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.
I don't believe it
A woman presented a $20 bill for payment of gas at Kroger, but when marked with a marker, it was shown to be counterfeit. She didn't believe it and called the Covington Police Department for further investigation. An officer took it back to the station and determined that the bill was, in fact, genuine. She was called to come pick up her $20.
Don't take your drugs to town
A woman was seen placing $93.37 worth of merchandise into her purse at Wal-Mart, but that darn purse made even more problems for her when the police showed up. She told the police the reason she took the merchandise was because she wanted it and "thought she might have a chance at it."
The officer searched her purse before arresting her. "When I opened the purse, I smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the purse. In the purse was a clear plastic baggie with marijuana in it."
Not only was she arrested for shoplifting, but possession of marijuana, as well.
Let me outta here
Nurses in the intensive care unit at Newton Medical Center notified police that a patient "removed all monitoring devices from his body" and fled the hospital. Apparently when police found him he was much better. They took him to jail and charged him with disorderly conduct.
Lessons on loaning your car
A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report that she loaned her car to a friend who didn't bring it back at the agreed hour. He called four hours later, however, to say he was being held hostage by two people and was being brought to her house to pick up her credit card. The woman was told to take out a warrant against her "friend."
Hit and drive-thru
The Bank of North Georgia reported a customer damaged the cash drawer at the drive through window when she stopped her car, but did not put it in park. She opened her door to get out and the car rolled backwards hitting the drawer with the open car door. No explanation was given as to why the customer was getting out at the drive-through window, nor if the cash drawer had, in turn, damaged the automobile. The damage to the drawer was estimated to be $500.
He hit me
A former inmate at the jail filed a complaint with the NCSO, stating that "he was involved in an assault with another individual while housed at the Newton County Detention Center."
A thief may be shocked to learn that the Kazuma 110 four-wheeler that was stolen recently from a shed in a woman's backyard might not have been the best choice. According to a NCSO incident report, the four-wheeler has four flat tires and is missing its drive chain, gas line, air filter, front bumper and horn.