Fam­ily knife fight leads to as­sault ar­rest

The Covington News - - Crime - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­news.com

A woman was ar­rested for as­sault with a knife Tues­day night af­ter al­legedly get­ting into a knife fight with her step­fa­ther af­ter he pulled a kitchen knife on her.

Ac­cord­ing to CPD, the woman and her boyfriend came to the area from Ken­tucky to visit her mother. She told po­lice when she ar­rived at the house, her mother was not home, but her step­fa­ther Clifton Smith and her sis­ter were.

The sis­ter and boyfriend told po­lice in sep­a­rate in­ter­views that when the woman and the boyfriend ar­rived at the home, Smith ap­peared drunk and was in the drive­way play­ing loud mu­sic in his truck and flick­ing the lights on and off.

Af­ter the woman and her boyfriend went inside to do laun­dry, Smith fol­lowed them and al­legedly said, “Oh hell naw.” The woman replied, “You don’t want to start to­day.” The sis­ter told po­lice this was be­cause Smith did not want the woman and her boyfriend to do their laun­dry there.

Smith then al­legedly went into the kitchen to grab a knife from the kitchen drawer and said, “Do you want to die to­day?” and charged at the woman. The woman and Smith started wrestling with the knife and fell to floor.

The sis­ter told po­lice the woman had her pocket knife out and af­ter they fell to the floor, the woman threw her pocket knife to­ward the cor­ner of the room away from Smith. The boyfriend then be­gan to choke Smith.

How­ever, the sis­ter told po­lice Smith con­tin­ued to fight, so the boyfriend punched Smith and threw him out­side.

The sis­ter placed the kitchen knife back in the drawer and the woman then called po­lice.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived at the scene, they found the woman, who had blood all over her up­per body cloth­ing, and Smith ly­ing on the ground un­der the car­port in a pool of blood. EMS ar­rived shortly af­ter and trans­ported Smith to Grady Memo­rial Hospi­tal in At­lanta for treat­ment.

The woman was then ar­rested for ag­gra­vated as­sault. Smith is cur­rently in sta­ble con­di­tion at Grady and the of­fi­cer stated he/she will be ob­tain­ing a war­rant for Smith for ag­gra­vated as­sault. Man breaks laun­dry room win­dow, flees

Po­lice were called to a Cov­ing­ton home early Wed­nes­day in ref­er­ence to a fam­ily fight that led to a win­dow be­ing dam­aged.

Ac­cord­ing to the CPD, when of­fi­cers ar­rived, a woman said that a man dam­aged a laun­dry room win­dow in­ten­tion­ally.

The man was not there and fled the res­i­dence be­fore po­lice ar­rived.

Dam­aged to the win­dow is es­ti­mated to be $75, and the woman was ad­vised of the war­rant ap­pli­ca­tion process. Man at home­less shel­ter re­fuses ar­rest, is stunned mul­ti­ple times by Taser

A man stay­ing at a home­less shel­ter in Cov­ing­ton was stunned five times by a Taser af­ter re­sist­ing ar­rest and strug­gling with of­fi­cers.

Ac­cord­ing to the CPD, po­lice were dis­patched to a home­less shel­ter early Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints of man be­ing dis­rup­tive and pos­si­bly sick or in­tox­i­cated.

Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers found Demetrius Donta Manuel, al­legedly smelling of al­co­hol, sit­ting on a bench in front of the men’s dorm/build­ing. Of­fi­cers asked Manuel if he had been drink­ing. Manuel said he had not and was then asked for his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

While EMS per­son­nel eval­u­ated Manuel’s health, of­fi­cers were in­formed that Manuel had two out­stand­ing war­rants for his ar­rest; the first out of New­ton County for pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion (orig­i­nal of­fense for sale of co­caine and the sec­ond out of DeKalb County) for pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion (orig­i­nal of­fense for ter­ror­is­tic threats).

Of­fi­cers then pro­ceeded to ar­rest Manuel, but he re­fused and al­legedly started to yell and be ar­gu­men­ta­tive. The two of­fi­cers at the scene each grabbed one of Manuel’s arms, but his mus­cles tight­ened and he be­gan to ar­gue with po­lice and was stunned by a Taser.

Of­fi­cers then warned Manuel he con­tin­ued not to com­ply with of­fi­cers he would be stunned again.

Manuel al­legedly be­gan pulling away from the of­fi­cers and was stunned by a Taser again. Of­fi­cers took Manuel to the ground and or­dered Manuel to stop re­sist­ing and to place his hands be­hind his back. He re­fused and re­ceived two to three ad­di­tional stuns and con­tin­ued to re­sist ar­rest.

Of­fi­cers ad­min­is­tered a fi­nal stunned from the Taser to Manuel and was able to gain con­trol of him. He was then ar­rested and trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. Fam­ily re­turns to find home ran­sacked

Af­ter re­turn­ing from Lo­ganville to take care of a sick fam­ily mem­ber, a Cov­ing­ton fam­ily found their home turned up­side down and a bevy of elec­tron­ics miss­ing.



the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the fam­ily left for Lo­ganville Aug. 2 and re­turned Mon­day to find their back door kicked in and valu­ables miss­ing.

Among the items stolen were: TVs, a Nin­tendo Wii, Sony Play Sta­tion 3, Sony Vaio lap­top, Canon cam­era and cam­corder, Dell In­sp­iron lap­top, Kin­dle Fire and an Ap­ple iPod clas­sic.

Of­fi­cers checked the home for foot print, tool marks and fin­ger prints, but noth­ing could be found. Cou­ple ha­rassed on Face­book by dead boss

A woman and her girl­friend al­legedly re­ceived threats on Face­book from an ac­count claim­ing to be the woman’s for­mer boss, who passed away.

Ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the woman told of­fi­cers that her girl­friend and the un­known user be­gan a heated con­ver­sa­tion about gay rights over the so­cial me­dia web­site when the threats be­gan.

The Face­book ac­count has since been re­moved.

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