Crime Briefs Man threat­ens his chil­dren’s mother with a firearm

The Covington News - - News - By Am­ber Pittman

Deputies from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were called to a bur­glary on Sept. 22 and learned en route there was a pis­tol in­volved, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

When the deputies ar­rived at the home on Ber­muda Court they re­port­edly found a black male, later iden­ti­fied as Joel God­win Baker, walk­ing away from the front door of the home. Baker was or­dered to get on the ground and, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, he com­plied. He was searched for a weapon but none was found at that point, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Baker was placed into a pa­trol car while deputies con­tin­ued with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. They re­port­edly made con­tact with a women, who al­legedly told them Baker – who is the fa­ther of her five chil­dren – came into her home with a gun and told her he would kill her. The woman told deputies she and Baker broke up roughly six months prior, though they had lived to­gether be­fore then.

While speak­ing with the woman, the deputy no­ticed a pis­tol lay­ing on the ground un­der a bush by the front porch. When the deputy picked the gun up, he no­ticed two rounds in the cham­ber, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. There was also re­port­edly a black box found next to the pis­tol with nine .38 spe­cial rounds in it. It was found the gun had been re­ported stolen out of At­lanta.

Baker al­legedly re­fused to speak with deputies and was trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter where he was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault, crim­i­nal tres­pass and firearm pos­ses­sion by a con­victed felon.

Drugs in un­usual places

Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Agents dis­cov­ered that a New­ton County man charged for pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana with in­tent to dis­trib­ute was stor­ing his drugs in ironic places, ac­cord­ing to SIU head Lt. Philip Brad­ford.

SIU in­ves­ti­ga­tors had been watch­ing Adrian Clark, 19, of Cov­ing­ton for sev­eral months af­ter re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous com­plaints about his al­leged drug sell­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, said Brad­ford, but were un­able to find an in­for­mant dur­ing that time.

“We lucked out the other night be­cause he left the house, so we were able to stop the main tar­get,” Brad­ford said.

When New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputy Justin Hipps pulled Clark over in a traf­fic stop around 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, the deputy re­port­edly found a lit­tle over an ounce of mar­i­juana and dig­i­tal scales dur­ing a con­sen­sual search of the ve­hi­cle. The drugs and scales were re­port­edly stored in a D.A.R.E. bag, com­monly handed out by the Drug Abuse Re­sis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram run jointly by the Cov­ing­ton po­lice and NCSO.

Clark re­port­edly told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he had more drugs stored at his house, and his mother, who came out to the scene, gave agents per­mis­sion to search the house, said Brad­ford.

While agents were wait­ing in the front yard for the mother, who was the home­owner, to ar­rive, they re­port­edly heard and saw peo­ple scram­bling around in­side the house, then run­ning out the back door.

When they were able to search the home, they re­port­edly found only a small plas­tic bag­gie of mar­i­juana, de­spite in­for­ma­tion from Clark that there would be seven or eight bags.

Out­side the house, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found five or six pack­ages of drugs wrapped in a shirt that had a pic­ture of the Bi­ble and a verse printed on it, hid­den in a grill at an ad­ja­cent va­cant house.

Brad­ford said the ad­di­tional drugs found did not change Clark’s charge of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, and that agents wanted to take the drugs off the streets.

Swing time

On the morn­ing of Sept. 27, of­fi­cers from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment were pa­trolling the area of Sunny and Allen Drive when they re­ceived a call for a bur­glary in progress.

Of­fi­cers were given a de­scrip­tion of the man and were able to lo­cate the man who was, at the time, re­port­edly stand­ing on the rear porch of a home on Allen Drive at­tempt­ing to re­move a porch swing.

When of­fi­cers made con­tact with the man and asked him for his name, he re­port­edly told them his name was Den­nis Goolsby and re­port­edly ad­mit­ted he was not the cur­rent owner or a res­i­dent of the home. It was later found that the man’s name was ac­tu­ally Richard Goolsby.

When asked why he was try- ing to re­move the porch swing from the home, Goolsby re­port­edly told of­fi­cers he be­lieved the home was va­cant and there­fore, could take what he wanted from the res­i­dence.

Goolsby was placed un­der ar­rest and charged with theft by tak­ing, crim­i­nal tres­pass and giv­ing false name/in­for­ma­tion to a po­lice of­fi­cer.

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