Jasper County News

06/29/15 Newton Motorcycle Accident Leads To O-W-I Charge


THE NEWTON POLICE SAY RESULTS OF A BLOOD TEST TAKEN EARLIER THIS MONTH FROM A NEWTON MAN AFTER HE CRASHED HIS MOTORCYCLE, SHOW HE WAS DRIVING DRUNK. 

06/26/15 Abandoned Dog Left Near Laurel Adopted


THE JASPER COUNTY ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE SAYS “SPRITE” HAS FOUND A NEW HOME. THAT’S THE FULL-SIZE HUSKY MIX THAT WAS LEFT IN A ZIP-TIED SHUT METAL CAGE NEAR THE HIGHWAY 14 AND 224 INTERSECTION.

06/26/15 Republican Presidential Candidate Visits Newton Tonight


THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO’S TO MAKE A CAMPAIGN STOP IN NEWTON LATER TODAY…DOES NOT SUPPORT TODAY’S U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING AGAINST CERTAIN STATE’S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGES. 

06/26/15 Newton 4th Of July Parade Grand Marshall Announced


THE GREATER NEWTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAVE CHOSEN DON HUMMEL TO BE THE GRAND MARSHALL OF THIS YEAR’S 4TH OF JULY PARADE.

06/26/15 Newton Man Accused Of Threatening Two Police Officers


A NEWTON MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO INJURE TWO POLICE OFFICERS EARLIER THIS WEEK…IS FREE ON BOND. 48 YEAR OLD CRAIG DAWSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE HARASSMENT.

06/25/15 Newton Man Accused Of Abusing 3 Children


A 35-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND HAS BEEN SET FOR A 26 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING 3 CHILDREN. 

06/25/15 Newton 22 Year Old Gets Probation For Child Endangerment


A 22 YEAR OLD NEWTON WOMAN WHO TOLD POLICE SHE SMOKED MARIJUANA EVERYDAY IN HER APARTMENT WITH HER DAUGHTER PRESENT, HAS BEEN PLACED ON PROBATION FOR A YEAR.

06/25/15 Newton Man Gets 3 Years In Prison On Two Repeat Charges


A NEWTON MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS AND ONE DAY IN PRISON FOR UNRELATED 2ND OFFENSE O-W-I AND 2ND OFFENSE DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGES. 

06/25/15 Jury Finds Newton Man Guilty Of Accidentally Assaulting Infant


A JASPER COUNTY JURY HAS FOUND A 26 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN GUILTY OF HITTING AN INFANT DURING A DOMESTIC STRUGGLE. NEWTON POLICE CHARGED ALEX  JAY HARLOW WITH DOMESTIC ASSAULT CAUSING INJURY. 

06/24/15 Newton Man Admits Leading Deputy On Short Chase


A 28 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN ARRESTED LAST MONTH FOR LEADING A JASPER COUNTY DEPUTY ON A SHORT CHASE, HAS PLED GUILTY TO ELUDING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE. 

06/24/15 Initiative Begins To Reduce Inmates With Mental Illness


JASPER COUNTY IS JOINING A NATIONAL INITIATIVE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ADULTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS IN JAILS. 

06/24/15 PCM Parents Meeting To Discuss Preschool Program's Future


A PARENTS MEETING WILL BE HELD IN MONROE TOMORROW NIGHT…TO DISCUSS A POSSIBLE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PCM SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE PCM BOARD OF EDUCATION IS ATTEMPTING TO DECIDE IF THE DISTRICT WILL OFFER A 3 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM THIS FALL. 

06/23/15 County Operational Funding For HIRTA Stays Steady


THE JASPER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THIS MORNING…UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED FISCAL YEAR 2016 COUNTY FUNDING TO ASSIST WITH OPERATING THE HEART OF IOWA REGIONAL TRANSIT AGENCY. 

06/23/15 Repeat Newton Drug Offender Gets Suspended Prison Terms


 A NEWTON MAN WHO’S A REPEAT DRUG OFFENDER HAS BEEN GIVEN TWO SUSPENDED 5 YEAR PRISON TERMS. 35 YEAR OLD DANNY LEE ATWOOD JUNIOR PLED GUILTY TO 3RD OFFENSE POSSESSION OF METH AND MARIJUANA.

06/23/15 Local May Unemployment Rate Below State Average


JASPER COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED HALF A PERCENT IN MAY. IOWA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SAYS 690 RESIDENTS WERE LOOKING FOR WORK COMPARED TO 760 THE MONTH BEFORE, REDUCING THE JOBLESS RATE TO 3 AND A HALF PERCENT, 

06/23/15 Easements For Proposed Oil Pipeline Allegedly Hits 60-Percent


THE COMPANY THAT WANTS TO BUILD AN OIL PIPELINE THROUGH JASPER AND 17 OTHER IOWA COUNTIES, SAYS IT HAS PURCHASED EASEMENTS FROM NEARLY 60-PERCENT OF AFFECTED LANDOWNERS. 

06/23/15 Newton Schools Expanding 1 To 1 Computer Initiative


THE ONE TO ONE COMPUTER INITIATIVE IN THE NEWTON SCHOOL DISTRICT IS EXPANDING, WITH THE PLANNED PURCHASE OF CHROMEBOOKS FOR  A 4TH THROUGH 8TH GRADE.

06/23/15 Colfax-Mingo Superintendent Resigns After OWI Arrest


MARY LUCAS IS RESIGNING AS COLFAX-MINGO’S SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT. HIS RESIGNATION FOLLOWS HIS DRUNK DRIVING ARREST IN GRUNDY CENTER THURSDAY MORNING. 

06/16/15 Newton Man Admits Driving While Drugged


A 1-THOUSAND 250-DOLLAR FINE AND A YEAR OF PROBATION ARE PART OF THE SENTENCE FOR A 22 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN WHO ADMITS HE DROVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A DRUG EARLIER THIS YEAR. 

06/01/15 Bakken Pipeline Surveys Past Halfway Point


THE COMPANY THAT WANTS TO BUILD THE 3.8-BILLION DOLLAR BAKKEN CRUDE OIL PIPELINE THROUGH IOWA AND JASPER COUNTY, SAYS THEY’VE COMPLETED OVER HALF THE CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SURVEYS REQUIRED IN IOWA. 

05/11/15 Newton Woman Serving O-W-I Jail Term In Her Home


A 47 YEAR OLD NEWTON WOMAN ARRESTED IN DECEMBER FOR DRIVING WITH A BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT OVER TWICE THE LIMIT….HAS STARTED SERVING A 30-DAY JAIL TERM IN HER HOME. MELISSA KAY ATWOOD PLED GUILTY TO O-W-I. THE JUDGE RULED SHE COULD SERVE HER JAIL TER