Shot fired into home

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office reported that a bullet entered a home in the Windridge subdivision, located off Ga. Highway 36, and struck a wall in a hallway about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The family who lives on Windridge Drive told deputies there were several people in the home at the time of the incident. They reported hearing five shots, but said only one entered the residence.

According to an incident report completed by Deputy Charles Day, it appeared that the shooter was either in a vehicle in the street or on foot near the driveway of the residence. He said the bullet apparently entered the upper left window pane in a room adjoining the family room.

Day described the bullet as going through that room and striking a wall in an adjoining hallway before falling to the floor. He found the bullet on the floor. He reported finding no shell casings either in the grass or in the street.

The complainants said they knew of no one who was mad at them or anyone who would shoot at them.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, there are no suspects in the incident.

In other crime news, the Covington Police Department arrested two men on June 11 after they attempted to cash counterfeit checks totaling more than $9,000 at Peoples Bank on U.S. Highway 278.

Arrested were Edward Maurice Goodwin Jr., 44, of 10785 Cedar Grove Road, Fairburn and Valence Boston Luben, 22, of 1135 Jefferson St., Atlanta. Both men were charged with forgery in the first degree.

According to a CPD incident report, both men were wearing shirts with the name "Plumbing Enterprises" on them and each presented checks from that business. Goodwin's check was in the amount of $4,367.93 and Luben's check was for $4,873.60.

When the signatures on the checks were compared with records on file at the bank, they did not match, according to the report. Bank employees checked with officials of the company and were told the checks were counterfeit and, in turn, notified authorities.

By the time officers arrived at the bank, both suspects had left the bank but were apprehended as they walked down U.S. 278.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.