Crime Wrap Deputies bust late night party

Ju­ve­niles, adults is­sued ci­ta­tions for un­der age drink­ing

The Covington News - - CRIME & COURTS - By Tyler Smith

Eigh­teen peo­ple, in­clud­ing three ju­ve­niles, were re­port­edly caught con­sum­ing al­co­hol un­der­age af­ter deputies crashed a late night party.

Sun­day morn­ing, four New­ton County Deputies were dis­patched to New­ton Fac­tory Bridge Road where ju­ve­niles were re­port­edly armed with hand­guns were fight­ing while drunk.

When the deputies ar­rived, the of­fi­cers re­port­edly ob­served nu­mer­ous young peo­ple stand­ing in the drive­way and in the garage. The front yard, drive­way and garage were all lit­tered with beer cans and bot­tles.

When they ap­proached the side of the house, the deputies saw some peo­ple run­ning through the back yard. One of the deputies lo­cated four sub­jects in the woods be­hind the house.

Deputy M. E. Roberts en­tered the house where there were more ju­ve­niles through­out the house. Roberts re­ported there were beer cans, bot­tles and boxes scat­tered in ev­ery room in the house.

The deputies rounded ev­ery­one into the liv­ing room where iden­ti­fi­ca­tions were taken. Roberts counted 25 peo­ple on lo­ca­tion, none of whom were 21- years- old. Of the 25 peo­ple, five were be­tween the age of 15 and 16, while there were 20 be­tween the age of 17 and 20. The home owner, Christo­pher John­son, was also 20-year­sold.

Field so­bri­ety tests were con­ducted. Three ju­ve­niles and 15 adults were re­port­edly found to have con­sumed al­co­hol.

John­son re­port­edly de­nied hav­ing bought the beer and no other per­son present con­fessed to the crime.

NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son said in­ci­dents in­volv­ing so many un­der­age peo­ple were an in­fre­quent oc­cur­rence in New­ton County.

“But when teenagers get to­gether to party, al­co­hol is usu­ally in­volved,” Wat­ter­son said.

Three ju­ve­niles were is­sued com­plaints and all five were re­leased to par­ents or guardians. Four­teen un­der­age adults were is­sued ci­ta­tions for the county or­di­nance of dis­or­derly con­duct. John­son was placed un­der ar­rest for three counts of con­tribut­ing to delin­quency of a mi­nor and dis­or­derly house.

Fights ga­lore at lo­cal schools

Three sep­a­rate fights in­volv­ing 12 dif­fer­ent stu­dents broke out Tues­day at two schools in New­ton County.

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son said there is a nor­mal amount of dis­ci­pline prob­lems at area schools, but peo­ple were just not used to see­ing it early in the year.

Tues­day morn­ing NCSO Deputy Veron­ica Wil­liams had to break up a fight in the cafe­te­ria at Sharp Learn­ing Cen­ter.

Wat­ter­son said the in­ci­dent be­gan when two boys be­gan ar­gu­ing the din­ning area. The ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated and other ju­ve­niles be­came in­volved. The in­ci­dent soon turned vio- lent and eight ju­ve­niles had to be re­strained.

A 14-year-old and four 15year-olds were ar­rested and charged with dis­or­derly con­duct, af­fray-fight­ing and the dis­rup­tion of op­er­a­tion of a pub­lic school.

The SLC is an al­ter­na­tive school for trou­bled stu­dents.

Later that day, two male stu­dents be­gan to fight at near the gym of New­ton High School. A school em­ployee later iden­ti­fied Justin Ack­er­son, 18; and Darvin Cameron, 17; as the stu­dents who were fight­ing.

NCSO Deputy An­thony Wash­ing­ton met with boy men who re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to the in­ci­dent.

Ack­er­son and Cameron were both sus­pended from the school along with be­ing taken to into cus­tody and trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. They were charged with af­fray-fight­ing and the dis­rup­tion of op­er­a­tion of a pub­lic school

Also on Tues­day at NHS, two ju­ve­nile girls had to be sep­a­rated af­ter a fight in the hall­way.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the first ju­ve­nile stated she was walk­ing down the hall when the sec­ond ju­ve­nile ap­proached her. Ju­ve­nile two re­port­edly then stated “I heard you been tak­ing about me.”

Ju­ve­nile one then laughed and shrugged her shoul­ders at ju­ve­nile two, who then slapped ju­ve­nile one. They then both be­gan to fight in the hall­way be­fore they were sep­a­rated by a wit­ness.

Wash­ing­ton was again the in­ves­ti­ga­tor on scene. Both girls were sus­pended and re­leased to their par­ents. Ju­ve­nile com­plaint forms were com­pleted on both girls.

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