Newton County recycling center employee spit on by out-of-county patron

COVINGTON — An employee at the Newton County Recycling Center who tried to stop a man with an out-of-county license tag from dumping trash there reported to the Sheriff’s Office that the man took his cell phone and spit on him.

Sometime just before 1 p.m. Thursday, the employee at the recycling center on McGiboney Road approached a man who was dumping trash into a container from a vehicle with a Rockdale County tag.

“He noticed the man was from Rockdale County and advised him the recycling center is for Newton County residents only,” said Newton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Cunningham.

The man allegedly became irate and began arguing with the employee. When the employee attempted to take a picture of the out-of-county tag with his cell phone, the suspect snatched the phone out of his hand.

The employee then attempted to go into the shed on the property to call 911, but the man got between him and the building, shaking his finger at him and not allowing him inside to use the telephone, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

“The argument continued and a short time later, the man got in his vehicle, and as he was driving off, he spit on the man’s leg,” Cunningham said.

The victim was able to provide a description of the vehicle, but no suspect has yet been identified, Cunningham reported.

In other news, the Sheriff’s Office was called Friday afternoon to help a man at Lake Jackson who accidentally rolled into the lake.

The man was attempting to back his boat from the boat dock when his foot slipped off the brake, causing not only his boat, but the Ford Expedition that was hauling the boat, to fall in the water. A towing company was called and pulled the truck out of the lake.