Crime Wrap Argument leads to couples arrest
72-year-old woman accused of beating husband with bat
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.
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.