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 News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Covington Police Department, a young man intent on stealing a Coors Light sign walked into a convenience store and told the clerk, "Don't get mad at me for what I am about to do." He then picked up the sign and ran from the store. A van was waiting and he put the sign in the back and the vehicle drove off.
Overwhelmed with drama
A complainant phoned in a suspicious vehicle complaint to the Covington Police Department and when officers arrived at the scene, they located a vehicle which matched the description given. Inside the car was a young man who lived nearby and three of his friends, a male and two females. The young man said the reason they were all sitting in the car was because his mother had told him the girls couldn't come inside the house and he couldn't go far. As police began to question the young man, it developed that there had been a marijuana cigarette involved in the evening's festivities. All four were transported to jail and on the way, the young man told the officer that it was cool being arrested. "This is just like a movie," he said.
Take it to the streets
A woman living on Blackwell Street had been warned by the CPD to remove a basketball goal that was partially in the roadway and told it would be confiscated if it was not removed. CPD officers found the goal still in place and the woman explained that it belonged "to the children down the street." She was issued a citation for encroachment on public property and the goal was confiscated.
Movers kept on moving
A woman who had recently moved her household from Atlanta to Newton County told Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies that her movers had taken her clothes and haven't given them back.
Almost made it
A CPD officer stopped a car for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle after the driver made no attempt to move over to a safe distance and honked his horn at the officer as he drove past. Once the officer got the vehicle stopped, the male driver and the female passenger began to frantically attempt to switch seats. It soon became apparent why they felt this evasive action was necessary. The passenger, the man's wife, told the officer they were just on their way to get his license reinstated. She was given a citation for allowing an unlicensed person to drive and he went to jail, charged with driving on a suspended license.
Hitting the mother lode
Thieves who burglarized a Newton County residence apparently made a big score. The homeowner reported that there was more than $10,000 in jewelry, seven handbags with a total value of $7,000 and $9,600 in electronics missing from her home.
NCSO deputies were called to the scene of a mother/daughter fight, apparently over some baby bottles. The daughter said the mother hit her with a pot lid, but no marks were visible.
Asleep on the job
A homeowner called the NCSO to report that someone had entered two vehicles parked in his garage and took items from them. The homeowner said he did not have an alarm in the garage, but there was a dog sleeping next to the vehicles.
Just curious ... and busted
A man driving at speeds over 100 mph on Interstate 20 was stopped by an NCSO deputy. The driver said he just wanted to see how fast the car would go. He apologized, but was arrested.