Jasper County News

07/30/14 Two Men Arrested At Party In Western Newton Last Night


TWO MEN ACCUSED OF GETTING INTO A PHYSICAL CONFRONTATION AT A PARTY ON THE WEST EDGE OF NEWTON LAST NIGHT…WERE RELEASED FROM JAIL ON THEIR OWN RECOGNIZANCE THIS AFTERNOON. 

07/30/14 Suspect In Newton Pellet Gun Attack Released


A NEWTON MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT A NEIGHBORING HOUSE WINDOW, WHILE PEOPLE WERE INSIDE, HAS BEEN RELEASED ON BOND. 

07/30/14 Newton Woman Sentenced On Forgery And Meth Charges


A 36 YEAR OLD NEWTON WOMAN HAS BEEN GIVEN JAIL TIME, CIVIL PENALTIES, AND PROBATION FOR VARIOUS OFFENSES. 

07/30/14 Oregon Marijuana Transporter Pleads Guilty


A MEDFORD OREGON MAN CAUGHT TRANSPORTING OVER 30 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA THROUGH JASPER COUNTY ON I-80 LAST WEEK HAS BEEN PLED GUILTY.

07/30/14 Today Is 100th Anniversary Of "Great White Way Highway"


100 YEARS AGO TODAY…A DIRT ROAD THAT PASSED THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF JASPER COUNTY, BECAME IOWA’S FIRST STATE ROAD. 

07/30/14 Presidential Disaster Declaration Sought For Jasper County


GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD IS SEEKING FEDERAL AID TO HELP JASPER AND 21 OTHER IOWA COUNTIES AFFECTED BY RECENT SEVERE WEATHER. 

07/29/14 Newton Man Sent To Prison On Federal Child Pornography Charge


A 35 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN HAS BEEN GIVEN A 14 YEAR PRISON TERM IN CONNECTION WITH A FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE.

07/29/14 Newton Man Sentenced For Drug And Knife Possession


A 24 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN FACING DRUG AND WEAPON CHARGES FROM TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS…WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY. 

07/29/14 Newton Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing A Girl


A 46 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN ACCUSED OF HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A YOUNG GIRL SEVERAL YEARS AGO, HAS PLED GUILTY TO 3 COUNTS OF LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD.  

07/29/14 Newton School District Buys New Special Needs Bus


THE NEWTON SCHOOL DISTRICT IS BUYING A NEW BUS TO TRANSPORT SPECIAL NEED STUDENTS. 

07/29/14 Newton School Board Gets Preliminary Student Achievement Information


THE NEWTON SCHOOL BOARD WAS GIVEN A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF A REPORT ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT LAST NIGHT. 

07/28/14 Ottumwa Woman Sentenced For A Local Puppy Scam


A 20 YEAR OLD OTTUMWA WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED FOR CHEATING A KELLOGG WOMAN OUT OF OVER 500-DOLLARS IN A PUPPY SCAM. 

07/28/14 Newton Teen Resists Police Last Night At Vacant House


THE NEWTON POLICE SAY A 16 YEAR OLD BOY FOUGHT WITH OFFICERS LAST NIGHT…AFTER HE WAS FOUNDING HIDING IN A HOUSE OWNED BY THE CITY. 

07/28/14 I-80 Accident Slowed Westbound Traffic At Colfax This Morning


AN ACCIDENT THIS MORNING ON THE WESTBOUND SIDE OF I-80 NEAR COLFAX…BACKED UP TRAFFIC FOR AWHILE. 

07/28/14 Dollar Tree Chain Buying Rival Stores


A COMPANY THAT OPERATES A DISCOUNT STORE IN NEWTON IS BUYING ANOTHER COMPANY THAT USE TO HAVE A NEWTON STORE.

07/25/14 Collins Man Accused Of Making Death Threats


A COLLINS MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED FOR MAKING DEATH THREATS TO A NEWTON MAN IN LATE JUNE. 

07/25/14 County Fair Ends With Annual Auction And Ag Awards


THE 2014 JASPER COUNTY FAIR IS OVER. THE FAIR WRAPPE UP LAST NIGHT WITH THE ANNUAL LIVESTOCK AUCTION AND DANCE. 

07/25/14 New Playground Equipment Now Installed At Maytag Park


THE NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT IS IN AT NEWTON’S  MAYTAG PARK, TWO DAYS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. 

07/24/14 Another Rundown Newton Home To Be Demolished


ANOTHER RUNDOWN HOUSE IN NEWTON IS GOING TO BE DEMOLISHED. THE CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF THE VACANT HOME AT 318 EAST 4TH STREET NORTH. 

