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.
In order to diffuse a family fight, a man who was involved was being transported to another location courtesy of the Covington Police. He was already seated in the patrol car when he asked the officer to retrieve his coat from the home for him. A coat was handed to the officer and he asked the man if it was his and he replied that it was. Following protocol, the officer checked the pockets for weapons before giving it to the man in the back of the police car. He didn't find any weapons, but he did find the man's stash of marijuana. The man was then arrested for possession of marijuana. He must have felt rather foolish as he explained on the way to jail, "I didn't want anyone there at the house to get my stuff."
A 'brief' encounter
A CPD officer saw a vehicle driving recklessly and failing to stop for a red light on Ga. Highway 142 and initiated a traffic stop. When he approached the driver, he noticed the man was only wearing his underwear. He asked the driver if he knew why he was stopped and he said, "Yeah, I know I pulled out in front of that car and I know I must look silly, but I fell into the lake earlier and all my clothes are wet." The officer also noted that he could smell alcohol on the man's breath and he appeared drowsy and confused. When asked for his driver's license, the man told the officer they were in his wet pants in the trunk of the vehicle -- the officer had to retrieve the license and the pants. Next came the field sobriety test which the driver failed, but he said there was a reason for that. "I've had too much to drink. I can't do it." He went to jail.
Off to a solid start
A man called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to say someone had fraudulently used his credit card to make a purchase of $737.18 at David's Bridal.
Missing lover, vehicle
A woman reported to the NCSO that her vehicle was stolen. She said she loaned it to a friend. The friend told deputies that she had gone out on a date with a man and they returned to her home around midnight and went to bed. She said when she awoke the next morning, the date and the car were both missing. The owner couldn't think of any distinguishing characteristics of the car, not even the color which she described as "a cross between gray, brown and dark red."
The CPD was called to an apartment where the resident told them she had put three $100 bills in a chest and when she went to retrieve it, it was gone. She said she'd had no visitors, but she had found a man's Nike boot under her bed a couple of weeks ago. She had no idea who the shoe belonged to.
-- The NCSO was called about a two-month-old burglary. A woman told deputies a couple of months back she had gone out and when she returned, her key would not work in her door. She said she called her son and he tried his key and it wouldn't work either. When she got inside she noticed the pork chops she was going to cook for dinner were gone as well as some bed sheets. Then, about a week previously she discovered that the title to her car, her trailer, her son's trailer and her brother's trailer were also missing.
Math's not my subject
A woman was a passenger in a vehicle where the driver and other passengers were being cited for various infractions involving drugs and alcohol. She, too, was observed with an open container and when NCSO deputies asked her name and age, she gave a fictitious name and said she was 32. The deputy called her on it and told her she looked older than 32. She then stated she was 25. Again, the deputy corrected her and she said, 'Oh yeah, my math is off. I'm drunk and I can't think of my age. I'm 28.' The deputy told her she was wrong again. She finally gave him her correct name and advised she was born in 1971, making her 42.
Vicious car wash
A man called the NCSO to report that when he entered a Salem Road automatic car wash, the mechanism tore off his driver's side front fender.
A Covington bank employee notified the CPD that two depositors -- whose names and addresses they were able to furnish -- had cashed two checks and then taken the tube from the drive through window and left. The tube was valued at $300.
Say it with flowers
Two female roommates got into a physical altercation and the CPD was called. One roommate said she was in bed asleep and when she got up, the other woman "ran after her with a bouquet of spoons wrapped in a rubber band." She said she defended herself and when the aggressor ran out the front door, she locked it. The woman admitted going after her roommate with a bundle of spoons and was charged with disorderly conduct.
Stealing from the poor
A homeless man and woman were reported to the CPD for taking the following items from a shelter: several blankets, pillows, sheets, towels, a lamp and bookshelves. The pair were found in a local motel.Missing the point
A woman and her husband were involved in a shouting match on the husband's birthday and the CPD was called. The woman said they had gone out to her sister's to celebrate her husband's birthday and both were drinking. She left the party early and when her husband came home, the argument began. She got a comforter from the bed and went to the couch and it was then that the husband came into the living room, shouting at her. He next picked up the glass coffee table and threw it onto the floor, shattering the glass. He admitted to the officers that he had done that and was arrested for disorderly conduct. The husband said, "I cannot believe I am going to jail for breaking a coffee table."
A man called the NCSO to report that mud struck to the hood of his vehicle after it fell off a truck in front of him.
Too many women
A man called the NCSO to report that while staying at his sister's house with his wife, he heard a noise and looked outside and saw a vehicle that he had loaned to his ex-girlfriend. He then saw his ex take a metal flower holder and begin striking a 2009 Chevrolet Impala that was parked in the driveway. The driver's side rear fender, trunk lid, tail light, hood and driver's side front fender were damaged. That vehicle belonged to another female friend of his, but he was driving it.
Two women and a man in their early 20s came to Walmart on Industrial Boulevard and began stuffing merchandise into backpacks and attempted to leave the store without paying for them. The items ranged from apparel to electronics. The three were stopped and 45 items were discovered with a total value of $487.60. The trio went to jail.
A man called the NCSO to report there was a toaster in his backyard with paper stuffed in it and it was plugged in.
A man called the NCSO to report his girlfriend missing. He said she'd been gone about two weeks.