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.
A woman notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office that she believes her son's ex-girlfriend has an ongoing campaign against her.
Among the list of allegations is that the woman had gone to the post office and had the mother's address changed three times; gone to the mother's doctor's office and given them a change of address and requested her medical records; deposited a bad check into the mother's account and then reported the check stolen; attempted to have the utilities changed into her own name; had the mother' cell phone service discontinued; and has attempted to take out life insurance policies on the mother.
Love in the afternoon
A complaint came into the Covington Police Department around 12:15 in the afternoon that a couple appeared to be having sex in a Ford Thunderbird in the parking lot of the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. An officer arrived and observed the couple moving from the back seat to the front seat, while hurriedly getting dressed. "Both subjects were breathing very heavily and (the girl) appeared to be trying to wiggle her pants up while keeping her shirt down."
The two initially denied that they were having sex and told the officer they were "just talking," but admissions were forthcoming once a shirt and some incriminating items were discovered in the backseat.
The couple was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The young man told the officer he had to be home to get his sister off the school bus at 2:30. His father was notified his son would be unavailable for babysitting duties.
A man found a strange "salad" in his auto, apparently left there while he was at work. A bag of collard greens and raw eggs were thrown into the vehicle after the unknown vandal broke the driver's side window with a piece of asphalt. Also, a paperback book titled, "Speak No Evil," was found on the driver's seat.
· A man reported to the NCSO that an unknown person had stabbed the rear seat in his automobile, leaving several cuts. He estimated the damage to the upholstery to be approximately $1,000. He couldn't remember if the doors were locked at the time of the incident.
· A woman who is estranged from her husband called the CPD to say she drove her cousin's work van to her home to recover some of her personal items. Her husband was inside the house and while she was there, he went outside and came back in and made the comment, "I don't know how you're gonna leave because your tires are flat."
Confronted by CPD officers, the husband told them "stuff happens and sometimes you don't know who did it."
· A woman called the NCSO to say "an old friend" came by her house and put shoe polish on her vehicle. She said they'd had a "falling out."