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.
I said don't do that
A middle school teacher reported a case of simple battery to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. It seems her class was enjoying refreshments, including cake, with parents in attendance. A student made a comment to her about "shoving cake in her face." She said she told the student not to do that, but just as a picture was to be taken, the student did it anyway.
A woman called the NCSO to report that she came home and found a strange man asleep on her living room floor. When she confronted him, he ran out the back door. She also discovered he had taken approximately $50 worth of food.
A woman called the NCSO to report that her ex-boyfriend hit her with a chair and threw her off the second-story back porch to the ground below.
• A man reported to the CPD that his girlfriend struck him in the face with a shovel during an argument. Officers observed an injury to the man's cheek and a broken tooth.
Leave me alone
A concerned resident notified the NCSO that he observed a person walking in his neighborhood carrying a large knife. The deputy located the man and asked about his business in the area. He told the deputy he had just gotten out of prison and didn't want to be messed with. He went back to jail for safekeeping.
Not a good start
A woman called the NCSO to say she believes her fiance took her car without her permission.
No more Mucinex-D
A woman reported that an impostor had been using her driver's license number to purchase Mucinex-D. She said she went to the pharmacy to purchase the cough remedy and was told she had been "flagged" because she had already purchased the allowed amount. She said she had not made the purchase.
A woman called the Covington Police Department to report her mail had apparently been delivered to the wrong address. The people who received the mail brought it to her, but she said the envelope did not look like the original.
A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had stolen her cows. According to the incident report, four cows, valued at $800 each, were taken. Two are described as "cow with horns," one as "cow with white face," and the fourth as simply "cow."
A man called the NCSO to say someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen his gun. He did admit, however, that he leaves at least one door of the car open at all times and the weapon was on the front seat.
CPD officers went to Academy Springs Park after receiving a tip that someone was dumping oil next to the Dumpster there. They observed a man changing his oil in the parking lot and then emptying it out on the ground next to the Dumpster. He was cited.
An NCSO deputy was dispatched to a residence regarding a burglary in progress. When he arrived he found the front door off the frame and propped up against the front of the house. A woman came to the door and told him it wasn't a burglary, it was fight.
Get what you pay for
A man reported his house had been burglarized of more than $3,000 worth of hunting equipment and bedroom furniture. He estimated the cost of the lock that was securing his valuables to be $1.
A man called the NCSO to report someone had cut off a chain and a lock from his fence gate in order to steal his rabbit from its cage in his backyard.
A woman reported someone had stolen her debit card and made several purchases before she could cancel it. The thief was very frugal and went to a package store where he only spent $12.96 and then to the thrift store and spent $13.90. He also made a miscellaneous purchase of $31.52.
Baby, it's cold out here
The CPD was called to the outside smoking area at Newton Medical Center where a discharged emergency room patient had started a fire. A hospital employee extinguished the blaze and the patient told the officer he started the fire because he was cold. It was 70 degrees at the time.
A man went to a local metal recycler and was apparently unhappy with the price his load of scrap metal fetched. The CPD was called when the man grabbed two catalytic converters worth $80 each and threw them on the back of his truck as he left the establishment.
• A city employee noticed a piece of plywood propped up against a power pole and when he investigated found that the electric line was split and an unauthorized connection was attached. A nearby construction crew foreman admitted he had five different lines connected to the pole and was using the electricity without paying for it.
Knows the drill
A CPD officer noticed a Mercedes being driven erratically on Interstate 20 and followed it as it exited the interstate and parked at Kentucky Fried Chicken. The vehicle had a drive-out tag and the officer wanted to check the tag and went to talk to the driver who opened his door and said, "I'm done ... go ahead and put me in your car." Turns out he was right. The driver had no license, was wanted out of Fulton County and had no valid insurance coverage.
Out of jurisdiction
A woman came to NCSO headquarters to report someone had taken over her boss's Facebook account. Her boss lives in Portland, Ore., and the person suspected of "taking over" the Facebook page lives in Africa. She was told to report it to the Portland authorities.
Help is on the way
NCSO deputies responded to the report of a car crash and arrived to find a vehicle off the roadway and in the ditch. When deputies approached, they found a man sitting in the driver's seat smoking a cigarette.