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Aimee Jones

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Wrong-way driver dies in crash on Interstate 20 in Newton County

The driver of an SUV was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of travel on I-20 around 10 p.m. Tuesday died after he struck another SUV.

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Family appeals for information about missing Covington woman

Julie McRee Smith, 48, was discovered missing Thursday, May 21, when a homeowner in Jackson County reported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office around 4 p.m. that a Toyota Camry with the motor running was blocking her driveway on Ga. Highway 124 near Braselton.

Social Circle bypass set to open June 2

The 2.7-mile stretch road serving as the eastern bypass around the city is slated to open June 2.

Alabama man shot by Social Circle police officer sentenced to prison for obstruction

The Alabama man who was injured after being shot by a Social Circle police officer earlier this year after he became combative during a traffic stop has been sentenced to prison.

Lightning ignites fire at home in Westchester Lakes

A Rockdale County family has been displaced from their home when a lightning strike Monday night ignited a fire in the two-store house.

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Alcovy High School graduates move forward with solid foundation | PHOTOS

In a warm-hearted, excitement-filled and sometimes emotional ceremony, the Alcovy High School class of 2015 accepted their diplomas and turned their tassels Saturday morning.

Divorced couple killed in apparent murder-suicide

A divorced couple died late Thursday night in an apparent murder-suicide in Covington.

Suspects Tasered while being served warrants

Two shots with a Taser didn’t seem to faze one Newton County man who was ultimately arrested on several outstanding warrants.

Suspect in May 11 drug-related armed robbery arrested

Second suspect remains at large

One of the suspects in a drug-related armed robbery that left the victim shot and stabbed has been arrested.

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Two electrical fires Monday evacuate Kroger on Ga. Highway 20

Shoppers at Kroger on Ga. Highway 20 were evacuated twice Monday due to small electrical fires.

Man claims he was shot at while driving in Covington

A Covington man called police after he said was cussed out and shot at by another driver.

Newton County woman arrested after being found with codeine reportedly taken during Beasley's burglary

A Newton County woman found with drugs believed to be stolen from a pharmacy in Olde Town Conyers was arrested after a traffic stop.

Victim reports being robbed and beaten by large group of males at Pine Log Park

A Conyers man reported to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office that he was beaten and robbed while sitting in his car at Pine Log Park this week.

Magistrate Court Judge Phinia Aten reports a pill was placed in her water glass

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate a claim by Magistrate Court Judge Phinia Aten that someone placed a pill in her glass of water while she was out of the courtroom.

Rockdale Chapter of the American Kennel Club donates disaster relief trailer for pets

Thanks to a donation in large part from the Rockdale Chapter of the American Kennel Club, Rockdale County will soon have a Pet Disaster Relief Unit that will provide a way for first responders to not only save citizens, but also their animals.

Man tries to convince off-duty officer that he works undercover with GSP

Ryan Lee Nicholson, 35, of St. Regis Drive, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly told a customer at Walmart in Covington that he was an undercover trooper with the Georgia State Patrol and needed him to return some merchandise on his behalf.

Newton County schools' FY 16 budget includes more teachers and employee raises

The Newton County Board of Education adopted Tuesday a tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes raises for teachers, stipends for educators who take on courses in critical shortage areas and an increase in pay for school resource officers.

Newton County school board considers purchasing laptops for teachers

Gary Shattuck, director of technology for the Newton County School System, presented to the Newton County Board of Education Tuesday a list of technology items to be purchased upon approval of the fiscal year 2016 budget.

On the Beat: Woman chases firefighters with shovel

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by area law enforcement personnel in the course of their duties. It is compiled by Senior Staff Reporter Aimee Jones, who can be reached at

Mother's Day outing to the movies turns violent

A Mother’s Day outing at the movies turned ugly when a mother and her daughter were attacked by two other patrons who took umbrage at being scolded for talking during the film.

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Two brothers arrested in weekend shooting

Investigators search for two suspects involved in shooting, stabbing Monday morning

Two brothers were arrested after they allegedly shot an acquaintance during an attempted robbery; investigators working to identify two suspects involved in a drug-related shooting and stabbing that occurred Monday morning at a residence on Ga. Highway 20, just north of Honey Creek Road.

State law boosting judges' pay also impacts salaries of some local officials

Judges will see a pay raise next year, thanks to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Nathan Deal, and as a result other local officials will also see a bump in their salaries, a measure that could cost Rockdale County an additional $30,000 a year.

Petition for special use permit to allow a bed and breakfast to head back to Planning Commission

A contentious zoning request that could open the door for a bed and breakfast in south Rockdale County will likely be sent back to the Conyers Rockdale Planning Commission before county commissioners take action.

Fox series 'Sleepy Hollow' to begin filming in Rockdale County

The Fox TV series, “Sleepy Hollow,” which had been filmed in Wilmington, N.C., is slated to begin filming its third season this summer in Conyers.

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Field day at the Newton County Theme School | PHOTOS

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game - but winning sure is fun. Fifth-grade students at the Newton County Theme School gave it their all Thursday as they competed in a variety of field day activities, including races, relay games, sack races and tug of war, and at one time or another, they all came away victorious. The following are just a few images from their field day.

