Five arrested in bus stop brawl

COVINGTON — A brawl broke out last week at a school bus stop that resulted in the arrests of five adults.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Felicia Jefferson said the altercation that broke out around 8:15 a.m. Thursday on River North Court apparently stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the children in the neighborhood who attend the same middle school that spilled over to the adult caregivers.

“One of the adults from one of the homes walked the kids from that home to the bus stop. That adult stated while they were at the bus stop, another adult came up to her and they became involved in verbal altercation. The second adult then punched her in the face,” Jefferson said.

Just about that time, another adult who was sitting inside his vehicle at the bus stop got out and joined the fight, also allegedly striking the first female adult, she said.

In all, five people were involved in the melee. Jefferson said it did not appear that any of the students waiting for the bus participated in the altercation.

When deputies arrived at the scene, all the adults had returned to their homes. The students at the bus stop were able to help deputies locate the addresses of all who were involved and they took the juveniles back to their homes.

“All five adults were engaged in mutual combat and all were arrested,” Jefferson said.

The adults who were involved in the fight and charged with affray were:

• Shina Brown, 18, 165 River North Ct.;

• Shakira Brown, 18, 165 River North Ct.;

• Gregory Brown, 20, 165 River North Ct.;

• Nathan Dyer, 47, 10132 Griffin Lane S.W.; and

• Diamond Hardeman, 18, 175 River North Ct..

Deputy Jefferson said Gregory Brown said he received a bite to his arm during the fight. Dyer initially said he only received some scrapes on his knee.

“Once he was under arrest, he said he needed medical attention for being hit in the head several times,” Jefferson said.

He was treated and released from Newton Medical Center, according to the incident report.