October 18, 2021

Police Blotter March 5, 2021

Newton Police Department

• Julie A. Burr, 54, of Newton, was charged with operating under the influence at 2:11 a.m. Feb. 27 in the 300 block of First Street South. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were on active patrol traveling westbound in the 200 block of Second Avenue East in Newton. Police noticed a vehicle slow roll through a stop sign and initiated a traffic stop. Officers made contact with the driver, identified as Burr. Police noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. burr submitted to field sobriety tests and failed two and was unable to complete the third. Burr admitted to smoking marijuana and taking a pill prescribed to her by her doctor. For one of the prescriptions, she is supposed to limit her alcohol use. Burr submitted to a preliminary breath test which indicated a BrAC of .61. She also provided a sample to the datamaster which indicated a BrAC of .054. A DRE determined she was under the influence of only alcohol. She was cited and released.

• Jill M. Guzman, 51, of Marshalltown, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 3:42 p.m. Feb. 27 in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, Guzman was observed placing three pairs of jeans and a knife in her purse by Walmart employees. She was then seen placing the items in Walmart bags and attempted to leave the general merchandise area. Guzman was stopped by an employee and law enforcement was contacted. Guzman was read her Miranda rights by Newton police. She admitted to concealing the items with the intent to leave without paying for them. The property was valued at $66.05. Guzman was cited and released.

• Donald L. Knox, 48, of Newton, Westville, Ind., was charged with operating under the influence in the 800 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were on active patrol when a vehicle traveling eastbound passed them with a non-functioning license plate light. Police initiated a traffic stop and activated emergency lights. The driver, later identified as Knox, drifted the car into the westbound lane while still traveling eastbound. The driver pulled the car over, striking the curb. Officers spoke to Knox and noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. He submitted to a standard field sobriety test and failed all three. He gave a sample for a preliminary breath test which indicated a BrAC to be .13. Knox also submitted a sample to the datamaster which indicated a BrAC of .115. He was cited and released.

• Jason T. Purtilo, 37, of Newton was charged with trespass at 8:26 p.m. Feb. 25 in the 1500 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, Purtillo was located in the can storage container behind the Hy-Vee building, which is store property. He was located by employees and therefore was witnessed on property and in the container. Purtilo had been previously trespassed from the property Feb. 22. He was cited March 4 and released.