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NCSO investigates shooting incident on Whitehead Court

COVINGTON — Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking into the shooting of a 25-year-old man at his home Monday night and have issued warrants for the arrest of an Oxford man.

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Nearly $2,500 worth of cigarettes stolen from Covington Flash Foods

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for three suspects in connection with the theft of nearly $2,500 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store.

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Newton County authorities arrest second suspect in Bailey's armed robbery

The Newton County Sheriff's Office made a second arrest Saturday in connection wit the armed robbery that occurred at Bailey's Food Pride in May.

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NCSO: Lock your car and keep your valuables out of sight

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in stopping a rash of entering auto crimes that appear to be on the rise.

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Decatur woman says she was raped in Newton or Rockdale

COVINGTON -- A woman walked into the Kroger store on Salem Road in the early morning hours Tuesday and told the security guard that she had been raped, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Man beaten, robbed off Cowan Road; 3 arrested

COVINGTON -- A Newton County man is recovering from injuries he received a week ago when he was robbed and beaten.

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Clerk chased by would-be robber at Dollar General

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the attempted armed robbery of the Dollar General Store at 3227 Salem Road early Sunday morning.

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NCSO detention officer jailed on sex charges

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Detention Center officer has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with an inmate, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Man charged in accidental shooting

A 19-year-old Geiger Street resident has been charged with reckless conduct in connection with the apparent accidental shooting of another teen.

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Authorities: Family dog attacks child

A family dog savagely attacked a 9-year-old boy Tuesday morning, resulting in serious multiple injuries, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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NCSO nabs 1 suspect in robbery

Newton County Sheriff's Department deputies were able to catch one of the suspects they believe is responsible for the armed robbery of Bailey's Food Pride on Salem Road on Friday morning. They are still searching for the second suspect.

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Vandals spraypaint subdivision

A Newton County subdivision located off Salem Road was the target of widespread vandalism over the weekend.

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Jail supervisor fired after alleged relationship

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has terminated the employment of Sgt. Debra Pilgrim, a supervisor in the detention center, effective April 15, according to Jail Division Capt. Sammy Banks.

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NCSO charges man with rape; warrants issued for second suspect

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have arrested one man and are seeking a second in connection with the rape of a 32-year-old Covington woman.

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Sheriff's seminar to teach safe driving

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free driver's education seminar to help Newton County parents prepare their teens to drive.

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Fleeing burglars toss out 4-wheeler

A Newton County sheriff's deputy recovered the goods from a burglary in a rather unorthodox way recently.

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NCSO investigators look into robberies

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery and assault at Susie's Best Wings on Salem Road.

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NCSO: Newton County woman slits husband's throat during argument

COVINGTON -- A bride of two months cut her husband's throat during an altercation in the early morning hours Saturday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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NCSO: Newton County woman slits husband's throat during argument

COVINGTON — A bride of two months cut her husband's throat during an altercation in the early morning hours Saturday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Sheriff's Office aiming for state accreditation

The staff at the Newton County Sheriff's Office is dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's to ensure that its office can stand tall next to any department in the nation. Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced they are aiming for accreditation through the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, with an ultimate goal of national accreditation.

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Sheriff's Office aiming for state accreditation

COVINGTON — The staff at the Newton County Sheriff's Office is dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's to ensure that its office can stand tall next to any department in the nation. Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced they are aiming for accreditation through the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, with an ultimate goal of national accreditation.

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Officials look into drive-by shooting

The Newton County Sheriff's Office said arrests are "likely" as their investigation continues into a drive-by shooting in the Mountain View Estates subdivision during the early morning hours Monday.

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Man pistol whipped, robbed at his own home

COVINGTON -- A man living in the Parkscape subdivision off Jack Neely Road was robbed and pistol-whipped in his own home by two men Saturday afternoon, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Burning truck causes traffic delays at Brown Bridge and Ga. 20

COVINGTON -- Newton County Fire Service firefighters worked for about six hours to extinguish and clean up after a fire that began about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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3 stolen vehicles located; aggressive driver arrested

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has recovered three stolen automobiles in the last few days.

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NCSO signs up for ICE program

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has recently signed on to participate in the federal Secure Communities program, sponsored by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security.

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Police arrest 3 on charges of dogfighting

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office made three arrests Friday night in connection with suspected dogfighting at a home off Ga. Highway 162.

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NCSO: Some missing vases may not be stolen

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has learned that some of the vases missing from Lawnwood Cemetery may have been taken for safekeeping by the families whose loved ones are buried there.

