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Crime: Double trouble from texting
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Deputies answered a call regarding a domestic dispute April 21 and arrested Timothy Ryan Willard, 24, for false imprisonment.

According to reports, when dispatch operators contacted deputies, they told them that the victim said her boyfriend had locked her in the bathroom and was tearing up her things. When deputies arrived, they could hear banging and talking inside the home on Hastings Lane. A man identified as Willard answered the door.

Deputies entered the home and spoke with the victim, who reportedly told them that Willard came home and began drinking. After several beers, he began talking negatively about her ex-boyfriend, then began to text the ex-boyfriend from his phone.

The victim attempted to take the phone from Willard, which caused the argument to escalate. She called a friend to come pick her up, but when she tried to leave, she told deputies Willard allegedly blocked the front door and began apologizing.

The two had a physical altercation, and when the victim told him she was calling 911, Willard ran out the door.

Although the victim locked the front door, Willard reportedly ran back into the home through the back door.

The victim then ran into the bathroom and Willard began holding the bathroom door shut from the outside, not allowing his girlfriend to get out. He also destroyed many of her things and was throwing dresser drawers around the home, according to reports.

Willard was arrested and charged with false imprisonment.

It’s a shotgun fight

A Covington man was arrested Monday after reportedly threatening his wife with a shotgun during an argument.

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home on Hazelbrand Road around 8:11 a.m. Monday.

As they approached the home, they saw a vehicle leaving the area and stopped it.

They spoke with the victim who allegedly told them that she and her husband, 31-year-old Brandon Lee Bridenthal, had been arguing since Sunday night.

At some point during the argument, he reportedly went to his truck and got a shotgun, threatening to "settle it with her and himself."

This was said in front of three children, all under the age of 10, according the NCSO Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison.

The victim managed to run to a neighbor’s home, where she called 911. Bridenthal was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts, second degree cruelty to children, criminal trespass and aggravated assault.