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.
Shoulda tried to miss it
A man notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office that he'd run over a tire in the roadway and it was stuck beneath his vehicle.
A postal service carrier notified the Covington Police Department when he tried to deliver the mail, a bag of marijuana was already in the mailbox.
* A man called the NCSO to report he heard a loud bang in his front yard and heard a truck speeding off. He went outside and found an air conditioning unit in his front yard.
The CPD was called to a vacant lot where a crane had apparently been used to overturn a portable outhouse on the property. The crane windshield had also been damaged.
The manager of a local restaurant called the CPD to say that a customer paid for his dinner with a $100 bill. The cashier gave the man the correct change, which was $94.44. The customer put the change in his pocket and then pulled $38 out of his other pocket and accused the cashier of short-changing him. The manager came to sort things out and refunded the man the difference. He wanted to make a report of the theft of $56.44 that was bilked from him.
The loss prevention officer at Walmart reported seeing a young man put a $5.88 pair of earrings in his pocket. He said the young man went to the bathroom and came back with both earrings in his ears. He was confronted and gave the earrings back. He went to jail.
* Walmart employees spotted a woman stealing a purse and stuffing it full of assorted items worth $54.85 before leaving the store. When she was confronted, she threw down the purse and fled the store, running barefoot and in a skirt. CPD officers had to chase her down and found she had three outstanding warrants for her arrest and was carrying a bag of methamphetamine.
* A Walmart loss prevention officer saw a teenager take various items and put them in her purse and attempt to leave the store without paying for them. By the time the police arrived the 15-year-old girl's father was also on the scene. When asked if it was true that she had tried to steal the items, the girl admitted it was. The items included eye makeup, face makeup, body spray, mascara, a makeup brush and a box of Trojan condoms.
Wasn't even her fault
A woman and her daughter were the victims of a car crash, complained of injuries and requested an ambulance. The CPD charged the other driver with causing the accident, but while helping the victims out of their vehicle, the officers noticed the strong smell of marijuana. When asked, the woman said she had no drugs and officers could search her vehicle. She was right. No drugs were found in the vehicle, but when officers went to the ambulance, they were again assailed by the strong odor of marijuana. They asked the woman to produce the drugs and she pulled a joint out of her pocket. That was her fault.
I'm thirsty, officer
A resident notified the CPD that a woman was sitting in a truck in a gas station parking lot drinking beer. She had been observed driving. The officer pulled into the parking lot and saw the woman with the beer, which she put down in the floorboard of the vehicle when she saw the officer. He asked her for her driver's license and though a bit confused, she handed it to him and picked the beer up and began drinking. The officer told the woman to put the beer down, but she kept swigging. He took it from her and tossed it into the bed of the pickup. While he was doing that, the officer heard the unmistakable sound of a pop-top being opened and walked back around to the driver's window to see another can of beer in the woman's hand. She sobered up in jail.