07/24/14 Newton Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing 12 Year Old Girl


THE NEWTON POLICE CLAIM A 24 YEAR OLD MAN HAS CONFESSED TO HAVING SEX WITH A 12 YEAR OLD GIRL.

07/24/14 A Medical Condition Prompted A Code Red Alert Yesterday


THE JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A WOMAN WHO PROMPTED A CODE RED ALERT NORTHWEST OF SULLY AROUND NOON YESTERDAY….WAS SUFFERING FROM A MEDICAL CONDITION.

07/24/14 Two Arrested After Search Warrant At Rock Creek Lake


A SEARCH WARRANT SERVED LAST NIGHT AT A HOME NEAR ROCK CREEK LAKE HAS THE COUPLE THAT LIVES THERE IS IN JAIL ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES.

07/24/14 Former Newton Daily News Editor Files EOE Complaint


THE FORMER EDITOR OF THE NEWTON DAILY NEWS HAS FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION. 

THE JASPER COUNTY FREEDOM ROCK IN SULLY IS FINISHED, AND WILL BE DEDICATED DURING A SPECIAL CEREMONY AT 9:30 TOMORROW MORNING.

THE JASPER COUNTY FAIR IS 3 WEEKS AWAY....AND ENTRIES REMAIN AS STRONG OR STRONGER THAN PAST  YEARS.

06/23/14 10 Year Prison Term Imposed In Newton Meth Overdose Case


A NEWTON MAN WHO CONFESSED TO SELLING THE METH THAT LED TO ANOTHER NEWTON MAN’S “OVERDOSE” DEATH, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

Lavera In Court


The San Deigo man accused of luring a 14 year old Baxter girl into his car last week is to appear in court today. 33 year old David Lavera is being held on a 50-thousand dollar bond. He's facing charges of enticing a minor, carrying weapons, and failure to have a valid driver's license. The victim, 14 year old Chasity Leon, has said she regretted getting to into Lavera's car immediately. The Baxter teen says she met Levara at Sunrise Terrace Mobile Home Park in Newton, where he was performing acrobatic stunts similar to those in the Twilight movies. He claimed to be an actor in those movies. Authorities say he arrived in the Newton area about 4 weeks ago.

Newton Man Killed In Des Moines


A 29 year old Newton man was identified yesterday as the motorcyclist who died in a motorcycle accident in Des Moines Saturday night. Des Moines police say Shawn Sabin collieded with an SUV near southeast 14th street and Park Avenue. The accident occurred around 6:15 Saturday evening. Police say Sabin's cycle flipped several times after hitting the back of the SUV. The Newton man was not wearing a helmet, and was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Authorities believe the SUV turned in front of Sabin's motorcycle.

Altman named new Skiff CEO


The Skiff Medical Center Board of Trustees has named Brett Altman to the permanent position of President and CEO of Skiff Medical Center. He will step into his new role on July 18th, upon the departure of current CEO Steve Long, who has accepted a hospital leadership position in Indiana. Employed at Skiff since 1994, Altman has previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations Officer, interim CEO and Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Altman's honors include being named Sports Medicine Professional of the year, appointment to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition, and receiving the Olive Farr Award, which is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Iowa Physical Therapy Association.

06/10/14 Newton 19 Year Old Sentanced for Drug Mushrooms


A NEWTON 19 YEAR OLD HAS BEEN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING SO-CALLED  PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS.

"The Odd Couple" begins tonight at NCT


The Newton Community Theatre begins it's two week run tonight (Friday) of the play "The Odd Couple" at the Y Community Center on 8th avenue. The Neil Simon play begins at 7:30 tonight and Saturday evening. The play also can be seen this coming Thursday, Friday the 6th at 7:30 and a 2 pm matinee on Saturday the 7th. The Neil Simon play is about Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, two poker playing buddies. Felix is "neat nick" who has been thrown out of his house by his wife. Oscar, the slob, takes Felix in as a roommate and the laughter begins. The play ran on broadway in the 1960's, was made into a move and a long running tv show. You can buy tickets at the door or call for ticket reservations at 641-792-1230

Former Newton Doctor Sentenced


A former Newton doctor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for carelessly prescribing controlled substances to addicted patients. Lafayette Twyner Jr. received the sentence Thursday. He was also ordered to three years of home confinement after he finished his prison sentence. The 65-year-old Twyner pleaded guilty in February to felony charges of healty care fraud and illegally distributing a prescription drug resulting in death. A plea deal dropped more than 100 other charges. Twyner's clinic was raided in 2011 after authorities investigated claims that he was prescribing large quanities of painkillers without taking basic precautions. Since then, he has surrendered his federal drug-prescribing permit and his state medical license.