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Police respond to arguments as tempers flare

COVINGTON — It’s the dog days of summer and tempers apparently are starting to flare.

Covington police arrested an Alabama man last weekend after he became irate when a local retailer would not replace his broken cell phone.

Andrew Kelly, 28, of 1107 Huckleberry Lane in Hoover, Ala., went to the Sprint store at 10342 Industrial Blvd. Saturday afternoon in an effort to get a new phone.

He reportedly told the Sprint employee that he had been on the phone with the company’s customer service, who allegedly told him he could get a new phone since his old one was broken.

The employee, however, was unable to find evidence of this conversation in the computer system and told Kelly he needed to speak with his manager to see what could be worked out.

“Mr. Kelly then stated he started getting very frustrated and demanding a phone,” Covington Police Department Officer Hayward DeRouen stated in the incident report. ‘”When they went in the back office that said ‘Authorized Personnel Only,’ he tried to force his way inside and started yelling at an employee.”

The employee told Officer DeRouen that Kelly followed him back to the office and “started yelling at him, saying, ‘You better watch your back,’” the report states.

The employee was able to shut the door and call police, who then arrested Kelly and charged him with disorderly conduct.

In other news, a man allegedly tried to run over a woman for not properly parking at Captain D’s on U.S. Highway 278.

The victim and other witnesses at the scene told the CPD officer that an older, white male in a silver pickup truck pulled up and told the victim on the evening of Aug. 15 that she did not park in a proper parking spot, according to the incident report.

“(The victim) stated she said, ‘OK,’ and then the male said, ‘Move that piece of sh** out of the way,’” the report states.

The man then allegedly pulled his vehicle closer to her and got out of his truck.

“(The victim) stated that the male threw a cup of ice at her and then kicked her in the stomach. (She) stated that she fell backwards and landed on her wrist,” Officer Presley McDonald reported. “(The victim) stated the male then got back in his truck and attempted to run her over as he left the parking lot.”

Witnesses said the man was last seen turning onto Turner Lake Road. His truck is described as an early 2000s model silver F150 extended cab with chrome bed rails.