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Shooting victim identified
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The man who died from gunshot wounds in the Creek Way area May 6 has been identified.

According to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis, Ashshakur Armstrong was the 21 year old who was killed.
Armstrong was shot in the stomach before Newton County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene.

NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander told The News last week there were four subjects involved. Alexander said the deceased and two others approached someone, then gunfire was exchanged. Two different caliber shells were found on the scene, implying two separate guns and a possible shootout, according to Alexander.

Mowing under the influence
A Social Circle teenager was riding on a lawn mower intoxicated and resisted arrest in the Country Walk subdivision Friday.

Newton County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Social Circle subdivision in reference to a juvenile problem. Dispatch advised deputies that two juveniles were seen riding a lawnmower with one sitting on the hood and the other steering.

According to reports, the lawn mower was seen running into a neighbor’s residence.

When NCSO arrived the deputy, reportedly, could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from one of the juveniles. According to reports, the juvenile was slurring his speech and swaying back and forth.

The deputy also included in his report that the juvenile was advised multiple times not to use profanity in public, due to several small children playing across the street.

According to reports, when the deputy tried to place the subject in handcuffs, he fought him and resisted arrest.

The juvenile was arrested and charged with underage consumption, disorderly conduct, obstruction of officers, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Responding to a call of a man reportedly selling drugs, Covington Police arrested Dexter Lamar Sims, Jr. with charges of possession of marijuana less than one ounce Saturday.

Police responded to the area of Washington and Fowler Streets at around 3:25 p.m. for a call of a man selling drugs out by the road.

According to reports, officers were parked in the parking lot of Grace Methodist, where they saw a man matching the description — wearing blue jeans and a white shirt — walk out into the road, stop a vehicle and lean into the passenger window.

The officers then approached the scene, where one officer asked the man in the blue jeans, identified as Sims, Jr., to come to him. While running Sims, Jr.’s identification to see if there were any warrants out for his arrest, the officer, reportedly, noticed he was acting nervous by moving around and looking in all directions. According to reports, Sims, Jr. was breathing heavily.

As the officer was patting Sims, Jr.’s pockets, he pulled out two blunt wraps. The officer then continued patting him down, where he found a clear plastic baggie with marijuana in it, according to reports.

Woman slaps another with machete
A woman contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office after another woman reportedly attacked her with a machete at the Texaco Gas Station on Salem Road Thursday.

According to reports, the complainant said a female accused her of taking items from her shop at the flea mart.

The two began arguing when, reportedly Carline Sandra Duffus came at her with a machete. According to reports, Duffus slapped the complainant on the back of the legs with the machete.

Deputies reported the complainant had visible marks on her legs. Duffus was arrested and charges with aggravated assault, child cruelty and assault and battery.