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.
Covering all bases
Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies answered a call in reference to a missing person. A woman wanted to report her cousin missing, and said the only thing he took with him was a pack of cigarettes. She said he has been treated for schizophrenia and described him as having a tattoo of Jesus on one arm and a tattoo of Satan on the other.
Dogs being dogs
* A man who keeps his female Jack Russell terrier chained in his backyard complained to the NCSO that a big black dog in his neighborhood is trying to mate with his dog.
* A woman called the NCSO to report that her neighbor is walking a dog on her property and allowing it to relieve itself on her lawn.
A woman was arrested at Kroger on Ga. Highway 20 for taking a jar of Kroger brand salsa and a six-pack of Big K colas without paying for them.
Pearl is missing
A man reported to the NCSO that someone stole his Pearl snare drum.
Don't be sloppy
An NCSO deputy spotted a Plymouth traveling on Bypass Road with a tag that was about to fall off. He ran the tag number through the computer and it came back as belonging to a Honda. He stopped the vehicle and found out the driver also did not have a driver's license or insurance. He went to jail.
A woman called the NCSO to report that after smoking a cigarette, she became sick. She said she investigated and noted that her cigarettes smelled of bleach. She told the deputy the reason this concerned her was for the safety of her unborn child.
House a mess
A woman called the NCSO to say that she came home to find her apartment in disarray and that wasn't how she left it. She said she looked through the apartment and found two Christmas gifts were missing -- a PlayStation 3 and a soft air pistol.
A man called the NCSO to report that when he returned home from having been in jail, he found his bed unassembled in his carport. He also noted that a rear window had been broken and some of his personal items were missing, including a box of baseball cards, a box of comic books and a box of presidential campaign pins. He said this wasn't the first time this had happened.
A woman called the NCSO and said there was a fox in her backyard that had been there for awhile and she didn't know if it had rabies or was injured. By the time deputies arrived, the fox had pulled itself together and trotted off into the woods.
Hunting a problem
A man called the NCSO to report that his deer stand was stolen.
'Angry and nervous'
NCSO deputies were summoned to the scene of a one-vehicle crash where a privacy fence was damaged. The vehicle involved was heavily damaged and witnesses said the driver was "angry and nervous" following the crash. He ordered them not to call the police and fled on foot.
A man reported to the NCSO that he received a check in the mail for $3,850 and a notice that he was the winner of a lottery with a prize of $88,000. The $3,850 was an advance, according to the letter, and he was instructed to deposit it. He did and thought everything was fine, but a few days later found out the check was fraudulent.
'It's not just you'
A Covington Police officer couldn't help but notice as he passed a man on Emory Street looking at the patrol unit while having his middle finger in the air. He was, in the vernacular, 'shooting a bird' at the officer. The officer backed up and observed the man doing it again and uttering obscenities. The officer got out of the car and asked the man to step in front of the patrol unit and when questioned about his behavior, he explained the gesture was not directed toward the officer in particular, but against police officers in general. He said he wouldn't have done it except he'd had too much to drink as a result of a recent divorce. He was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to jail.
The CPD was summoned to a home where there was a disturbance and was met at the door by a man and his 72-year-old mother. They said, 'They're at it again,' and officers discovered two brothers were fighting and that police had already come out earlier in the day and broken up a fight. This time the pair went to jail.
of a bargain
The CPD was called to resolve a dispute about a 1990 Dodge Dakota. It seems the son of the owner sold the vehicle for $250, giving the new owner a bill of sale, an insurance card and his Georgia ID card to hold until she could go to the tag office. Meanwhile, the father had reported the vehicle stolen out of DeKalb County. While the two "owners" of the truck haggled over who should take possession of it, the son was nowhere to be found.
'I need help'
A young man was seen stuffing the following items down his pants and attempting to leave Kmart without paying for them: a large bottle of Tylenol, a DXG camcorder, three tubes of fruit-flavored lip balm and a home drug test kit. It was his second shoplifting offense. CPD officers took him to jail.