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Aimee Jones

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Salem High School student found with pot after teacher smells marijuana in classroom

The distinct odor of marijuana tipped off a Salem High School teacher that someone was smoking in the classroom; two Heritage High School students were arrested after a fight broke out in the hallway.

Covington teen threatened with Taser at party in Rockdale County

A Covington teen was attacked and nearly Tasered as she attempted to go to a party in Rockdale County.

Body of missing Newton County man Ralph Michael Garland found in Lake Jackson

The 56-year-old Newton County man reported missing last week was found dead Saturday in Lake Jackson. No foul play is suspected.

Covington Police investigate car break-ins at local restaurants

Police are investigating a rash of break-ins reported Thursday night in the parking lot of LongHorn.

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RCSO launches manhunt for two armed robbery supsects after they crashed car fleeing from scene

Two armed robbery suspects apparently crashed their car as they fled the scene of the crime, but have so far eluded authorities.

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Newton and Rockdale authorities seek two missing persons

Local authorities are seeking two missing persons – one a middle-aged man and the other a young woman.

Covington Police Department arrests 24 in rash of burglaries reported over past few months

A combination of good police work and citizen involvement helped the Covington Police Department solve a number burglaries that occurred in one area of the city over a three month period, resulting in the arrests 24 individuals - most of whom were juveniles.

Covington man accused of beating, raping a woman he assaulted years earlier

A Covington man has been charged with a violent assault against a woman he was accused of attacking several years ago.

Newton County mulls public-private partnership for expanded regional landfill

Newton County officials are mulling significant changes to the scope and size of the county’s landfill, potentially relieving the county of millions of dollars in liability and ending a years-long lawsuit in which the state Supreme Court three times ruled against Newton County, and even bringing in a revenue stream that could in part be used to fund community improvements for residents who live near what would be an approximately 900-acre site.

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Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Year Cpl. Joseph Lightsey receives Life Saving Award

Deputy of the Year Cpl. Joseph Lightsey receives Life Saving Award

Cpl. Joseph Lightsey, named Deputy of the Year, was honored with the Life Saving Award last month during the annual Newton County Sheriff’s Office awards ceremony for his heroic act that saved the life of a 6-year-old boy who nearly drowned while visiting his grandmother.

Newton County Attorney Tommy Craig satisfies state tax liens

Newton County Attorney Tommy Craig, who has come under public scrutiny for having a substantial amount of tax liens, recently satisfied the more than $300,000 owed to the state of Georgia.

Three charged in entering autos on Maple Drive in Covington

The Covington Police Department arrested three males who had allegedly broken into a car last week on Maple Drive, but who also may be connected to as many as eight entering automobiles in that area.

Report: Conyers man becomes combative with girlfriend while trying to apply for social services

A Conyers man has been charged with aggravated assault after he reportedly became agitated filling out some social services paperwork and turned violent with his girlfriend.

Panhandler in Conyers become aggressive with customer and police

A panhandler became aggressive with a customer at a convenience store in Conyers who would not give him any money and would not let him pull his car out of the parking lot, forcing the customer to drive over the curb to get away, according to police reports.

Victim of armed robbery of gun also charged in the incident

Not only were three suspects in an armed robbery arrested, but the victim too is facing charges in the incident.

Rockdale County man reports being robbed by woman he met on

A Conyers man contacted the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon to report a woman he met on an online dating website had robbed him of cash and his car.

Metro PCS armed robbery suspects behind bars

The two suspects accused of robbed the Metro PCS store in Conyers at the end of last year have been arrested, and one of the men is being held on separate armed robbery charges in another county.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office holds Citizens Firearm Safety Course

For those who want to become more comfortable owning and using a gun or who want to learn about the state’s laws governing firearms, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Citizen’s Firearm Safety Course.

Newton County deputies pursue woman into McDonough after alleged theft of toothpaste

A DeKalb County woman accused of stealing toothpaste and dish soap from a dollar store was arrested after she led deputies on a chase through Newton County and into the Square in McDonough.

Teen charged with armed robbery of Oak Hill BP station

Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 17-year-old soon after he allegedly robbed a convenience store at gunpoint this weekend.

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Conyers man suspected of trafficking drugs through the mail

A Conyers man on suspicion that he had been trafficking drugs through the U.S. Postal Service.

Social Circle officer shoots Alabama man who became combative during traffic stop

78-year-old Alabama man is recovering from injuries he sustained Friday afternoon when he was shot by a Social Circle police officer when he became combative during a traffic stop.

Social Circle officer shoots Alabama man who became combative during traffic stop

78-year-old Alabama man is recovering from injuries he sustained Friday afternoon when he was shot by a Social Circle police officer when he became combative during a traffic stop.

Newton County Water Authority learns levels at Lake Varner allowed to drop to 'dangerously low levels'

An independent safe yield analysis of Newton County’s water supply led to the discovery that levels at Lake Varner have been allowed to get “dangerously low” because the county’s water treatment plant has let months go by without pumping water from the Alcovy River to keep the lake as full as possible.

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Sheriff Ezell Brown honors employees at 6th Annual Newton County Sheriff's Office Awards Ceremony | PHOTOS

Newton County Sheriff’s Office employees were honored Friday for years of service and exceptional work throughout the past year.

