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Man charged in 2011 traffic death of 78-year-old Covington woman

COVINGTON -- A Newton County man has been charged in connection with the August 2011 crash on Ga. Highway 162 that killed a woman and hospitalized several others, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, of 30 Belmont Circle has been arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle, DUI and improper lane usage.

Gordy Wright, spokesman for the GSP, said the crash occurred on Aug. 27, 2011, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, north of Galloway Road.

"Guice ... was driving a 2005 Ford pickup southbound on Ga. 162 when he crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a northbound 1998 Chevrolet Prizm in the left side," Wright said. "His vehicle then struck a northbound 200 Dodge Neon in the front bumper. The driver of the Neon, Sarah M. Belcher, 78, from Covington, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center but later died from her injuries."

Four other Covington residents, including Guice, who was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, were also injured in the crash. A 68-year-old man was taken by ground ambulance to Grady and two passengers in Belcher's Neon were also transported -- a 34-year-old woman was taken to Grady by ground ambulance and a 15-year-old girl was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

In other crime news, CPD officers made an arrest Tuesday afternoon after observing a suspicious group of people outside the residence at 3119 Bohannon St.

"The residence was a place that both officers knew to be a place where drugs were sold, specifically crack cocaine. Both officers had made dozens of arrests in and around the house and have received complaints on the person living there," the incident report states.

Two officers concealed themselves in a back yard that borders the Bohannon Street property and listened as three men and one woman carried on a conversation. One of the officers decided to approach them and when he did, he recognized the woman in the group as Gwendolyn Lester, the report states.

"Ms. Lester saw (the officer) and was suddenly surprised. She immediately dropped an item from her right hand. (The officer) saw that it was a crack cocaine cocaine rock," the report states. "Lester then tried to walk away from (the officer) and began to dig into the front of her pants. (The officer) grabbed Lester by her left arm and instructed her to stop. Lester snatched away from (the officer) and attempted to run onto the back porch of the residence."

At that time, the officer shot Lester with his Taser and the woman fell to the ground while he was giving her commands to show her hands, the report states. However, it was necessary to use the Taser a second time on Lester before she quit putting her hands into the front of her pants and complied with the officer's commands.

A female Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy was called to the scene to search Lester.

"(The deputy) retrieved a glass cocaine pipe containing residue from inside Lester's pants," the report states.

Lester, 47, of 3165 Clark St., was treated by paramedics and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where she was charged with possession of cocaine and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Also, NCSO deputies were called to a Wellington Trail residence Sunday after the homeowner said two juveniles pulled a gun on him when he ordered them off his property.

Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison said the complainant saw two black male juveniles in his yard, which is clearly marked with "No Trespassing" signs.

Morrison said he ordered the two off his property and one of them asked, "What are you going to do about it?"and pulled what appeared to be a dark colored handgun gun. The two then ran off in the direction of the street's cul-de-sac.

Deputies searched the area and witnesses confirmed they had seen the two walking around in yards in the neighborhood, but were unable to locate them.

Wellington Trail is in a neighborhood off Ga. Highway 162.