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.
Covington Police Officers were called to the scene of a stabbing, but when they arrived the victim said he fell on his knife, stabbing himself twice in the stomach. EMS technicians were working with the victim, and a woman by the name of Sandy (not real name) continued to call him on his cell. When asked who she was, the man replied, "She didn't do anything. Y'all leave her alone." After continued questioning, he said that he and Sandy had gotten into an argument after he was flirting with someone else at a local bar. She was actually the one who stabbed him twice and fled the scene.
Later, he recanted his story and told the officer repeatedly "that he couldn't tell me the truth about (Sandy) because he loved her and she was almost off probation," according to an incident report. The officer asked what the woman was on probation for and the victim laughed and said it was for stabbing someone. When asked why he would want to protect her, he said it was because they'd had a great Thanksgiving and that he took her to his mother's house and he was finally happy.
The officer next asked the man what made him think she wouldn't do the same thing again. The man said, "She won't because I'm not gonna see her anymore. I love (her), but I hate her now." The victim was laughing as he was wheeled away for a CT Scan.
The woman was later located and arrested.
A local auto repair business reported to the NCSO that a car parked in his parking lot had $1,300 worth of tires and rims removed from it overnight.
* A man told NCSO deputies that when he went to sleep his car was fine. When he woke up and went outside to warm his Nissan Maxima up before departing for work, a strange sight presented itself: The car was up on blocks and $1,425 worth of wheels and rims were missing.
I ain't paying
A man who consumed $52.65 worth of refreshments at The Depot Bar gave the bartender his credit card in order to run a tab. The bartender totaled up the amount, gave the man his card back and asked him to sign the receipt, but the guy said he wasn't paying it and walked out. He reportedly left in a red Honda Civic, traveling in the direction of Oxford.
Learning to walk
A resident reported seeing three young black men pushing a gray Nissan SUV down a street in an area subdivision. When an NCSO deputy arrived at the scene, he noted they had left the car partially out in the street and blocking a driveway. He located the boys and asked the driver for his license. "He advised me he did not have one. I asked the other two men how old they were and they advised me 15 and 16. Neither one of those men had a driver's license either," the incident report by the deputy states.
When asked why he was driving without a license, the driver said they were just going down the street to get a few games from his friend's house, but they ran out of gas. They were waiting for one of the boys' brother to bring them some gas. He never came and the car was towed.
Could be a plot
A woman called the NCSO to report that she was suspicious of an ad in a local newspaper. It was advertising for females between the ages of 18 to 24 to perform door-to-door magazine sales. The woman was concerned the ad was a scam to lure females into another state to be imprisoned as sex slaves.
Doesn't get it
It's the old conundrum, if you win, you lose. Someone described as a black man with long dreadlocks and wearing a "Jamaican-colored" knit hat was seen on surveillance video stealing $2,400 worth of lottery tickets at a local service station. Hopefully, he'll win the Mega Millions game and come forward to collect his winnings.
Revolver allegedly stolen
A man reported to the NCSO that someone had entered his vehicle and stolen a Smith & Wesson revolver. The only clue was a black New York Yankees hat left beside the vehicle.
A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had thrown a beer bottle at her house and damaged her Christmas lawn decorations.
* A woman called the NCSO to say her inflatable Santa and reindeer had been stolen from her yard. She had been awake at 2 a.m. that day and it was still on premises.
Got the munchies
A juvenile shoplifter, who was apprehended at the Kroger store on Salem Road, had stolen the following: Mini M&Ms, Hershey Hugs, Hershey's Kisses, Trident gum, almond M&M's, Wrigley gum, Cobalt gum; Kit Kat, candy corn, jelly beans, Skittles, two pairs of sunglasses and a Bic lighter.
This won't work
A woman who was charged with DUI attempted to throw the officer off her "scent" by spraying large quantities of perfume inside her vehicle. He still smelled the alcohol and the Breathalyzer confirmed she'd been drinking.
A landlord was recently inspecting a home she had rented and became involved in an argument with the tenant. The two were in the front yard when the tenant, who is several months pregnant, decided to moon her landlord. The landlord called the cops.
Kmart loss prevention officers detained a man leaving the store with five men's jackets and three women's necklaces with a total value of $439.92. It was noted the man was "extremely intoxicated" and when asked, the suspect admitted to having just polished off eight beers.