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13-year-old injured in bike accident

COVINGTON - A 13-year-old boy was flown by air ambulance from Turner Lake Recreation Complex on Sunday afternoon following a bicycle crash, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Bill Watterson said the youngster rode his bicycle into a chain, resulting in a laceration to his mouth.

"He was Life-Flighted to Egleston hospital as a precautionary measure," Watterson said, adding that emergency medical personnel did not know whether or not the youngster had hit his head during the accident.

Watterson said the boy was visiting the park with a family member. He was treated and released from the hospital.

In other news, a new home on Lakeridge Court was vandalized, resulting in an estimated $80,000 in damages.

According to an NCSO incident report completed by Deputy Debbie Torbett, a job superintendent for Legacy Communities went to the vacant house Friday and found a large amount of water coming from inside the house.

Torbett said the man reported that a back bedroom window had been broken out and it appeared someone had turned on all sources of water in the house and intentionally stopped up the drains. The result was extensive damage to flooring, cabinets and drywall.

Watterson said the vandalism case has been turned over to the criminal investigation unit and investigators are anxious to talk with anyone who might have information about the incident.

Investigator Mark Hegwood can be reached at 678-625-1414.

Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or by going to their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.