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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVINGTON - An 18-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly impersonated a Comcast employee and disconnected a woman's cable service, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Jamar Anthony, 18, of 370 Crestfield Circle, was arrested and charged with loitering and prowling.
A woman living on Meadowridge Drive said the man showed up at her house wearing a Comcast T-shirt. She gave NCSO deputies a description of his vehicle and his tag number, and they were able to track him down.
"Our investigation revealed there was no evidence to support what he was saying (that he worked for Comcast)," NCSO Lt. Mark Mitchell said.
Mitchell said there was no apparent motive for the man's actions.
· A woman notified the NCSO that a neighbor was apparently stealing her Charter cable service. When deputies interviewed the neighbor, however, they were told the cable man had been to her house and rigged the temporary attachment to the complaining neighbor's service. He said he forgot his ladder and he'd come back and run the cable up the pole later.
Looking for signs
A woman fell in a convenience store bathroom and told NCSO deputies there was water on the floor, but noted there was no sign warning of the possible hazard. As it happened, she was in the men's restroom that was apparently marked with a sign that failed to keep her out. She said she'd only stopped at the store to use the restroom, and the ladies' room door was locked.
Makes sense to somebody
A package was delivered to the Newton County Public Defender's office by a man who reportedly said, "I hate the government. Here's a present." Alarmed employees called the Covington Police Department, saying they thought the building should be evacuated.
Officials followed protocol and began the evacuation of the building when the supervisor of the office appeared and explained it was only a box of ammunition that a client's father apparently wanted out of his house, but didn't want to turn in to the police because he "hated the government." CPD officers sent firefighters home and took possession of the ammunition for disposal.
Apparently the man didn't "hate the government" enough to prevent his son from using legal services provided by them.
Vandalism tells the tale
A woman called the NCSO to report someone had spray painted messages on her car, some of which read "I got ur man," and "your man is mine." Also, all four tires were flattened. The woman told deputies her husband said he didn't know anything about it.
"I'll be back'
A man pumped $75.40 worth of gas at a Newborn gas station and then went inside and told the clerk he didn't have the money to pay for it, but he'd be back the next day. He left a copy of his driver's license, phone number and tag number, but hadn't shown up when deputies were called.
· A woman had a $10 manicure at a Salem Road nail spa, but refused to pay for it and left the shop.
The dog made me do it
NCSO deputies were called to the Newton Medical Center emergency room and met with a man who said while visiting with his neighbor, he fell and injured his shoulder while running from that man's pit bull. He wanted a report of the incident and told deputies he did not feel he should be responsible for the medical bills he incurred.