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Posted: January 2, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Woman reportedly fights woman, deputies on New Year’s

A woman began her New Year in the ER and in jail after she was reportedly arrested for fighting a woman at a gas station and then deputies Wednesday morning.

A report from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy responded to a call about a fight at the Marathon Gas Station located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 36 and Covington Bypass Road around 1:20 a.m. According to the report, dispatch notified the deputy that two females were in the parking lot actively fighting for several minutes.

When the deputy arrived on scene, he reportedly made contact with one of the females involved in the fight, later identified as Jennifer McCrobie, 18. Another deputy made contact with the other woman, who reportedly left the scene in a vehicle.

Cortney Morrison, NCSO Public Information Officer, said the deputy noticed McCrobie had bruises, scratches and abrasions to her arm, blood stains on her clothes, and also had a bloody lip.

“He asked her for her ID and for her to explain to him what happened and how the fight started … Jennifer gave him her ID, but would not speak to him any further. She refused to answer any questions. However, she did yell an expletive at the deputy, at which time he attempted to place her under arrest,” Morrison said. “She began a physical altercation with that deputy, which resulted in her being tased in her back. She was able to be placed under arrest at that time.”

Morrison said other deputies arrived to help assist in arresting McCrobie, who reportedly was “combative.”

According to the incident report, McCrobie was taken to the ER at Newton Medical Center for the treatment of the injuries she received during the fight and to have the Taser prongs removed by the ER staff.

Morrison said the other woman involved in the initial altercation was not charged, as she cooperated with the investigation.

McCrobie was charged with three counts of felony obstruction of officers; misdemeanor obstruction of officers; public intoxication; and affray.


Suspicious vehicle leads to foot-chase

A man reportedly led Covington Police officers on a foot pursuit New Year’s Eve after officers questioned him about a suspicious parked vehicle.

According to a report, officers with the Covington Police Department were patrolling the area of Washington Street when they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked at Cars for Christ. When officers reportedly checked the silver Dodge Magnum and noticed no one was inside of the vehicle, they noticed two males walking east on Washington Street.
One of the officers made contact with the two males, identified as Emmanuel Singleton and a juvenile, and asked them if they knew who was driving the vehicle. Singleton reportedly told the officer that it was his vehicle and that the battery had died.

The officer reportedly had the two males walk back to the vehicle with him, so that officers could help them. While walking back to the vehicle, the officer requested IDs from the males. Once Singleton was back at the vehicle, he reportedly stated that he did not drive the vehicle, but he was inside of it and was walking to his cousin’s house to get someone to jump it off.

While at the scene, dispatch advised officers that Singleton had a warrant from out of Conyers for a probation violation. According to the report, Singleton stated he did not do anything wrong. The officer reportedly asked Singleton to calm down and told him that he just needed to check him for weapons and contraband.

The report said once the officer was a few steps away from Singleton, he started to back away from the officer. The officer was able to grab Singleton’s jacket as he was running.

“At that time, I slammed Mr. Singleton on the ground and lost my balance as he worked his way out of his jacket,” the officer said in the report. “Once Mr. Singleton was free from his jacket, he took off running down Washington Street.”

Another officer attempted to run after Singleton but was told to come back as the officer retrieved his K9 partner Doerak, from his vehicle. However, the K9 was unable to apprehend Singleton and more units were requested to the area.

The report said while checking Singleton’s cousin’s house, which was a home at Avery Street, an officer noticed Singleton was hiding behind a car across the street. Once Singleton reportedly saw officers coming towards him, he ran into the woods. Officers were unable to locate him at that time.

Officials with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office advised CPD officers that the juvenile involved in the incident had stolen a car belonging to his mother who lives in the county, and they were going to take charges out for him.

The juvenile was taken to the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office later took custody of the juvenile. The report said Singleton would be charged with two counts of felony obstruction of an officer and that a warrant for his arrest will be taken at a later date.

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