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Elementary student threatens another with knife
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A Flint Hill Elementary School student was charged with terroristic threats after allegedly threatening to kill another student with a knife.

Deputy Felicia Jefferson of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said a fifth-grader at the school allegedly threatened another 10-year-old female student. Jefferson said the threats happened during an after-school program, between 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

"The fifth-grader asked the victim if she wanted to see something, and she showed her a knife," Jefferson said. "After she showed her the knife, she allegedly told her that if she told anybody that she would kill her."

Jefferson said the victim told a teacher in the after-school program about the threats and the knife, and then the knife was located. She said the fifth-grader was not charged with having a knife because it was less than 2 inches long.

The father of the victim gave The News a copy of a written statement from his daughter Thursday about the incident. In the statement, the victim reported that it happened in the restroom and that her friend, another female student, witnessed the threats.

"The start of the second semester is a very good time for parents to review the handbook with students and remind them of what they can and cannot take to school," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, NCSS director of public relations. "The student involved in this incident was disciplined according to the rules in the student handbook."

Hospital employee reports abuse

A Newton Medical Center employee reported to police Thursday that an elderly patient had accused her daughter of abusing her verbally and emotionally.

A report from the Covington Police Department said an officer met at around 10 a.m. with a hospital employee, who said an elderly woman being treated for a broken ankle told staff members that her daughter abused her.

The elderly woman reportedly showed the employee threatening text messages and voicemail from her daughter, and told the employee that police had been to her home before because of problems with her daughter.

The employee told the officer that the woman was released from the hospital Wednesday to another relative who lives in Lawrenceville. Police are investigating the case.

Theft by deception at Moe’s

A man reportedly got away with a handful of cash after deceiving an employee at the Moe’s Southwestern Grill restaurant.

A Covington police officer responded to the eatery on U.S. Highway 278 and spoke to the owner, who said an employee notified him that on Wednesday around 9 p.m., a man and a woman came into the store and ordered food. The man reportedly paid for the order with a $50 bill.

According to the report, the employee said the two were acting suspiciously. The employee reportedly also said she was "too scared to call police" and that "the man was talking fast" and somehow talked her into making change for a $50 bill and a $100 bill.

A total of $161 was reportedly taken. The report said the employee did not notice any money missing until the owner checked the drawer the next day.