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.
Honey, what do I do?
A suspicious male who apparently depends upon his wife to tell him what to do was spotted in a van behind El Charro restaurant at Covington Crossing shopping center. He appeared to be working on the motor of his van.
When a Covington Police Department officer approached him and asked for his driver's license, he handed him a passport. When asked again for his license, the man admitted it was suspended. He said he wasn't from around Covington and was lost.
The officer noticed a system, which appeared to be comprised of a pump and a vat in the van. The officer was suspicious that the man was trying to pump grease from the restaurant's vat.
The man denied it, but the officer noticed the man's cell phone in plain view with a text message to the man's wife that read, "Cop just pulled up and is looking at me. Turned off truck pretending to break down. He is about 200 feet away. Shall I just stay put or go?"
The man was arrested and charged with loitering and prowling and driving on a suspended license.Parking Wars
Two women got into altercation over a parking spot and the Covington Police were called to the scene. One woman said she pulled into a parking space in front of her house and the other woman walked over to her car, kicked it and spit on it.
She said when she tried to get out of the car, the woman slammed the door on her leg, and struck her. The other woman claimed the first woman had tried to pull into the parking space while she was parked there.
They both went to jail.
Thought it was cat
A man said he and his wife went to bed around 11 p.m. and not long after heard a commotion at the window, but thought it was the cat entangled in the blinds. Turns out, the next morning he found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the window. He called the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Too many calls
A man complained to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that his ex-girlfriend kept calling him regarding their 2-year-old daughter needing diapers. He said she had called more than 22 times in the last three hours and he wanted it documented. He didn't say anything about buying the diapers.
A woman shoplifter was caught at Dollar General stealing $3 worth of "to do list" pads, as well as assorted other office supplies.
Kids will be kids
A woman called the NCSO to report her niece and another juvenile got into a fight and when her daughter tried to break them up, a 20-year-old got involved and punched her.
A man was paid to sand and paint 12 metal bifold doors. The man who paid him never got the doors back and was later informed by a third party that the man had taken the doors to L&B Recycling and sold them. He notified NCSO.
A minor problem
NCSO deputies were called to a home to tend to an unruly child. Seems he didn't want to go to school because he didn't have Jordan tennis shoes. Deputies saw him onto the bus and counseled him about getting an education.
Just not a good driver
A 31-year-old woman was stopped on suspicion of drunk driving because she kept weaving over the fog line. Once the NCSO deputy stopped her, he found out she was not impaired. When he asked for her driver's license she said she didn't have one and never had.
A woman called the NCSO to report that her husband was walking their little dog in a parking lot and a stray dog came out of the woods and ran in their direction. The husband tripped and fell and broke his ankle. The woman demanded a police report so she could sue the owner of the runaway dog.