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.
Following a recent wedding, the mother of the bride topped off her daughter's big day by going to jail, according to the Covington Police Department.
Officers were called to the wedding reception by an employee of a catering and floral company after the mother allegedly confiscated two decorative trees belonging to the business "as a means to ensure that (the employee) would return any monies paid for services rendered that did not meet her standards."
The cause of the disagreement seemed to be that the employee "arrived late to the reception and upon setting (down) the cake, allowed it to fall over," the report stated.
As officers attempted to mediate the disagreement and get both parties to leave the premises, the report states, "(the mother) went from being semi-cooperative to a state of complete rage," hurling expletives at her, threatening to hit the employee and saying she was going to "get" her and ruin the reputation of the business.
Once she was in handcuffs and her rage spent, she explained to the officer, "I am sorry for what I did. I have been under an enormous amount of stress from my daughter's wedding. Can I apologize to her and you let me go?" the report stated.
Officers continued with the arrest process, however, charging the woman with disorderly conduct. She was placed in the back of a patrol unit to take to the Newton County Detention Center, although the officer did note, "She was wearing a nice, formal dress."
Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the Oxford area about 1:30 a.m. and observed a man walking south on Emory Street who was throwing orange construction barrels into the roadway and cursing. He was arrested.
NCSO deputies were called to a convenience store after the driver of a Chrysler Sebring drove into the ice machine and fled the scene when he was told by the manager that he was going to call the police.
Not my fault
The owner of a gas station reported a customer paid for $10 worth of gas, but pumped $39 worth of gas into his vehicle. He refused to pay the additional $29. He was arrested.
• A woman reported she loaned her car to her brother in August and he has failed to bring it back despite being told to have it back in 30 days or else.
• A woman told the NCSO that two months ago she allowed a friend to borrow her truck for two weeks. It hasn't been returned.
Bad luck abounds
A man called the CPD and reported that he was test-driving his 1997 Nissan on Interstate 20 after having the transmission repaired. The car began to overheat and he pulled over and discovered a leaking hose. He left the vehicle on the side of I-20 and when he returned, the vehicle was gone.
Who took the TP?
A woman reported a burglary to the CPD and stated her computer, towels, washcloths and toilet paper were all missing.
Steal and sell cheap
A business reported that two auto wheel rims were stolen and that they were so heavy it would have taken two people to move them. They were valued at $2,500 each and would have sold for between $400 and $800 used. They were located at a local recycler and the thief had been paid $65 for both of them.
A young man was observed by the Walmart loss prevention officer picking up a package of Magnum condoms and going into the shoe department where he opened the package and put the condoms in his pocket. He passed all points of sale without paying for them. He went to jail.
Summertime fun B
• A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had taken a 15-by-4-foot swimming pool from her backyard.
• A man called the NCSO to say he was swimming in the river when an unknown subject came by and told him he'd seen someone slashing tires on a vehicle parked nearby. He got out of the river and went to his vehicle and discovered he was the victim.
CPD officers were called to a hospital emergency room where a woman was being treated for a laceration and lumps to her head. She told them she was at the OZone celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband and "best friend." She and her husband had been estranged but were trying to patch things up, she said. When it came time to leave, the friend asked her if she was going home with her husband or with her. When she said she was going with her husband, the friend attacked her with a high-heeled shoe.