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Posted: September 1, 2012 3:42 p.m.

Crime Briefs: Man punches sister

Man arrested for battery after punching his sister
A Covington man was arrested for simple battery after he reportedly punched his sister on Thursday night. Covington police arrived at Carr Circle in response to a family fight around 7:23 p.m. They spoke with a woman who said her brother Demarcus Hightower became very upset with her and her older sister because they told his girlfriend what he said about her. The woman said Hightower started cursing and yelling at her and then punched her with a closed fist on her left cheek and again in her mouth. The woman fell onto the bed after Hightower pushed her and landed on an infant child and her infant cousin who were in the bed taking a nap. Another cousin pulled Hightower off of his sister. The woman said Hightower left when he found out the police were being called. The infants were checked at the scene for injuries and were reportedly unharmed. According to the report, police returned back to the home around 8 p.m. and spoke with the woman again. She said her brother had come back to the residence and began cursing at her, her sister and her mother. The mother told Hightower if he did not leave, she would call the police.

Hightower told her he wasn't going anywhere and he did not have to leave. Once Hightower realized his mother was calling the police again, he left and walked toward Puckett Street. The police officer left the residence and found Hightower walking on Puckett Street. The officer asked him his named and then arrested him. He was taken to the Newton County Jail and charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act.

Woman arrested for criminal trespassing for soliciting at gas station
Covington police arrested a woman who was reportedly banned from a gas station for soliciting. According to a report from the Covington Police Department, officers responded to a call at the QuikTrip on U.S. Highway 278 on Monday in reference to a woman asking customers for money. Police witnessed an employee with QT ban Tremaine Parlor from the property. On Thursday, an officer found Parlor back at the gas station around 10 p.m. The officer attempted to arrest Parlor for criminal trespassing, but said she became argumentative and began to pull away from the officer. The officer placed her on the ground and calmed her down. She was then handcuffed and taken to the Newton County Jail.

Man reports items stolen from his old residence
A Covington man reported his tools and copper wiring missing from his old residence on Thursday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at a home on Ga. Highway 20S and spoke with a man who said he stopped by his old residence to check on his tools he had left locked in a building at the residence when he moved out in early March. He said his soon to be ex-wife continued to live at the residence, but on Aug. 24, she was evicted by his mother who owns the property. When the man arrived on Thursday morning, he said he noticed her vehicle was there and the door to the building was open. The man said he was the only one with the key. He told the deputy that he searched the building and found several tools and other belongings had been taken.

He also said there was damage done to the door and most of the cooper wire had been stripped from the building. According to the report, the estimated cost of the stolen items was about $6,410. The man had no idea when the items had been taken.

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