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.
A real winner
A Covington Police Department officer arrested a man for throwing a beer bottle in a parking lot and breaking the window out of a vehicle. He was drunk at the time. The officer took him to jail and when they arrived, the officer began telling the suspect which door to go enter. "I know where to go," he explained as he called the officer a very bad name. "I used to work here."
Somebody won't be hunting
A man reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that he found the following items floating in a lake -- three hunting vests, a pair of camouflage gloves, a left hand camouflage glove, an Artic Zone cooler bag and a container of doe-in-rut lure.
Those darn kids
A woman reported to the NCSO that she left the keys to her work vehicle, a taxi, in the glove compartment of the car. She left the house and the vehicle parked in her driveway. When she returned, her boss called to say the company had gotten a complaint about her taxi nearly running down some school children as they got off a bus. Her son admitted he took the taxi and she told the deputies it was without her permission and he was an unlicensed driver.
Hiding place discovered
A woman called the NCSO to report the theft of $2,000 she kept in a can under her bathroom cabinet.
A woman called the NCSO to report she had received a threat over the phone from a man who said he was going to get an axe and beat her head in.
A little at the time
A man notified the NCSO that someone had stolen parts off his dump truck. The thieves took the AC condenser, the bumper, the air to air cooler, the water reservoir, the radiator and the hood.
Make her quit
A man called NCSO deputies to his house because his wife locked herself and the car keys in the family vehicle and wouldn't come out after the couple had an argument about disciplining the children. The responding deputies told him no laws had been broken.
Seems so easy
A man reported to the Covington Police Department that this truck had been stolen. While taking the report, the officer noted that the victim was extremely nervous. Suddenly, he blurted out that his father had recently had a vehicle stolen and the insurance company "just paid it off," a comment the officer also found a little strange. The officer told him not to despair, however, because he would check for video surveillance of the lot and there probably would be a photo of the thief. The victim told the officer that it was his understanding there was no video surveillance of the parking lot.
Knocked her teeth out
Two women got into a fight and one complained to the CPD that the other party "slapped my false teeth out." The slapper went to jail.
A man reported his vehicle stolen to the CPD. He explained that he had last seen it parked at a local night spot with the keys in it.Some swap!
A man reported his four-wheeler stolen, but said the thief left an old rusty bicycle with purple rims in its place.
A woman reported to the CPD that someone had set up a fraudulent Facebook account in her name. They stole photos from her real Facebook account and stated things on the page saying it was from her. For instance, they said she had herpes and was going to give it to as many men as possible and that she thanked God her kids played sports for free. She said those two statements were absolutely untrue.
Weird but true
A man who had been out of town for a few months came home to find several things in his house that he described to the NCSO as weird. The first thing he noticed was a tennis ball on his counter with a person's name written on it. The next thing he discovered was a half-eaten birthday cake. He began checking his possessions and found that two of his cameras were missing. He discovered, however, another camera that didn't belong to him. He checked it and there were plenty of photos of the people who had been in his house. He'd never seen them before.