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 Senior Staff Reporter Aimee Jones, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
COVINGTON — One Covington man’s day started off badly and kept getting worse. After driving his car into a ditch, he called 911 and asked for a tow truck. The tow truck arrived at the scene a bit before a Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy, so the man took the opportunity to offer the tow truck driver a trade: You pull my car out of the ditch and I’ll give you some marijuana.
The tow truck driver declined the offer.
When the deputy arrived, he discovered that the Covington man’s license was suspended so he placed the man under arrest. As the deputy was searching the suspect, he found a small amount of what was believed to be cocaine in his pocket. The suspect was taken to jail.
• If one is good, why not two?
A woman, who has been married since 2008, discovered that her husband may not have been faithful. She told the Newton County Sheriff’s Office that she recently received a Facebook posting of another woman’s marriage license with her husband’s name on it. The woman contacted the Probate Court and was told her husband informed them he had never been married before his wedding in April 2013.
• The case of the missing candy
A young girl who was selling candy for a fundraiser woke up her father one night to report that someone came in her room sometime between 11 and 11:30 p.m. and stole about $25 worth of candy and $17 cash. The father searched the girl’s downstairs bedroom and found the door leading outside was slightly open. He told police he believed a friend of his daughter’s must have stolen it, although he could not name anyone specific. The girl went outside to look for clues and said she found a candy wrapper between her house and the stop sign that matched the type of candy she was selling.
• I’m gonna get you, sucka
A woman called the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to report that someone broke into her home and stole some knives from her husband’s collection. Instead of initially calling the police, she said, she “put the word out in the trailer park” that whoever stole the items should return them. Apparently, the perpetrators took her seriously and returned the knives to her front porch a few nights later.
But then she noticed a few more items were missing, including more than a dozen pornographic movies and at least six pornographic magazines. This time, she called the cops.
• Not much can be done now
A man contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in September to report that he had lost his Jamaican passport, in Augusta, sometime between Oct. 15, 2002, and Sept. 20, 2004.
A man contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report that his ex-girlfriend came into his home without permission and stole his cat.
• Black is your color
A man reported that he parked his vehicle in the front yard of his residence and the next day when he went outside, he noticed something was amiss. At first he thought his license plate was stolen, but then realized someone had spray painted the tag black — the same color as his vehicle. A few weeks later, someone again spray painted his car. This time they painted the back windshield and the passenger side windows.
• Mystery man
A man called the Sheriff’s Office to say that a male voice has called him several times and threatened to harm him. The man said he does not know who the male voice belongs to.
A woman called the Sheriff’s Office to complain that when her son got off the bus and started walking home, three males surprised him and snatched the shoe box he was carrying that contained items for a school project.
• An evening under the stars
A Newton County woman reported that when she returned home from work one night, she noticed an old dirty mattress lying on the side of the house where she normally parks her cars, along with a receipt from Blockbuster and a can of Red Bull.