Homeless woman faces felony charges
Deputies arrested a woman after finding more than 400 needles in her minivan.
Lisa M. Newton, 35, is charged in Waupaca County Circuit Court with obstructing an officer, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts each of felony and misdemeanor bail jumping.
On July 17, 2015, Newton was charged in Winnebago County with felony possession of methamphetamine. She failed to make her initial court appearance on Aug. 17, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
At the time of her arrest in Winnebago County, she was living in Fremont.
On July 23, 2015, Newton was charged in Outagamie County with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft.
She was released from custody on a $200 cash bond with the conditions that she not consume or possess alcohol or controlled substances.
On Aug. 3, Newton failed to appear in court, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Her last known address at that time had been in Kimberly, but she was no longer there when the warrant was served.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, March 7, Waupaca County Deputy James Santiago was advised that Newton was reported to be heading to the Fremont Travel Plaza in a silver Dodge minivan.
Santiago observed a minivan matching the reported description northbound on State Highway 110. He pulled the vehicle over.
After identifying the female driver, Santiago spoke with a woman who was in the front passenger seat.
According to the criminal complaint, the passenger said she did not have a driver’s license, and she identified herself as Renee. After further questioning, she admitted to being Newton. Because she was homeless, she was living in the van, the complaint says.
Deputy Bill Zeamer arrived at the scene with his dog, who alerted to the presence of drugs.
Santiago reported finding a tin box labeled “Happy Pills” in Newton’s purse. Inside the tin were three alprazolam and one temazepam, which are sedatives. Newton said she had a prescription for them, the complaint says.
The officers also found more than 400 new and used syringes, alcohol prep swabs and rubber tourniquets.
Newton is currently being held in custody on a $2,000 cash bond.