De­liv­ery of new bed re­port­edly leads to theft

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

A woman’s money re­port­edly went miss­ing af­ter she had a new bed de­liv­ered to her home in the Silo’s com­mu­nity.

A re­port from the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said a deputy re­sponded to a home on Desota Drive on Jan. 18. There, a home­owner said she had a com­pany de­liver a new bed to her res­i­dence. Two em­ploy­ees from the com­pany were re­port­edly in the woman’s home when she said $525 was mis­placed.

The deputy spoke with both em­ploy­ees, who re­port­edly con­sented to a search of their ve­hi­cle and them­selves. The deputy dis­cov­ered the money hid­den in the shoe of one of the em­ploy­ees, later iden­ti­fied as Keith Carter of Cor­nelia.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, dur­ing the search Carter gave false in­for­ma­tion about his iden­tity and later gave the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion. Carter was ar­rested and charged with crim­i­nal at­tempt to theft by tak­ing, ob­struc­tion of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, and giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion to a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer. The deputy also found that Carter had a war­rant out of Gwin­nett County for theft.

Stu­dents fight at bus stop?

Two stu­dents re­port­edly got into a fight at a school bus stop Wed­nes­day.

A deputy re­sponded to an ad­dress on East Lawn Drive just af­ter 5 p.m., where a woman said her daugh­ter and another girl in the neigh­bor­hood got into a fight at the bus stop af­ter school, the re­port said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Michael Cun­ning­ham said the stu­dents were ages 14 and 15, and no charges were filed in the case.

Nap time leads to ar­rest

Two men asleep in an SUV stopped at an in­ter­sec­tion were awak­ened by a deputy Tues­day, and one was charged with DUI.

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Michael Cun­ning­ham said an NCSO deputy no­ticed a 2005 GMC Yukon parked at an in­ter­sec­tion on Brown Bridge Road, where it ap­peared two oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle were asleep.

Cun­ning­ham said the deputy ac­ti­vated his blue lights, and the driver, later iden­ti­fied as Johnny Harde­man, 38, of Cov­ing­ton, sped away. Af­ter a short chase, the ve­hi­cle stopped, and Cun­ning­ham said the deputy found some open cans of beer in the ve­hi­cle.

Harde­man was charged with DUI, ob­struc­tion of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, speed­ing, fail­ure to main­tain lane, fail­ure to stop at a stop sign, flee­ing or at­tempt­ing to elude a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, and an open con­tainer vi­o­la­tion. Cun­ning­ham said the pas­sen­ger wasn’t charged in the case.

Vul­gar words

A deputy with the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fi­cer re­sponded to a home on Brunswick Court Wed­nes­day in ref­er­ence to dam­age to prop­erty.

A woman re­port­edly said some­one dam­aged her ve­hi­cle by scratch­ing vul­gar words into the paint and flat­ten­ing two of her tires. In­ves­ti­ga­tor Michael Cun­ning­ham said the deputy asked the woman if she knew who might have done the dam­age, and she said that she pos­si­bly did, but she didn’t want to say who it was be­cause it might es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion.

Cun­ning­ham said it wasn’t clear if the in­ci­dent hap­pened at the woman’s home or some­where else. No fur­ther de­tails were avail­able.

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