Covington Police officers arrested a car full of people and procured suspected marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two handguns.
Sunday evening, an officer saw a 2007 Kia Sedona traveling south on Alcovy Road near I-20 with its rear break light not working when the brakes were applied. According to reports, after a traffic stop on Alcovy Road and Agnew Way, officers saw that the driver, Melverne Arthur, did not have his license, and ran his name and date of birth. The officer then got two clear baggies containing a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana from inside Arthur’s pockets.
According to reports, while speaking with Arthur, officers noticed the middle row driver’s side passenger was constantly looking around and appeared very nervous. The officers took the name of the other four passengers. The middle row driver side passenger reportedly told officers his name was Ricardo Woods and then changed it to Reider Woods before they learned of his real name, Devonte Kimble. He had an arrest warrant out of Newton County.
Another suspect, Sandra Freeman, was asked if she had any weapons, and according to reports, quickly stated “you can’t search me, I’m a female.” According to reports, Freeman willfully handed over an Altoids container, which contained two razor blades, two short straws with white residue in them, two baggies containing a white residue and a small spoon and a nickel.
Upon further searching, officers found a green leafy substance in the center dash compartment and handguns, reportedly easily accessible from the third row of the vehicle or the middle row driver’s side seat. According to reports, no one claimed ownership of the handguns — a Glock 19 with seven 9mm bullets in the magazine and a RG revolver MRD with six 38 special bullets.
Arthur was arrested for possession of marijuana less than one ounce, Freeman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Kimble was arrested for having a warrant and giving a false name.
Nelson Heights community center vandalism
Damage was discovered at the Nelson Heights Community Center Sunday morning after an attempted break-in was reported to the Covington Police Department.
According to reports, a witness found one of the windows on the parking lot side of the building shattered. According to reports, it appeared a person tried to pry the glass out of the side door. However, with the Plexiglas windows, only the outside pain was broken.
A witness reported a broken piece of cinder block on the ground by the door and saw the glass in the door on the other side of the building had been struck several times, leaving scratch marks on the glass. The street light in the parking lot was also, reportedly, broken.
According to reports, the alarm did not go off, and damage was estimated at $500.
Fight at Mama Maria’s
An assault was reported at Mama Maria’s Sunday around 7:45 p.m.
The victim called the Covington Police Department, saying an employee at the restaurant attacked her. The employee, later identified as Natasha Watts, reportedly fled the scene before officers arrived.
According to reports, the victim had red marks, along with some small cuts and scratches on her neck and face. CPD obtained a warrant for battery on Watts, who later came to the police station, stating she did not start the fight.
According to reports, witness testimony pointed to Watts being the primary aggressor, and she was placed under arrest for battery.