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On the Beat: Talk about a wrong number!

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

A man called the NCSO to complain of an ongoing problem. It seems he inadvertently dialed a wrong number one day and the woman who answered has been calling his phone and texting him ever since saying she wants to marry him and have his children. The man said he's never met the woman and wants her to leave him alone. A deputy had previously called the woman and told her to stop calling the man, but she continues her pursuit.

Cellphone woes

NCSO deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call. The woman at the location said her boyfriend threw her pink cellphone in the lake and scratched her neck. He confirmed that was what happened and said they were arguing over $10. He went to jail.

-- A man called the NCSO to report that his "god-brother" let a friend use the complainant's $600 cell phone and he stole it.

Can't remember

A man called the CPD to report that his son, who is on drugs, loaned his father's vehicle to someone. It's never been returned and the son can't remember who he loaned it to.

Robbery foiled?

A clerk at a sandwich shop reported to the NCSO that two suspicious-looking men kept driving around the store. One of them came inside and went to the back as if to go to the restroom and then left. However, he wasn't there long enough to have gone into the restroom, so she went to the back to check and found that he had unlocked the back door. The NCSO ordered extra patrols for the establishment.

Second thoughts

A store owner called the NCSO to report that a man walked into his store, picked up a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 and walked out with it. A few minutes later he brought it back and left on foot.

You want fries with that?

A restaurant got a woman's order wrong and she called the NCSO to report them. The owner of the restaurant refused to give her a refund. She was told she had a civil issue.

Movie night

A man was caught shoplifting at Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 and when CPD officers searched him they found several items concealed on his person including a DVD, a magazine, a Whitman's chocolate box, and four packages of popcorn. He went to jail and was banned from Kroger.

Effective punishment

A man parked in the fire lane in front of Food Depot for a period of time and a CPD officer conducted a traffic stop and asked to see his driver's license. The man told the officer he didn't have his license on him and when the officer asked for his name and date of birth to search the computer, the man admitted his license was suspended due to non-payment of child support. Come to find out, his license was suspended in March of 1998, but technically it had been suspended even before that in 1994. In fact, the license actually expired in February of 1997. He was cited for driving on a suspended license.

Sleeping soundly

A man told an NCSO deputy that he took some Nyquil around 10 p.m. and went to sleep on his couch. He didn't wake up until around 9:30 the next morning. He went to put his pants on and discovered that they were missing. Later he located his pants on his front porch and found his wallet had been emptied of the $530 in cash that was inside. He said apparently someone entered the residence through the unlocked front door and robbed him.

Moving violation

A woman called the NCSO and stated her son had received a text in which his ex-wife had threatened to come to the house to kill her, her husband and the son. An argument had ensued between the three of them and when deputies arrived, the woman was home alone, the son had left the house walking and the father had gone out in the family car looking for him. As the deputy was questioning the woman about the incident, he said he, too, would go search for the son who received the text. Just as he was about to leave the house, the deputy said he suddenly heard an engine rev up. "At that moment the whole house shook as if something had hit it," the incident report states. When the deputy investigated, he found the ex-wife had rammed her vehicle into the back foundation of the house, doing damage to both the home and her vehicle. The woman was still sitting in the driver's seat and when asked if she was OK and did she need EMS to be called, she replied,"No, I'm just hyperventilating at the moment. I'll be fine." The woman smelled of beer and admitted she had been drinking. The deputy asked if she knew she had hit the house and she said, "she thought she had hit something, but wasn't sure what." A field sobriety test was performed and the ex-wife didn't do well. She went to jail.

Overnight guests

A woman called the CPD to say that her brother, whom she had not seen in 10 years, arrived at her home unannounced with two friends. The trio spent the night and left saying they were headed into Atlanta. When the woman went to take her medication the next day, she found her pain medication was missing. The woman said she believes her brother or one of his friends took the medication.

-- A man and his girlfriend called to say they had allowed another couple to spend the night at their house. They said they had specifically told the couple they were not allowed inside the house when they were not at home. The next morning the guests were gone and the couple left their home. When they got back, they discovered someone took their house key and suspected their overnight guests. They knew the couple's first names and described them as being black. Deputies explained that it would difficult to track them down based on the information given and advised the folks with the missing key to have their locks changed.

Delayed reaction

A woman called the NCSO to report that her child had been hit by a vehicle while walking to the bus stop -- two weeks previously! She said she had delayed calling the police because she was wanting to find out more about the accident.

Worth a shot

A woman was observed filling a buggy with items at Walmart, going out the exit with none of the items in bags and without paying for them. As she went through the exit, she retrieved a wrinkled cash register receipt from her purse. She then loaded the items into her vehicle and came back into the store with an empty tote which she proceeded to fill with items and attempt to go through the exit again without paying and again displaying the wrinkled receipt. She was detained and the police were called. She admitted to stealing 61 different items valued at $732.45. She was charged with felony shoplifting.