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 Reporter Aimee Jones, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apparently dissatisfied with service at a fast food restaurant, a Covington woman was arrested after she reportedly cussed out employees at the drive-through window.
Covington Police Department Officer Brian LaMacchio responded to an argument at the McDonald’s. When he arrived, he reported seeing and hearing a woman in a car at the drive-through window yelling, “F—- you. You are gonna lose your f—-ing job!” to the employee.
The officer placed her under arrest and spoke with the manager on duty who said she was trying to tell the customer that the restaurant’s computer system was down when she began to curse and even spit on her. Other customers in line behind the woman heard her cursing and refuse to leave when asked.
The woman was charged with disorderly conduct.
• Let your light so shine …
A Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to a home to settle a family fight. The couple had been fighting since they were at church and the argument continued when they were preparing to go to bed. The wife went to the bedroom to lie down and apparently became agitated that her husband kept the light on while he was readying for bed. “The female got up and turned the light off and the male turned the bathroom light on and told her he was using the light,” the incident report states.
That was evidently not good enough for her because she got a hammer and struck the light, breaking the light fixture.
• Must be a coincidence
A woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report that when she got up that morning she noticed her car was gone and so was her nephew.
• Keep Fido away from my beer
A Newton County woman told an NCSO deputy that a man threatened to shoot her because her small dog had licked the top of his beer can.
• Where there’s smoke …
A woman came home one day and heard someone in her house and smelled the odor of marijuana. She contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary in process. Responding deputies searched the house and found two people hiding inside. One of the people was the complainant’s daughter and the other was her male companion. The girl remained with her mother and the 20-year-old male was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
• Sweet revenge
The parent of a Newton County high school student contacted the NCSO to report that someone stole a $2 bag of Sour Patch Kids candies from her daughter’s purse. The parent said she wanted to press charges against the person she suspected of taking the candy.
• Checking with mom
A pizza delivery man was left hanging when he delivered a pizza to a house and was asked by the boy who answered the door if he had change for a $50 bill. The delivery man said he did, so the boy took the pizza and acted like he was talking to his mom. The pizza man waited and soon realized nobody was coming back to the door.
• Just asking to be caught
Deputies saw a man carrying a large beer and wandering around the employees’ parking lot at the Sheriff’s Office. When asked what he was doing, he said he was breaking into cars. He was escorted next door to the Newton County jail where he was booked for loitering and prowling and public drunk.
• ‘Stupid stuff’
A man complained to the Sheriff’s Office that his ex-girlfriend keeps calling and texting him about stupid stuff, according to an incident report. He has told her to stop, but she refused. He told deputies it is making it hard for him to work. The deputy advised him of the warrant process.