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Posted: February 26, 2013 9:23 p.m.

Masked man with gun scares children

Investigators are looking for a man who reportedly spooked and threatened three small children Saturday afternoon.

Three boys, ages 5, 8 and 10, were playing in the backyard of a home on Allen Drive. The boys were playing with sticks when one threw a stick, which landed on the fence, according to Newton County Sheriff’s office public information officer Cortney Morrison. When the boys looked at the wood line, they reported that they saw a white male, wearing a camouflage shirt and mask, and holding a long gun with a black tip. As the boys looked on, the man reportedly started walking toward them, loading the gun.

Deputies did find a mobile home back through the woods, but it was vacant. They were unable to find the person responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the NCSO at 678-325-1400 or online at newtonsheriffga.org. All tips can be given anonymously.

Bus vandalized
The Newton County School System had one of its buses vandalized early Saturday morning.

A deputy on patrol at Livingston Elementary School was approached by a NCSS transportation employee who directed him to the vandalized bus. The bus was found and had two windows on the passenger side busted out. Several rocks were found near the bus windows, believed to be what had been used to break the windows.
The estimated cost of repair is roughly $300 per window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the NCSO at 678-325-1400 or online at newtonsheriffga.org. All tips can be given anonymously.

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