Aggravated assaults, arson investigated by law enforcement

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department is investigating a hit and run incident following a fight in the parking lot of Fred's department store on U.S. Highway 278.

According to an incident report from the CPD, a man was run over and the driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Both the driver, Kia Hutchings, and the victim, Bobby James Battle, were cited for disorderly conduct and further charges are pending.

When officers arrived at the parking lot around 2:30 Thursday afternoon, they found Battle on the ground and holding his leg. EMS responded and Battle was transported to Newton Medical Center for treatment.

"Witnesses stated that Kia Hutchings ran over Battle's leg with her vehicle and fled the scene," the incident report states. "A lookout for Hutchings and the blue Ford Mustang she was driving was announced. A traffic stop on the vehicle was then made at the intersection of Elm Street and Floyd Street by (Georgia State Patrol) Trooper Bunky Marks."

Hutchings complained of breathing problems and was treated and released at Newton Medical Center, as well.

The incident is under investigation by the department's Criminal Investigations Division.

In other crime news, two sisters got into a fight over a cell phone resulting in one of them being jailed and charged with aggravated assault.

According to the CPD incident report, Chantiesha Thomas, of 5120 Lynx's Circle, faces the aggravated assault charge after she allegedly cut her sister with a knife.

Both women said they had gotten into a verbal altercation and began pushing each other when Chantiesha went to the kitchen and got a knife and went toward her sister.

"(The sister) said Chantiesha had the knife in her hand and was making a slicing motion at her ... (the sister) backed up against the couch as her sister kept swinging the knife at her and eventually made contact with the tip of the knife on her chest causing a very small cut."

An 8-year-old relative was at the home at the time of the incident.

An arson is being investigated that occurred at Newton High School around 2:20 Wednesday afternoon, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

A trash can was set on fire in the ninth grade hall, resulting in the fire alarm sounding and the school being evacuated, the NCSO incident report states.

"Two students were seen in the area of the fire," the deputy completing the incident report said.

The incident is still under investigation.


Covingtonian 3 years, 6 months ago

Why was Ms. Hutching released after being treated? The article didn't mention why someone who run over another human being and then left the scene wasn't charged with something. What is it the CID is investigating? the handling of the case or whether or not she should be charged? Since she was only a couple blocks from Covington P.D. I guess she was going to turn herself in before getting stopped? Sounds like there is a lot more to this story than was reported. Enquiring minds want to know.


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