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Warrants issued for woman involved in I-20 rollover crash

Warrants for DUI and drug possession have been issued for the woman believed to have caused the three-car wreck on Interstate 20 Friday.

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Newton High School graduation filled with laughter, cheers | PHOTOS

Newton High School graduation was marked by cheers and laughter

17-year-old reports being approached by suspicious man in Olde Town

A 17-year-old female reported to police that while she was walking to meet a friend, a man stopped his car and tried to make her get in the vehicle with him.

Armed robber hits Starship Enterprises

Police are looking for a man who bound two employees at gunpoint at Starship Enterprises Tuesday and fled after robbing the novelty store.

Dems largely united in straw poll questions

All in all, Newton County voters’ preferences tracked with those of Democrats across the state, according to the straw poll results from the Secretary of State’s Office.

BOE member Johnson frustrated facilities plan does not include building demolition

Newton County Board of Education member Eddie Johnson expressed frustration Tuesday that the demolition of two vacant school buildings wasn’t included in the school system’s five-year facilities plan. Other board members, however, believed improvements to 15 existing schools are more pressing.

Residents warned about growing phone scam

Callers use Sheriff’s Office names, number

Law enforcement agencies are continuing to crack down on a telephone scam that is victimizing local residents by making them believe they will go to jail if they don’t pay a fine.

Former Social Circle teacher of the year arrested on child cruelty charges

A former teacher of the year at Social Circle High School was arrested on charges of first degree child cruelty.

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Brooks and Belton appear headed for runoff in 112th District; Dickerson secures re-election for 113th state House

Dickerson secures re-election for 113th state House

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton appear headed for runoff in 112th House District

Fleeing driver leads deputy on chase that ends at Middle Ridge

Dark window tinting is what caught a deputy’s attention, but it was the driver’s attempt to flee while carrying a firearm that helped land him in jail.

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RCSO hosts block party for Fieldstone View, Country Walk

The Salem Road corridor has been the focus on stepped up patrols for the past few months and, in its continuing effort to reduce crime for the residents and business owners there, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office will host a block party for the Country Walk and Fieldstone View subdivision from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

Newton County woman avoids falling prey to court scam

One Newton County woman was the target of a popular jury duty scam, but she contacted the Sheriff’s Office before it could go any further.

Local, state elections on ballot Tuesday

Early voting has officially closed and candidates will be making their final push before polls open Tuesday in the Primary Election.

Several Newton Co. residents report stolen guns

Several Newton County residents have reported recently their guns have been stolen.

NCSS transfers principals to other schools; some Mansfield Elementary parents frustrated with move

Some Mansfield Elem. parents frustrated with move

Newton County School System has made some personnel changes that will bring new leadership to many of the county’s schools for the upcoming year, a decision that has upset some parents at Mansfield Elementary School

Newton BOE agrees on teacher pay increase

The Newton County Board of Education approved moving forward with a tentative budget for next year that includes providing teachers with a 2 percent pay increase and removing one furlough day.

Improvements to Flint Hill ES entrance to begin soon

The Newton County Board of Education gave its approval Tuesday to grant easements and right of way to Newton County so that it can begin road widening at the elementary school.

Teacher pay raises priority for NCSS budget

A top priority for the Newton County Board of Education as it looks toward adopting next year’s budget is to increase teachers’ pay and salary benefits and to remove at least one furlough day.

Gunshot victim ID'd in shootout

Covington resident Ashshakur Armstrong, 21, was identified as the victim in a shootout on May 6

Woman charged in machete incident

A Newton County woman has been arrested after she allegedly struck another woman she had accused of stealing with a machete.

Teen charged after allegedly driving lawnmower while intoxicated

A Social Circle teen was arrested after he allegedly drove a lawnmower into a neighbor's home.

Two RCSO deputies resign after internal investigations into family violence, improper sexual activity

Two Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies have resigned this week as a result of separate internal affairs investigations into allegations of family violence and improper sexual activity while on duty.

Rockdale YDC population set to increase with Gwinnett facility closing in June

Gwinnett facility to close in June

By the end of June, the Gwinnett Regional Youth Detention Center will be closed and offenders from the Department of Juvenile Justice service area in Rockdale County and the southern part of Gwinnett County will be assigned to the newly renovated Rockdale facility located on Chambers Drive in Conyers.

Alleged drug user accused of holding parents hostage

A man known by authorities to be a habitual drug user has been arrested for threatening his parents with a knife.

