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.
An attendant at a recycling center contacted the Newton County Sheriff's Office and told them he felt his life was in danger because of the attitude of a man who demanded to be able to dump a sofa at the site. He said the man said he was going to have to get a divorce if he didn't let him get rid of the unwanted couch. By the time deputies arrived the man and the sofa were nowhere to be seen.
Strange things are happening
A woman called the NCSO to say she believes she is being stalked. She said she left her home at 7:30 am. and returned around four hours later and found a living room curtain out of its normal position. There were no signs of a break-in.
-- A man reported to the NCSO that his car had been sold while he was out of town and he didn't receive any money. His name was signed without his knowledge on the title and the vehicle is now registered to someone else. Also, he thinks he was claimed as a dependent on someone's income tax without his permission.
-- A woman came to NCSO headquarters to report she and a friend had been receiving text messages from each other, but neither of them had been writing them.
A man called the Covington Police Department to report that he had taken his car in for repairs in December and when he went back to the garage in May, the car was missing. The owner of the garage said he thought the man picked it up.
The owner of a pond stocking business called the NCSO to complain that a customer ordered 104 grass carp to be placed in his pond. Apparently after the fish were placed in the pond, the customer had second thoughts and stopped payment on his check. The owner of the business told deputies he had no way of catching the fish once they were placed in the pond and he wanted payment.
Where'd it go?
A woman notified the NCSO that she put her laptop computer on the roof of her vehicle while she got her child out of the car. She went inside for only 10 to 15 minutes, but when she came back, the computer was gone. She told deputies she had observed a lot of foot traffic on her street.
-- A man notified the CPD that he had given a neighbor a $100 bill and asked that he bring him back some change. The man never came back with the money.
Just the necessities
A woman was arrested by the NCSO for shoplifting seven bottles of fingernail polish from Walmart.
-- A man and woman fled from Walmart on Salem Road after employees saw them filling a buggy with $371.40 worth of underwear and attempting to leave the store without paying for it. A tag number was provided to the NCSO.
-- A couple also fled the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard after they attempted to fill a shopping buggy with baby bouncers and leave the store. The male was caught, but the female had left the scene before CPD officers arrived.
A couple means two
A man was detained by an NCSO deputy on suspicion of driving under the influence. Once stopped the deputy asked him if he'd had anything to drink and he stated, "a couple of shots." Just to be clear, the deputy said, "How many is a couple?" The man replied, "I don't know ... six or seven." After failing his field sobriety test, he was arrested and taken to jail.
-- A deputy also asked a woman how much she had been drinking when she was stopped for suspected DUI and her response was, "Oh God, I don't know." She also was taken to jail.
A woman called the NCSO to report that someone had written a threatening message on her window screen. She told the deputy she had also received threatening emails and that someone had called DFACS and told them she was modeling for her adult website in front of her children. She said she had no idea who would be trying to make trouble for her, but believes it is someone who is jealous over her website.
A slight accident
CPD officers were called to a neighborhood with reports of at least 10 gunshots coming from the area. When officers arrived, they made contact with the individual identified as the shooter and he said he was "just shooting at the animals and birds behind the house." He was taken to jail where he changed his statement, telling the officer he dropped the gun and it accidentally discharged ... multiple times.
Off the beaten path
A blue Pontiac was blocking the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and U.S. Highway 278. When CPD officers approached the man in the driver's seat, he said he had just left a club on Spring Street in Atlanta and was trying to get back home to Powder Springs. He was having trouble getting his GPS to reposition. He went to jail for DUI.
Left in a hurry
Deputies were called to the parking lot of Walmart on Salem Road where a woman told them she and the man who was driving the vehicle had been fighting. The fracas began in Rockdale County and continued into Newton. She told the deputy her boyfriend had been driving over 100 mph, had kidnapped her and to make matters worse, she didn't have any panties on under her skirt.
An NCSO deputy saw his life pass before his eyes when he was stopped at an intersection and heard tires squealing and saw a SUV sliding sideways in the direction of his patrol unit. He said he braced for impact, turning his face from the windshield, but nothing happened. He looked up and saw that the vehicle had managed to stop a few feet from his car. It then took off and the deputy gave chase. Speeding and going through stop signs, the car finally stopped and a man jumped out and yelled, "My brakes went out!" and began running in the direction of the deputy. The deputy pulled his gun and told the man repeatedly to get on the ground, and then the man began yelling, "Are you gonna shoot me?" When the deputy was able to get close enough to the man to handcuff him, he said he smelled "a strong odor of alcohol." The man went to jail for DUI.
They took two
A woman called the NCSO to report a burglary and told deputies two computers, two wedding dresses and two towel racks were taken from her home. The thieves also took one microwave.
The TV Bunny
A woman called the NCSO to report that she found a black flat screen TV sitting behind the bushes in front of her patio.