Man punches another man for cigarettes
Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he reportedly hit another man in the face because he would not give him a cigarette.
While patrolling an area of City Pond Road around 8 p.m., a Covington police officer was approached by a man at the Covington Lodge. The man told police that he had just been assaulted by another man whom he did not know.
The man said for the past week, a man, police identified as Dewyer Smith, had been coming to his room and knocking on his door to request cigarettes.
The man said just before police arrived, Smith came to his room and asked for cigarettes again. When the man refused to give Smith a cigarette, Smith reportedly punched the man in the right cheek and ran away.
The police officer spoke with Smith who was at the front office of the Covington Lodge. Smith approached the officer’s patrol car and said, “We just got into an argument about a cigarette” and “Yes, I hit him.” Smith said he went to ask the man for a cigarette and when the man refused to give him, he hit him in the face.
Smith was taken to the Newton County Jail and charged with simple battery. Woman scratches boyfriend’s car with steak knife
A woman reportedly damaged her boyfriend’s 2006 Monte Carlo after she found phone numbers from other women in his phone.
A Covington police officer responded to a home on Wellington Ridge Drive NE around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday after receiving a call from an off-duty DeKalb County police officer who reported a man and woman were involved in a family fight. The Covington police officer arrived to the home and spoke with a man who said he was trying to stop his girlfriend Tomeka Jones from dam- aging his car with a steak knife.
He said he had been arguing with Jones over phone numbers Jones found in his phone and she told him to get out of the home and threw his belongings over the railing and onto the yard. When the man went outside to pick up his belongings to leave, Jones came outside with a steak knife and started scratching the hood of his car.
The man said he grasps Jones arms to try and stop her from scratching his car further, but he did not hit her.
He then threw the knife across the parking lot. Jones told police that she scratched her boyfriend’s car because she was mad and upset about the other girls’ numbers she found in his phone.
She said her boyfriend did grasp her arms to stop her from scratching the car, but he did not hit her.
Jones was arrested for criminal damage to property and family violence. Unknown man snatches purse from woman on Alcovy Road
A woman said an unknown man stole her purse while she was walking to a gas station on Alcovy Road Wednesday early morning.
A Covington police officer responded to a home on Johnson Drive after receiving a call about a theft later that day on Wednesday afternoon around noon. The officer spoke with the woman who said she was walking to the Shell gas station on Alcovy Road from Johnson Road around 12:30 a.m.
When the woman got to the I-20 overpass bridge, an unidentified black man came up behind her and snatched her purse from her shoulder and then got into a green sedan vehicle and drove away.
The woman told police she did not have a cell phone and she was too scared to walk to the Newton Medical Center to use their free phone to call police.
The woman walked back her home and de- cided to wait until it was light outside to walk to the hospital and use the phone. Man arrested for possession of prescription pills
A Forest Park man was arrested on Monday night after he was found with prescription pills while walking down Lakeside Circle.
A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling an area of Gross Lake Parkway when he noticed Willie Lawrence walking on Lakeside Circle.
When the deputy approached Lawrence, he quickly looked away and put his hands in his pocket. The deputy tried to make small talk with Lawrence and then asked him to remove his hands from his pockets. Lawrence continued to look around and tried to look away from the deputy.
The deputy asked Lawrence for his name and date of birth but Lawrence gave the deputy a fake name and date of birth and put his hands back in his pockets and didn’t make eye contact with the deputy.
The deputy asked Lawrence if he could search him and he agreed. The deputy found 30 white pills, which he believed to be Tramadol HCL, in Lawrence’s pocket. The deputy also found Lawrence’s wallet and verified his name by looking at his driver’s license.
The deputy asked Lawrence why he lied and he told the officer he was in enough trouble already. Lawrence was arrested and taken to the Newton County Jail.
While on the way to the jail, the deputy said Lawrence uttered that he was going to sell the pills to a friend because he didn’t have any left.
Lawrence was charged with the manufacturing, selling or distribution of Schedule III drugs, drugs not in the original container, and giving a false name or false information to a police officer.
The pills were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for testing.