On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints complied 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.
Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies went to a house to serve an arrest warrant, but when they got to the home they found two other men asleep in a Mazda parked in the yard. On the dashboard they found a set of false teeth, a pair of glasses and a crack pipe belonging to one of the men. He was given his teeth and glasses before being taken to jail for possession of a drug-related object.
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NCSO deputies arrested a man after a neighbor complained that he had painted a sign on the side of his trailer that read, "I love to kill people."
There ought to be a law
A couple notified the NCSO that after noticing their well water tasted bad, they looked inside and discovered a cardboard box inside. They attempted to get the box out of the well and discovered a dead rabbit. The well is covered and they have no idea who put the rabbit in the well.
· A man called the NCSO and reported that someone pulled into his mother's driveway and dumped out a dead deer.
Desperate for entertainment
A woman entered a DVD rental store and asked if they would waive her late fees. She was told they would not. She then browsed around and came back by the clerk and asked about tanning bed prices also offered at the store. As she left the store, a DVD fell from inside her clothes. She ran to the exit, but an off-duty policeman was in the store and chased after her. Though she struggled, he held her until NCSO deputies arrived.
They reported the woman was crying and apologizing and saying, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to take the movie." She then offered to "to give the store any amount of money," for her problems to disappear, but she was arrested and charged with shoplifting.
· A man walked out the back door of Big Lots with a 32-inch television valued at $600. They have him on videotape.
· A home was burglarized, and the only items taken were a flat screen TV, a DVD player and approximately 50 movies.
Make yourself at home
Two men, 30 to 40 years old, entered a closed-in front porch of a Covington home and sat down on a sofa. The female homeowner went to the door and asked them what the problem was and they said they needed some gas money. She told them she didn't have any money for them and they needed to leave. They agreed with her, but kept sitting.
From inside the house, she heard them attempting to pick the door lock and once again she told them to leave or she was going to call the police. It was an idle threat because the woman did not have a phone, but she was able to get her son, go out the back door and head to a nearby gas station where she called the Covington Police Department. She told them that they just watched her run by and made no move to leave, but when they went back to the house, the unwanted guests had left.
Pesky utility bills
A woman notified the NCSO that a man who "comes and goes" at her residence had taken $150 from her pants pocket. When confronted, the man told deputies the woman told him she needed $150 to pay her light bill, and although he had promised to assist her with the bill once he paid his bills at his mother's house, he was slap out of money. Deputies checked and the man didn't have the money on him.
Stealing the contraband
Administrators at Sharp Leaning Center notified the CPD that someone had broken a front office window and entered the building, taking only a box that contained the contraband that had been taken from students so far this school year. The booty included cell phones, MP3 players and iPods. They estimated there were 30 to 40 items in the box.
A woman called the NCSO to report that her husband's friend keeps coming to her house when the husband is not at home.
· A man called the NCSO to report that his wife put a candy bar in his mother's gas tank.
· A man reported to the NCSO that he loaned his Lexus to his girlfriend and she won't give it back to him.
· A woman called the CPD to report that she had received harassing phone calls from her daughter's friend's mother, who left a message stating, "Your daughter lied on my daughter to their friends. Now my daughter and I are going to use the Internet as a tool to spread lies on you two." When confronted, the caller said she left the message after her daughter came home crying because of lies told by the other woman and her daughter. Nobody went to jail.
A woman reported to the NCSO that her ex-boyfriend ran in the front door of her residence, pulled a large clump of hair out of her head and exited out the garage door. Later, he threw a rock through the front door and another one through a window that struck her new boyfriend, who was laying on the coach. She said her ex was either staying at a house down the street or living in the woods.
Two juveniles notified the CPD that an elderly man pointed a shotgun at them while they were riding their bikes and told them to get off "his road." They boys fled in fear, one of them jumping off his bike and leaving it in the road. When they got up enough courage to go back to recover the bike, it was gone. They told the officer they believed the old man took it, but they were only able to identify him by a nickname.
Eventually, officers made contact with him and he freely admitted that he didn't want the youngsters on what he called "his road." He said he had been out shooting squirrels with his BB gun when he yelled at them to leave. The bicycle was located and returned to the two boys, and the squirrel hunter went to jail.
A man called the NCSO to report that during a two-week span of time someone had struck his mailbox with either rocks or a baseball bat. He said they also threw one egg at his house. He told the deputy he had already repaired the mailbox and had plans to clean off the egg.
A woman was having her hair cut at a local beauty shop when another woman came into the shop and began yelling at her, according to a CPD report. She said the woman grabbed her hair and began screaming that she was actually bald. Police were called to the scene and the officer said he had reports of outrageous conduct from that same woman twice that same day. He had previously offered to give her a ride to a mental health facility, but she declined. This time, he arrested her.
A woman called the NCSO to report her house had been burglarized and rooms were in disarray. The only item she found missing was a "wad" of one dollar bills she kept in a disposable diaper box. She didn't know how much money was in the box.