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Sammy LeVert, of Rockin L. Mule Farm in Good Hope, drives the mule wagon bearing the casket of Roscoe Womack Jr. Womack was known to love his mules, and his family enlisted the help of the LeVerts for his funeral cortege.


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Covington Police working rash of entering autos
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COVINGTON — The Covington Police Department is working a rash of entering auto and auto theft incidents that occurred over the Labor Day weekend.

According to Capt. Ken Malcom, the department received 12 entering auto calls and four stolen vehicle reports. Two of the vehicles were recovered in the Covington Housing Authority — a Chevrolet Silverado stolen from an Ashley Drive residence and a Ford Edge taken from Dearing Street.

Malcom said the CPD believes three offenders were involved in the crimes reported in Covington Place subdivision and nearby neighborhoods. The offenders, who appear to be young males, possibly teenagers, made entry into several unlocked vehicles and took a variety of items of value.

“We are currently working on several leads that will hopefully produce arrests of those involved in these crimes,” said Malcom. “We ask our residents to please remember to secure all items of value and remember to always lock your vehicle before going to bed.”


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HOSPITAL HERO: Jennifer Smith
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The Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen are shining a spotlight on the Hospital Heroes at Piedmont Rockdale and Piedmont Newton hospitals who are giving their all to provide a high level of essential health care services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In this edition, we are honoring Jennifer Smith, staff RN ICU, at Piedmont Newton.

Jennifer is the cheerleader for dayshift in the ICU. She keeps the staff laughing when they would be crying. She plays music to lighten the mood for the patients and her coworkers and gets them dancing. She also has a pet therapy dog that she has brought to the hospital to lift employees’ spirits. Jennifer is truly a light that shines through these dark times.


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Three injured in Rockdale night club shooting Sunday night
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CONYERS — A Covington man who allegedly shot three people inside a Rockdale County nightclub is facing multiple charges of aggravated assault.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, James Simpson, 28, got into a fight with one of the shooting victims at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Sudo’s Bar and Grill on Salem Road and began firing a gun. An off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was working security at the club was able to take Simpson into custody

Three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

Simpson has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault, reckless conduct, and possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain crimes or felonies.


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