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Posted: August 25, 2012 4:11 p.m.

Stolen vehicle found engulfed in fire

Covington police, deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the fire department responded to the intersection of Henderson Mill Road and Lackey Road on Thursday at 11:50 p.m. in reference to a vehicle being on fire. According to a report from the NCSO, officials found a burgundy 2000 Nissan Maxima on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire from the car and then deputies looked up the tag number on the vehicle and located the owner.

A Covington police report said police spoke to the owner at her home on Carr Circle on Friday. The woman told police she had last seen her car around 9 p.m. on Thursday in her driveway and the vehicle was locked. Police said they did not see any broken glass in the driveway, which would indicate there was forced entry into the vehicle. The woman said she lost her keys about a month ago at the Burger King in Porterdale. She said she had been using her spare key to drive her vehicle. Police did not give any additional information on how the vehicle was stolen. The woman's vehicle was towed to B&H Towing.

Covington police investigate claims of rape
According to a report, a man reported a rape case to police over the phone on Thursday around 7:43 a.m. The man told police he did not know where the rape occurred but he gave officers information on a female juvenile who told him she was raped. Police made contact with the juvenile who said a man who was possibly 21 years old raped her at a residence on Emory Street. The juvenile told police the rape occurred in November 2011 during the Thanksgiving school break. The juvenile said she told her mother and school officials about what happened, and the case was turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services. Police said they are actively investigating the case and have not charged anyone at this time. No further information was available.

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