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4 charged in Covington man's death

4 charged in Covington man's death

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Four young men have been charged in the Sept. 3 death of a Covington resident.

Police were dispatched to 5187 West Street in Covington around 11:50 p.m. Saturday, where they found 59-year-old Fred Layne Beeler on the couch in the living room. Beeler had been struck in the head multiple times, police said.

The victim was flown to a hospital in Atlanta, where he was pronounced dead around 4:30 a.m.

Employees treated after exposure to white powder

Employees treated after exposure to white powder

COVINGTON, Ga. -- About 10 employees of a Covington cell phone business were treated after one of them opened a package containing white powder.

Covington Police Capt. Craig Treadwell said workers at PureTalk, which refurbishes cell phones, reported burning eyes and skin irritation after their colleague opened a box of batteries that contained a note stating an intent to harm someone.

Authorities said the batteries had been fused together, and the white power was released when the employee pulled them apart at about 2:30 a.m. That worker later complained of hand numbness.

A decontamination unit was set up at Newton Medical Center to treat the employees.

Police notified the FBI and Department of Homeland Security of the incident.

Police seek Social Circle bank robber

Police seek Social Circle bank robber

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. -- The FBI and the GBI, in conjunction with the Social Circle Police Department, are looking for the man who robbed a bank this morning.

The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. at the Pinnacle Bank on North Cherokee Road.

According to investigators, a man handed the teller a note, that said he had a gun. He demanded cash; after receiving it, he ran from the bank.

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-20s, about 6' or 6'1" tall and with a slender build.

Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call the Social Circle Police Department at 770-464-2366 or the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-8477.

Body Found off Crowell Road

Body Found off Crowell Road

COVINGTON, Ga. – On Sunday night, a male body was discovered in a wooded area near Crowell Road in Covington.

According to Lt. Mark Mitchell, the body was discovered by a citizen, in the area, doing research work and looking for Civil War artifacts.

As of now, the GBI and the Newton County Sherriff’s Office is treating this as a death investigation and not a homicide, as there is no indication of foul play.

The sheriff’s department is in the process of notifying the body’s next-of-kin after which they will release the person’s name.  

No other information is available, at this time.

Body found Sunday in wooded area off Crowell Road

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is conducting what they are calling a “death investigation” following the discovery of a body in a wooded area off Crowell Road near McDonald’s restaurant around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Police arrest 4 from Covington in Monroe shooting

Police arrest 4 from Covington in Monroe shooting

Reported by Barbara Knowles, News Editor

COVINGTON, Ga. – Four Covington residents have been arrested in connection with a shooting spree that injured one and damaged property in Monroe on Wednesday night, according to the Monroe Police Department.

MPD spokesperson Lt. Alicia Chandler said the investigation into the shooting, which occurred about 9:40 p.m. in the area of Springer Street, is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

For the entire story, visit the Rockdale Citizen online.