A 14-year-old Veterans Memorial Middle School student has been charged with simple battery after a fight with another student on a school bus Tuesday afternoon.
The victim, also 14, was reportedly attacked by the other student on the way home from school, striking him several times in the head with a closed fist.
The reason for the fight? According to Newton County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the aggressor said the other boy had tweeted him the night before and said, “You won’t hit me,” so he decided to prove him wrong.
Drunk in court
A man waiting to attend his court hearing was arrested for contempt after deputies found he was three times the legal alcohol limit Tuesday afternoon.
Larry Johnson, 54, was waiting for his turn in court when a bailiff noticed he was loud and causing a disturbance outside of the courtroom. The bailiff asked a deputy who was inside the courthouse to get his portable breath test out of his patrol car and check Johnson.
When the deputy returned however, Johnson was inside the courtroom. After interrupting court, the judge ordered Johnson to go with the deputy and be tested. During the test, Johnson blew a .28 — the legal limit in Georgia is .08.
Johnson reportedly admitted to drinking very early that morning, but said he had not had anything to drink since the early morning and this was late in the afternoon. He was arrested and charged with contempt of court/intoxicated in court.
Teen reports ongoing molestation
A 14-year-old Newton County teen reported that she had been molested on multiple occasions since 2009.
A case worker from the Newton County Department of Family and Children Services visited the teen at school after receiving a report that the girl had been molested in both Newton County and in Locust Grove from a person known to her.
The teen reportedly disclosed to the case worker that she had been molested several times since 2009. At that point the DFACS worker stopped the teen and contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. The case is currently under investigation.