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Man buying lottery tickets faces drug charges
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A Covington police officer on Friday arrested a man who reportedly stopped at a gas station to buy lottery tickets and ended up charged with possession of methamphetamine.

According to an incident report, the Covington officer was patrolling the area of City Pond Road around 2:30 a.m. and noticed a Honda Accord illegally parked across several spaces in front of a Shell gas station at Alcovy Road.

The officer reportedly approached the driver, identified as Daniel Seagaves, and asked why he was parked at the gas station. Seagaves reportedly said he was on his way home from work and stopped to purchase some scratch-off lottery tickets.

The officer noticed that Seagaves’ pupils were "restricted even when looking into the lights," and that Seagaves seemed "nervous," which made the officer believe Seagaves was under the influence of drugs, the report said.

The officer reportedly asked Seagaves if he had anything illegal in his possession, and Seagaves said no and then gave the officer permission to search the vehicle.

The officer found a white oval pill marked 54/142, which Seagaves reportedly told the officer was a "plain aspirin." However, the officer researched and determined the pill was methadone.

The officer also searched Seagaves, who reportedly had in his possession a cigarette box that contained a crystalized substance believed to be methamphetamine.

In addition to possession of methamphetamine, Seagaves was charged with possession of Schedule II drugs, and pills not in the original container. He was taken to the Newton County Jail.

Teens, adult arrested after bus stop fight

Five people were arrested after a fight Thursday at school bus stop.

A report from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said that when deputies responded to the area of River North Court and Upper River North Court, they found that four teens and an adult were involved in the altercation.

One of the males involved was released on a citation and treated at Newton Medical Center for his injuries. Arrested were Diamond Hardeman, 18; Shina Brown, 18; Shakira Brown, 18; Gregory Brown, 18; and Nathan Dyer, 47. Each faces a misdemeanor charge of affray/fighting.

Woman arrested after man cut

A Mansfield woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly cut her boyfriend with a kitchen knife.

Newton County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Alexander said Stephanie Lynn Flint, 27, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after a domestic dispute in which he said alcohol might have been involved.

Alexander said Flint and her boyfriend were arguing at a house and that Flint grabbed a kitchen knife and swung it at her boyfriend, cutting him in the chest and stomach area. The victim had "superficial" injuries and EMS was not involved, Alexander said. Flint told the deputy that she did not mean to hurt her boyfriend, according to the report. She was taken to the Newton County Jail.