Crime Briefs Shots fired into home, cars after teen fight
Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Department were called to deal with a juvenile fight but ended up investigating multiple shots fired on Saturday evening.
According to reports, deputies were called to Barshay Drive where they spoke to the complainant and her juvenile nephew - who was involved in the altercation. While speaking with them a neighbor from across the street arrived on the scene and reportedly said his juvenile son and two of his son’s friends were also involved in the altercation. Deputies spoke to numerous witnesses and those who had property damaged during the ruckus at Somerset Apartments.
The incident report indicates that neighbors heard multiple gun shots in the parking lot of the apartments and went outside to find two vehicles damaged. A 2002 Pontiac Grand Am had a flat rear tire and five bullet holes in the driver side rear fender. A 1997 Ford Ranger had a bullet hole in the driver side rear fender. The vehicles were parked next to one another.
Also, multiple shell casings were reportedly located on the ground near the vehicles. A resident told deputies she also heard multiple shots fired and that one of those bullets actually entered her apartment.
Deputies noted that a bullet had travelled from the parking lot area into the front wall of the claimant’s apartment, entered her bedroom and went through the closet door. The bullet was located lying on the floor, according to reports.
According to NCSO spokesperson 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, the altercation appeared to have stemmed from an ongoing problem between the juveniles at school. It is currently being investigated by CID. Anyone with information is asked to contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400. Callers can remain anonymous.
A juvenile was arrested late Saturday morning after stealing from Dollar General and striking a clerk who tried to stop him.
Officers from the Covington Police Department received a called for shoplifting and while on the way to the store they were advised that the subject they were seeking was running in the Mill Village area.
Officers reportedly stopped the juvenile male near the Covington Housing Authority and transported the youth back to Dollar General where the clerk identified him as the same person who she reportedly observed shoving something into his pants and attempting to leave the store. When the clerk confronted the juvenile he allegedly struck her on the right cheek and ran out of the store.
The juvenile was transferred to Sorrell Street where he allegedly showed officers where he had placed the stolen item - a black pair of men’s slippers - in a drainage cover. The slippers were returned to Dollar General and the juvenile was transported to CPD where he was turned over to his father.