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Authorities: Vase vandals strike again

COVINGTON — In less than a week the cemetery vandals have struck again, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The total is now up to 126 vases, or approximately $35,000 worth of bronze, that have been stolen since mid-January from Lawnwood Cemetery at 1111 Access Road.

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Authorities: Vase vandals strike again

In less than a week the cemetery vandals have struck again, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The total is now up to 126 vases, or approximately $35,000 worth of bronze, that have been stolen since mid-January from Lawnwood Cemetery at 1111 Access Road.

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Lost 2-year-old located by NCSO bloodhound

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office canine Pete was the hero of the day Friday after he located a lost 2-year-old who had wandered away from her home.

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Cemetery vandals strike third time

COVINGTON — In less than a week the cemetery vandals have struck again, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The total is now up to 126 vases, or approximately $35,000 worth of bronze, that have been stolen since mid-January from Lawnwood Cemetery at 1111 Access Road.

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NCSO employees honored for exceptional service

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office held its second annual awards and commendations ceremony Friday. Awards and Commendations Committee Chairman Lt. Paul Gunter said the event was to recognize those who have gone "above and beyond what is exceptional."

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Thieves hit Covington cemetery for second time

COVINGTON -- For the second time in less than a month, thieves have hit Lawnwood Cemetery at 1111 Access Road. In January 70 bronze vases were reported stolen and sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning thieves made off with an additional 35 vases, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Man wanted on traffic incident which injured deputy turns himself in

COVINGTON -- A man wanted since December on numerous traffic-related charges, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, turned himself in to the Newton County Sheriff's Office last week.

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2 more arrested in connection with robbery

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have made two additional arrests in connection with an armed robbery Monday evening on Sunflower Lane.

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Man robbed at gunpoint of PlayStation system, weapon

COVINGTON -- One arrest has been made and more are likely in connection with an armed robbery that took place Monday night on Sunflower Lane, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Missing men found dead in car crash

COVINGTON -- Two men who were last seen at a New Year's Eve party were found dead in a ravine off Ga. Highway 11 Saturday morning, victims of a car crash, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Deputy arrested at New Year's party

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy posted $500 bond Monday following his arrest on two misdemeanor charges that resulted from an altercation at a New Year's Eve party.

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Deputy arrested at New Year's Eve Party

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy faces two misdemeanor charges after he allegedly got into an altercation at a New Year's Eve party.

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Deputy arrested at New Year's party

COVINGTON — A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy posted $500 bond Monday following his arrest on two misdemeanor charges that resulted from an altercation at a New Year's Eve party.

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NCSO on alert after AC thefts

An escalating number of thefts of air conditioning unit components has prompted extra patrols in unmarked cars by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Man shot on street in Newton neighborhood

COVINGTON -- A 23-year-old man was shot in the back outside of a home in The Silos subdivision off Brown Bridge Road in the early afternoon Tuesday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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NCSO on alert for a crime-free Christmas

COVINGTON -- The folks in law enforcement know crime is going to increase for the holidays, but they're hoping by offering some proactive suggestions to residents who'll take their advice, they won't become a statistic.

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Toy ride set for Saturday

COVINGTON -- If you think Santa gets cold in his sleigh when delivering toys on Christmas Eve, try riding a motorcycle in December through the back roads of Newton County. That's what a group of Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies and their friends plan to do this weekend for the 12th annual Sheriff's Office Toy Run.

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Man wanted in connection with child molestation arrested in Tennessee

An alleged child molester from Covington who has been on the run since August has been arrested in Tennessee, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Kent Stanley Jones, 44, was wanted on three counts each of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes. He is being held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail, awaiting extradition to Newton County. For the full story, see Wednesday's Newton Citizen.

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NCSO speaks to teenagers about sexting

COVINGTON -- Some Newton County students faced some shocking facts this week.

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NCSO receives $300K grant to hire 2 deputies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has received a more than $300,000 grant to hire two additional deputies, Sheriff Ezell Brown announced this week.

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Nine-month-old baby mauled while sleeping by raccoons

A 9-month-old baby was mauled by two raccoons as she slept in her crib early Wednesday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred at 125 Brookhollow Way, a rural area below Mansfield, off Loyd Rd. The child received extensive injuries to her face and head area, according to NCSO Lt. Tyrone Oliver and was transported to Children's Health Care at Egleston where she is in critical condition. For more details on this story, see Thursday's edition of the Newton Citizen.

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NCSO: Men arrested for alleged molestation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested two men this week in unrelated cases for allegedly taking surreptitious nude photos of female children in their homes.

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