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.
Forgot the essentials
A woman and her boyfriend were arrested at QT by the Covington Police and charged with public drunk. The woman was also charged with driving on a suspended license, but stated she had just driven a friend to the store to get something to drink. In her apparent haste to do her friend this favor, she forgot her pants. When the police arrived she was covering herself with "a small sheet."He loves me; he loves me not?A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to say she's a little concerned for her safety. It seems someone unknown to her has been leaving a single rose at her door and on her car for several months. She said she's scared because it's been going on for so long.Family feudsA mother called the NCSO to say she believed her 17-year-old daughter had stolen some money from her and she wanted her out of the house because she was tired of arguing with her. The daughter was taken to jail.
NCSO deputies were called to the scene of a family fight between a brother and a sister. The brother pulled the sister's pony tail and she bit him on the thigh. The altercation began over the brother's girlfriend.
A woman complained to the NCSO that she was receiving harassing phone calls from her mother because she cancelled the cell phone service she allowed her mother to use. She said her mother threatened to get her fired from her job and said she was going to get a gun.
A woman reported to the NCSO that her youngest son and her oldest son had gotten into a fist fight over the oldest son's treatment of their sister. They exchanged blows without much bloodshed, but then, she told deputies, when she got up out of her wheelchair to break it up, she was injured.
A woman called the NCSO to say that her nephew pulled a gun on her when she reprimanded him for selling drugs off her front porch.
A man complained to the NCSO that his friend punched him in the mouth and knocked his front tooth out.
A man reported to the NCSO that someone had burned some of his mail after it was placed in the mailbox. He theorized the postman may have accidentally dropped cigarette ashes on it when it was placed in the mailbox.Just two casesDeputies were called to a service station where a man who appeared to be drunk was endeavoring to pump gas. When asked if he'd had anything to drink he admitted he and his wife "drank a couple of cases." He didn't have any driver's license to show the deputies, however, as this would be this third DUI.
A quick nap
The NCSO was called to the scene of what appeared to be a pedestrian who had been run over in Oxford. Deputies arrived and found a man lying in the middle of the roadway. A quick check found no injuries, a beating pulse and an odor of alcohol. The deputy slapped the man in the face until he woke up, whereupon he grinned at the deputy and said, "Hey." When asked what he was doing in the middle of the road, he stated the obvious -- he was sleeping. He was arrested for public drunk.
A good deal gone bad
A Rockdale County deputy reported to the NCSO that someone impersonating his brother had bilked a woman out of more than $2,000. It was discovered the man was a distant relation of the deputy and a former employee in the family business. He also had a federal warrant out on him. The woman said he told her he could get her two IRS-seized houses for $2,060 and she gave him the money.
The manager of an apartment complex called the NCSO to complain that a tenant was stealing power from an outlet in the breezeway of the complex. Sure enough, deputies found the extension cord plugged into the outlet and when they followed it to an apartment they found the tenant had multiple cords hooked up to a surge protector, including a TV and a stove.
Short joy ride
The owner of a concrete company told the NCSO someone had broken the side windows out of one of his cement mixer trucks and apparently drove the vehicle around the parking lot. It had .2 miles added to the odometer.
Picking out furniture
A man called the NCSO to say he'd discovered someone entered his house and stole his couch.
A woman was stopped by an NCSO deputy because her taglight was out. When he asked for her driver's license, he found that there was a fake license printed on paper and then affixed to her original driver's license with tape. When asked for an explanation, she explained that she had to use the tape because she washed her "real" license and, therefore, it required tape. It was later revealed that her "real" license was suspended and she went to jail.