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Indian Creek students on bus involved in minor accident
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A group of students from Indian Creek Middle School were reportedly on a school bus that was involved in a minor accident Monday.

A report from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy responded to County Road 213 and Hilltop Drive just before 5 p.m. in reference to a traffic accident involving a school bus.

The deputy made contact with the drivers, who reportedly informed the deputy that the school bus was coming to a stop when it was struck from the rear by a car. Georgia State Patrol, which reportedly was already on the scene, worked the accident.

Sherri Davis-Viniard, public relations director for Newton County Schools, said approximately 25 students from Indian Creek Middle School were on the bus. She said no injuries were reported. Two buses were dispatched to the scene to transport the students to their homes, she said.

Vehicles entered

A man reportedly found his vehicles had been broken into Wednesday morning. An officer with the Covington Police Department responded to a home on Puckett Street around 8:30 a.m., when the man said three of his vehicles, which were left unlocked, were entered by an unknown person.

According to the report, $50 in coins was taken from the man’s 2001 Ford Mustang, and a Craftsman tool set was taken from his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. No items were reportedly taken from the man’s 1973 Plymouth Duster.

Political signs stolen

A homeowner on Fincher Road called the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Monday and reported that someone had taken campaign signs from her property. A report said someone took two "Elect Jody Hice for U.S. Congress," red, white and blue campaign signs from the woman’s front yard and from a lot she owned on Ga. Highway 36.

Shoplifting charge

An officer with the Covington Police Department responded to the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard in reference to a woman reportedly shoplifting Tuesday. According to the report, a loss prevention officer with the store noticed a woman, later identified as Crystal Sargent, with several empty Walmart bags look nervously around and then place several items from shelves into the bags.

Sargent then reportedly placed the bags in a buggy and left the store. The items reportedly totaled to about $231.

Sargent, who reportedly had two small children with her, was arrested and cited for shoplifting. The children were released to the woman’s father-in-law.