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Newton County student struck by vehicle

COVINGTON -- An Alcovy High School student was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning, according to the Newton County School System.

This happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. as he crossed the Ga. Highway 162 connector to board a school bus stopped in the southbound lane. The student was struck by a vehicle traveling north, according to an NCSS media release sent out Thursday evening.

The AHS student was transported by Newton EMS to Newton Medical Center, where he was treated for minor bruises and scratches and later released.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. The Newton County School System also is conducting an internal investigation, according to NCSS Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter.

"This is standard operating procedure whenever there is an accident involving the Transportation Department," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS.

In other public safety news, It apparently doesn't bother the conscience of some people to steal from a church.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Oxford Police Department are looking into the thefts of two air conditioners from area churches recently.

Sometime in the early morning hours of Oct. 19, a four-unit air conditioning system was taken from Oxford's historic Old Church, according to OPD Chief David Harvey.

Harvey said residents of the area reported hearing noise coming from the direction of the church around 3:30 and it sounded like something screamed. No one notified the police, however, and it was noticed the next morning that the air conditioning units were missing.

"We're still looking into it, but there's not a whole lot to go on," Harvey said, adding that rain that morning had washed away any tire tracks or footprints that may have been left.

That same day, a theft of a Carrier 3-ton heat pump from Covington Bible Baptist Church, also in Oxford, was reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The person reporting the theft said it could have occurred anytime between Oct. 16 and Oct. 23.

The Brown Bridge Community Fellowship church at 13634 Brown Bridge Road reported the theft of several electronic items valued at approximately $2,020.

An NCSO deputy reported noting the back window of the chapel was forced open and the projector hanging from the ceiling was pulled off and microphones and other equipment was missing.

Also, the Newton County/Covington Special Investigations Unit arrested three people this week and charged them with trafficking in cocaine, according to Commander Capt. Marty Roberts.

Arrested were Angel Marie Starks, 30, of 405 South Lake Drive; David O'Neal Durham, 37, of 7215 Pine Needle Drive; and Travis Tyrone Durham, 36, of 13 Pine St., Porterdale. All were charged with trafficking in cocaine. Travis Tyrone Durham was also charged with parole violation.

Roberts said undercover agents executed a search warrant at the South Lake Drive residence following a series of undercover buys.

"They all went to jail Monday afternoon," he said. "We had received an anonymous complaint about the location."