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Furniture dumped in councilman's yard
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Police responded to a Porterdale City Councilor’s house earlier this month when he found furniture dumped on his property.

Lowell Chambers, of Rock House Road, called police at about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Officer R. Patterson responded and found a couch, a love seat and a recliner on the property on the left side of the driveway about halfway up, according to the city police report.

Chambers’ wife told Patterson that the furniture was not there that morning when Chambers left and that it was not the first time something like that had happened, according to the report.


Grandfather arrested after striking wife in front of grandkids

An argument over   the treatment of a woman’s grandchild by her boyfriend led to the arrest of 53-year-old Randall Scott House Wednesday evening.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Cook Street where they met with the caller. The woman reportedly told officers that her stepfather was extremely intoxicated and had struck her mother.

The woman’s mother was waiting for officers with her. She allegedly told them that she was coming home from a birthday party with House and their 6- and 8-year-old grandchildren. As the group approached the home, the younger grandchild said she was cold and asked her to roll the window up.

According to the victim, House — who had allegedly been drinking gin at the party — told the child to “shut up.” The victim told House not to speak to her grandchild that way, which is when the argument began. She said things escalated until House spit on her and hit her in the head. She also showed officers a red mark on her left shoulder where she said House had grabbed her before he struck her.

When the group arrived home, the victim said House exited the vehicle and fell down in the yard, then went to the carport and broke a wooden chair before throwing her keys and going inside the home. Believing she was locked out of the home, the victim called her daughter to come over and told her of the incident. They reportedly told officers that House was passed out on the couch and warned them several times that “he is violent and may try to fight if disturbed.”

Officers entered the home and found House sleeping in a sitting position on the couch. When they woke him he appeared “disoriented and incoherent.” As they placed handcuffs on House the officers noted in their report that they could smell alcohol on him and that he had dirt and debris from the yard on him. At one point he reportedly asked officers, “What did I do?”

After speaking with the grandchildren, who reiterated what the victim had told officers, House was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with battery and cruelty to children.