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.
Him, not me
A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report that she returned home to find her ex-husband's clothes missing from the closet, as well as her $700 Louis Vuitton purse that she left under her bed. She said her ex-husband was the only person who would know where she kept it and named him as a suspect. While at the residence, the deputy ran the woman's name through the NCSO computer system and it was determined she had an outstanding warrant against her for entering automobile. She went to jail.
Listen to the dog
A woman reported a burglary to the NCSO, saying she awoke about 3 a.m. when her dog barked briefly and "thought nothing of it." She went back to sleep and the next morning found her $1,100 TV, her $400 PlayStation and her $500 guitar with amplifier missing. She told the deputy someone unknown to her came into her house and stole the items, but reasoned the person had to have known how to open her garage door. She was mystified as to who it could be.
A woman reported to the NCSO that someone burglarized her home, stealing cash and medication belonging to her, her mother and her daughter. Taken from her purse were $20 and 28 Hydrocodone, 28 Carisprodol and 28 Alprazolam. Taken from her mother's purse were 14 Alprazolam, 30 Carisprodol and $40 in cash. Also, her daughter's Adderall (26 pills) was taken. The woman told the deputy that her daughter "needs her medicine to be refilled quickly because she cannot pay attention at school without it."
Honesty is best policy
An NCSO deputy stopped a man believed to be involved in a hit and run in the area of Home Depot. The deputy saw the man get out of his vehicle and look at the rear area of his car, where the caller who reported the accident said the damage would be. The deputy asked the man for his license and as it developed, he did not have a valid license. The deputy reported smelling the odor of alcohol coming from the man and asked him how much he'd had to drink. "Too much," the man replied. He was right. He went to jail and was charged with DUI, driving while license is suspended and leaving the scene of an accident.
· Another man was stopped after being seen driving erratically and he stated he'd recently consumed "four beers and about three mixed drinks ... I shouldn't have mixed the malt liquor and the liquor with the beer ... I thought I could make it home this time." He was wrong. He went to jail and was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane.
· The Covington Police stopped an obviously drunk individual who agreed to perform a field sobriety test. He asked the officer if he was going to "do that thing with your hands," and the officer had to explain to him that he was going to have to perform the test, not the officer. He tried, but finally stated, "I'm not going to b.s. you. You got me." He was right. He blew a .25 on the Breathalyzer (.08 is considered impaired). He went to jail and was charged with no headlights and DUI.
· A CPD officer stopped a man who was weaving on Interstate 20 and suspected to be under the influence. The man told the officer he had been to the Ozone and had three pitchers of beer to drink, but proudly pointed to his passenger and said he'd not had as much to drink as he had and that's why he was driving. In fact, he assured the officer that before leaving the club a friend of his, who is a detention deputy in the jail, performed a field sobriety test on him and deemed him competent to drive. The friend was wrong. He was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane and DUI.