Through the cam­era


The New Year’s Eve par­ties spilled out into the streets for a few in Newton County Tues­day night. Rid­ing along with the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Crime Sup­pres­sion Unit, you gain a whole new re­spect for those who keep our county safe.

“We’re out here so that the cit­i­zens can have a safe place to live,” Deputy Ram­sey told me as we pa­trolled.

On this night I watched as Corporal Cook and Deputy Ram­sey, along with the other mem­bers of the NCSO Crime Sup­pres­sion Unit, en­coun­tered nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als re­fus­ing to obey the law.

“New Year’s Eve ranks as one of the high­est for DUIs and il­le­gal gun­fire,” Cook said.

One of the first stops of the night was a woman with a young child, in a ve­hi­cle that had stalled on Salem Road. As of­fi­cers stopped to as­sist the woman, they were alerted by her ac­tions and found an open ma­son jar of moon­shine (corn liquor) in the floor­board.

Spot­ted up ahead was a car with one brake light, driven by a per­son found to have mar­i­juana, a scale and an EBT (food stamp) card.

The ra­dio dis­patcher re­layed a call about a dis­tur­bance at a lo­cal con­ve­nience store (a fight be­tween two fe­males), and it re­quired force to stop one sub­ject whose ac­tions clearly demon­strated some­one not in a sober mind.

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