Covington woman slapped by burglar

COVINGTON -- A Newton County woman received a surprise when she opened her closet door recently. She told Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies that a man stepped out of the closet and slapped her in the face.

NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison said deputies were summoned to Bradley Street on Sept. 10, around 10:20 a.m. The victim told deputies that her daughter saw something outside and when she went to check she thought she saw something white up close to the house, next to the bedroom window.

She went into the bedroom where the window was located and opened the closet door and that's when the man stepped out and slapped her.

"She fell on the bed and tried to grab him, but the male pulled away and then started down the hall. She caught up with him and then he pushed her down on the hardwood floor," the incident report states, adding that the victim is eight months pregnant. "She yelled for her daughter to call 911 as he ran out the door and got in his Ford LTD."

It turned out that the woman identified the man as her sister's boyfriend. She said he wasn't allowed in her house, but he knew that the window in that bedroom would not lock.

Warrants for burglary and simple battery have been issued against Donte Kight Dallas, 17, of 1115 Jericho Drive.

In other crime news, an 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery after an attack on his grandmother.

Morrison said Bobby Durham McCurry of 656 Rocky Plains Road was arrested after he allegedly slapped his 61-year-old grandmother with an open hand and struck her causing her to fall. The fall fractured and dislocated her right ankle.

"There was an argument because the mother of the perpetrator was moving out of state and the victim said she and the kids were staying in Georgia," Morrison said.

A man reported to the Covington Police that when he and his family arrived home Monday afternoon, they saw a man trying to put their lawn mower in the side door of a white van.

"(The victim) stated the suspect was having trouble getting the handles of the lawn mower into the van. (The victim) yelled, 'Hey, what are you doing with my lawn mower,' and the suspect replied, 'Somebody said I could have it.' At this point (the victim) snatched his lawn mower out of the van and yelled to his wife to call 911," the incident report states.

The Covington police intercepted a vehicle matching the description given by the victim and arrested Billie Lee Davis, 26, of 10134 Jefferson Village Drive, who admitted to the attempted theft.

A Newton County school bus driver recently reported to the NCSO that he observed three students on his bus passing a metal container among themselves and each drinking from it. He also said he could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage. The students were being transported from Newton High School to the Career Academy located on the Alcovy High School campus.

Deputies and an assistant principal examined the container and found it contained "a red liquid with an alcoholic odor," according to an NCSO incident report.

The students, all 18, were given citations for underage consumption of an alcoholic beverage and released. They are: Andre A. Robinson, 75 Trelawney Drive; Vontevius Rashaad Williams, 35 Greenfield Circle; and Demario Hernandez Sanders, 9108 Westview Drive.