Woman reports being robbed at gunpoint of large tax refund

A Conyers woman was robbed at gunpoint Thursday of her keys, cell phone and purse that contained several thousand dollars from her tax refund.

County Commissioner Nancy Schulz questions skyrocketing legal costs

Newton County appears to be on track to spend $1 million again this year in legal expenses, a fact that raised a concern with one commissioner during a review of the county’s financial statements during the Board of Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday.

Police respond to 'unruly' crowd of juveniles at Conyers movie theater on Valentine's Day

A night at the movies got out of hand Valentine’s Day when police had to remove more than100 unruly juveniles from the theater and arrested a 15-year-old who allegedly had possession of drugs and bullets from a gun.

Conyers PD responds to a rash of auto break-ins on Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th was indeed an unlucky day for some in Conyers when their cars were broken into, with one man discovering the one dozen roses and Valentine’s Day card were stolen while he was inside a local restaurant.

Fatal fire reported Monday morning in Social Circle

A man is reported to have died in a house fire that broke out early Monday morning in Social Circle.

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Church 213 sanctuary destroyed by Sunday morning fire | PHOTOS

A local congregation is picking up the pieces after an early morning fire destroyed its sanctuary and classrooms building.

Property owners find pig living on porch after eviction

Property owners who came to change locks on their house after evicting former renters were in for a bit of a surprise when they not only found severe damage to their home, but also a rather large potbellied pig that had taken up domicile on the front porch.

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Oak Hill bridge to be closed for six months beginning March 2

The Oak Hill bridge has been worsening with age, use, rot and reportedly, even beavers, and is no longer safe for vehicles much larger than a standard passenger car.

Covington woman accused of stealing mail from more than 100 victims in Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties

A Covington woman has been arrested after police discovered that she had stolen mail from more than 100 victims in Newton and Rockdale counties and cashed numerous stolen checks.

Covington woman accused of stealing mail from more than 100 victims

A Covington woman has been arrested after police discovered that she had stolen mail from more than 100 victims in Newton and Rockdale counties and cashed numerous stolen checks.

Car thieves steal truck from Social Circle family, lead cops on chase before crashing in Oconee County

Car thieves in a stolen car from Hall County nearly run out of gas, so they steal Newton County couple’s truck, lead law enforcement on chase through Walton County and crash into Oconee County.

Covington Woman accused of using stolen credit card to pay probation fees

A Covington woman has been charged with multiple counts of identity fraud after she allegedly stole an acquaintance’s new credit cards to pay her probation fees, as well as make other purchases.

Newton County sales tax collections are higher than projected

Sales tax dollars are coming in higher than projected, according to the most recent figures provided by Newton County.

Newton County BOC poised formalize form of government

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is poised to make a decision on formalizing the county’s form of government.

Commissioner John Douglas pushes for BOC to adopt 3-acre minimum lot sizes on eastern side of Newton County

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas is taking steps to fulfill a campaign promise he made to keep the southern and eastern portions of the county from overdevelopment.

Newton commissioners respond to public outcry over county attorney Tommy Craig, legal expenses

After hearing from a number of citizens expressing outrage at the county’s management of legal expenses and elected officials’ seeming dismissal of community concerns, county commissioners on Tuesday attempted to mend fences with members of the public who filled the Historic Courthouse for the Board of Commissioners public meeting.

Covington Police Department: Man wearing apron attempts to steal more than $700 of meat from Kroger

Police are looking for a man who is accused of going into area grocery stores wearing an apron and stealing several hundred dollars worth of meat.

Report: Woman does not remember crashing into power pole after leaving a bar in Conyers

A Newton County woman apparently did not remember crashing into a power pole early Saturday after leaving a bar in Conyers and striking a couple vehicles in the parking lot.

Newton County man accused of robbing Subway in Conyers also linked to robberies in DeKalb County

A Covington man accused of robbing a Subway restaurant in Conyers has also been linked to a dozen robberies in DeKalb County.

Chairman Keith Ellis reaffirms support for county attorney but also trimming legal costs

County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis acknowledged that the county should look for ways to keep legal costs under control and at the same time, not compromise on the benefits the county has reaped for the past four decades from County Attorney Tommy Craig.

Victim of December shooting charged with selling marijuana to undercover officers

A Covington man who was a victim of a shooting in December was arrested last week on allegations that he sold marijuana to undercover investigators.

Memorial Middle School student accused of bringing Beretta BB gun to school

A 13-year-old Memorial Middle School student is facing juvenile charges after he was found with a BB gun in his waistband at school.

Questions raised about county attorney's legal fees and tax problems

Scrutiny of Newton County attorney Tommy Craig has expanded beyond local community members with a recently released metro Atlanta television expose, and with few exceptions, county commissioners remain mum on the matter.

Monroe man arrested in connection with April 2014 armed robbery of O'Reilly Auto Parts

A Monroe man has been arrested in connection with an April 2014 armed robbery of O’Reilly Auto Parts in Rockdale County.

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Conyers police charge roommate with murder of 72-year-old man

A Conyers man is in the Rockdale County Jail on charges that he murdered his roommate early Thursday morning.