Crime Wrap Ar­gu­ment leads to cou­ples ar­rest

72-year-old wo­man ac­cused of beat­ing hus­band with bat

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

An el­derly cou­ple was ar­rested last week­end af­ter each ac­cused the other of do­mes­tic abuse and own­er­ship of crack pipes.

Last Satur­day, Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer J.W. Blanken­ship was dis­patched to South Emory Street in ref­er­ence to an as­sault. When he ar­rived at the res­i­dence, Blanken­ship was met on the front porch by Den­nis Rhodes who yelled, “Hey here I am. She hit me with a bat.”

Rhodes re­port­edly said the wo­man who hit him was across the street at a neigh­bor’s house. Blanken­ship looked over Rhodes’ arm, but there ap­peared to be lit­tle dam­age. Upon walk­ing into the house with Rhodes, Blanken­ship re­port­edly no­ticed bro­ken glass from a beer bot­tle, a bro­ken um­brella and two used crack pipes.

Rhodes re­port­edly said the um­brella and beer bot­tle were bro­ken when his wife threw them at him. She was mad, he said, be­cause he had been com­plain­ing about her drug use. He then re­port­edly showed Blanken­ship an­other used crack pipe in a kitchen drawer.

The EMS ar­rived on scene to treat Rhodes and Blanken­ship walked out­side to speak with the wife, Joella Rhodes. She re­port­edly told Blanken­ship that she left the house af­ter her hus­band hit her in the face and yelled at her. Blanken­ship re­ported he could not see any vis­i­ble marks on her body.

Joella Rhodes said she had hit her hus­band with the um­brella and that she had thrown the beer bot­tle on the ground, not at him. Both par­ties had re­port­edly been drink­ing.

Blanken­ship asked her if she had hit her hus­band with a bat and she said, “I’m 72-year­sold. Why would I do that?”

He then asked who the crack pipes be­longed to and she re­port­edly said they were her hus­bands.

Both Den­nis and Joella Rhodes were ar­rested for dis­or­derly con­duct and pos­ses­sion of drug re­lated items. They were trans­ported to the New­ton County Law De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Men busted for pot, pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion

Two men were ar­rested Thurs­day af­ter a con­cerned home­owner re­ported sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity near his house.

The res­i­dent, who lives on on Nixon Cir­cle, called the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment to re­port young men “smok­ing dope and rap­ping” in front of his house. CP Of­fi­cer Pa­trick Wo­mack ar­rived on the scene to find five males stand­ing on the side­walk near the house.

When the men saw Wo­mack, they re­port­edly started walk­ing away in three dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. Wo­mack called for them to re­turn and stand near the pa­trol car. A sub­se­quent search of the men re­vealed An­dre Dixon was car­ry­ing a plas­tic bag­gie which con­tained 11 smaller bag­gies full of sus­pected mar­i­juana.

A check of iden­ti­ties also re­vealed Christo­pher Far­ley had an out­stand­ing war­rant out of New­ton County for pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion.

Both men were ar­rested and trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. Far­ley was re­leased to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Dixon was charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana with in­tent to dis­trib­ute.

Forgery ar­rests

Two men were ar­rested Thurs­day af­ter al­legedly at­tempt­ing to cash a forged money or­der at the Quick Trip lo­cated at 3214 US High­way 278.

Ear­lier in the week, Quick Trip em­ploy­ees were told to be on the lookout for pos­si­ble forged money or­ders. So the clerk was pre­pared when An­to­nio Cook and Loyda Martinez, both of Cony­ers, en­tered the store and pre­sented a money or­der for $250.

The clerk ex­am­ined the money or­der and com­pared it with the ones the store is­sued. He no­ticed that their money or­der did not have the se­cure doc­u­ment wa­ter­mark on the back. The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment was called and Cook and Martinez were sub­se­quently ar­rested.

Both men were charged with forgery in the first de­gree and were trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Cook’s ve­hi­cle, a 1994 Chevy Cor­sica with a Wis­con­sin tag, was towed from the scene. The forged money or­der was taken into ev­i­dence.

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