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.
Honesty best policy
A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped the driver of a black Chevy pickup after he observed him weaving as he drove along Ga. Highway 36. When the deputy walked up to the driver following the traffic stop, the driver told him, "You caught me. I'm drunk and I don't have a license."
Not taking the man's word for it, the deputy administered a field sobriety test during which the man informed him "he didn't want to dance on video." Turns out the man was absolutely right -- a test of his blood alcohol showed it to be .18. He was arrested.
* A Covington Police Department officer stopped a man driving a Honda who made an inappropriate turn from U.S. Highway 278 onto Emory Street, spinning tires and creating a cloud of smoke. When the officer made the traffic stop, the driver got out of the car and nearly fell over. He gave the officer his credit card when asked for his driver's license and the officer said he could smell a strong odor of alcohol. Apparently, the man thought an apology might help so he said, "I know I'm driving like an idiot and I'm sorry." His blood alcohol registered a .13. He was arrested.
An NCSO deputy answered a call regarding an injured person and found a woman with a bleeding hand. She said she was in the house and tried to get her husband's attention by knocking on the window. It broke and cut her wrist in two places.
Not the dog' s fault
A woman reported to the NCSO that her neighbor's dog took three pairs of shoes off her front porch and chewed them up. The total value of a pair of boots and two pairs of tennis shoes was said to be $300. Animal Control was notified.
A CPD officer observed a man walking down Washington Street who kept looking at his patrol car and making an obvious attempt not to appear too obvious. As the officer got out to question him, the suspect tossed two packages into the grass. Inside the packages the officer discovered prescription drugs and he asked the young man what sort of pills they were. The man said they were hydrocodone pain pills. Upon a closer check, the officer discovered the majority of the pills were actually an antibiotic.
The young man became very upset and told the officer he had been ripped off because the guy he bought them from said all the pills were hydrocodone. He went to jail.
* The owner of a coin laundry contacted the CPD and said he had purchased two pieces of wood wrapped in electrical tape for $300. He thought he was buying a computer fresh from the factory. The man who sold it to him had shown him the printed specs.
The computer salesman is described as a black man with one gold tooth, who is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds who was wearing a black coat and red and blue sock hat or beanie.
* A man called the NCSO to say his Toyota pickup was being held for ransom. It seems he traveled from Ohio to Georgia to trade his Ninja motorcycle for the truck. He had met three people over the Internet who were interested in making the trade.
He met with the three at a carwash in Conyers and the trade was accomplished. As he traveled back to Ohio, he spent the night at a motel in Calhoun and when he awoke the next morning, his truck was missing. He found a bill of sale and a key to the truck with a note that demanded an additional $300 for the return of the truck.
* A woman told NCSO deputies that she allowed two people to spend the night at her residence recently and when she awoke the next morning, more than $11,000 worth of jewelry was missing and the two people had left. She suspects they may have taken her jewelry.
Good weather for it
A man reported to the NCSO that his brother had advised him that somebody was "mud-bogging" on his property.
A woman notified the NCSO that someone had burglarized her home and taken her toy poodle. It is valued at $3,000.
* A woman called the NCSO to her house because she let her Rottweiler out and it hadn't returned home.
Works for me
A woman notified the NCSO that her boyfriend noticed a garden hose attached to the outside faucet of her apartment and followed it to an outside faucet belonging to the apartment next door. She stated she did not know it was there, but when she had moved in recently, she had to pay a large water bill. Deputies went next door and the woman who lived there said she didn't know anything about the hose. She only knew "when she turned the water on it came out." The woman whose boyfriend had found the problem didn't want to press charges, so the deputies disconnected the hose and left.