Homes damaged by runaway van
Driver cites other van as cause for the accident
Reckless driving and an unlit cigarette reportedly lead to a man’s van careening through multiple yards before slamming into the back of a house Tuesday.
According to Newton County Sheriff ’s Office reports, William Michael was driving on Ga. Highway 81 toward Covington when attempted to light a cigarette. While lighting the tobacco, he noticed a van turn in front of him.
Michael reportedly swerved to avoid the van and ran off the road. His Chevrolet Sportsvan went across the yard at 2727 Ga. Highway 81 and caused damage to grass and destroyed a cedar tree.
His van crossed into another yard at 20 Townley Road and crashed into the rear of the house, reportedly causing extensive damage to the building, as well as manhole cover.
A woman out of New York was arrested Thursday for shoplifting shoes from the Shoe Department.
Covington Police Sgt. Chris Cain responded Thursday to the Shoe Department in reference to a shoplifting call. After receiving a description of the suspect from a sales clerk, Cain was able to locate the offender on US Highway 278.
After initiating a traffic stop, Cain asked the driver, LeAnn Ryan, for her driver’s license. Ryan reportedly said she did not have her license, but did have a season pass to White Water Park. Another officer arrived at the car and saw Ryan’s New York license in the seat next to her.
Cain questioned the woman about what happened at the Shoe Department and Ryan denied she had taken anything. She was asked to step outside of the car, at which point Cain noticed Ryan was wearing a new pair of brown shoes.
Ryan was placed in investigative detention while officers searched her car. The search reportedly revealed two more pairs of shoes located in the front seat of the car. Upon further questioning, Ryan revealed she had a suspended license for no insurance on her car.
Ryan was transported back to the Newton County Detention Center and charged with shoplifting, suspended license and no insurance.
ATV traps 73- year- old
Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Gilbert was dispatched to Cooper Road for a wreck with injuries Wednesday, where he discovered Eugene Hodges, 73, trapped under an overturned ATV.
The Newton County Fire Department arrived and turned the four- wheeler over and off Hodges. The Newton County EMS checked out the victim out for injuries, but he refused medical assistance.
Hodges and the fourwheeler were released to his son.