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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter July 27, 2020

Newton Daily News

• Jo A. Mcginley, 62, of Newton, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 12:15 p.m. July 18 in the 300 block of Iowa Speedway Drive. According to the Newton Police Department, Mcginley entered Walmart. Mcginley went into the shoe department and tore off the tags on lady's shoes, put on the black canvas shoes, then placed her flip flops in her purse. Mcginley walked past the registers and the last point of sale. Mcginley did not attempt to pay for the shoes and once stopped by loss prevention, Mcginley ran out of the store and got into the vehicle. The shoes are valued at $10.60. Mcginley admitted to taking the shoes without paying for them because she is poor and doesn't have the money. Mcginley was cited and released to appear in court.

• Helynn A. Burkhart, 29, of Newton, was charged with trespassing at 2:27 p.m. July 17 in the 400 block of North Second Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers responded to a call for trespass. Upon arrival officers made contact with the owner of the property who said Burkhart had been previously trespassed from the property. The reporting party said Burkhart had been seen on the property by the residence. Officers made contact with Burkhart who said she has a rare brain disease so she doesn't remember being trespassed. Burkhart was cited and released to appear in court.

• Joseph L. See, 28, of Newton, was charged with operating while under the influence at 2:24 a.m. July 18 in the 100 block of First Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were conducting a traffic stop when they heard what appeared to be a collision with two cars in a nearby parking lot. Officers cleared the original traffic stop and attempted to make contact with someone in the area. As officers were arriving on scene, they observed a white Ford Explorer backing out of the parking lot. The driver of the vehicle then pulled back into the parking stall and exited the vehicle. Officers made contact with the male who was identified as See. Officers noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. See admitted to drinking and submitted to field sobriety maneuvers failing two out of the three. See submitted to a preliminary breath test which indicated his blood alcohol content to be above 0.08. See was cited and released to appear in court.

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