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Local police experience busy holiday weekend
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Local law enforcement agencies had a busy holiday weekend with a deluge of calls including a robbery, a traffic fatality and several other thefts.

"Call volume was pretty steady," said Bill Watterson, a lieutenant at the Newton County Sheriff's Office. "Most of the crimes occurred outside of our normal busy times."

That would include when three men reportedly robbed and beat an elderly man outside his home on Ga. Highway 212 Saturday afternoon.

Watterson said the three white suspects knocked on the victim's door at about 1:30 p.m. and asked him if had seen their dog.

 The young men, who were all wearing bandannas on the lower halves of their faces, then reportedly struck the 71-year-old victim's head. While the victim was on the ground, the robbers took $3,000 from the man's pocket before running around the right side of the home fleeing the scene.

Watterson said the investigation is still ongoing.

On Thanksgiving Day, Greg Durdan was killed in automobile accident Watterson said Durdan, of Mansfield, crossed into the eastbound lane while driving down County Line Road and collided head-on with another vehicle.

He was transported to Newton Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Watterson said the driver of the other automobile was was severely injured and had to be Life-Flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital's trauma unit. He was released Monday.

The case has been turned over to the Georgia State Patrol.

The NCSO and the Covington Police Department also had several calls for stolen property over the long weekend. Items stolen included several firearms, automobiles and merchandise from several stores including Too Unique & Company.

Thirty runway light globes worth a combined $1,650 were also stolen from the Covington Municipal Airport. The lights were used to direct planes to the proper runway. Of the lights stolen 12 were red/green globes worth $840, 10 were blue globes worth $450 and eight were clear globes worth $360.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery on Ga. Highway 212 is asked to call the Newton County Sheriff's Office at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site

Anyone with information thefts at the Covington Municipal Airport is asked to call the CPD at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."