Crime Wrap How not to pass a so­bri­ety test

Sus­pect al­legedly ad­mit­ted to smoked crack, drink­ing beer

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

Sally Jef­fer­son Nol­ley, 46, was ar­rested late Sun­day evening, Feb. 17, af­ter re­peat­edly fail­ing field so­bri­ety tests and charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence less safe, fail­ure to main­tain lane and ex­pired reg­is­tra­tion.

The green Chrysler Cir­rus she was driv­ing was ob­served with the driver’s side door open, swerv­ing in and out of “both the slow lane and the sui­cide lane,” ac­cord­ing Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer Asher Dozier in the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Log.

She was stopped on Wash­ing­ton Street and Caroll Street shortly af­ter 10 p.m. Dur­ing a con­sen­sual search, beer bot­tle caps were found in her pock­ets, upon which she re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to drink­ing three Ice­house, two Busch and three Bud­weiser beers that evening. She later ad­mit­ted to smok­ing two rocks of crack a cou­ple hours ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to the re­port

In field so­bri­ety tests, Nol­ley be­gan walk­ing dur­ing the in­struc­tions four times and al­most fell back­wards, turn­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion. In the one-leg-stand test, she man­aged to count to “3-1000” sev­eral times be­fore get­ting dis­tracted and stop­ping.

When asked to state the al­pha­bet from C to Q, she re­peated C and D sev­eral times be­fore re­port­edly say­ing “C, D, E, Z and all sorts of jive.” She then at­tempted to restart, in­sist­ing she could do it, but trailed off mul­ti­ple times be­fore reach­ing F.

She was re­leased two days later on a $133 bond.

Hot di­a­monds for Valen­tine’s Day

A pair of di­a­mond ear­rings val­ued at $430 went miss­ing from the Fried­man’s Jewel­ers store in Cov­ing­ton on Valen­tine’s Day. The ear­rings had been re­ceived into the in­ven­tory and re­port­edly put into the safe by an em­ployee the night be­fore on Feb. 13, ac­cord­ing to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment log. In the morn­ing, man­ager John Warde was un­able to find the ear­rings. Warde told po­lice there had been three em­ploy­ees work­ing that night.

Gnome heist

A valu­able col­lec­tion of gnome fig­urines, along with pieces of heir­loom jew­elry, were al­legedly stolen from a re­cently-de­ceased Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Susie Mooney’s fam­ily had bought her the gnomes over the years, val­ued at $300 to $600 a piece, ac­cord­ing to her daugh­ter, Sarah Cleve­land. When Mooney passed away on Feb. 7, the col­lec­tion of a dozen gnomes went miss­ing.

Also gone were pieces of an­tique, hand­made heir­loom jew­elry in­clud­ing a pear­shaped di­a­mond pen­dant on a gold chain and match­ing ear­rings, an onyx ring and sev­eral other gold chains.

The to­tal value of the items was es­ti­mated at $5,400, ac­cord­ing to the NCSO re­port.

Cleve­land told po­lice there had been a fe­male care­taker in 2006 who had had ac­cess to her mother’s be­long­ings and had lived next door at the time of the in­ci­dent. Cleve­land also said she had over­heard the care­taker tell an­other rel­a­tive that she had got­ten rid of the gnomes in Cony­ers.

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