Crime Wrap Deputy uses Taser on dog

Cane Corso ter­ror­ized neigh­bor­hood be­fore at­tack­ing deputy

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

A New­ton County Sher­iff’s deputy was forced to use bru­tal force against a dog af­ter the an­i­mal at­tempted to at­tack him.

Steven Led­ford re­sponded Satur­day to a call of an an­i­mal prob­lem on Water­ford Road. The com­plainant re­port­edly told the deputy a she and her grand­son had been chased into her house by a black dog. She said the dog barked and ran to­ward her and her grand­son.

The deputy spoke to a neigh­bor who said the dog lived on Straph­inge Drive and that his daugh­ter had been chased by the same dog the day be­fore.

Once the deputy lo­cated the res­i­dence, he could see the dog sit­ting on the left side of the house. Af­ter the deputy ex­ited his pa­trol car, the dog ad­vanced to­ward the car and the deputy was forced to shot the dog with his Taser.

Af­ter the shock, the dog re­port­edly ran down the street away from the deputy. Led­ford then made con­tact with the dog’s own­ers, who iden­ti­fied the dog as a Cane Corso. An­i­mal con­trol was con­tacted and re­sponded to the area.

Power out again

For the sec­ond time in two weeks, elec­tric­ity was knocked out for sev­eral blocks af­ter a tele­phone line caught on a pass­ing truck.

The driver was trans­port­ing a back­hoe on his truck Wed­nes­day when the equip­ment caught on a low power line at the in­ter­sec­tion of Church and Mon­ti­cello streets.

The tele­phone line and a util­ity pole had to be re­placed af­ter the ac­ci­dent. At its high­est point, the back­hoe reached 13 feet 8 inches.

Son cuts fa­ther with knife in fam­ily fight

A man was ar­rested Sun­day af­ter cut­ting his fa­ther with a knife dur­ing a fight.

Deputies were dis­patched to He­len Road in ref­er­ence in a fight in progress. Once on the scene, deputies found Michael Smith, 34, in the front yard with a knife. The deputies took Smith to the ground be­fore dis­arm­ing the sus­pect. Once Smith was in cus­tody, the deputies en­tered the house and spoke to Smith’s fa­ther.

The fa­ther said Smith tried to force him­self into his bed­room be­fore bran­dish­ing the knife. The fa­ther re­port­edly said he tried to keep his son back us­ing a belt, but dur­ing the fight, Smith cut his fa­ther’s hand.

Smith was placed un­der ar­rest on charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault and was trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. The vic­tim re­fused med­i­cal treat­ment.

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