A shooting on Lazy Hollow Lane marred what was an otherwise quiet Labor Holiday weekend in the county, said Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson.
According to Watterson, the 17-year-old victim reportedly said he was entering a friend's house Saturday when he heard a gunshot from the street before feeling a searing pain.
The victim reportedly passed out briefly before friends took him inside and called 911. NCSO Deputy Marlon Pollard arrived on the scene and found the victim lying in the den floor. According to the incident report, blood was pooled around the victim's leg.
The victim reportedly told Pollard and investigators that he did not know who shot him.
"We feel like the subject is withholding information which is preventing us from making an arrest," Watterson said.
The victim reportedly told investigators that he had gone to the football game and then to Amazing Events before going to the friend's house. Watterson said the NCSO has been called to Amazing Events on several cases involving shots fired and suspected underage drinking.
Watterson said the shooting occurred in a "pretty good neighborhood."
While the weekend was relatively quiet for a holiday, other crime still occurred around the county and city.
Lurking leads to arrest
Logan Reed, 18, was charged with loitering and prowling after lurking around a residence on Jill Lane Sunday.
The owner of the house called 911 after Reed reportedly came onto her porch and began messing with items arranged on the deck. Reed reportedly then went into the yard and lay on the owner's bench before coming back to the porch and fiddling with the flowers. The owner reportedly said that when she came out of the house, Reed walked up the street.
NCSO Deputy Tony Howard found Reed standing near the road not wearing any shoes or a shirt. As the deputy approached, Reed reportedly started walking toward the woods but returned to the patrol car when ordered to do so by Howard.
When asked why he was on other people's property, Reed reportedly responded, "I wasn't on the porch. I standing here waiting on my friends to come out of the house."
Howard notes in his report that there were no other houses around besides the complainant's.
During the conversation, Howard reportedly noticed that Reed's speech was slurred, his pupils were dilated, his lips were burned around the edges and that he had cuts all over his body. According to the incident report, Reed was on an unknown drug.
Reed was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center.
Fight with K-Mart
Five juveniles were arrested Sunday after they attempted to steal undergarments from K-Mart.
The Loss Prevention Manager of K-Mart spotted three females acting suspiciously while inside the store. The manager reportedly watched on security cameras as two of the girls put undergarments into their purses.
Two male juveniles then joined the three females before the males and one of the girls exited the store and sat in a gold Oldsmobile in the parking lot. The other two girls followed moments latter, never paying for the items in their purses.
When the manager confronted the group of juveniles outside the store, the driver attempted to drive away. The manager was able to stop the car by reaching inside and putting the car into park.
As the driver exited the car, he reportedly told the manager he was going to shoot him. A struggle ensued and all but one of juveniles were able to flee the scene. The juvenile girl later gave a Covington Police officer a false name.
While the officer was interviewing the female, the other four juveniles were located in the area along with the stolen goods.
They were all transported back to the CPD and were charged with theft, false information, simple battery and terroristic threats. They were later released to their parents.
No mail during holiday
Several mailboxes were damaged in apparent pranks around the county and city during the weekend. Three mailboxes on Tulipwood Circle, one on Mill Street and many more on Walnut Lane were either destroyed or damaged over the long weekend.
Many of the owners did not report their broken boxes until a day or two after the fact. The mailboxes had their flags broken off and their doors bent, according to reports.
Watterson said damaging mailboxes was a fairly common prank.