Washington St. closed briefly due to fire at Oconee Metal

A portion of Washington Street was closed briefly Thursday afternoon while firefighters worked to douse a fire that broke out at Oconee Metal Recovery.

NCSO investigates fatal shooting

A man was killed Tuesday night during an altercation on Creek Way.

RCSO deputy faces family violence charge

A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave after he and his wife were arrested in Newton County on family violence charges.

Couple arrested in suspected shoplifting, cocaine possession

A couple suspected of stealing some tire cleaner from a dollar store found themselves in jail when one of the suspects threw a significant amount of cocaine on the ground while he was fleeing from the deputy.

Police arrest armed man loitering around school

Conyers police have arrested an armed man who was seen loitering early Wednesday morning around Pine Street Elementary School.

Conyers considers changes to sign ordinance

Conyers officials are considering changing its sign ordinance in an effort to give business owners the option of posting banners and other temporary signs more frequently.

NCSO responds to reports of strangers approaching juveniles

A 9-year-old Newton County girl reported to her mother that a man approached her Monday and asked her to get into his vehicle; while the incidents do not appear related, another Newton County mother contacted authorities when her middle school daughter reported she had been approached by a woman last week who asked her if she wanted a ride.

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High winds bring down trees, power lines

NCSS reschedules portion of CRCT

High winds that blew through the east metro area early Wednesday morning brought down some trees, power lines, and even contributed to the Newton County School System rescheduling standardized testing planned for the day.

Area residents targeted with jury duty scam

Authorities are investigating reports of a scam involving jury duty in Rockdale and Newton counties.

Juveniles charged in melee at McDonald's

Teens charged after fight breaks out at fast food restaurant.

Five teens identified as suspects who led police on chase

Five teenagers have been identified as suspects in several burglaries and a chase on I-20 Friday.

Burglary suspects lead deputies on chase that ends in crash on Turner Hill Road

Suspects believed to have burglarized homes in Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties

Authorities have arrested five burglary suspects who are believed to have broken into homes in Newton, Walton and Rockdale counties in custody after being led on a chase down I-20 Friday.

Theme School tops state in CCRPI scores

Strong gains made in other schools despite transient population

The Newton County Theme School Middle School reported the highest 2013 College and Career Readiness Performance Index score in the state with the NCTS Elementary School not far behind; other schools’ gains just as significant due to mobility rates.

Social Circle man arrested on molestation charges

A 67-year-old Social Circle man has been arrested in Florida on allegations that he molested a teenaged family member in Social Circle several times over the course of a year.

Woman charged with DUI found with marijuana, nitrous oxide

A woman allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and possibly nitrous oxide with two small children in the car traveled for several miles with a deputy attempting to pull her over before finally pulling over when the deputy yelled at her to stop.

Police: Family found illegally living in house

A Covington homeowner who no longer lives in Newton County recently discovered a family had taken up residence in his home.

Gun found on street may be connected to earlier chase

A city of Covington employee found a gun near the street this week that may be connected to a recent vehicle chase by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Morgan Co. deputy charged with child molestation

NCSO: Incidents reportedly occurred in Newton Co.

A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy — and former Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy — was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Monday on allegations that he inappropriately touched a young girl several years ago.

Morgan Co. deputy charged with child molestation

NCSO: Incidents reportedly occurred in Newton Co.

A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy — and former Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy — was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Monday on allegations that he inappropriately touched a young girl several years ago.

On the Beat: One McDonald's customer not lovin' it

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

Four Newton teens suspected in robbery of HHS student

Three Newton County teens have been arrested and a fourth has been charged in connection with the robbery of a 17-year-old as he was walking across the Heritage High School parking lot last month.

Deputies arrest three on weapons, drugs charges

Social Circle man found with narcotics in trunk

Three people have been arrested and charged on drugs and weapons offenses after a traffic stop where the driver of the car they were in fled from deputies; a Social Circle man was arrested after a member of NCSO’s Crime Suppression Unit found a significant amount of marijuana in his car.

GSP: Two fatal crashes reported on Ga. 36

Two fatal crashes were reported along Ga. Highway 36 in Newton County this week.

Two wrecks snarl rush-hour traffic on I-20

Two wrecks on the intestate in Rockdale County Wednesday morning wreaked havoc on rush-hour traffic all the way into Newton County.

Covington man reports pit bull puppy stolen from yard

A Covington man reported that someone possibly stole a pit bull puppy from his yard.

Yard fire reported in Fieldstone View

A resident in the Fieldstone View neighborhood reported this weekend that a grass fire broke out in her yard that damaged her neighbor’s fence.