One dead in Salem Ter­race shoot­ing

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SHAKEEM HOLLOWAY shol­loway@cov­

A New­ton County man, Quin­tar­i­ous Da­mareo Reed died af­ter gun­shots were fired in a New­ton County apart­ment com­plex early Fri­day morn­ing.

At ap­prox­i­mately 2:35 a.m. the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment re­ceived a call re­gard­ing a shots fired in­ci­dent at a Salem Ter­race apart­ment Fri­day. The 30-year old Reed was

A smas­hand-grab rob­ber who has been hit­ting busi­nesses in Rock­dale and New­ton coun­ties since March 23 has been caught, thanks to the quick ac­tion of a Rock­dale County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice deputy.

Around 11 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, RCSO Deputy Michael Stephens spot­ted a gray 2003 Ford Taurus at the Dunkin’ Donuts lo­cated at 1890 High­way 20 in Cony­ers.

When Deputy Stephens pulled in to check the busi­ness, the front glass door was shat­tered and the sus­pect was still in­side.

Deputy Stephens was able to take the sus­pect into cus­tody with­out re­sis­tance.

The sus­pect has been iden­ti­fied as Charles Richard Brank, 49, of Cov­ing­ton.

Brank is fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges of Bur­glary from three dif­fer­ent agen­cies: the Cony­ers Po­lice Depart­ment, New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Rock­dale Coun- ty Sher­iff’s Of­fice. He is cur­rently be­ing held in the Rock­dale County Jail.

Brank was pre­vi­ously con­victed and sen­tenced for Bur­glary in Rock­dale County in 2008.

Last week, a Dunkin’ Donuts, two Sub­way restau­rants on 138 and Brown Bridge, and a heat­ing and air busi­ness in New­ton County were struck by throw­ing rocks through the glass doors or win­dows and then steal­ing cash and other items from in­side the busi­nesses.

The sus­pect who struck the Dunkin Donuts on Salem Road was de­scribed last week as a white male driv­ing a gray or sil­ver Ford Taurus.

Sher­iff Eric J. Levett com­mended Deputy Stephens for his ap­pre­hen­sion of the sus­pect, as well as the other deputies and of­fi­cers from both agen­cies - RCSO and Cony­ers Po­lice Depart­ment.


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