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.
The Covington Police Department was notified that a female was at a business swinging a stick and threatening the owner. Officers found the woman with a car antenna at the ready. The businessman, a garage owner, said the antenna didn't bother him as much as the handle of a sledgehammer that she first threatened him with. He was able to wrest that from her grasp.
The man said the woman called him a few days earlier when her tire shredded, leaving her stranded on the roadway. He said he told the woman he would get a new tire for her and put it on for $50 and she agreed.
The woman told the officers that was true, but after the man put the tire on her car, there was a "bad vibration." She took the car back to the dealer where the tire was purchased and had it to be balanced. In the process, she learned that the tire had only cost $30 and she felt like the garage owner had "put one over on her." She wanted a $20 refund, apparently feeling the labor should have been free.
She was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
A matched set?
A woman was arrested by the CPD at Wal-Mart at 4:15 p.m. after she was observed stuffing a pair of pillowcases in her purse and attempting to exit the store without paying for them. Just before 6 p.m. that same day, a man was arrested at Wal-Mart after he tried to exit the store with a set of sheets. There is no word on whether or not the two knew each other.
Nag, nag, nag
Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to settle an argument between a husband and wife involving a cell phone. It seems the wife had taken her husband's cell phone away from him because he had failed to pay the bill, resulting in both their phones being turned off. She said she wasn't giving the phone back until he paid the bill. After some negotiation, she agreed to give the phone back to him if he would "just leave her alone." He agreed.
A woman called the NCSO to report that she had gone to a neighbor's house and knocked on the door, but when the neighbor came to the door, she pepper sprayed the woman and her dog. The neighbor was arrested and charged with simple battery.
A Covington car dealership reported that three tailgates had been removed from three Ford F250s in the parking lot. Total loss estimated to be $2,550.
A man called the NCSO to report that while he was asleep, he heard a man coughing in his kitchen. When he entered the kitchen, the sliding glass door was open, but no one was around. There were no signs of forced entry nor footprints.
A woman notified the NCSO that her "husband's girlfriend's brother" e-mailed her and stated, "Your a-- is grass and we're going to smoke it." It was undetermined exactly what action was being threatened, but she wanted a report in case anything happened.
A woman reported someone had stolen her treadmill and her cake pans from a trailer she had formerly rented.
A CPD officer arrested a woman for DUI and allowed her to call her mother and tell her she was going to jail and turn her car over to one of her passengers rather than having it towed. The woman's mother called a short time later to ask what name the daughter had given the officer and to ask what happened to the car the daughter was driving. Turns out, the daughter gave the mother's name due to the fact that her license was already suspended for a previous DUI and it was the mother's car she turned over to her friend. Now she's in more trouble with the law and mom isn't real happy either.
* A woman called the NCSO to report that her daughter kicked her out of her apartment, demanding that she leave immediately. She left, leaving behind her possessions which included a 26-inch television. When the mother returned to pick up her possessions, she found that the daughter had pawned the TV to pay her light bill. The daughter said she had plans to get the TV and return it to her mother. The deputy told the two they needed to work out an arrangement for getting the TV back. However, both women stated they would not be talking with each other, and, therefore, no arrangements could be made. The deputy then advised the mother to take out a warrant in Magistrate Court if she didn't get the TV back in a reasonable time.
Where are my shoes?
An inmate at the Newton County Detention Center reported that upon being released from jail, he did not receive all his property. His white Air Jordans valued at $50 were not among his possessions.
A man reported that his ex-girlfriend entered his residence uninvited and poured mouthwash on his bed and broke his toaster.
For the kids
A woman reportedly entered Shoe Dept. in Newton Plaza with a large empty purse. It wasn't long until she exited the store, at which time clerks reported the purse was "bulging." CPD officers arrived and confronted the woman who handed over her purse stating, "There are shoes in it." She stated she stole the shoes because she needed to get shoes for her children -- the only problem was, the shoes were women's, size 101/2.