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 Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy answered a call regarding a family fight. His investigation revealed there had been no physical altercation; however siblings began arguing over lemonade and that escalated into yelling, cussing and finally plates of food being slammed onto the ground. The food splattered on the person who called the cops.
Where's the watchdog?
A woman called the Covington Police Department to report that someone broke into her vehicle and stole her leather purse in the Rite-Aid parking lot. She said she had left the windows partially down because her dog was in the car.
* A woman called the CPD to say two full grown pit bull dogs had been stolen from her back yard. The back yard was fenced in and there was no sign they had escaped. She valued the dogs at $1,000.
* A family pet -- a female Huskie described as 80 pounds, blue-eyes, 8-years-old -- was reported stolen while on a leash in the back yard.
A CPD officer stopped a vehicle because he suspected the driver of being drunk. Despite smelling of alcohol, the driver denied having had any alcoholic beverages and informed the officer he was just on his way to the "old Wal-Mart parking lot to see how many cars were parked there." The officer said the gentleman kept pointing in the opposite direction of the old Wal-Mart parking lot and when the officer informed him he was actually standing just across the street from it, he began to look confused, but managed to say, "I know that."
Rolling drug store
A woman was stopped by a CPD officer because he suspected she was under the influence. Upon questioning her, the officer discovered she was taking a combination of pills. During a consensual search, the officer found a soy tablet container in her vehicle that contained an assortment of pills. She identified them as Xanax, Soma, Loritab and vitamins, which later turned out to be Temacepam. When asked why they weren't in their appropriate containers, the woman had a logical answer. "Because I don't have a prescription for them," she replied.
Also, she admitted to being on her way to buy "some crack" to round off her chemical intake.
Hurry up, IRS
A woman came to the Sheriff's Office to say a friend had filed her taxes for her, but she had not received her refund yet.
Motorists called the CPD to complain about a suspicious person asking drivers for money on the 93 exit ramp of Interstate 20. He was unsteady on his feet and the officer said he could smell alcohol on the man, who admitted he was asking drivers for money. He told the officer he was homeless and slept under the overpass. When asked how much alcohol he'd had to drink, he replied, "A bunch." He spent that night in jail.
Who am I?
In response to complaints of someone entering autos, the CPD is closely patrolling the Washington Street area. An officer stopped a man walking down the street around midnight and asked him his name. He said it was "Mike, I mean Jimmy." Come to find out, it was indeed Mike and he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.