On the Beat: Lost man arrested after drugs found

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies discovered a man walking down Brown Bridge Road "violently" swinging his arms around, according to an incident report. He told deputies he was trying to go to his brother's house, but "I don't know where I am." Deputies asked if he'd had anything to drink and, of course, he replied "a couple of beers." The deputies asked about drugs and the man admitted, "I do smoke weed from time to time," but he didn't "think" he'd had any that night. When asked if he had any drugs on his person, he said, "Not that I know of." He was wrong. Deputies found a small container of marijuana in his pocket. He went to jail for public drunkenness and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

They went thataway!

A loss prevention officer at Wal-Mart observed a theft of clothing by "four heavy-set black females," according to a Covington Police Department incident report. The store employee told police that he was able to stop one of the women long enough to talk with her as they left the store, but the others continued to a white Ford Expedition in the parking lot. The vehicle pulled up to where the Wal-Mart employee was speaking with the woman who jumped in the car as it sped away. Never fear, he got the tag number.


An employee of the Dollar General store on Ga. Highway 20 called the NCSO to complain that someone left three bags of trash beside her Dumpster. She said the bags were too heavy for her to lift and put in the Dumpster, but she furnished the deputy papers from the bags that showed the person responsible had ties to a Conyers elementary school.

Lawn Boy

A woman called the NCSO to report she had left $25 in cash in an envelope in her mailbox which was addressed to "Lawn Boy." It was stolen.

Hit and run

The owner of a gift shop on Salem Road notified the NCSO that someone had broken one of her outdoor flower pots and it appeared the other one had been moved. The deputy found evidence someone had driven up onto the porch of the shop.

Vehicle meets mailbox

The owner of a brick mailbox reported to the NCSO that it had apparently been damaged by a vehicle. The deputy reported seeing the front grill of the vehicle that struck it laying on the ground.

Extortion racket

A woman called the NCSO to report her daughter's bicycle had been stolen. She said the same thing happened several weeks earlier, but a neighborhood kid had come by and told her he knew where it was. She told him she'd give him $20 if he could get it back. Miraculously, it showed up.

Missing girls

A woman reported two juveniles missing from her home. She said she didn't know what they were wearing, but one of them had her hair braided into a Mohawk. She surmised the girls had left to "hang out with some boys somewhere."

Mean landscaper

A woman called the NCSO to tell them that she had purchased a palm tree, but when the man came to plant it, he became irate with her and kicked the tree numerous times. She said it damaged the $500 palm tree.


Two white juveniles were videotaped as they rode a camouflaged golf cart into the pool area of a subdivision and proceed to toss patio furniture into the pool.

Kissing cousins

A man was made to feel unwelcome after greeting his cousin's wife with a hug in the driveway of her home. The woman's husband told him to leave and then punched him in the lip.

Double trouble

A woman called the CPD after her boyfriend slashed the tires on her car. They asked how they could track him down and she gave them two names and two dates of birth for him.

Equipment failure

A man driving a Chevy S-10 pickup parked in the driveway of a man who owns a Ford F-150. The two said while they were talking inside the home, they looked out in time to see the Chevy roll down the driveway, strike the Ford and crash into the garage door, leaving it wrapped around the truck. The owner of the Chevy said he put the emergency brakes on and the NCSO deputy said they were engaged when he arrived.

One-man crash

CPD officers were summoned to McDonald's on U.S. Highway 278 where there was a man standing on the sidewalk screaming. He told officers he was jumped by several unknown individuals and was left in a ditch for almost an hour. An ambulance was called. A few minutes later the man told officers that really he fell and injured himself when he was leaving his grandparents' house.

Funny money

An employee with the Kroger Fuel Center notified the CPD that a woman had attempted to pay for gas with a counterfeit $50 bill. The woman said her passenger handed her the money. The passenger said he got it from a man who owed him $10. He gave him $40 change. He didn't know the man's name, but said he'd know him if he saw him.

It's a draw

NCSO deputies answered a call concerning a domestic dispute. Here's the man's version: The mother of his baby brought the child to his house where she found him in bed with another woman. She became irate and went to the kitchen to get a knife. After that she took the baby and left.

Here's the mother of the baby's version: She went to the house to pick up her baby and the father of the child hit her and knocked her to the floor. He then told her he was going into his bedroom to get a gun and kill her. She attempted to call 911, but he broke the phone in half.

Both parties told deputies they weren't going to press charges and as the 911 call had been made by a third party, the deputies left.