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Posted: August 1, 2009 3:25 p.m.

Fight over milk turns physical; man damages another car with tire jack

Argument began over lack of milk in fridge

A man was arrested Thursday after getting into a fight with his wife in front of their children, and allegedly grabbing her around the throat.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriffs Office were called to a home on Stone Ridge Way in reference to an assault. When they arrived they found a woman crying in the garage, and she appeared to be nervous, according to reports. When asked by deputies if she was the one who had called authorities she reportedly admitted that she had. When asked if she was hurt, however, the woman allegedly said “no.” She reportedly told deputies that she and her husband had gotten into a verbal altercation that had turned physical.

The woman reportedly told deputies that her husband, 39-year-old Patrick Ellis Campbell, had cursed at her in front of her eldest child when he was unable to locate milk in the refrigerator. She allegedly told deputies that Campbell then become angry at her juvenile daughter after she made a comment to him. Her husband then went upstairs.

When she went upstairs after him, she reportedly told deputies that Campbell and she continued their verbal argument and that he cursed at her and called her names in front her three juvenile children. She further told deputies that she left the bedroom light on and Campbell wanted the light off. He got out of the bed and grabbed her around the throat, according to reports, pushing her up against the bedroom door. He then told her to go sleep in the children’s rooms, she allegedly told deputies, which is when she went downstairs and called 911.

Deputies went in search of Campbell to hear his side of the story, and reportedly found him in a bedroom belonging to one of the children. Deputies asked Campbell to step into the garage and speak with them so that the children would not overhear the conversation. He reportedly agreed to do so without problem, though when he walked past his wife in the kitchen area, he allegedly “stared at her and did not say a word, as if trying to intimidate her,” according to reports.

The incident report indicates that deputies noticed Campbell was “calm, yet appeared nervous” and “swayed his body from side to side.” When asked what happened that evening, he allegedly told deputies that he and his wife had gotten into an argument over “something stupid.” He reportedly admitted the argument had started over the lack of milk in the refrigerator.

When asked if he had raised his voice or cursed in front of the children, he reportedly told deputies that he couldn’t remember. Campbell was asked if he put his hands on his wife when they were arguing, and he allegedly admitted to pushing her. Deputies asked him if he had put his hands around his wife’s neck and he reportedly said no, but hesitated before answering, according to reports.

Deputies asked Campbell how his wife could have received finger marks on her neck if he had not put his hands there, and he reportedly told them he may have put his hands on her neck to push her away, but didn’t remember.

According to reports, Campbell’s wife told deputies that he is usually verbally abusive after drinking but had never been physical with her before.

Campbell was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with simple assault and cruelty to children in the second degree.

‘Here’s a reason to call the police’

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to an apartment complex after neighbors reported a woman and two men fighting in the parking lot.

While en route to the location dispatchers informed the officers that a caller had reportedly said one of the men was damaging the other’s car. By the time officers got to the location, the man was leaving the location in a tan car, according to witnesses. Officers were able to stop the car without a problem and speak with the driver, identified as 24-year-old Shamar Green.

Green reportedly told officers that he had just been in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend’s baby’s father. According to reports, Green told officers that he spoke with his ex-girlfriend on the phone and she allegedly told him that her baby’s father was there to visit his son. Once he learned this, Green allegedly told officers that he went to the apartment complex to confront the man about being there.

When Green arrived he reportedly parked his vehicle at the gate in front of the complex and walked to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment where he got into a verbal altercation with her baby’s daddy, and then walked back to his car. When he got to his car he reportedly entered the complex by following another car through the gate then drove to this ex-girlfriend’s apartment where she and her baby’s daddy were outside smoking.

At that time, Green reportedly grabbed a car jack and hit the other man’s rental car several times, damaging the right rear quarter panel and the left driver’s side of the vehicle. Green allegedly did this in front of several witnesses.

According to the ex-girlfriend and her baby’s daddy, Green had also hit her with his driver’s side mirror while driving away, though no witnesses were able to corroborate this. The other man reportedly told Green that he was going to call police on him, which is when Green allegedly beat his car with the jack. After beating the car, he then threw the jack and said “here’s a reason to call the police.”
Green was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with criminal damage to property in the second degree and criminal trespassing.

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