Un­known man at­tacks woman near her home

The Covington News - - Crime - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Deputies with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were dis­patched to the area of Flat Shoals Road in ref­er­ence to a bat­tery call around 3 p.m. on Thurs­day.

A deputy spoke with a woman who said a man came out of the tree line and grabbed her by the back of her shirt. She said the man told her he was go­ing to rape her and pulled down his shorts and ex­posed his pri­vate area. The woman kicked the man in his pri­vate area and ran to her house. The woman said she had never seen the man be­fore and he smelled of al­co­hol.

He was de­scribed as a white male wear­ing a white tank top, blue jean shorts and white shoes. The woman said the man’s hair was slicked back with oil and it ap­peared he hadn’t bathed in sev­eral weeks. Deputies searched the area but were un­able to find the man.

Up­set par­ent drives truck through school lawn

A Cov­ing­ton man was ar­rested for reck­less driv­ing and dis­or­derly con­duct af­ter he drove a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck across the lawn of an el­e­men­tary school. A deputy with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ar­rested Phillip Black­stock on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the NCSO, Black­stock drove his truck across the front lawn of East New­ton El­e­men­tary School and jumped a curb into the bus lanes. He then left the prop­erty. The school was placed on a lock down due to his be­hav­ior, but then taken off lock down when deputies ar­rived. Black­stock was lo­cated and taken to the New­ton County Jail. Un­known per­son steals wire from AT&T build­ing

Cov­ing­ton po­lice re­sponded to the AT&T build­ing on In­dus­trial Boule­vard in ref­er­ence to stolen wire from the build­ing on Thurs­day around 7:30 a.m. Po­lice spoke with the man­ager who said his em­ploy­ees left around 4 p.m. on Wed­nes­day and locked ev­ery­thing up as usual.

He said on Thurs­day, he no­ticed 400 pair wire on the out­side fence fac­ing west cut into sec­tions lay­ing in the park­ing lot. The man­ager also said he no­ticed a tele­phone wire reel next to the stor­age fence inside the com­plex miss­ing about 120 feet of 600 pair ca­ble. He said the cost of the wire was about $3,000.

Wal­mart evac­u­ated af­ter bomb threat

Cov­ing­ton po­lice re­sponded to a bomb threat at the Wal­mart on In- dus­trial Boule­vard on Thurs­day. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port, em­ploy­ees evac­u­ated the store and po­lice se­cured the area around 8:30 p.m. Po­lice spoke with two em­ploy­ees who said they re­ceived a call from a man who told them there was a bomb in the build­ing.

The first em­ployee said she picked up the phone and a man said there was a bomb in the store and he would blow the build­ing up in five min­utes. The em­ployee placed the man on hold and con­tacted her su­per­vi­sor, but the man hung up. The other em­ployee told po­lice when the phone rang again, she picked it up and the man cursed say­ing there was a bomb in the build­ing and he would blow the build­ing up if it wasn’t evacu- ated in five min­utes. Af­ter the sec­ond cal,l the man­ager be­gan the evac­u­a­tion process. Store man­agers and of­fi­cers checked the build­ing but no sus­pi­cious ob­jects were found in the store.

Four-wheeler and dirt bike stolen from res­i­dence

A man said a four-wheeler and dirt bike were re­moved from his car­port some time be­tween Aug. 30 and Sept. 5. A deputy with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was dis­patched to a home on Hen­der­son Mill Road in ref­er­ence to two stolen ve­hi­cles on Wed­nes­day.

The man said he was stor­ing a 2012 Suzuki white four-wheeler and a 2012 KTM 200EXC dirt bike for his boss. The man parked the ve­hi­cles un­der his de­tached car­port chained to­gether. He said sev­eral other items were also un­der the car­port. On Wed­nes­day, the man went to move an­other item and dis­cov­ered the ve­hi­cles were no longer there. He looked around his prop­erty and dis­cov­ered tire tracks on the grass lead­ing to the va­cant house next door to his.

The man said he thinks the un­known sub­jects drove be­hind the va­cant res­i­dence and pushed the two ve­hi­cles to their ve­hi­cle. The to­tal of the ve­hi­cles were $5,500. The man told the deputy that his neigh­bor re­cently had his ve­hi­cle stolen and it was found along a creek in Jamestown with sev­eral other stolen items.

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