Friday December 30th

Police & Sheriff’s Reports

The individuals listed have been cited/arrested/charged in Troup County. However, this is not an admission of guilt.All parties are considered innocent until proved guilty.

• On December 23 around 11:32 pm, Officers were standing outside of their patrol vehicles at lower level of the 100 block of Haralson Street when they observed a silver/ gray colored SUV traveling on Morgan Street that was traveling at a high rate of speed. At the time this vehicle past by it was the only vehicle traveling and Officers estimated that it was traveling at least 60 mph in the posted 35 mph zone.

Officers then got back in their patrol units to conduct a traffic stop. As they pulled onto Morgan Street, officers saw the SUV coming to a stop at Lafayette Parkway as she had caught the red light. Officers then slowly pulled in behind the gray Nissan Pathfinder that was in the right lane and it was the first vehicle at the red light. When the traffic light turned green the driver immediately took off rapidly accelerating and by the time she got to Broome Street she was showing 59 mph in the 35 mph zone and indicated by officer’s radar unit.

As she traveled through the curve and over the Morgan Street Bridge, she was traveling in excess of 60 mph and was weaving erratically as she traveled onto Whitesville Road. Officers then activated their blue lights and she came to a stop in the Kens Pawn Shop parking lot.

Upon making contact, the driver, Jakari G. Jones, was not able to provide officers with a driver’s license. Officers also observed that she had two children in the back seat. Both of these kids were in car seats, but neither seat was buckled to the car in any way.

Officers ran Jones’ information and it came back she had a suspended AL driver’s license. Due to Jones not living nearby, Officers waited an hour or so for a family member to pick up the car and two kids.

Jones, age 29, was placed under arrest and transported to the Troup County Jail.

• Tuesday afternoon about 3:32 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Summit fuel station on Hamilton Road near Troup High School in reference to a theft.

Officers arrived and spoke with the manager, who explained that she had an employee take money from the store. The manager advised that the employee normally works at another location, but came to this store to help.

The theft allegedly occurred while the employee was scheduled to work from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on December 23. The manager explained that the employee left before completing all of his paperwork from overnight and she was unable check over his receipts before he left.

After doing so, she discovered his cash drawer was $220 short and the safe was $130 short. She then reviewed security video that showed suspicious behavior from the employee. The first theft appeared to have been recording on the video at about 2 a.m., where the employee was seen taking money and placing it into his pockets.

Police say the subject took a total of $350, a candy bar, a cigarillo, and a bag of candy throughout the night.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Tuesday afternoon about 4:29 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 1000 block of Greenville Street in reference to a fight in progress involving two females.

Officers arrived in the area and immediately observed a female, later identified as Nikki Amiee Farmer standing in a driveway with an extremely bloody face and a swollen left eye.

Police spoke to a male witness, who stated the fight actually started on Barnard Avenue at Greenville Street, during which time he observed the females screaming and slamming the doors on a burgundy Nissan Versa. He advised that Farmer began striking the other female, later identified as Vera Brianna Williams, in the back of the head while seated in the rear of the vehicle. He said the vehicle continued around the corner to Canal Street, where Williams exited the driver side of the vehicle and reached into the backseat and attempted to pull Farmer out.

Once both females were out of the vehicle, he said they then began to fight in mutual combat. Williams then got the better of Farmer and held her down and continued to punch her in the face.

Both females then continued to fight until they were forcibly separated.

Williams later stated to police that she was simply trying to get Farmer out of her vehicle and then Farmer began striking her in the back of the head. Williams stated that once she was able to get Farmer out of her vehicle, she started punching her in the face until the fight was broken up.

Police later overheard Williams say on the phone, “I beat that b____ down!”

Paramedics were called to the scene for Farmer’s obvious injuries, but she refused any medical treatment.

Due to the mutual fight, both females were arrested and taken into custody.

Farmer, age 23, and Williams, age 23, were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Both females were later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.

• Tuesday morning about 11:15 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Vernon Woods in reference to a theft.

Officers arrived and spoke with an employee, who advised they have had several reports of thefts in the last month and that they have been conducting an internal investigation.

A resident and her niece originally reported a theft to security and they had a breakthrough in the investigation after catching a female employee, Valencia McFadden, allegedly committing the theft on video.

Police say McFadden was seen on video putting on rubber gloves on, entering a resident’s room, taking a purse from the location into the restroom. She then reentered the resident’s room and appears to have put back the purse.

A total of $50 in cash was reported missing from the purse to security.

Employees advised initially they intended to handle the issue internally. They advised McFadden was suspended from work on Monday and told to report to back work on the next day at 10 a.m., but she did not report to work and will not answer or return their calls, so they elected to report the incident to police.

A warrant for theft was later issued for McFadden’s arrest.

Vernon Woods security plans to continue investigating the other reported thefts and this incident remains under investigation by the LaGrange Police Department.