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 reported to the NCSO that someone came onto her property and stole her green trash can with a black lid and wheels from her curb. She valued the trash can at $250.
Out of business
A man notified the NCSO that he had taken his television to a TV repair shop on Access Road and was never called to come pick it up. When he went back to the shop, he found it out of business. He was told his complaint was a civil matter.
About how much?
A man was stopped by an NCSO deputy on suspicion of DUI. The deputy asked how much he'd had to drink that day and the man said "about eight beers." He was asked how much he'd had to drink in the last two hours and he said "about a six-pack." Later he gave this estimate: "I started about 9 a.m. this morning and I've had about a case ... um, I mean a 12-pack and it's been 30 minutes or so since I had my last one." He did not do well on his field sobriety test. In searching the man's car before taking him to jail, the deputy found a half empty bottle of Evan Williams whiskey and an unopened six-pack of beer in the passenger seat. The man blew a .257 - .08 is considered too impaired to drive.
A real mystery
A woman driving a Lexus along I-20 was mystified when stopped for speeding by a CPD officer and him checking her driving information showed her license was suspended. She had a California tag on the car, yet her license was out of New York. She said she couldn't understand why it would be suspended unless it was those unpaid traffic citations she had when she left New York.
'I've been instructed'
A woman called the NCSO to report that a woman came into her garage and started taking pictures of her vehicle. She said she and the woman were involved in a hit-and-run accident the day before. When she told the woman to get off her property and quit taking pictures, the woman told her, "I've been instructed to take pictures." She then got into her car and left.
A chance encounter
A woman called the NCSO to report her medications had been stolen and she needed to take four Loritabs and three Somas every day. She said the last people in her home were a woman she had met through Craigslist and a male friend of hers. She only knew their first names and had no other information on them. While the deputy was there, she tried to find them on Craigslist and failed. The deputy told her to call her doctor and tell him what happened.
Attempted boat theft
A woman called the NCSO to say she spotted someone trying to swim away with her boat. She said she saw a man pulling a rope that was attached to her boat. She yelled at him and he dropped the rope, made his way to the shore line and ran off. He was described as a thinly-built white man with a bald head, wearing blue jean shorts. The boat was recovered.
A man flagged down a CPD officer and told him he had lost his gun the week before. He said he had just purchased the gun and he thought he lost it when he sat down in the public restroom of Ingles grocery on Turner Lake Road, surmising that it fell out of his pocket at that time. He said he had not had time to report it until he saw the officer passing by the intersection of Usher and Emory streets.
A woman informed the administration at Newton High School, who in turn notified the NCSO, that an adult woman had picked up her son from school without her knowledge.
All in the family
A woman notified the NCSO that last year she had stored her washer and dryer at her brother's house and had seen the two appliances there a month ago. Her brother was now telling her he didn't know where they were and he guessed they must have been stolen.
A woman called the NCSO to report that she dropped her boyfriend of three months off at the McDonald's restaurant in Lithonia 24 hours earlier and had not seen him since. She said he didn't drive and wasn't familiar with the area and she was concerned for his welfare. A deputy phoned the woman the next day to come to the sheriff's office and file a missing person's complaint and she stated things had changed since she first reported the young man missing. She said she had found out he had been out partying all night and seeing other girls and she was done with the relationship.
While at church
A man reported when he went to church Sunday morning the items that remained unsold from a yard sale the previous day were covered up in the front yard, including a Honda dirt bike. When he got home all the items were there, except for the dirt bike. The red and black bike is valued at $300.
A man reported that when the recovery agent came to repossess his Volvo, he didn't have a chance to get out his personal belongings. He went to Gwinnett County to pick them up and was able to get everything except for his garage door opener. He said he just wanted the incident documented.