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 man reported someone had put his wife's name on Craig's List offering sexual acts.
Just a little juice
A woman reported to the NCSO that she found an electrical cord plugged into an outlet in her well pump shed. She followed the cord to an adjacent street and observed the cord going into a camper. Her electric bill had increased.
Who could it be?
A woman called the NCSO to report that someone had been using her credit card to purchase pizza on multiple occasions during the last month. The purchases totaled $192 and were from Premier Pizza and Domino's.
All in the family
A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had "keyed" her vehicle, scratching the word "slut" on it and had also inflicted two dents one on the passenger side door and one in the rear. She said she thinks the culprit is either "her soon-to-be ex-husband or her current boyfriend's ex-girlfriend."
A vehicle was observed weaving erratically as a woman drove down Ga. Highway 81. When NCSO deputies stopped the vehicle and asked the woman why she couldn't seem to keep her car in the correct lane of travel, she explained, "I just got a bunch of food from Taco Bell and was fishing through the bag." The deputy thought it might also have something to do with the heavy odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle. The woman was arrested for DUI.
A man was arrested at Wal-Mart after he was observed trying to leave the store without paying for a container of queso dip valued at $3.24 and an X-box game valued at $29.96.
A woman was seen leaving the Kroger store on U.S. 278 with a shopping cart and purse full of items she didn't pay for. A Kroger employee attempted to stop the woman, asking for a receipt, and the woman laughed in her face and kept going. CPD officers located the woman in her car near the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and U.S. 278 and arrested her for shoplifting $172.81 worth of groceries.
A woman was seen at Food Depot placing meat in grocery bags she had in her pocket and attempting to exit the store. She paid for $1.77 worth of groceries, but she had $37.22 in merchandise. When confronted, she began complaining of medical problems and got into a green Honda with a Walton County tag and left the store. The stolen merchandise was recovered.
Two men in a black and tan Chevrolet S-10 pickup were seen loading somebody else's firewood in their truck and taking off.
The NCSO was called to a residence with a report of a family disturbance. They were told a woman's boyfriend had been drinking alcohol all day and punching holes in the wall of her house. He was arrested.
A grocery store reported that someone had stolen a "scan gun" valued at $1,000.
A woman called the NCSO to complain that her boyfriend went to the Waffle House and when he returned he poured water on her while she was asleep. The boyfriend said he wanted her to get up and did it as a joke. He accused her of pulling his ears, but no injuries were visible.
A man reported to the NCSO that someone had driven through his newly sodded yard and sprayed silly string in his mailbox and on his lights at the end of the driveway.
A man reported to the NCSO that someone had shot his silver 2008 Mercedes-Benz R350 and his home. Deputies found bullet holes in the rear of the vehicle and in the right rear head rest, as well as the rear window was apparently shot out. There were three bullet holes in the front of the man's home. Seven 45-caliber shell casings were found in the road in front of the home.
Not my fault
A woman called the NCSO to report that she struck the curb while she was avoiding a collision with another vehicle. She said a woman in a black BMW which had left the scene made her hit the curb, although the BMW didn't make contact with her vehicle and didn't do anything that actually caused her to run into the curb. Nevertheless, the woman said the driver of the BMW should have to pay half of her repair bill and was "displeased" that the deputy didn't agree with her. The next day, she called the NCSO again for a report on the BMW.
OK to drive
A man was found in a field passed out at the wheel of his vehicle after he had lost control, sliding 77.3 feet off the right side of the roadway into a mailbox on Brown Bridge Road. He then traveled 113.2 feet striking a fence and fence posts and then another 107.7 feet before coming to his final resting place in a vacant field. When a deputy woke him up, the deputy asked the man where he got the wrist band on his arm and he said at O'Zone where he had two beers, but he was OK to drive.