Bomb threat evacuates Salem Road Walmart

Walmart on Salem Road was evacuated for a short time Saturday when a bomb threat was called into the store.

14-year-old charged in shooting at Conyers Middle School

RCSO: Student had no intention to harm anyone

Authorities do not believe the Conyers Middle School student who fired a gun at school Tuesday had any intention to harm anyone.

Probation check results in multiple arrests of people with active warrants on drug charges

A check on a probationer resulted in the arrest of five individuals on drug charges, most of whom were wanted out of other counties.

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Shot fired at Conyers Middle School, one student in custody | PHOTOS

Shot fired at Conyers Middle School; suspect in custody.

Vandals damage sanctuary at Faith Tabernacle in Conyers

Vandals struck a local church, damaging several items in the sanctuary including slashing some pews.

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Train collision with truck shuts down rail crossings in Olde Town Saturday

Festival-goers in Olde Town Conyers had an unexpected turn of events Saturday when the railroad crossings were closed down for a few hours after a train struck a truck stopped on the tracks waiting for a red light

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Missing 19-year-old has been found unharmed

A 19-year-old Rockdale County woman who has been reported missing since March has been found safe and returned to her guardians.

Fire breaks out in home of Falcons draft pick Grady Jarrett

A night of watching the NFL draft with friends and family for took a startling turn Friday for newly drafted Atlanta Falcons football player Grady Jarrett when a fire broke out in his north Rockdale County home.

Judge rules against former landscaper who sued Newton County BOC chairman and county manager

One of the lawsuits filed by a former landscape contractor with Newton County against the county commission chairman and former county manager has been dismissed.

Man in Superman shirt accused of a panoply of crimes

A man wearing a Superman T-shirt racked up a slew of charges this week as he flew around Newton County committing a series of crimes.

Two arrested on suspicion of trying to steal vehicle rims in south Rockdale

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men for attempting to steal hub caps off cars in a south Rockdale neighborhood, after receiving numerous reports of similar thefts earlier this month.

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Airport Road on track to reopen Friday

Crews have been working nearly round the clock – including in the rain – to reopen Airport Road after its been closed for nearly two weeks as a result of flash flooding that washed out a culvert.

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Airport Road on track to reopen Friday

Crews have been working nearly round the clock – including in the rain – to reopen Airport Road after its been closed for nearly two weeks as a result of flash flooding that washed out a culvert.

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GDOT to host public meeting on proposed roundabout at E. Fairview Road

A public information public house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gen. Ray Davis Middle School, located at 3375 E. Fairview Road S.W. for residents to learn about GDOT’s plan to construct a roundabout at Ga. Highway 138 and East Fairview Road.

Suspect in Conyers CVS and Covington Walgreens robberies arrested in Norcross

The serial robber who is accused of robbing a CVS in Conyers and a Walgreens in Covington last week is now in custody in the Rockdale County Jail.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy terminated, four resign amid allegations of steroid use

A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy was terminated this week and four more resigned, with one being arrested by the GBI, amid an internal investigation into alleged use of anabolic steroids.

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Authorities search for serial robbery suspect

Suspect believed to have robbed CVS in Conyers, Walgreens in Covington on same day

Police are searching for what is believed to be a serial robber who robbed a CVS pharmacy in Conyers Thursday morning and allegedly robbed a Walgreens in Covington Thursday evening.

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Family of missing Newton County man join with Sheriff's Office to appeal for information

The family of Bobby Weaver and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are hoping to breathe new life into the ongoing investigation of locating the 29-year-old man who has been missing for more than 18 months.

Teens crash into vehicle while fleeing Rockdale authorities in stolen car

Three teens were arrested Wednesday after they fled from authorities in a stolen car, crashed into another vehicle exiting Interstate 20 and were later located by a K-9 unit.

Salem High School soccer player accused of hitting Alcovy player after game

A Salem High School soccer player is facing juvenile charges after she allegedly struck a rival player after Tuesday’s game against Alcovy High School.

Newton County man accused of raping woman at a party

A 43-year-old Covington man has been arrested on allegations that he raped a woman during a party over the weekend.

Two convenience store clerks charged with commercial gambling

Clerks from two Newton County convenience stores have been arrested on allegations they were illegally making cash payments to patrons playing slot machines.

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Hiring the best: Recruitment standards high for local law enforcement agencies

Recruitment standards high for local law enforcement agencies

The stakes are high for police officers and sheriff’s deputies. Decisions are made daily that could make the difference between whether someone goes to jail or goes home or lives or dies. As a result, local law enforcement agencies place a premium on recruiting the right candidates who can withstand a rigorous application and interview process.

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Covington City Council approves rezoning for high-end senior living community

The Covington City Council has paved the way for a new, state-of-the-art retirement community that will provide housing to transition from independent living to assisted care to memory care.

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Man jumps out window of Folk's while fleeing police

Sunday lunch at a local restaurant was disrupted when a Conyers man jumped through the window trying to flee from police.