News for Thursday, June 3, 2010


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Newton Blotter - 06/04/2010

Quintavis Marquest Russell, 18, 2238 Emory, simple battery, fighting in a public place.* Ruby Kay Smith-Hill, 53, 390 Forest Road, simple battery, criminal trespass.* Jesus Spelayo, 27, 25 Doves Nest, simple battery (Family Violence Act).* Joseph Lee Stephenson, 23, 10536 May, contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Searchers find body of missing 17-year-old in Alcovy River

COVINGTON -- For the second time in less than a week, Factory Shoals Park was the scene of a tragedy.The body of 17-year-old Bernardo "Alex" Rosas was recovered Thursday afternoon, just days after a 59-year-old man was discovered dead in the waters Sunday. Rosas had disappeared in the waters of the Alcovy River below the shoals Wednesday when he was swimming with friends at the park.

Roy Varner, former BOC chair, dies

COVINGTON -- Former Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Roy Varner died Thursday following a recent illness.

Morgan in support of rollback rate

COVINGTON -- County Commission Chairman Kathy Morgan is asking commissioners to consider adopting the rollback millage rate to lessen budget cuts to public safety and courts.

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Military officer to run for BOE seat

COVINGTON -- A military officer and businessman is seeking a seat on the Newton County Board of Education where he said he will act in the best interest of students.

Teen from Lawrenceville dies in crash

COVINGTON -- A 17-year-old boy from Lawrenceville was killed in a car crash late Monday afternoon after he attempted to pass another vehicle on a double yellow line, according to the Georgia State Patrol.