Police initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Cochran. Officers noted he had slurred speech, watery eyes and slight odor of alcohol coming from his person. Cochran admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in day. He agreed to standard field sobriety testing and failed all three tests. He submitted a sample for the preliminary breath test which revealed a BrAC of .094. Cochran also had an active warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while license suspended. He was taken to jail.

• Logan J. Owens, 22, of State Center, was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drug and possession of drug paraphernalia at 5:16 p.m. Jan. 14 in the 300 block of East Eighth Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to an unwanted guest. Upon arrival, police were allowed into the residence and were advised that Owens was in an upstairs bedroom. Dispatch advised officer Owens had an active warrant for his arrest on a Jasper County probation violation for the original second-degree burglary charge. Police made contact with Owens and placed him under arrest. When officers searched his person, they found three unloaded needles and a pipe in Owens’ left pants pocket. He was again search at the Jasper County Jail where he was in possession of a pill labeled “215” and was determined to be gabapentin 300mg. It is not a scheduled drug but is available by prescription only. Owens admitted he did not have a prescription for the drug. He was taken to jail.

• John M. Yoder, 63, of Newton, was charged with possession of controlled substance second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and second offense trespass at 6:31 a.m. Jan. 14 in the 700 block of East Fourth Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, Yoder was found in the basement of a stranger’s home. The reporting party told officers he fled on foot after being confronted. The reporting party also found syringes in the home after Yoder left. Officers located him three blocks from the residence and admitted to being at the location. A pat down of Yoder revealed syringes, a pipe and a crystal-like powder substance. Yoder admitted the substance was methamphetamine and he used the paraphernalia items to ingest the drug. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Jennifer J. Kraninger, 49, of Ira, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 12:14 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 1800 block of South 12th Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched to Newton 66 for an employee theft. Kraninger was seen on camera drinking pop, eating food and taking merchandise without paying in a month time frame. She admitted to the theft when confronted by managers. Total dollar amount lost was $54.67. Kraninger was cited Jan. 1 and released.

• Penny S. Cowman, 51, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 7 in the 1800 block of South 12th Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called to the Newton 66 for a report of a theft. Cowman entered the store and looked at two packages of pocket knives from the display shelves. She put one back but concealed the other package of knives in her purse. Cowman selected other items and paid for them and left the store, but never paid for the knife in her purse. The cost of the knife is $12.99. She was cited Jan. 5 and released.

• Stanley L. Brown, 25, of Newton, was charged with first-degree harassment at 8:39 p.m. Jan. 6 in the 1100 block of First Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called because Brown had threatened to kill the victim. Police had been to the residence to settle an argument about 30 minutes prior. Officers spoke to Brown who said the argument has started again and he had threatened to kill the victim and the victim’s children. The victim requested a no contact order. Brown was arrested and taken to jail.

• Kevin A. Pilcher, 31, of Ottumwa, was charged with second offense operation under the influence and driving while barred at 1:20 a.m. Jan. 6 in near the intersection of West Third Street South and South Fifth Avenue West. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched on a report of an unwanted guest in the 1800 block of South Seventh Avenue East. As police were responding, the reporting party advised the intoxicated male had left in a vehicle. The reporting part described the vehicle and police located it and performed a traffic stop near the intersection of West Third Street South and South Fifth Avenue West. Officers made contact with the driver, who was identified as Pilcher. He told officers he was headed to a hotel and knew his license was barred. Officers could smell an odor of alcohol coming from his person and there were alcohol containers in the vehicle. Pitcher admitted to drinking alcohol before driving. He had bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed two of the three standard filed sobriety tests. He refused to provide a sample for the preliminary breath test and datamaster. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Kasie S. Lamb, 38, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called Walmart in reference to a shoplifting incident. Upon arrival, officers met with Walmart asset protection who advised a female, identified as Lamb, has been caught tag swapping merchandise at the self-checkout. The tag swapping would have cost Walmart a loss of $181 if the defendant had gotten away with the act. Police advised Lamb of her miranda rights and agreed to speak to officers. She admitted to scanning items of lesser value for items of greater value. The defendant did not give a reason for the act. She was cited and released.

• Melody S. Ryther, 59, of Newton, was charged with trespassing at 4:12 p.m. Jan. 7 in the 500 block of North Third Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, Ryther was knocking on the door of the residence and had been previously trespassed from the address on June 7. She was cited and released.