Talking deer mount goes missing

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Missing valuables

A man notified the Newton County Sheriff's office that someone had entered his garage and attempted to remove his "Walmart talking deer mount." While trying to remove the mount, one of the deer's antlers broke off and a light fixture was damaged. No suspects have been identified.

• A woman reported a burglary in which the following items were taken: A bottle of Jack Daniels, a bottle of Bacardi Rum, 90 Oxycodone pills and a bottle of Lamotrgine, used to treat seizures.

Where am I?

A man was stopped by a Covington Police officer on Interstate 20 for suspected DUI. After admitting to drinking four beers, the driver told the officer he had done nothing wrong and was just trying to get home to Lawrenceville. The officer asked where he was coming from and he stated Marietta. The officer asked how he happened to be driving west on I-20 in Covington coming from Marietta. The driver replied it was faster for him to get home that way. He went to jail.

Here's your sign

A man was stopped by a CPD officer for suspected DUI. He said he had just left the Ozone and had seen an officer there and took that as a sign that he should just go home. He started home and then noticed the officer behind him and said he took that as a sign that it was going to be a bad night. He was right. He went to jail.

Love hurts

A woman and her boyfriend got into a fight because her son lost the hoodie the boyfriend had bought him the day before. She called the NCSO when the boyfriend threw French onion dip and a telephone book at her. The boyfriend went to jail.

• A man and a woman got into an argument and the man threatened to call the NCSO. Hearing this, the woman called first. When deputies arrived they determined no act of family violence had been committed, only an argument.

• A man notified the NCSO that his wife and her juvenile son had done $20,000 worth of damage to his house. He said they were getting a divorce, but nobody had filed yet. Damage to the house included a large pile of garbage in the garage, holes in walls throughout the residence, the water heater and all appliances removed, furniture removed, and the exterior air conditioning unit placed in the living room.

• A woman reported to the CPD that she thought her boyfriend climbed into her bedroom window and stole her cell phone. She thought this because he yelled to her from the street, "Good luck finding your phone."

Fire hazard

A woman reported to the NCSO that an unknown person had entered her garage and lit candles without her permission.

Who knew?

A man called the NCSO to report that a friend had damaged his Xbox and DVD player. The friend, a woman, admitted, "I stomped the suitcase, but I didn't know the stuff was in there." She was arrested.


NCSO deputies answered a call about damage to a vehicle. The roof of a Mazda was crushed after a young boy jumped on top of it in an attempt to get away from a bulldog that was chasing him. No charges were filed.

Looking for help

Three vehicles belonging to members of the same family were entered and various items were stolen. The most unusual was a brown bag with a Bible inside. The brown bag was found discarded at the end of the resident's driveway, but the Bible was not located.

'It's me again, Margaret'

A man who had been calling a woman at a local business and making suggestive comments was located by CPD officers. He was wearing a black female wig. When asked why he had the wig, the man replied, "I like to change it up." He was told if he contacted the business again he would be charged.Missing equipmentA woman called and said her homeowner's association had rented several pieces of equipment for a festival, but when the rental company picked the items up, they told her the popcorn machine was missing. The machine was valued at $1,092.