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$2.5 million allotted for city improvements By Jamee A. Pierson Newton Daily News

Kayla Singletary/Daily News Six people were arrested following a search conducted by law enforcement Tuesday at 715 W. Fourth St. N. where heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia were found.

Heroin distribution halted in Newton drug search

Six arrested in task force operation By Kayla Sngletary Newton Daily News A drug task force halted a Newton heroin distribution operation after six heroin overdoses were reported in the city within the last week. Six Jasper County residents face charges following the execution of a search warrant by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force’s east division along with local law enforcement on Tuesday at 715 W. Fourth St. N. Officers discovered heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia at the home. Jasper County Lt. Aaron Groves, who serves on the MINE Task Force, said a “bad batch” of heroin was being dealt and used in Newton, which caused the overdoses. Groves




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said those people were treated with Narcan, a prescription medicine used to block the effects of opioids. “There were no fatalities that we know of (from the overdoses) — someone found them in a short amount of time,” Groves said. Groves, who released details of the drug search on Wednes-

More than $2.5 million in General Obligation Loans will be used to continue city improvements and essential work in Newton, according to city officials. City council approved loans for the North Central Urban Renewal Area and Speedway/Prairie Fire Urban Renewal Area following a public hearing on Monday. The largest portion of funds goes to the Hotel Maytag loan agreement. It is not to exceed $1.18 million and will be used to support the Hotel Maytag redevelopment project. Hotel Maytag Investors, led by Hatch

Development Group, is working to restore the landmark structure in downtown Newton through a complete renovation adding 22 market-rate apartments, 23 units designated as affordable for households at or below 60 percent of the median income for Jasper County, a variety of commercial spaces and the restoration of the ballroom on the second floor. An allotment not to exceed $980,000 for an Urban Renewal loan agreement will be used to fund improvements to the DMACC Newton campus facilities; heating, ventilation and air LOANS | 3A

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day, said two samples of what is believed to be fentanyl, an opioid pain medication, were also sent to the lab. The six people who were present at the residence during the execution of the search warrant and were arrested on various drug charges include Tyler M. Gilbert, 24, of Newton; Crystal L. Mendenhall, 30, of Newton,; Jeffrey A. Waddell, 41, of Newton; William L. Filson, 45, of Newton; Julie A. Waddell, 61, of Colfax and Mary Jo Sliger, 49, of Newton. Gilbert also had multiple arrest warrants. Groves said officers learned Gilbert and Mendenhall were distributing heroin and other ARRESTS | 3A

Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News As a part of a 28E agreement with the DMACC Newton campus, the city will provide $825,000 from a general obligation loan for facility improvements including a new chiller, security system and roof repair.

Running for fun, and funds

Newton Clinic doctor named Iowa Color run at Physician of the Year BMS raises Dr. Esgar Guarin, family of family health care. Guarin

practice physician at Newton Clinic, has been named the 2017 Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family P hy s i c i a n s . The presentation was made at the IAFP Annual Guarin Meeting Installation and Awards Banquet on Friday at the downtown Des Moines Marriott. The Iowa Family Physician of the Year award is presented to one outstanding physician in the state who best exemplifies the tradition of the family doctor and who epitomizes the finest standards

provides obstetric services at Skiff Medical Center, along with pediatric and reproductive care in Newton. One of Guarin’s patients had this to say when nominating him: “He is an awesome doctor, always right on top of things. I feel great joy and security knowing he is my doctor, even in an emergency situation.” Another patient agreed, writing, “Dr. Guarin is an amazing doctor. He is outgoing and makes a huge effort to know and understand his patients very well. I have learned so much from listening to Dr. Guarin.” Two other patients submitted nominations of Guarin, including statements GUARIN | 3A

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“I ran last year, and I really enjoyed it,” Ray said. “It’s a good way to spend time with your friends, raise some money and get some exercise.” COLOR RUN | 3A

By David Dolmage Newton Daily News Berg Middle School got a little more colorful Wednesday afternoon. As a thank you to students who participated in the Parent, Teacher Student Association at the Newton middle school’s annual fundraiser parents and staff members organized a color run. As students jogged around the perimeter of the track at Berg, PTSA members and teachers tossed colored powder at them. To participate in the event students needed to each raise $5 to purchase a white T-shirt,

David Dolmage/Daily News Seventh-graders at Berg Middle School pose for a photo at the end of the PTSA’s 2nd Annual Color Run for Funds. The event raised more than $4,000 for the middle school. See more photos online at


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but many raised $10 or more. Lillie Ray, a seventh-grader at Berg said she and her friends each raised $10 to participate in the event. Altogether, students raised more than $4,000 during the event.

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New warning sirens added

City of Newton has installed 2 sirens / 7A

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