News for Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Newton Blotter - 07-30-10

* Robbie Deion Avery, 18, 180 Old River Road, probation violation.* Derrick Ramone Banks, 36, homeless, battery.* John Kennedy Bell, 23, 75 Shadowbrook Road, probation violation, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, driving while license suspended or revoked, open container, improper lane usage, no proof of insurance, failure to yield to emergency vehicle.* Ladarious Quintrell Boswell, 17, 6157 Geiger St, armed robbery; intimidation; taking control of substance.* Iesha Shy-Cole Bozeman, 19, 30 Middleton Drive, forgery in the first degree.

Arts Association touts buying locally

COVINGTON — With the increase in arts-related businesses in recent years, the Arts Association in Newton County is hoping to raise public awareness of opportunities to buy and make art.

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Tunnel vision

Crews are making progress on the roundabout project at the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Clark Street. The underground pedestrian tunnel is now being constructed. The lighted tunnel will provide access from Clark Street to Turner Lake Complex. Turner Lake Road has been closed since early June. The contractor has six months to complete the project.

Community hosts Night Out against crime

Changing a high crime area can be done and the folks in one western Newton community have made the transition, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Community Liaison Cpl. Anthony Washington. It will celebrate by participating in this year's National Night Out event.

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It's a hot job, but someone has to do it

Reggie Ezells probably wished he was enjoying the breeze of a tropical palm tree and enjoying a refreshing beverage instead of sweating in the Ingles grocery parking lot Friday morning as temperatures steadily rose. Ezells and other vendors were busy making deliveries to ensure supplies are adequate for the weekend which forecasters say will be another scorcher. Temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 90s for the weekend with high humidity and hazardous weather warnings in effect for Newton County. The only relief in sight is a 30 to 40 percent chance for thunderstorms.

Voters to head back to polls

COVINGTON — Many Newton County voters will head back to the polls to cast their ballots in the Aug. 10 primary runoff election for several state and local Republican and Democrat offices.

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Agencies practice on how to react to child abductions

CONYERS — Search and rescue efforts for kidnapped children were put to the test Thursday as local law enforcement participated in a multi-agency training exercise that played out a hypothetical child abduction in order to receive national certification.

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