Man shot at while tak­ing out the trash

The Covington News - - CRIME - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

A Cov­ing­ton man was shot at while tak­ing out the trash Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Cov­ing­ton Po­lice re­sponded to a call at Hard­wick Cir­cle af­ter a man was tak­ing his trash to the roll back dump­ster in San­dra Ashby’s yard. The vic­tim told CPD he was bring­ing out the trash when Ashby stepped out of her front door, pointed a pis­tol at him and shot it.

The vic­tim then dropped the plas­tic chairs he was throw­ing out and ran from the scene. A wit­ness re­layed to CPD that Ashby was stand­ing on her front porch when she fired the weapon.

CPD re­cov­ered a small .22 cal­iber pis­tol from the right side of Ashby’s door near a ta­ble on her front porch. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the pis­tol con­tained four live rounds and one spent shell in the cylin­der.

Ashby was ar­rested and charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault and taken to New­ton County Law En­force­ment Cen­ter.

Man ar­rested in NCSO park­ing lot

A Mon­roe po­lice of­fi­cer ob­served a driver who he be­lieved to be un­der the in­flu­ence pull into the park­ing lot of the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice park­ing lot Wed­nes­day, around 9:30 p.m.

The Mon­roe of­fi­cer told Cov­ing­ton Po­lice that the man driv­ing a gold Chevro­let Trail­blazer from I-20 east­bound near mile marker 90 onto Al­covy Road was swerv­ing all over the road­way, had no tail­lights and was open­ing the driver’s side door when stopped.

A Cov­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cer was ar­riv­ing on scene at the NCSO park­ing lot when the sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Zach­ery Cheek, was talk­ing with a third party.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, CPD im­me­di­ately ob­served Cheek was un­steady on his feet as he walked around his car. Cheek also, re­port­edly, had “very repet­i­tive speech, glazed over eyes and droopy eye­lids.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Cheek asked the of­fi­cer, “what the prob­lem is,” de­spite hav­ing it ex­plained to him sev­eral times.

Cheek told the of­fi­cer he was at the jail to re­port for work re­lease, af­ter he was pre­vi­ously ar­rested for theft by re­ceiv­ing pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions. He went on to tell of­fi­cers about a re­cent in­ci­dent in which he was caught trans­port­ing drugs past the guard line af­ter re­port­edly be­ing forced by some­one who threat­ened him in the park­ing lot.

The CPD of­fi­cer then saw a plas­tic bag­gie, “com­mon in drug dis­tri­bu­tion” in the open cen­ter con­sole of Cheek’s ve­hi­cle, and no­ticed Cheek ap­pear­ing ex­tremely ner­vous with his hands shak­ing. A K-9 unit then ar­rived and alerted three times to some­thing in the ve­hi­cle.

Cheek also failed mul­ti­ple field tests for drugs. When told by the of­fi­cer it was be­lieved Cheek was un­der the in­flu­ence of a de­pres­sant drug, Cheek ad­vised he had taken Al­pra­zo­lam ear­lier the day, and that he had a pre­scrip­tion for the drug.

The Zi­ploc bag­gie in the truck con­tin­ued four of the pre­scrip­tion pills.

Cheek was ar­rested for DUI (less safe), pos­ses­sion of a sched­ule IV con­trolled sub­stance (Xanax/Al­pra­zo­lam) and pos­ses­sion of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion not in an orig­i­nal con­tainer.

Wal­let re­turned

Af­ter some­one’s wal­let was left on top of their ve­hi­cle be­fore driv­ing off on I-20, it and its en­tire con­tents was re­turned.

A worker paving the road­way found the wal­let, con­tain­ing re­port­edly over $100, a check­book, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, credit cards and other misc. in­for­ma­tion, and turned it into the NCSO Tues­day. The NCSO con­tacted the owner, who said his daugh­ter had placed it on top of their ve­hi­cle be­fore it fell off.

Grill to go

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputies re­sponded to a theft at Lake­side Cir­cle Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the res­i­dent told deputies she saw a black pickup truck hook its trailer hitch to a grill in the drive­way be­fore pulling away. When con­tacted by the NCSO, the owner of the grill said it was parked in the drive­way with a lock on it.

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