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.
Can't catch a break
Sometimes folks choose to do the wrong thing and get away with it. And, then there are those who don't get away with it because circumstances seem to conspire to point out what they're up to.
· A deputy approached a man in a subdivision under construction who had the hood up on his automobile. When the deputy asked if there was a problem, the man told him his car wouldn't start and he'd been there with his female friend for about 45 minutes hoping he could get it going. During the course of their conversation, the deputy spotted an open beer can and a set of digital scales in the vehicle. The man denied having anything else that might be considered illegal, but when the deputy searched him he found what he described as "an object in his front pocket that was not familiar to me." When asked what it was, the man replied, "Meth." He went to jail.
· Another man was spotted by a deputy in the area of Jack Neely and Harold Dobbs roads who appeared to be having car trouble. A routine check showed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a charge of obstructing law enforcement officers. A search at the jail after he was taken into custody revealed he had marijuana stuffed in his sock.
· A NCSO deputy witnessed an aggressive driver blowing a horn at other vehicles. The horn was described by the deputy as "comparable to a locomotive horn in sound and was just as loud." He stopped the vehicle to warn the driver the horn was in violation of the law. In checking the man's driver's license, the deputy began to suspect it was forged. The deputy asked for another form of identity and discovered the date of birth was in error on the driver's license - the license indicated the man was 22, but he was actually 19. By that time, the deputy had smelled alcohol on the young man's breath and asked him where he had been and what he had been doing. The man stated he had had "a few" at The Depot. He went to jail.
· While walking down Flat Rock Road, a man was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a drug-related object and littering. The NCSO deputy reported his attention was drawn to the man after he saw him throw down an empty cigarette pack on the side of the road.
It was in the paper
A man called the NCSO to report that someone had stolen his 2-ton floor jack. He said a recent article in the Newton Citizen had reported an acquaintance of his had been arrested for possession of stolen goods and he thought that person may have stolen from him as well.
A woman called the NCSO to report that someone had broken numerous eggs inside her mailbox.
Only the necessities
A man notified the NCSO that a discerning burglar only took two items from a residence - a 42-inch flat screen TV valued at $1,200 and a pair of Nike tennis shoes valued at $60.
· A shoplifter was arrested after taking the following items from Food Depot without paying for them: a carton of Newport cigarettes, one can of Cheez Wiz and a 12-pack of Bud Light.
Is this the way home?
NCSO deputies were summoned to Mills Drive and Cowan Road due to a car partially blocking the roadway. They found a man asleep on the front seat of the car. When deputies woke him, he told them his car had broken down and he was walking home. When asked for his license, he admitted he didn't have one. When asked for his name and date of birth, the computer said no such person exists. He was taken to jail.
A man was visiting his neighbors and causing a disturbance. The Covington Police Department were called to the scene and told the man to leave and go back to his house next door. He left, carrying two 1-gallon containers of alcohol.
The officer reported hearing a loud "bang" and then he heard the man moaning as if he had been hurt. He rushed to the man's aid, only to find that he was groaning because one of jugs had broken and the liquor was all over the ground.
Kept on going
An inmate in the Work Release Program was taken by ambulance from the facility to Newton Medical Center, complaining of not feeling well. He never come back.
CPD officers were summoned to the post office parking lot after a man had threatened his mother and sister. He had barricaded himself in the car and refused to get out. When asked about the nature of his problem, the man said he was mad at his sister because she insulted him by buying him soap.
A man told the CPD that he put his young Chihuahua puppy in a chair on his porch and when he turned around, the dog was gone. The next day, he saw a dog that looked just like his with the people who live in the house across from his. The police inquired, and the neighbors said they'd seen the dog walking down the street, but they didn't have it.
The Grinch strikes
A McDonald's restaurant in Conyers reported to the Conyers Police Department that they have video of someone ripping the Ronald McDonald Foundation donation box, located near the drive-through window, from the side of the building. They estimated the box contained $30 to $40 that would have gone to the charity to help sick children. Police are searching.
Didn't get far
A would-be car thief drove a Dodge Charger valued at $10,000 down the driveway and into a ditch on the owner's property.
Choose your battles
A woman called the CPD to complain that a woman who visited her house used her bathroom and that made her uncomfortable. When she told the woman that if she needed to use anything else in her house she needed to ask, the woman became angry and began yelling and hitting her. Police said the victim had a scratch on her cheek, redness and swelling to both eyes and a busted lip.
Shooting at church
A church on Jack Neely Road reported to the NCSO that when the roof of their metal prefab building began to leak, they investigated the source of the problem. They found a bullet hole in the roof. It will cost approximately $400 to repair it.