September 27, 2022

Newton Police Department

Police Blotter

• Eric M. Pender, 30, of Newton, is charged with fifth degree theft for an incident at 8:58 p.m. April 18 at 1501 First Ave. E. Pender was seen on video grabbing a six-pack of Mountain Dew from the front entryway of a store before leaving. The receipt from the transaction inside the store did not have the purchase logged. He was then seen getting into a silver Chrysler van and leaving. He was taken into custody Aug. 21 at 801 First Ave. W.

• Kevin W. Hood, 37, of Newton, is charged with possession of controlled substance — marijuana and drug paraphernalia during an incident at 9:37 p.m. Aug. 18 on West Fourth Street South. The Newton Police Department was called to 305 N. 19th Ave. W. on a possible fight. They were then dispatched to the front of the police department with a male in attendance. Officers made contact with Hood in the drivers seat of a vehicle. He had watery, blood-shot eyes and slurred speech.

Officers asked if Hood had anything to drink and he said no, but when asked if he had used anything illegal where he stated “I got weed in the truck and a pipe.”

He was read his MIRANDA warnings and he admitted to using the pipe for smoking marijuana. Officers located a container with a green, leafy substance Hood identified as Delta-9, noted as a one of the main ingredients in marijuana.

He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

• LaJeanna M. Hunt, 55, of Grinnell, is charged with driving while license denied or revoked, operating without interlock, open container, failure to obey traffic control device and violation of no contact protective order for an incident at 10:42 p.m. Aug. 19 on East 31st Street North. Hunt was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign and was found to have a revoked driving status.

When she pulled over, a male exited the passenger side of the vehicle and walked into a nearby bean field. It was found Hunt was listed as a protected party in the no contact order with the male and has on multiple occasioned facilitated, aided and abetted the violation of the protective order. Hunt knowingly violated ht protective order with the male by having him inside her vehicle.

She was taken to the Jasper County Jail.