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2015 Year in Review: Crime

Sadly, over the past year in our town we have had our fair share of crimes and horrible events in the community. While we hate to admit this, it is important to look back and try to understand why these things happened. If we do not learn from our mistakes as peoples and as a community then we are destined to make them again.

A shooting here in La-Grange occurred in a man’s home in broad daylight. Fortunately, he dodged a majority of the shots but was struck at least once.

LaGrange Police searched for the driver of a vehicle that took them on a high speed chase. The driver was driving a blue Kia Sportage with a bad taillight.

A local duplex here in town caught fire and destroyed the homes of two families living in opposite sides of the dwelling.

Troup County Sheriff’s Investigators responded to a call of an apparent murder-suicide. The victims were a couple who lived over on Roanoke Road.

Pine Mountain resident and railroad entrepreneur Brian Roslund was arrested on charges of theft, corruption, and racketeering.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office hosted a massive operation that targeted registered sex offenders throughout Troup County.

Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested four suspects on serious drug charges after the subjects were caught with large amounts of marijuana in two separate traffic stops.

LaGrange Police blocked off all entrances to the Walmart superstore on New Franklin Road after someone called in a bomb threat.

LaGrange Police arrested nine suspects on a variety of charges after receiving a Crime Stopper tip indicating a wanted suspect was at a local motel.

Judge Dennis Blackmon accepted a guilty plea from Charlie Henry Hardy for the brutal murder of his wife, Pamela Hardy. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Sheriff’s James Woodruff announced the capture of murder suspect, Thomas Jesse Lee, who was accused of killing five people in a rural home in Troup County.

Troup County Sheriff’s Investigators attempted to identify the skeletal remains of a subject found near Interstate 85 Exit 13.

Erwin Trevor Brewer was found guilty in the Troup County Superior Court for the murder of Larry Strickland in December of 2013.

Several homes in the immediate vicinity of Robertson Street in LaGrange were evacuated due to a significant gas leak.

Sheriff’s Investigators arrested a suspect after finding a Franklin man brutally murdered near Yellow Jacket Creek.

An atheist organization, known as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wisconsin, sent a letter to Troup County School Superintendent Dr. Cole Pugh claiming the school system allowed “unconstitutional religious instruction” at Troup County Comprehensive High School.

Police investigated a shooting on McGregor Street that resulted in the death of a LaGrange man.

Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol temporarily put a dent in the flow of drug money to Mexico, when a huge amount of cash was found stashed in a truck believed to be headed for the border.

Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office looked into what may have caused a Hamilton Road man to open fire on a Sheriff’s Deputy late Sunday night.

Two local men were arrested on assault and battery charges after an argument allegedly turned violent late on a Saturday night.

LaGrange Police arrested a local woman on serious drug distribution charges after she allegedly shoplifted some makeup while carrying a large amount of methamphetamine.

LaGrange Police looked into the death of William Kent Adams, whose 2003 murder went unsolved 12 years ago.

Deputies released the name of the man found deceased in West Point Lake off Waterview Drive. The victim was James Michael Mealor of LaGrange.

Investigators arrested a LaGrange man, who was shot after allegedly opening fire on a Troup County Sheriff’s Deputy.

LaGrange Police charged a local man with burglary after he allegedly hid out in a downtown restaurant in order to burglarize the place after the staff left.

Grand jurors indicted four suspects for their alleged participation in the April murder of 21-year-old Tony Kennedy.

West Point Police searched for two suspects, who were believed to have shot an unidentified male victim over the weekend.

Family Members of the five victims of Thomas Jesse Lee were given a chance to speak out at a negotiated plea agreement hearing.

Family killer Thomas Jesse Lee will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to murdering his family earlier this year.

Local authorities arrested suspects wanted for a shooting earlier this month after the two were found stranded on an island in the river while leading them on a daylong manhunt.

Troup County Superior Court held a bond hearing for Jeffery Jerome Kennedy, the man the state believes is the shooter involved with the local section of the Gangster Disciples. The amount was set for $700,000.

LaGrange Police filed charges after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled four-month-old Skyler King’s death a homicide.

Quentavius “Quent” Tucker, age 24, was found guilty of Armed Robbery, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and two counts of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a felony.

Authorities arrested a male and female, who were accused of robbing a local fast food restaurant and fleeing police at high speed traveling the wrong way on the interstate.

LaGrange Police investigated an automobile collision where a teen was killed while riding a dirt bike over the weekend.

LaGrange Police investigated a late-night shooting incident that left one teen behind bars and another local teen in critical condition.

A bond hearing was held in Superior Court for Nicholas B. Antione, who was allegedly caught with one of the largest prescription drug and Marijuana seizures in Georgia. The narcotics totaled over $450,000.

West Point Police, with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, arrested two men who were charged with the death of Phillip Huguley.

A man was accused of killing a four month old infant and faced Judge Vickie Sue McWaters in the Troup County Magistrate Court.

Officials from the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office reported that an arrest was made in the mass shooting that occurred early September 27 around 2:56 a.m. at a club on Hill Haven Road in Greenville.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Commercial Gambling Unit, along with officers from the LaGrange Police Department, conducted a raid at several convenience stores within the city in reference to an illegal gambling location.

Judge Travis Sakrison denied bond to one of the suspects in a West Point Murder Investigation. Two men were accused of breaking in to an elderly man’s home and beating and shooting him.

Check back here in our Friday issue when we cover what the year in sports looked like here at Troup County.

Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer