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Newton County Sheriff's Office arrests third suspect in Ridge Avenue murder

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a botched drug deal that left a 29-year-old Newton Countyman dead earlier this month.

Covington woman charged with DUI in Conyers after driving wrong way on I-20

A Covington woman allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 20 was charged with DUI after an off-duty DeKalb County police officer followed her to a place where a Conyers Police Department officer was able to pull her over and place her under arrest.

Plans on track for U.S. 278 widening and roundabout at Ga. 142

Plans to continue widening U.S. Highway 278 culminating with a roundabout at Ga. Highway 142 are moving forward with construction estimated to begin by mid-2016.

Parents cited for curfew violations plead guilty

Parents of teens who were cited earlier this fall for curfew violations pleaded guilty in Municipal Court on Friday, including the mother of a 19-year-old who asked that the citation be amended and put in her name.

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Family of missing man, Bobby Weaver, memorialize his birthday

Family and friends of Bobby Weaver, who has been missing for more than a year, gathered earlier this month to memorialize his 29th birthday.

Newton County Sheriff's Office arrests one in shooting in Kroger parking lot

One arrest has been made and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of a Salem Road grocery store this week.

Two Covington men arrested in Conyers after apparent road rage incident

One man didn’t like being cut off in traffic, so he allegedly got out of his car and threatened to beat up the other driver. The other driver, apparently unhappy with being threatened in front of his children, reportedly acted as if he was going to hit the other man’s car. Both were arrested.

Newton County schools provide funds to help teachers with more instruction time

Teachers struggling to find enough hours in the day to actually teach students as a result of an increase in state-mandated testing now have $750,000 in local support to find creative ways to boost instruction time in the classroom.

Two Covington men arrested in Conyers after apparent road rage incident

One man didn’t like being cut off in traffic, so he allegedly got out of his car and threatened to beat up the other driver. The other driver, apparently unhappy with being threatened in front of his children, reportedly acted as if he was going to hit the other man’s car. Both were arrested.

Newton County Sheriff's Office arrests two more in connection with Friday shooting and Saturday murder

Two more people have been arrested in connection with a murder that occurred Saturday and a shooting that took place Friday afternoon – both as a result of drug deals that went wrong.

Newton Board of Education approves bonus for teachers and increase in retirement

In an effort to continue to restore pay cuts made to teachers during the depths of the recession, the Newton County Board of Education voted Tuesday to give teachers a one-time bonus, increase the contribution to their retirement plans and add another hour for elementary-level paraprofessionals.

Liberty Middle School student threatens to 'shoot up' school

A 13-year-old Liberty Middle School student has been arrested after she allegedly posted on a social media site a threat to “shoot up the school” the next day.

Newton County business owner becomes involved in dispute over four-wheeler

RCSO: Sister smears sandwich during fight

A business owner picked up a gun during an altercation where a customer allegedly struck him with his truck as he was leaving with a four-wheeler; a fight between sisters spun out of control Sunday night when one of the sisters allegedly smeared a sandwich on the other.

Covington woman allegedly beats child with tree limb

A woman who allegedly struck a 10-year-old with a tree limb after mistakenly believing he injured her toddler has turned herself in on child cruelty charges.

Newton County Sheriff's Office responds to murder, shooting over drug deals

A 29-year-old man murdered Saturday, teen shot Friday

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has responded to three shootings seven days, including one murder, and has made arrests in each of them.

RCSO: Man drops bags containing Mason jars of pot as he runs from deputy

In an apparent effort to avoid speaking with a sheriff’s deputy, a man wanted for criminal trespass ran off, dropping two book bags full of drugs and leading the pursuing deputy on a foot chase through a yard with two pit bulls before being brought down by a Taser in the back.

U.S. Postal worker reports being robbed while delivering mail

A U.S. Postal Service employee reported that he was robbed while delivering mail Thursday morning in a south Newton County neighborhood.

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Police arrest Douglasville man suspected in Conyers TitleBucks robbery

Good, old-fashioned police work, combined with some modern technology, led to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing a TitleBucks recently in Conyers, as well as several other title pawn businesses around the state.

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Police arrest Douglasville man suspected in Conyers TitleBucks robbery

Good, old-fashioned police work, combined with some modern technology, led to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing a TitleBucks recently in Conyers, as well as several other title pawn businesses around the state.

Shooting reported on Greenway Drive

One person transported to hospital; several held for questioning

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred Friday afternoon on Greenway Drive in the Ellington community.

CDC urges schools to take more measured approach about Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health have issued a letter to all educators in the state, advising them about the best way to handle situations where a teacher may have come into contact with a health care worker returning from Ebola-affected countries.

Man shot three times during argument early Wednesday morning

A 31-year-old Covington man has been arrested after he shot another man during an argument at his home in the early morning hours Wednesday.

NCSO, RCSO, Covington Police Department team up to arrest burglary suspect wanted in Rockdale and Newton counties

A man wanted in multiple burglaries in both Rockdale and Newton counties was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to steal items from a home in Newton County.

Substitute at Newton County elementary school found with marijuana

A substitute custodian at West Newton Elementary School was arrested last week after he was found with a small amount of marijuana while taking a cigarette break.

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Incumbent Lanier Sims withstands challenge; Belton wins District 112 seat

Republican Dave Belton bests Patsy Harris in House 112 race

COVINGTON — Incumbent Lanier Sims defeated Republican challenger Ricky Corley Tuesday for the District 2 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

Ebola tracking protocols change after teacher's spouse returns from West Africa

Protocols on monitoring people for Ebola who are entering the U.S. from West Africa have recently been updated, in part due to the revelation that the spouse of a Newton High School had recently returned to Newton County from Sierra Leone.

Covington man arrested in shooting of Valero convenience store clerk

A Covington man is in custody on charges that he shot a convenience store clerk Sunday night after purchasing a beer.

Suspect sought in Newton County convenience store shooting

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the Sunday night shooting of a convenience store clerk.

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Jonathan Fuqua with Covington Fire Department named Fire Safety Educator of the Year

Jonathan Fuqua with the Covington Fire Department was named fire safety educator of the year for the state of Georgia at a ceremony Thursday with state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

Newton High School teacher medically cleared of Ebola and will return to school Monday

Principal: Teacher will return to school Monday

The Newton High School teacher who was removed from teaching out of concern that she had come into contact with a person who just returned from West Africa has been medically cleared of Ebola and any other infectious disease, according to the Newton County School System.

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Conyers police search for armed TitleBucks robber

Police are looking for a man who robbed at gunpoint a title loan business Thursday morning, locked employees in a back room and stole cash from the business.

Georgia State Patrol looks for witnesses to Sunday's fatal crash in Covington

A Virginia woman died in a car accident in Covington early Sunday morning and the Georgia State Patrol is looking for information that could help piece together exactly what happened in the wreck.

Social Circle kidnapping suspect in hospital after standoff in Rockdale County

A Social Circle man remains in the hospital in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office after a standoff with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office that began as a result of him allegedly kidnapping and robbing his former girlfriend.

Covington man in Rockdale County Jail after fleeing from deputies at traffic stop

After more than four months, a Covington man who sped away from Rockdale County deputies during a routine traffic stop and crashed his truck into a tree outside a home before fleeing into the woods leaving behind a significant amount of marijuana, has been arrested.

Rockdale County teens break into home in Covington

Four Rockdale County males and two juvenile females were arrested early Saturday morning when they were found burglarizing a home in Covington.

Covington man strikes truck and mailbox when leaving party in Rockdale County

Newton County man leaves a party in Rockdale “highly intoxicated” and hits a truck and a mailbox before being arrested.

Newton High School teacher removed from school until she is medically cleared for Ebola

Absenteeism 10 percent on Wednesday

A Newton High School teacher has been removed from the classroom until she can be medically cleared after she revealed Tuesday that her husband had just returned from Sierra Leone in West Africa, a hotspot for Ebola.

Teen touts knowledge of law before being arrested on marijuana charge

Covington police were apparently unpersuaded by a one man’s interpretation of the law – despite his assertion he previously had gone through the Explorers program — when they found marijuana leaves in a cigarette box he tossed in the woods.

Former carnival employee charged with setting fires to stay warm

A Stone Mountain man who was apparently walking home from the Social Circle fair this past weekend has been arrested after he allegedly started a couple campfires on personal property in an effort to stay warm.

Deputies Taser Covington man who allegedly pulled gun on passing motorist on Old Salem Road

A man who allegedly pointed a gun at a passing motorist fought with deputies trying to arrest him, even after being Tasered twice.

Law enforcement serve community as well as protect

Community policing important part of the job of law enforcement officers

Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy responds to numerous calls on routine patrol, but takes time to talk to citizens, mentor a teen and even return a stray dog.

Report: Alpha students engaged in sex act on bus

A high school student and middle school student at Alpha Academy have been arrested and taken to the Rockdale County Youth Detention Center for allegedly engaging in oral sex on the school bus that was taking them to the Evening Reporting Center.

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Porterdale church unites after fire breaks out Thursday

Pastor Bobby Sims and the congregation at Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale are not going to be defeated by a fire that nearly destroyed their church, but are instead praising God for sparing them and trusting this near-tragedy will make them stronger.

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Work underway to move entrance to I-20 west away from Alcovy Trestle

Drivers attempting to enter Interstate 20 from Ga. Highway 11 should soon find it a bit easier to access the entrance ramp.

Package stolen from car recovered at another crime scene

A couple reported a package of gifts was stolen from their car only to have them returned later when a deputy found them at another, unrelated crime scene.

Covington man loses $800 in flimflam

A Newton County man was reportedly a victim of a flimflam that cost him $800.

Conyers police make another arrest in Keswick Village fight and shooting

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with the fight and shots fired at Keswick Village apartments last week.

Newton Board of Commissioners signals it will vote to deny variance for cell tower

Two commissioners said they will vote against a variance request to allow a cell tower on residential property. County Attorney Tommy Craig suggested they defer the vote until its November meeting to allow time to prepare written justification.

Public comment, not 'personal attacks,' will be allowed at Bear Creek work session

In response to numerous requests by citizens, the Newton County Board of Commissioners will allow the public to participate in the upcoming work session regarding the Bear Creek reservoir, with one commissioner warning against what he deemed “personal attacks” against the county’s attorney.

Reports of shots fired prompt search in Salem Road area

Reports of gunshots fired Tuesday morning in the area of Wall Street and Avalon Boulevard prompted the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office to set up a perimeter in the area and a private school to go on voluntary lockdown, but no victim or suspect had been located as of press time.