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Naked man arrested at Wal-mart
Man was looking for a Mixed Martial Arts fight
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Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested a nude man looking for a fight Sunday at the Wal-Mart on Industrial Boulevard.

According to the incident report, Jeffrey Pickett said he wanted to be a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and was looking for someone to battle. MMA fighters utilize martial arts techniques from several disciplines during combat.

Pickett said he wanted to practice his tap outs, which is used by a fighter to signal he no longer wishes to continue fighting. The move is usually done once an opponent had been forced into submission.

Pickett, who undressed in parking lot, said he knew he could find someone to fight with if he were nude.

Witnesses in the parking lot said they saw him standing outside his vehicle in the nude and that he jumped in the car when officers arrived. Officers saw him putting his shorts on when they arrived.

Pickett was arrested and transported to the Newton County Jail, where he was charged with indecent exposure.


Burglars hit Vine View Self Storage

Several units at Vine View Self Storage in Social Circle were burglarized Jan. 2.

According to the incident report, deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Offices responded to multiple burglary alarms at the facility between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Deputies found locks had been cut off the entrance to the storage facilities. Storage unit A041 had been burglarized.

Deputies are investigating the burglary. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at (678) 625-1400. Anonymous tips can be left online at


Driving error lands man in ditch, jail

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Covington Man for DUI Dec. 30 after his car was found in a drainage ditch in front of a home on Oak Hill.

According to the incident report, Jesus Vilalbos-Trujillo said he pulled into the driveway to turn around and as he was backing up, his car fell into the ditch. The arresting deputy said when he was questioning Vilalbos-Trujillo, he could smell alcohol on his breath. When asked if he had anything to drink, Vilalbos-Trujillo said he had one beer and later said he had two beers.

Vilalbos-Trujillo was arrested and transported to the Newton County Jail, where he submitted a breath sample that measured .279.

He was charged with DUI and improper backing.


Man struck in the head while walking on Tanyard Road

A Covington man is recovering after being struck in the head with an unknown object thrown from a passing car on New Year’s Eve.

According to the incident report from the Newton County Sheriff’s office, the victim was walking along Tanyard Road when someone in a passing car threw an unknown object, which hit him. The victim said when he woke up around 5:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, he was lying in a ditch.

Deputies observed marks on his face that were consistent with being hit with something being thrown from a moving vehicle.