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 e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not mad, just out of gas
A man reported that a man driving a pickup was following him too closely and had on his bright lights. It made him mad and he and the driver exchanged words and he told the truck driver they could pull into the next service station and handle it. He said the truck then pulled into the next gas station and he followed. He said as he got out, the other driver pulled out a gun and held it at his waist. He called the cops.
When deputies spoke with the truck driver, he explained it was all a misunderstanding. He said he was following the driver so closely because he was almost out of gas and trying to make it to a service station. He said the guy was driving real slow and his gas tank read "zero miles until empty." He said when the other guy told him to pull into the next service station, he had no choice but to comply because he was out of gas. He said when the man followed him and got out of his car, he pulled the gun and held it by his side. He was charged with disorderly conduct and the gun was confiscated.
Too much information
A CPD officer arrested a woman for shoplifting at Wal-Mart recently after a loss prevention officer observed her pick up a tube of K-Y Jelly and a handbag and leave the store without bothering to pay for them. The items, worth $30.97, were recovered.
A woman called the NCSO and reported that her two daughters had gotten into a dispute because the younger one wanted to use her older sister's bathroom to apply fingernail polish. The older daughter became enraged and knocked a vacuum cleaner downstairs and began throwing clothing. The two girls were in a pushing match and when the mother intervened, the older daughter spat in the mother's face. The mother said she did not want her daughter to go to jail. She just wanted her to abide by the rules of the house. A juvenile complaint for unruly conduct was filed.
* A woman reported to the NCSO that her two sons had gotten into a fight over a bowl of cereal. She wanted her older son to leave the house and said he lived with his grandmother. The officer offered to give the young man a ride to his grandmother's, but the mother warned the deputy that the son probably had a gun in his book bag. She was right. The deputy found a loaded .22-caliber pistol. As he was only 18, he did not have a permit. He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a pistol without a license.
A father' s influence
A car with an expired tag and no insurance was stopped by an NCSO deputy. He asked the driver for his license and the young man told him, "I don't have one." Suspicious, the deputy asked how old he was. He told him he was 14 and was driving his parents' car. The deputy asked if his father knew he was out with the car and he said, "Yes, he told me to go and get some food." The deputy had the young man get his father on the phone and have him come to the scene. When the father arrived, he explained that he had been drinking and merely wanted the son to go get them something to eat. The son was issued three citations and the father was issued two citations. The car was towed.
A woman told NCSO deputies that her ex-boyfriend came to her house and began an argument with her. She said he came inside yelling and talking on his cell phone to his mother. She said she heard him say, "Mama, I'm getting ready to go to jail because I'm gonna slap this b----. He then followed her up the stairs and slapped her. He was gone when deputies arrived.
A woman called the NCSO to say that she got her tongue pierced and when she came home her girlfriend "became irate, grabbed her by the neck and choked her until she could not breathe and then slapped her." Deputies described marks and bloody areas on the woman where her girlfriend had apparently dug her fingernails into her skin. The girlfriend was gone when deputies were at the location, but warrants were set to be taken the next day.
* A woman called the CPD to say she and her boyfriend got into an argument and when he refused to leave her residence, she left. When she returned, she found her sofa and love seat were sliced up and the stuffing was removed. She said the boyfriend admitted doing it and told her if she didn't come home, he'd cut her up like he did the couch. She was advised to get a restraining order.
A woman called the CPD to report the theft of her purse. It seems a man she met on the Internet picked her up for a date and drove her to the RaceWay service station, gave her a debit/credit card and told her to go inside and pay for the gas. She went inside and he drove off, taking her purse with him.
Slipped his mind
A man was stopped by the CPD after running a stop sign. He was leaving an area known for drug activity, but when asked, denied any involvement with drugs. The officer asked permission to search his vehicle and the young man said he was free to check anywhere he wished. The officer found a cluster of suspected marijuana stuffed under a seat cushion where the man had been sitting. He said, "Oh, man, I forgot that was there. I meant to tell you about that." A further search located a cube of crack cocaine and more marijuana that had apparently slipped his mind as well. He went to jail.
A woman called the NCSO to report the attempted theft of her chrome wheels. She said whoever did it jacked up the car and took the lug nuts off the tires, but did not take the wheels. They had, however, brought four cinder blocks to her house in case they were successful.
A real pro
An NCSO deputy said he was parked on Old Atlanta Highway observing traffic when he heard the sound of a vehicle with loud exhaust headed his way. "A small maroon sports vehicle" blew past him at a high rate of speed and the deputy gave chase. The deputy estimated the car was traveling in excess of 70 mph. When he got the car stopped, he found the driver's license was suspended. The deputy asked the driver if he had any idea how fast he was going, and the man replied that he had no idea because at the time he was looking at the laptop computer sitting in the passenger seat. The deputy said the computer was connected to the car's engine and the man was apparently monitoring the vehicle's RPMs and other information used in racing. He was arrested for reckless driving.