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Posted: January 1, 2009 6:44 p.m.

Man shoots burglar in 2 fingers as perpetrator fled scene

 A Covington man shot a burglar in his home Dec. 28, sending the perpetrator to the hospital, where officers with the Covington Police Department arrested him.

 According to the incident report, the victim was asleep when he heard someone kick open his front door and enter his home. He said the grabbed his handgun from under his pillow, loaded the weapon and ran into the living room, where he saw the burglar standing in the foyer. The victim said he fired four shots and the intruder ran. The victim then grabbed his high-powered rifle and stood guard outside his home, where officers found him when they arrived at the home.

 Officers were able to track down the suspect, German Brown, in the emergency room at Newton Medical Center, where he sought treatment for a wound to his middle and ring fingers on this right hand. Brown’s shoes matched a shoe print left on the door at the home.

Hungry armed robbers

hold up delivery man

 Three men robbed and assaulted a Papa Johns’ pizza delivery man Dec. 26 at a home on Hampton Place. Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident, which netted the criminals cash, a cell phone, a USB drive, credit card receipts and two pizzas.

 According to NCSO Public Information Officer Lt. Mark Mitchell, the victim told deputies when he arrived at the location around 10:15 p.m. to deliver the pizzas, three men emerged from behind the house. One man robbed the delivery man at knife point, while another man punched him on the left side of his face.

 One suspect is described as wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with black sweatpants; a second suspect is described as wearing blue shirt with white writing and black jeans. The victim could not describe what the third suspect was wearing.

 Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at (678) 625-1400. Anonymous tips can be left online at http://015d2cb.netsolhost.com/anonymoustipline.htm

Dog shooter issued citation

 Officers with the Covington Police Department issued a citation Monday to a woman for firing a weapon inside the city limit after she shot her neighbor’s dog with a sawed-off shotgun. The dog was described as small in the police report.

 According to the incident report, the dog’s owner said her dog was shot by Sarah Heard while it was chained in her yard. Officers questioned Heard, who initially denied shooting the dog, but soon recanted. Officers found the loaded gun — a No. 8 12-gauge shotgun — under a mattress of a bed in the living room.

 Heard said the dog was not shot while it chained, but in fact, was near her front door when she shot it. She said when she went outside to put household trash in a garbage can, the dog was on her property and acting aggressively toward her. She ran into the house to retrieve the gun and fired at the animal.

 A witness confirmed seeing the dog roaming the neighborhood at 9 a.m. Monday.

 Officers with Newton County Animal Control issued a citation to the victim for letting her dog run loose in the neighborhood.

 Heard, who was caring for six small children at the time of the incident, was issued a citation and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 4.

Banned Wal-Mart man charged with trespassing

 Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested Darrand Williams Tuesday for trespassing after he tried to enter the Wal-Mart on Industrial Blvd. even though he had been banned from all Wal-Mart stores.

 According to the incident report, Williams was recognized by the loss prevention specialist as having been banned from Wal-Mart after shoplifting at the Ellenwood location. When questioned by officers, Williams said he thought he was only banned from the Ellenwood store. The loss prevention specialist produced a document signed by Williams that stated he was indeed banned from all Wal-Mart stores, along with a picture of Williams.

 Williams has been charged with criminal trespassing.

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