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Briefs: Man arrested for relieving self
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A Covington man was reportedly found urinating on the ground in the Kroger parking lot located on Ga. Highway 20.

According to a report, a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office spoke with a man who said he witnessed Douglas Duke urinating beside a car. The man said he asked Duke if he was really peeing in the parking lot, and Duke waved at him. Another woman told the deputy that she also saw Duke relieving himself and waving. She also told the deputy that Duke's pants were unzipped and slightly down, exposing his private area. The deputy who spoke with Duke described him as having a "strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath." The deputy said he noticed a half full can of beer sitting near Duke in the car, so he asked him to step out of the vehicle. The deputy said Duke was very unsteady on his feet and had trouble walking. Duke was charged with public indecency, public intoxication and given an open container violation.

Lawn tools stolen from Covington Cemetery

A maintenance manager with the city of Covington said someone stole several lawn tools out of an equipment shed at the Covington Cemetery. The maintenance manager told a Covington police officer Tuesday that a deputy in charge of work detail noticed the lock to the equipment shed was cut off. The maintenance manager said when he looked in the shed, he noticed that someone had taken two push lawn mowers, three weed eaters and 10 wood handle rakes out of the shed. The items reportedly stolen totaled $1,700.

Vehicle stolen from rental car company

An employee with Enterprise Rental Car located on U.S. Highway 278 reported a vehicle stolen Tuesday. A Covington police officer spoke with a man who said on July 12, Hope Matthews rented a gray 2012 Chevy Malibu valued at approximately $18,762.21. The employee said Matthews was suppose to return the vehicle on July 14, but did not. The employee said he spoke with Matthews and she told him she did not know where the vehicle was. The employee said he told Matthews she needed to return the vehicle. He said he called Matthews several times and sent several notices about returning the vehicle and has not received a reply. Police have placed the vehicle in the Georgia Crime Information System as stolen.

Stolen utility trailer found in ditch

Police responded to a call about a stolen utility trailer at Pinecrest Drive Tuesday. A man told police he parked his truck and a utility trailer belonging to a friend on the side of the street on Monday. He said when he went outside on Tuesday around 7 a.m., he noticed the trailer was missing. The man called police about 45 minutes later and told police he found the stolen trailer on U.S. Highway 278 in front of State Farm in a ditch. The trailer was returned to the man. There was no information on how the trailer was stolen.