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Crime Briefs: Family dispute gets violent
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When Covington police entered an Oak Street apartment Wednesday morning, they found three females crouched on the floor and two men, one with blood on his face and chest area.

The men, identified as Jonathan Kyle Bratcher and John Michael Beam, were ordered to lay face down on the floor with their arms out to the side.

Officers determined that Bratcher and Beam were allegedly having a dispute over one of the females.

Open alcohol containers were found inside the residence and both men allegedly seemed intoxicated.

Bratcher and Beam were both placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct. However, Bratcher was also charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Sarah Leighanne Smith, leaseholder of the residence, was also charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor. Amie Smith was charged with consumption of alcohol under 21, and the third female was a juvenile.

Bratcher, Beam, Sarah Smith and Amie Smith were transported to Newton County Law Enforcement Center and the juvenile was transported to the Covington Police Department and released to her father.

Officers find a large square cut out of church's wall, nothing taken

Law enforcement officials were called to Almon Road in reference to a report that a large square was cut out of a wall at a local church.

The report was made by Donna Cain. Cain said the large square must have been cut between midnight and Monday evening.

Officers observed a square cut out to the back of the storage building. Cain stated nothing was taken. The lock on the door was not damaged.

Misplace curtain leads to stalking accusation

A misplaced curtain has led one local woman to believe she is being stalked, according to police.

Aldenia Poe contacted law enforcement when she realized the alleged suspicious activity. Poe left her residence with her son at around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday and then returned around 11:30 a.m. She reported that the curtain in her living room was allegedly out of its normal place.

There were no signs of forced entry. No witnesses or suspects could be identified.

Recycling attendant threaten after refusing used couch

A recycling center attendant was threatened after he told a visitor they would not be allowed to dump their unwanted couch.

The complainant told officers Tuesday the visitor approached him in an alleged threatening manner. The visitor allegedly said that if he could not dispose of the unwanted couch, he was going to get a divorce.
The complainant told law enforcement that he had already refused the couch earlier that day.

A witness had reportedly asked the visitor to leave because the argument was escalating.

The visitor left before law enforcement could arrive.

Man follows couple back to trailer park after seeing fight

A Covington man allegedly witnesses a man hit a female on the side of the road and then followed the couple back to their mobile home park to report the incident.

Law enforcement officials were dispatched Sunday evening in reference to the alleged flight that took place on Old Atlanta Highway. The complainant Brandon Wilkerson, stated he saw the man Brandon Sosebee hit the woman Tari Lemonds. Wilkerson said he followed the subjects back to their home to see if the female was okay.

Police found the couple who matched Wilkerson's description in the RV park. Lemonds allegedly appeared to be frightened and crying. Sosebee did not have a shirt on and had scratch marks on his chest and both sides of his neck. Lemonds told the officer that everything was okay and she was taking Sosebee back to his home in Mableton.

Sosebee and Lemonds both stated they did not know what started the fight. Sosebee admitted that he did grab Lemonds and hold her because she was allegedly hitting him.

Sosebee was asked for a statement but he said he did not want to press charges.

Sosebee and Lemonds were then placed under arrest for disorderly conduct under the city of Covington local ordinance for fighting in public.

Lemonds' two children were turned over to her sister who was on location. Lemonds stated that her sister had custody of her kids due to her just getting out of prison.

The property manager of the RV park issued a verbal trespass warning to Sosebee in the presence of officers.