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Crime Briefs: Woman attacked at hotel
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Covington police spoke to a woman at the Newton Medical Center on Tuesday night that said she was injured when another woman attacked her behind a hotel. The woman said on Sunday night while standing in the back parking lot of Covington Lodge located on City Pond Road, a woman named Teontea walked up to her and started yelling and pushing her. She said as Teontea stepped backwards, her foot slipped off the sidewalk. She said Teontea then left. According to the police report, the woman had several bruises on both of her arms.

She told officers she did not want to press any charges because she did not know Teontea's last name.

Man arrested for trying to cash stolen check

A Covington man reportedly tried to cash a stolen check on Tuesday afternoon at the People's Bank.

Covington police said a teller at the bank located on U.S. Highway 278 told them Henry Chapman tried to cash a check for $2,200.

The teller said when she noticed the signature on the check did not match the signature card on file with the bank, she immediately contacted the owner of the account and asked if he signed off on the check. The teller said the owner told her he did not sign the check and someone stole a check from his checkbook.

When police asked Chapman where he got the check, he told officers he was walking on Spring Street when a man drove up to him and asked him if he wanted to do some work. He said when he agreed, he did some work for the man and that the man dropped him off at the bank after he wrote him a check. Chapman was arrested and taken to the Newton County Detention Center. He is charged with theft by receiving and forgery.

Road and stop signs vandalized with gang graffiti

Homeowners on Shadow Brook Drive discovered gang graffiti sprayed on their neighborhood road signs. According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to a call about criminal damage to the property. The deputy noted that there appeared to be five point stars and pitchforks sprayed on the roadway and several stop signs at Shadow Brook Way and Rock Ridge Court. No witnesses or suspects could be identified. The deputy took pictures of the damage.

Woman skips out on taxi fare
Covington police spoke with a driver from The Way Taxi cab on Wednesday who told police a woman named Wendy Scott did not pay him her taxi fare. The driver said he picked up Scott from Newton General Hospital on Sunday morning and drove her to a location on Ga. Highway 36.

He said when he asked for the money for the trip, the woman gave him her birth certificate, social security card and told him she would call him on Monday with the money. According to the report, the driver returned to Scott's location several times and she continued to say she did not have the money. The driver said he would seek charges at the courthouse.