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NHS student charged with brining knife to school

Conyers man charges amended to violation of county ordinance

COVINGTON — A Newton High School student was arrested last week for allegedly threatening another student with a 3-inch pocketknife during class.

Rodrigo Miguel Ayala, 18, of 225 McGiboney Place, was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of a weapon in a school safety zone.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cortney Morrison said the suspect and another student were playing around during class Thursday afternoon when Ayala pulled the knife from his pocket.

“At some point, Ayala called the student an expletive and then Ayala threatened him by saying, ‘Don’t make me do what I have to do’ while holding the knife,” Morrison said.

She said the school resource officer and administrators were notified and the knife was taken from Ayala without incident.

In other crime news, the Covington Police Department arrested Johny Ray Robinson, 17, of 10702 Magnolia Heights Circle, on charges of rape, aggravated child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred July 1 when police responded to the apartment in reference to a family fight. No other information has been released by the CPD at this time.

Also, the NCSO has amended the charges against a Conyers man, who had been charged last week in reference to accidentally firing a weapon into the home of a neighbor.

According to a press release, the Sheriff’s Office has now charged Albert Wentworth Verwayne with violation of the county ordinance regarding unlawful discharge of firearms instead of state charges of reckless conduct and criminal damage to property.

“Once investigators had an opportunity to further examine the scene, evidence and statements, it was clear that the county ordinance outlined the elements of the crime more specifically than the state laws, and therefore, fit more appropriately,” the release states.

Verwayne, 21, was arrested when investigators determined that on Sept. 6 he accidentally fired a shotgun he believed to be unloaded into the window of a neighbor’s residence in the Enclave subdivision.