As of Saturday, March 17, 2012
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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.
Walmart at Salem and Brown Bridge roads is officially open for business and it didn't take long for the shoplifters to pounce. By 3 p.m. on the first day of business, loss prevention officers spotted two women, with a young baby, stuffing $69 worth of clothing into their purses. They were arrested.Dangerous jobA woman working as a clerk at the Dollar General store on Ga. Highway 36 reported to the Covington Police that a woman who regularly frequents the store came in with her young daughter and began arguing with her, saying that her daughter had heard the clerk "talking about them while they were in the store earlier," according to a CPD incident report. The clerk said the woman then purchased several items and reached over the counter and slapped her in the face. It was caught on video and CPD is looking for the slapper.A man with a planA clerk at a gas station on Ga. Highway 36 stated to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that a young man in a red or maroon Dodge truck came into the store and said his debit card didn't work at the pump, but said he had cash to pay for gas. The clerk turned the pumps on and the man pumped $53.87 worth of gas. He then drove off without paying.Can't turn your backA man called the NCSO to say his motorcycle ran out of gas on Dixie Road near Benton's Dairy Road. He left for about 45 minutes to get gas, but when he returned, the motorcycle was gone. It's an orange and black 2009 Suzuki valued at $7,000.Angels watching over meThe NCSO was dispatched to a vehicle blocking Interstate 20 at mile marker 86 about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived, they found a man asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle, blocking the slow lane of traffic. He was arrested and charged with DUI.