Neigh­bor­hood brawl

Charges of child cru­elty lev­eled

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts - By Michelle Kim

A neigh­borly dis­pute de­volved into an all out brawl in­volv­ing a metal pipe, charges of an­i­mal cru­elty and cru­elty to chil­dren.

Johnny Wo­mac, 52, was ar­rested on Thurs­day, Feb. 7, and charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault felony, among other charges, fol­low­ing a fight where he went into a neigh­bor’s yard and struck him with a metal pipe, ac­cord­ing to a New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­port.

Dur­ing the fight, the vic­tim was hit with the pipe mul­ti­ple times and the vic­tim’s dog was struck with a foot, lead­ing to charges of an­i­mal cru­elty, said NCSO spokesper­son Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Three chil­dren were in the house at the time but were not in­volved in the al­ter­ca­tion, said Mitchell. Be­cause they were ex­posed to the vi­o­lence, Wo­mac was charged with sec­ond de­gree cru­elty to chil­dren.

The as­sailant and vic­tim were re­port­edly un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs and al­co­hol at the time.

The vic­tim re­fused med­i­cal treat­ment from first re­spon­ders, Mitchell said.

In a re­port filed about a week later on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 13, Wo­mac said he had been as­saulted by three males on Sun­day night, Feb. 3, prior to his ar­rest.

Steal­ing pipe

A metal thief es­caped into the woods af­ter he was pulled over on a traf­fic stop, ac­cord­ing to a NCSO re­port.

The theft of 10 feet of gas pipe in Henry County had just been re­ported and a lookout placed for a white male driv­ing a red Dodge Shadow on Fri­day, Feb. 8, shortly be­fore mid­night when Deputy R. S. Walden spot­ted a car that matched the de­scrip­tion and li­cense plate num­ber.

Walden had been head­ing south on Ga. High­way 81 and the red Dodge Shadow was speed­ing north at over 90 miles per hour.

He sig­naled for the car to stop and pull over, but the driver con­tin­ued on for a quar­ter of a mile, head­ing east on Lover’s Lane, be­fore fi­nally stop­ping.

The driver, a white male, got out, looked at the of­fi­cer, and be­gan run­ning into the woods.

Walden yelled sev­eral times for the driver to stop and be­gan chas­ing him in the woods, but the sus­pect es­caped.

Back at the car, the of­fi­cer found a 10 foot sec­tion of gas pipe.

The car was im­pounded and Henry County po­lice were no­ti­fied that the ve­hi­cle had been re­cov­ered but the sus­pect es­caped.

GPS thief

Ma­mas, hide your GPS sys­tems, there’s a ge­o­graph­i­cally ob­sessed thief in town.

GPS units, or global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem de­vices, seem to be the next hot com­mod­ity in the theft of items from a car. Two GPS units from two sep­a­rate but nearby ve­hi­cles were taken on con­sec­u­tive nights in Cov­ing­ton.

A GPS unit was stolen from a truck on Oak Hill Road some­time be­tween the evening of Feb. 10 and early morn­ing on Feb. 11, val­ued at about $ 200.

An­other truck nearby on Oak Hill West had its front driv­ers side win­dow smashed in and the GPS unit taken some­time be­tween 10 p. m. Feb. 11 and 7 a. m. Feb. 12. Also stolen were some tools, for a to­tal value of ap­prox­i­mately $ 1,000.

ID theft

A Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent found out his daugh­ter’s iden­tity had been stolen when he was no­ti­fied by H& R Block that he could not claim her as a de­pen­dent on his tax forms be­cause some­one else was al­ready claim­ing her. His daugh­ter had lost her birth cer­tifi­cate and so­cial se­cu­rity card three years ago.

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