BELOIT- A Beloit woman this week was arrested for disorderly conduct- then kept police busy following her release.
Lisa A. Norton, 40, 18061 Second St., was charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and a third-degree misdemeanor count of criminal mischief after Goshen police responded with a Sebring officer to Redwood Drive in the Sebring Lake Estates at 2:11 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a fight.
Upon arrival the officers reportedly found Norton standing in the middle of the street and yelling at a woman about her selling drugs out of the home. Norton told the officers that she was upset about the woman allegedly giving her children drugs. There was no reported physical violence, but Norton allegedly had been hitting the other woman's car and attempting to pull off the rearview mirrors.
During the investigation Norton reportedly was being verbally abusive toward the officers. She was advised to stop, but did not, so was placed under arrest. She allegedly attempted to slip out of the handcuffs while in the cruiser and continued to be verbally abusive during booking at the station.
She was later released to David Rinehart of her home.
At 3:10 a.m. Wednesday officers responded to her home for a report of domestic violence and found Norton lying on the back porch. She told police that Rinehart had pushed her to the ground causing injuries to her leg and foot; however, the injuries appeared old and were observed during her arrest. She also claimed that Rinehart had dumped a 2-liter bottle of pop on her and punched her in the stomach, although there was no sign of such, as well as stole her mother's pain pills and tried to steal her mother's social security check of $600.
Rinehart denied the allegations and said that Norton had trashed the house during a verbal argument and knocked a can of pop out of his hand.
Due to the conflicting reports and no signs of new injuries, officers advised the two to stay away from each other and cleared the scene. An officer returned five minutes later after Norton called 911 to have Rinehart evicted. She was advised that the department does not handle evictions.
Later the same day, an officer responded to the former IGA on Fifth Street in Beloit at 9:45 p.m. for a report of a woman walking along the road wearing no shirt. The officer found Norton sitting in front of the building wearing a jacket which she said she had been wearing all evening. She was given a ride home.
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