• Jeremy R. Williams, 42, of Newton, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and fifth-degree theft at 1:23 p.m. Saturday. According to Newton police, an officer was sent to Farver True Value to investigate a shoplifting call. Upon arrival, the officer learned Williams was allegedly concealing a mini drill bit set, valued at $16.57. A store employee confronted Williams about the shoplifting before fleeing the store, chased Williams and detained him, recovering the drill set in the process. During the chase, the employee saw Williams toss a black container in the snow on the property of the Church of the Way. The container contained a plastic baggie of 0.68 grams of marijuana, 16 clear plastic baggies with 0.48 grams of methamphetamine, two needles, one glass pipe, one small glass dish with a white crystal substance on it and two small glass vials, one of which contained a liquid. Williams was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
• Taggart L. Stanley, 28, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft and possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:39 a.m. Monday. According to Newton police, an officer was sent to Casey’s General Store, 3104 First Ave. E., to investigate a male shoplifter. Employees told the officer they watch the surveillance video of Stanley allegedly taking merchandise. Employees then told Stanley to come up to the counter and pay for the $200 worth of items, but Stanley left the store with the items instead. After Stanley was located within the 300 block of East 26th Street South, he admitted to shoplifting. While being searched, the officer found a small glass pipe, and Stanley admitted it’s meant for drug activity. Stanley was arrested and transported to Jasper County Jail.