NCSO: Man throws bolt cutters at locked refrigerator

COVINGTON — A Newton County woman called police when her husband threw a pair of bolt cutters at a padlocked refrigerator and informed them that he was a convicted felon in possession of a gun.

The two began arguing Thursday night when the woman’s husband asked for the key to unlock the refrigerator. According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, a padlock is kept on the family’s refrigerator to prevent the couple’s young children from taking food while the parents are asleep.

“The victim called because her husband had been drinking all day and they began arguing because she wouldn’t give him the key to get some food from the refrigerator,” said Investigator Jeff Alexander.

“He got angry and slung a pair of bolt cutters, not necessarily at her, but they hit the refrigerator.”

The victim put the four children in the car and drove to the end of the driveway of their White Birch Drive home where she called 911.

When deputies arrived, the woman explained what happened and then added that there was a .22-cal rifle in the house and her husband is a convicted felon, Alexander said.

Charles Edward Paulette, 40, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal trespass and cruelty to children.