Mys­pace pro­file helps crack stab­bing case

The Covington News - - Local News - By Am­ber Pittman

Deputies from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment were called to a home on Varner Street in the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 11 in ref­er­ence to a stab­bing.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, when the deputy ar­rived he spoke to the vic­tim, who re­port­edly told him that she and 18-yearold Ashley Dorn Mc­Falls were hang­ing out and drink­ing that evening, but when Mc­Falls went to leave she was un­able to lo­cate her cell phone.

An ar­gu­ment en­sued be­tween the two women and the vic­tim re­port­edly told Mc­Falls to leave. That’s when Mc­Falls al­legedly came at the vic­tim and cut her on the left arm, left breast and left hand — in­juries that re­quired hospi­tal at­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. The vic­tim re­port­edly told the deputy she did not know Mc­Falls’ last name but was able to pull up her MyS­pace pro­file on the com­puter which had the per­pe­tra­tor’s last name listed.

A look­out was given for Mc­Falls’ ve­hi­cle and a few min­utes later a deputy stopped a ve­hi­cle match­ing the de­scrip­tion and the driver was iden­ti­fied as Mc­Falls. While deputies searched the ve­hi­cle, at­tempt­ing to lo­cate the item used to slash the vic­tim, they re­port­edly found a small amount of mar­i­juana in the cen­ter con­sole. When asked who it be­longed to, Mc­Falls re­port­edly said she did not know.

Mc­Falls was ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana less than one ounce and ag­gra­vated as­sault.

Drunk causes trac­tor trailer to swerve off the road

A Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cer re­sponded to an ac­ci­dent at Turner Lake Road on the af­ter­noon of Sept. 11 and ended up ar­rest­ing 69-year-old Roy Davis on sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the of­fi­cer found Davis had been trav­el­ing south on Tuner Lake Road when a ve­hi­cle in front of him stopped rapidly, caus­ing Davis to swerve to the left to avoid an ac­ci­dent. Davis then al­legedly made a 180 de­gree turn and con­tin­ued south on Turner Lake, trav­el­ing back­wards in the north­bound lane. A trac­tor trailer trav­el­ing north was forced to swerve off the road to keep from strik­ing Davis, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, but was un­able to do so and the two ve­hi­cles col­lided.

While in­ter­view­ing Davis, the of­fi­cer re­port­edly was able to smell the odor of al­co­hol em­a­nat­ing from him. He also no­ticed slurred speech and slow move­ments, in­dica­tive of some­one un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. When asked where he was com­ing from, Davis re­port­edly said that he had just left Waf­fle House where he had been eat­ing with a fe­male who the of­fi­cer no­ticed was stand­ing across the street at the time.

When asked if he had been drink­ing, Davis al­legedly told the of­fi­cer “not to­day.”

The of­fi­cer asked Davis to per­form field so­bri­ety tests and Davis al­legedly replied, “We weren’t do­ing that,” at which point Davis was placed un­der ar­rest for DUI. The of­fi­cer read im­plied con­sent, which Davis al­legedly told the of­fi­cer he didn’t un­der­stand. The of­fi­cer re-read im­plied con­sent and Davis once more said he didn’t un­der­stand. The third time Davis claimed ig­no­rance and the of­fi­cer had an­other of­fi­cer wit­ness that Davis would not con­firm he un­der­stood.

Of­fi­cers then went to speak with the woman Davis said he had been eat­ing with. The woman told of­fi­cers she had not had lunch with Davis but had just fin­ished get­ting her nails done. She also re­port­edly told of­fi­cers she be­lieved Davis had just left a bar.

Davis was ar­rested and trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter where he was charged with DUI, fail­ure to main­tain lane and fol­low­ing too closely.

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