Man punches an­other man for cig­a­rettes

The Covington News - - Crime - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­

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.

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