June 20, 2021

Police Blotter Feb. 23, 2021

Newton Police Department

• Justin M. Mowery, 31, of Ames, was charged with driving while barred and failure to stop at 7:40 p.m. Feb. 20. According to the Newton Police Department, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of East Fourth Street South and South Eighth Avenue East. Police identified Mowery as the driver and his driving status was revealed to be barred. Mowery admitted to being arrested the week before for driving while barred in a different county. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Maribel M. Bonilla, 35, of Newton, was charged with operating under the influence, second offense, at 11:52 p.m. Feb. 6 in the 700 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were on active patrol when they saw a vehicle with what appeared to be a nonfunctioning third brake light. Newton police conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Bonilla. Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Bonilla admitted to having two beers that night and submitted to standard field sobriety tests. She failed two of the three tests. She also submitted a sample for the preliminary breath test which indicated a BrAC above .08. Bonilla submitted a sample to the datamaster which indicated a BrAC of .110. The defendant was charged in 2012 for an OWI. She was cited and released.

• Hannah M. St John, 22, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 12:10 p.m. Feb. 6 in the 100 block of West Second Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, St John was observed in Earthwise Pet Supply on a security camera concealing a $20 dog toy in the front portion of her coat and leaving the store, passing all points of sale, displaying no intention to pay for the item. She was cited and released.

• William J. Loveland, 43, of Newton, was charged with violation of a no contact order at 8 a.m. Feb. 5 in the 1700 block of West Fourth Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, Loveland texted and called the protected party, which is in violation of the no contact order, issued Feb. 2. He admitted to Newton police that he called the victim. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Dennis M. Sharkey, 56, of Des Moines, was charged with operating under the influence, second offense, at 4:45 a.m. Feb. 4 at Interstate 80 exit 164. According to the Newton Police Department, Jasper County Dispatch received a driving complaint of a vehicle traveling on Interstate 80 toward Newton that could not maintain lane position and was driving slowly. Police located the vehicle exiting at the east bound 164 exit. A traffic stop was conducted for the erratic driving complaint and officers spoke to the sole occupant of the vehicle, Sharkey. He smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was lethargic. Sharkey admitted to drinking three beers. He completed field sobriety testing and was determined to be impaired. A preliminary breath test was provided and indicated an BrAC of .172. The defendant refused to provide a sample to the datamaster. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Gregory A. Mitchell, 26, of Newton was charged with violation of no contact order at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in the 1700 block of West Fourth Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, Mitchell instructed a witness to make contact with the victim to tell the victim they were not allowed to touch his property. Mitchell also told the witness to tell the victim to watch their back and that someone would be taking care of them. The no contact order stated Mitchell shall not communicate with the victim, including using a third party. He was arrested and taken to jail.

• Ashely N. Peercy, 27, of Newton, was charged with domestic assault causing injury at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 3 in the 1700 block of West Fourth Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, the victim reported that Peercy began punching and scratching him in the head and face while the victim was trying to gather clothes for work. During the altercation, the victim admitted to getting his belongings away from Peercy because she allegedly was trying to light his things on fire. After the altercation, the victim left, went to work and called the police. Officers view a photo with visible injuries on the victim’s face, with scratches on his forehead and into his hairline, a small cut on his right temple and a cut on the inside of his mouth on the right cheek. Both parties openly admit to being in an altercation but Peercy said she did not cause injury to the victim. Peercy was arrested and taken to jail.

• Anthony Gordon, 46, of Newton, was charged with domestic assault causing injury at 10:49 p.m. Feb. 2 in the 600 block of East Seventh 1/2 Street Street North. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were called on a report of a domestic fight involving a broken window. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim who had been in an argument with Gordon. The victim said during the argument, Gordon broke a window to the back door of their home. The argument continued and Gordon followed the victim into the bathroom of the home, rushed at her and placed his hands around her neck. The assault resulted in an abrasion to the right side of the victim’s neck. Gordon was arrested and taken to jail.

• Melody S. Ryther, 59, of Newton, was charged with trespass at 9:23 p.m. Feb. 2 in the 700 block of North Second Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to an unwanted guest in the hallway yelling. Officers met with Ryther inside the building, undressing herself and yelling at a tenant. Ryther said she was at the residence to get her bag and became upset when the resident called her names. She knowingly entered the property after being notified not to return by Newton police on behalf of the landlord Feb. 1. Ryther was arrested and taken to jail.

• Shane R. Borrego, 33, of Newton, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 7:34 p.m. Jan. 31 in the 1000 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, Borrego contacted law enforcement after being accused of shoplifting from Casey’s. He consented to a search of his person and a small glass methamphetamine pipe having cloudy residue and burn markings was found in his right pants pocket. Borrego also possessed a light and small plastic baggie in his coat pocket. He was cited and released.