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Crime briefs: Man attacks woman
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Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the area of Flat Shoals Road in reference to a battery call around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

A deputy spoke with a woman who said a man came out of the tree line and grabbed her by the back of her shirt. She said the man told her he was going to rape her and pulled down his shorts and exposed his private area. The woman kicked the man in his private area and ran to her house. The woman said she had never seen the man before and he smelled of alcohol.

He was described as a white male wearing a white tank top, blue jean shorts and white shoes. The woman said the man's hair was slicked back with oil and it appeared he hadn't bathed in several weeks. Deputies searched the area but were unable to find the man.

Upset parent drives truck through school lawn

A Covington man was arrested for reckless driving and disorderly conduct after he drove a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck across the lawn of an elementary school. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested Phillip Blackstock on Wednesday.

According to a report from the NCSO, Blackstock drove his truck across the front lawn of East Newton Elementary School and jumped a curb into the bus lanes. He then left the property. The school was placed on a lock down due to his behavior, but then taken off lock down when deputies arrived. Blackstock was located and taken to the Newton County Jail.

Unknown person steals wire from AT&T building

Covington police responded to the AT&T building on Industrial Boulevard in reference to stolen wire from the building on Thursday around 7:30 a.m. Police spoke with the manager who said his employees left around 4 p.m. on Wednesday and locked everything up as usual.

He said on Thursday, he noticed 400 pair wire on the outside fence facing west cut into sections laying in the parking lot. The manager also said he noticed a telephone wire reel next to the storage fence inside the complex missing about 120 feet of 600 pair cable. He said the cost of the wire was about $3,000.

Walmart evacuated after bomb threat

Covington police responded to a bomb threat at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard on Thursday. According to a report, employees evacuated the store and police secured the area around 8:30 p.m. Police spoke with two employees who said they received a call from a man who told them there was a bomb in the building.

The first employee said she picked up the phone and a man said there was a bomb in the store and he would blow the building up in five minutes. The employee placed the man on hold and contacted her supervisor, but the man hung up. The other employee told police when the phone rang again, she picked it up and the man cursed saying there was a bomb in the building and he would blow the building up if it wasn't evacuated in five minutes. After the second cal,l the manager began the evacuation process. Store managers and officers checked the building but no suspicious objects were found in the store.

Four-wheeler and dirt bike stolen from residence

A man said a four-wheeler and dirt bike were removed from his carport some time between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a home on Henderson Mill Road in reference to two stolen vehicles on Wednesday.

The man said he was storing a 2012 Suzuki white four-wheeler and a 2012 KTM 200EXC dirt bike for his boss. The man parked the vehicles under his detached carport chained together. He said several other items were also under the carport. On Wednesday, the man went to move another item and discovered the vehicles were no longer there. He looked around his property and discovered tire tracks on the grass leading to the vacant house next door to his.

The man said he thinks the unknown subjects drove behind the vacant residence and pushed the two vehicles to their vehicle. The total of the vehicles were $5,500. The man told the deputy that his neighbor recently had his vehicle stolen and it was found along a creek in Jamestown with several other stolen items.