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.
The long arm of the law
A man who had apparently been getting away with driving without a license for quite a while made a mistake and failed to yield in front of a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy. The deputy stopped him and when he couldn't produce a driver's license, it was determined his license was suspended in 1995. He was arrested.
All in the family
A woman reported to the NCSO that her daughter's friend told her that her son-in-law is planning to burn her house down.
* A woman who told Covington Police Department officers that someone threw eggs at her car, putting dents in it, said she believed her cousin to be the culprit. She said her younger sister plans to take a warrant out against the cousin for assault, and she thinks the vandalism was in retaliation.
* A man reported to the NCSO that his brother had kicked several dents in his car.
Gone, but not for long
A woman called the CPD and said her dog, Peanut, was outside and when she went looking for it, it was gone. She said it had never run off before, so she knew somebody had taken it. A while later, the dog came back.
* A woman reported to the CPD that her purse was in a grocery shopping cart, but while she was putting groceries in her vehicle, someone had apparently taken her purse. Officers checked with the grocery store to see if they could see the theft on security cameras, but had no luck. A few hours later, the woman called to say she found her purse.
A man at the homeless shelter called the CPD to say that a fellow resident came into the dining hall and said "Someone's been talking about me," and walked over to the complainant and hit him in the face.
A burglary was reported to the NCSO that included air conditioning units, heat pumps, a gas stove, an electric stove, a hot water heater, a refrigerator and the kitchen sink.
Didn't meet deadline
A woman reported a number of items were stolen from her home including computers, a television, a copier, a stereo, a can opener and a washer and dryer. She said she believed her former roommate to be the culprit and that she had "put the word out" that he had one week to return the items. Nothing happened, so she reported it to the NCSO.
A bit too friendly
A woman called the NCSO to say her house keys were missing after a visit from a satellite TV man. She said she thought it rather odd when he called to say he was on the way and asked her if she'd cooked dinner yet. She said she stayed with him the whole time he was in her home except for the few minutes she left to get him a cup of coffee and believes that's when he took her spare keys.
A woman reported to the NCSO that someone entered her apartment and took her TV and $20 worth of Dial deodorant.
* A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had taken her medication and a gold necklace.
* A woman called to say someone came onto her property and stole her wheelbarrow as well as the load of firewood it contained.
* A woman told the NCSO that someone stole her $300 grill off her back porch, as well as her $10 ashtray.
NCSO deputies were called to the scene of an apparent automobile accident and found a 2001 Chrysler in a ditch alongside the roadway on Ga. Highway 162. There was no driver to be found anywhere, but they did locate two bottles of vodka, a bottle of beer and some marijuana inside the vehicle.
A woman called the NCSO to say someone entered her automobile overnight and went through the console, but did not take anything "because there was nothing to take."
Just doing his job
A man called the NCSO to say he was stranded inside his house because there was a strange white dog sitting in front of his garage that would not let him leave. A deputy arrived and the dog showed his teeth and growled at the deputy, preventing him from entering the residence. Animal Control came and took the confused dog away.
A man reported to the CPD that someone had stolen his computer and sound-mixing equipment. He said he couldn't be sure who took it because there is a constant flow of people in and out of his house, but he said it may have been the guy who was in his house the entire time he was taking a 12-hour nap.
The Beauty and Wig store in Newton Plaza was burglarized and the security camera showed a black man break the front glass door and enter the store. He had a white trash bag which he filled with hair extensions, which the owner said cost an average of $80 each.
A man called the NCSO to say that as he was leaving his neighbor's residence, the neighbor's pit bull got loose and attacked his vehicle. The deputy confirmed, finding bite and scratch marks on both sides of the vehicle. The man didn't want to press charges, but said he needed a report for his insurance company.