Juvenile arrested after tantrum over petting zoo
An officer from the Covington Police Department responded to a call about a fight between a juvenile male and his sister Sunday morning and ended up issuing a plethora of charges against the young man, who was reportedly angry about a canceled trip to the petting zoo.
When the officer arrived he noticed to young man had several scratches on his face and was walking across the road carrying a small bicycle. He also appeared to be yelling behind him at a female on the porch of a home on Avery Street, according to reports.
The officer allegedly yelled at the youth to drop the bike and he complied. He then told the boy to come and speak with them and the youth reportedly refused, using profanities. The juvenile was told several times to come and speak with the officer and each time he refused using profanity, according to reports. The officer finally threatened to use his Taser on the boy if he didn’t stop and grabbed him by the shirt. The boy reportedly attempted to jerk free and allegedly told the officer to shoot him.
During the scuffle the juvenile and the officer were in the middle of the road, according to reports, and the officer was able to maneuver the boy into the grass, perform a leg sweep and place the juvenile on the ground. The boy reportedly continued to wrestle with the officer and was placed in handcuffs and then in the back of the patrol car.
According to reports, the officer then spoke with the juvenile’s sister who reportedly said the young man was mad because they were not going to the petting zoo. He reportedly took the battery from his sister’s cell phone and when she told him to give it back the argument ensued. The mother of the two then allegedly left the residence because of the arguing.
Reports indicate that once the mother left, the brother and sister continued to argue and the sister allegedly told her brother that if he didn’t calm down he could leave. The juvenile then reportedly walked toward the door, turned around and hit her several times. She then allegedly fell to the floor and he continued to hit her in the head and face with a closed fist, according to reports.
The sister allegedly told the officer that while her brother was attacking her, her 1-year-old daughter was crying next to him and the juvenile allegedly hit the child twice on the head with a closed fist. The sister then reportedly struck her brother several times in order to get him off of her so she could help her daughter.
Reports indicate that the child was transported to Newton Medical Center. The officer reportedly did not notice any marks on the child but he did allegedly see blood on the left side of the juvenile’s sister’s mouth.
Once the juvenile was at the police department he allegedly said that he had taken the battery from his sister’s cell phone and that when they began arguing his mother did leave the residence. But, according to him, when his mother left, his sister reportedly shoved him against the wall and he pushed her back which caused her to fall to the floor. While on the floor his sister alleg- edly tried to hit him, which is when he hit her back and she scratched him on the face.
The juvenile also reportedly told the officer that his sister then went to their neighbor’s house and called the police and when she came back outside she had a kitchen knife with her and he picked up a bicycle.
The juvenile was released to his aunt and a complaint form was filed against him on charges of obstruction of a police officer and two counts of battery.
Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were called to Falcon Ridge Drive after a man reportedly punched his girlfriend in the face because he thought she was cheating on him.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, a deputy arrived on the scene and spoke with a woman who reportedly said that 42-year-old Reginald Dean Kelley had punched her in the face. The deputy reportedly noticed the woman’s left eye was swollen and red on the left side of her face. She allegedly told the deputy she had been off with a friend and was dropped off down the street from her residence so she would not have any contact with Kelley.
The woman allegedly told the deputy that she that she was walking up Falcon Ridge when Kelley approached her and asked her where she had been and she said she did not answer him, according to reports. He then allegedly grabbed her arm and turned her towards him then struck her in the face.
The deputy spoke with Kelley and asked him if he had hit the woman to which he allegedly replied, “ Yes I did.” When asked why he hit her, Kelley reportedly told the deputy that he believed she had been cheating on him with another man and when she wouldn’t talk to him, he hit her in the face with his fist.
Kelley was told he was going to be placed under arrest for battery and he reportedly told the deputy he understood. He was placed under arrest and transferred to the Newton County Detention Center.