• Nicholas H. Klingensmith, 50, of Newton, was charged with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 7 when the victim reported an assault by Klingensmith. The victim told police that Klingensmith got upset and began to punch the victim in the face and threw her on the floor making her in fear for her life. The victim claimed to do nothing to provoke the assault. She had a scratch on her neck, bruises on her back and a swollen nose. Klingensmith was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Riley A. Hodge, 27, of Newton, was charged with sex offender, area activity violation, first offense at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Police were called to the Newton Public Library for an unwanted man. Employees advised he came in to get a replacement library card. The library had a note under Hodge’s name that he’s barred from the library due to being on the sex offender registry. He didn’t have permission to be at the library. He was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Dwight D. Riggs, 30, of Newton, was charged with failure to maintain control, striking fixtures upon highway and failure to provide proof of financial liability at 10 p.m. Jan. 19 after his vehicle left the roadway at the intersection of West 12th Street South and Monroe Drive and struck and damaged multiple items of privately owned property. He left the scene in his vehicle and shortly after attempted to report the vehicle as stolen. He has failed to return phone calls from officers regarding the incident. He was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Charles L. Loudermilk, 48, of Newton, was charged with eluding, speeding at 6:59 a.m. Monday after police attempted to stop a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer that was known to be stolen and with improper plates. Police identified the driver as Loudermilk, and while trying to get him to stop, he reached speeds of 65 mph in a 35 mph zone. Police activated their emergency lights and sirens but the vehicle continued. He was arrested at the intersection of Highway 14 North and North Fourth Avenue West, and he was taken to the Jasper County Jail.