Charges of child cruelty leveled
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.
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.
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.
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.