As of Monday, August 13, 2012
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The Covington Police Department has confirmed that a reporter for the Covington News filed a complaint with them Saturday after receiving an anonymous letter at her residence possibly tied to the LaQuanda Carpenter civil action against those making comments on the Newton Citizen website.
Detective D.J. Seals said the reporter was not threatened physically and the investigation into the matter is in progress. "We might have more later," he said.
The letter came the day after Conyers resident Shannon Black was deposed concerning her comments on the Citizen site under several identities. Black came forward several months ago and acknowledged that she posted comments. She has also filed a report with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office claiming she, too, has been harassed via the phone and at least one visit from a stranger to her home since coming forward.