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Cops seek highway shooter

MANSFIELD -- Drivers of two cars reported that someone fired shots at their vehicles as they drove on Ga. Highway 11 on Saturday afternoon near Mansfield's southern city limits.

According to reports by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the first incident was reported at about 12:15 p.m. by a Newborn man who said he was heading south on Ga. Highway 11 when someone fired a weapon -- either an air rifle or a pellet gun -- and struck the front fender of his vehicle on the driver's side. Damage to the 1989 Z71 truck was estimated at $350.

A short time later, the driver of a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck told the NCSO that he and his wife were traveling northbound on Ga. Highway 11 in the same vicinity when someone fired a similar type weapon at their vehicle, striking the passenger side door about four inches below the passenger window. Damages were estimated at $350.

The driver, a resident of Tifton, said the shot came from the east side of the roadway in an area where there are some large cedar trees.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the incidents are under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division.

"It is possibly going to be juveniles in the area," Mitchell said. "We take these types of incidents very seriously."

In other weekend crime news, a Covington woman was arrested early Saturday morning in connection with the stabbing of a Conyers man.

According to Mitchell, Priscilla Belle Martin, 24, of 10178 Allen Drive, was arrested at her home at about 2:30 a.m. and charged with aggravated assault.

According to the incident report, deputies arrived at the Allen Drive home to find the front door locked. They called through a window for Martin to come to the door. She opened the door, according to the report, and deputies found the 24-year-old victim inside with a stab wound to the chest.

Mitchell said the victim was taken to an Atlanta area hospital where he was treated and released.

A knife was taken into evidence, Mitchell said. Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the stabbing, Mitchell said, although the incident was listed as a domestic situation.