COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System reported that East Newton Elementary School was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after an irate male parent threatened employees at the school.
"The man was in the parent pickup line during student dismissal but did not want to wait in the line," said Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis-Viniard. "He moved his oversize truck from the line, pulled around other vehicles, jumped the curb and drove up the grass. He passed right in front of the school buses, but fortunately the students had just gotten on or we would have had little children standing there."
Davis-Viniard said the children standing in the car rider line were sent into the cafeteria and the line was rerouted.
"The man got out of his truck and demanded to go inside to get his child but was told he could not," Davis-Viniard said. "He threatened employees again, stated, he 'would get them later,' got in his truck, gave an offensive hand gesture and drove off."
She said a few minutes later, school officials heard the man's truck driving back up the road and they took the precaution of sending the children back into the school and placing the school on lockdown.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office was called and school staff was able to supply them with the tag number of the vehicle. Arrested and charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct was Phillip Blackstock of 20 Dearing Woods Court.
"The man's behavior was both dangerous and offensive and it will not be tolerated at our schools," Davis-Viniard said. "In addition to any possible criminal charges he may face, the man has been banned from the school campus."
In other crime news, a woman who lives in the Flat Shoals Road area reported to the NCSO on Thursday afternoon about 3 p.m. that a strange man attacked her and threatened to rape her, according to an incident report.
The woman told deputies the man came out of a wooded area and grabbed her by the back of her shirt. He told her he was going to rape her and pulled his shorts down, exposing himself. She said she then kicked the man in his crotch and ran to her house.
She described the man as a white male with hair slicked back with grease or oil, wearing a white tank top, blue jean shorts and white shoes. She said he smelled of alcohol and appeared to have not bathed in several weeks.
Deputies searched the area but were unable to find anyone fitting the description.
Also, the Georgia State Patrol reported that an ambulance was involved in a one-vehicle crash in the early morning hours Friday.
According to Trooper Cpl. S. Allen, an ambulance was negotiating a curve at the Ga. Highway 162 Connector and Roseberry Road and ran off the roadway into a ditch, striking a tree before coming to rest.
Allen said a paramedic and a patient who had just been released from Jasper Memorial were in the back. Neither they nor the driver were injured.
The ambulance was from Mid-Georgia Ambulance Service.
Also, according to South Carolina news accounts, Terry Kirby, 56, of Covington, has been captured in the Campbell's Creek area by the U.S. Marshal's Service. Campbell's Creek is near Charleston.
Kirby was wanted for violation of federal probation and was captured with 13.8 ounces of marijuana and a .38 caliber revolver which had had its serial number removed. He is now facing fugitive from justice charges as well as possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.