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.
Right in the face
Conyers Police Department officers were summoned to a man with a bleeding lip who said his son asked him to take him to Food Depot. When he said, "No," the son hit him in the mouth. The son didn't go to the grocery store - he went to jail.
· CPD officers went to the Emergency Room at Newton Medical Center after a patient was attacked by his wife. Apparently, the husband was receiving emergency medical treatment for injuries received in a wreck. His wife caught a ride to the hospital to check on his welfare, but while there, the two began arguing. She admitted she had been drinking. She said she was kneeling in front of her husband while talking to him at the hospital and he made a statement that irritated her and she punched him in the face. She also went to jail.
An employee of the Bank of North Georgia was accosted by a man in the parking lot after the bank closed, demanding that he be allowed inside. He told her he had been tied up in traffic for more than an hour trying to get to the bank and he wanted in. She told him the bank was closed and he'd have to come back the next day. He began hurling insults at her, but she was able to get to her car. A woman in a black SUV came to the area, and the two blocked her vehicle so she couldn't leave. The bank employee began to telephone authorities and the two drove away.
Merry Christmas, honey
A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report her ex-boyfriend had slashed three of her tires.
Not a good fake
A loss prevention officer at Wal-Mart phoned the CPD to tell them a woman had tried to purchase gift cards with a counterfeit Traveler's Check. The woman was detained at Wal-Mart and when the officer arrived, he said it was "apparent" the check was a fake. The woman said she got the $500 fake check from her boyfriend who got it from an unknown FedEx driver. A witness at the scene said the woman told her the check came from a church. The woman was arrested and charged with forgery.
A woman notified the CPD that someone had burglarized her home, making off with 13 pairs of tennis shoes, 35 polo short sleeve shirts, blue jeans (no word if there were 35 pairs to go with the shirts), a Jamaica running suit and a black leather jacket. Other items reported missing were two stereos, 20 $2 bills and 20 DVDs. The victim said her loss amounted to $2,240.
Christmas shop ... lifting
A loss prevention manager at Wal-Mart noticed three women skipping items while using the self-checkout. When confronted, one fled the scene but the two others were taken to the store office. It was determined one of the girls had nothing to do with the incident and she was released. The other one became combative, knocked a hole in the wall and tried to take her clothes off. She went to jail and was charged with shoplifting, battery, criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer. The whole hullabaloo took place in front of her 2-year-old nephew and 5-month-old niece, so cruelty to children charges were added. She refused to give the name of the third person involved in the incident. There was a total of $54.24 of merchandise not paid for.
· A woman was observed by a Kmart employee putting a buggy full of items in a bag she apparently brought with her to the store. It must have been a big bag because the woman dropped in the following items: two jumbo cookers, nine DVDs, six clothing items, a TV organizer, an air bed and black clogs. When she attempted to leave the store without paying for the items, valued at $495.79, she was stopped. She told the store employees she thought she was having a seizure, but when EMS showed up, she declined medical aid. Instead of riding in an ambulance, she rode to jail in a police car.
Striking a fixed object
A woman called the NCSO to report that her vehicle was damaged in Bell's parking lot when she wasn't paying attention to what she was doing and drove into the cart return. So, whose fault would that be?
Not how it works
The owner of a pawn shop called to say a customer came in and pawned his chainsaw. After receiving his cash, he left with the chainsaw.
That's a 10-4, good buddy
A couple called the NCSO to complain that they could hear their neighbor's CB conversation through their television.
One last ciggie, please
A man was traveling as a front seat passenger in a friend's car when a deputy noticed him hanging out the side window with no seat belt on. He stopped the vehicle and noticed the front seat passenger was highly nervous. The deputy noticed a brown bag sticking out from under the passenger seat of the vehicle and he asked the individual if he could search the car. The man replied, "I don't see why not, but can I have a cigarette before I go to jail?" Inside the brown paper bag were two open containers of vodka and three plastic bags with Batman on them containing a green, leafy substance suspected of being marijuana. The driver and passenger went to jail.
Grinch strikes again
A man notified the NCSO that someone had moved his inflatable Christmas lawn ornaments. He said they were now sitting closer to the road. He further noted that the same thing happened last year.
· Another man called to say his Christmas decorations had been knocked over.
Why doesn't she like me?
A woman reported to the NCSO that her ex-boyfriend called to invite her on a trip to North Carolina. When she refused, he called her names and told her he was going to choke her to death.
The manager of Krystal called the CPD to say an employee had been terminated and began throwing one-liter bottles of soft drinks across the counter. She counted 13 bottles. The employee had left the restaurant by the time police arrived.
Hit and run
A man said an acquaintance drove his SUV over to his house and drove around his yard, knocking down the cement bird bath, a statute of Mother Mary and some flowers. He then drove away.