On the beat: Police make three arrests at one residence

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Everybody's arrested

Newton County deputies went to a residence after receiving a tip that a wanted woman was at the location. Ultimately it was discovered she wasn't there, but they went away with three others in handcuffs.

After persistent knocking at the door, deputies talked to a man who told deputies the woman they were looking for wasn't there and the only other person in the house was his girlfriend. The girlfriend gave the last name of "Smith," but said she had no ID.

Deputies asked permission to search the residence to make sure the woman they came after wasn't there and the man said they could. In the course of the search, they ran across someone hiding in a closet under a pile of clothes. He told officers he was hiding because he was scared. Turns out, he was scared because there was a warrant for his arrest. He was placed in handcuffs.

All this time deputies reported they were smelling the aroma of burning marijuana. Lying in plain sight in one of the bedrooms were other illegal drugs, so that put the householder under arrest. There was also a weapon he was not supposed to have (he was already on probation) found on the premises. Another set of handcuffs was called for.

The only person left was the mysterious Ms. Smith. There was no record of her existence, but when deputies looked in her purse, they discovered traffic tickets made out to another individual. She said they belonged to her sister. Deputies were able to find a phone number for the "sister's" mother who straightened things out. Mom said "Pshaw!' and gave them the woman's correct name - the same name on the traffic tickets. She had missed her court date and lied to the officers, so that earned her a trip to jail, as well.

Feuding neighbors

A woman called the Covington Police Department to complain that her neighbors had written an obscene word on her new fence with a permanent marker and put scratches and marks on it. She said the fence had been put up a month ago to keep her neighbors from trespassing. Since that time, they had been throwing things over the fence - the most memorable of which was fish heads.

A puzzle

A woman called the CPD to say someone had used her food stamp card at Ingles to purchase $268.77 worth of food. Although she had given it to her daughter that day, the daughter denied making the purchase. The card was back in the woman's possession at the time the officers made the report.

Hide valuables

A woman called the NCSO to say four bottles of prescription drugs and a credit card had been stolen from her automobile.

Girly stuff

A burglar entered a woman's home and made off with a whole lot of frilly clothing, jewelry and toiletries.

The woman told NCSO deputies among the items taken were eight "Dollywood" dresses valued at $800; Avon makeup and perfume valued at $835; and jewelry, including 20 assorted styles of rings, valued at $2,380.

No money yet

A man called the NCSO to say he had received a letter that said an organization known as "First Direct Trust," had money waiting for him to claim. They asked for his personal information and he faxed it to them. He has not yet received any money from them.

911 hang-up

CPD officers went to a residence after dispatchers advised they had received a 911 call, but the person making the call had hung up. When they arrived, officers found a man sitting in his Buick roadster with the motor running who had two open containers of Steel Reserve on the seat next to him. Officers deduced that the man was drunk, but he assured them he was just sitting in the car and had no plans to drive. He said he had no knowledge of a 911 call, but his wife was in the house.

The officer went to the house and began knocking on the door, to no avail. The man in the car yelled at the officer that he was knocking too hard on the door. The officer told him he was urgently trying to get somebody to the door because it was pouring rain. The man advised the officer to get a raincoat.

The officer finally made contact with the lady of the house, who denied having made a 911 call and said everything was fine there.

The officer went back to the vehicle and advised the man to go back into his house to drink, rather than sitting in his running vehicle. According to Georgia law, if an intoxicated person is in the driver's seat or keys are in the ignition and there is no reason to believe the person couldn't drive off if so desired, he can be cited for DUI.

Rather than adhere to the warning, the man in the car told the officer to get off his property because he had no business being there. He was placed under arrest and left when the officer left.