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Teenager arrested on gun charges

COVINGTON - A 16-year-old was recently arrested after he allegedly fired a .22-caliber pistol when he saw his mother and boyfriend engaged in what he believed to be a physical altercation, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to a residence on High Ridge Court around 10:45 p.m. on May 19 after the mother of the youngster notified the NCSO that her son had a gun and was "somewhere in the woods."

An incident report completed by Deputy Patrick Gilbert states that as officers began searching for the youngster, the mother told them, "(he) just walked in the back door."

The report states that officers found him inside the home, ordered him to the floor and handcuffed him. They then asked him about the gun and he told them he had thrown it down in the woods, but was not sure of the location. He led officers to the approximate area, but the report states they were unable to locate the gun described as "a black and brown .22 pistol."

When asked what had occurred earlier, the youngster said he thought his mother's boyfriend was beating her. He said he "got mad and went to go get his gun. He walked outside and shot two rounds into the air. He then threw the gun into the woods," according to the report.

The mother, however, told officers that she and her boyfriend were "play fighting," and her son "must have thought they were really fighting. She saw (him) go into his room and get a black and brown pistol ... and (he) walked out the front door."

The mother stated she then locked the front door and called 911.

The youngster, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was turned over to Juvenile authorities and charged with possession of a pistol or revolver by a person under 18, reckless conduct and unruly juvenile.

The NCSO Warrant Division recently apprehended a man who had nine outstanding warrants for his arrest and in the process made two additional arrests.

Deputies arrested Paul Ricky Loyd, 36, of 20 River Bend Drive who was wanted on nine counts of first degree forgery.

"Attached to the residence on River Bend Drive was a garage and deputies obtained a search warrant for that and found two more individuals who they were looking for and placed them under arrest, as well," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Also arrested were Dwayne Levi Randolph, 28, of 7114 Fowler Court, who was wanted on failure to appear and probation violation charges, and Kristy Gayle Walls, 26, who was wanted for failure to appear.

"During the course of executing the search warrant, deputies found a handgun, and when they ran the serial number they found that it was stolen out of Henry County," Mitchell said.

Randolph was then additionally charged with theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Walls was charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

In other crime news, NCSO deputies were recently able to locate a $20,000 Bobcat skid-steer loader reported stolen out of Snellville and arrest a Covington man in connection with the theft.

James Earl Wilkins, 44, 7245 Ga. Highway 212, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers and probation violation.

Mitchell said the NCSO received an alert from LoJack, a stolen vehicle recovery system, and discovered the Bobcat had been stolen out of Snellville.

"We got the LoJack hit showing the stolen equipment was on Ga. Highway 212 between Yancey and Raybee roads," Mitchell said. "That was very close to where it was. Deputies were able to drive right to the location."

Mitchell said they found the Bobcat loaded on a trailer pulled by a pickup. When they pulled up to the scene, the man standing next to the truck, later identified as Wilkins, fled on foot.

"He initially got away, but we set up a perimeter and he was located in the woods walking on the shore of Jackson Lake near the FFA Camp," Mitchell said, adding that Wilkins resisted arrest and was Tasered before officers were able to take him into custody.

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