• Friday morning about 9:41 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Traylor’s Pawn Shop on Greenville Street in reference to two suspicious females in a gold Ford Windstar van.
Police were advised that the two had just left Pawn Express on Hines Street, where they attempted to pawn a rifle, but couldn’t due to being unable to pass a criminal background check.
Officers arrived at Traylor’s Pawn, where they made contact with Amanda McKee, who stated she was in the store to pawn a Mossberg rifle for her friend Nicole Hadenfeldt. She stated that the rifle belongs to Hadenfeldt’s brother and they have permission from him to pawn it, but Hadenfeldt cannot pawn it herself because she is a convicted felon and couldn’t pass a background check.
Officers then spoke with Hadenfeldt, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the aforementioned van. Police questioned Hadenfeldt about the gun which they had already confirmed to have not been reported stolen. Hadenfeldt stated that the rifle belongs to her brother and that she had gotten permission to pawn it. She admitted that she previously went to pawn it at Pawn Express, but the asked if she could pass a criminal background check. She then told them she could not because she is a convicted felon.
Hadenfeldt stated that once the pawn shop would not accept the rifle from her, she asked McKee to attempt to pawn it, but they again refused to accept the gun.
Police asked Hadenfeldt who had been driving the van and she claimed to have been driving, but moved to the passenger seat when they arrived to handle her dog in the back seat. Officers felt this was suspicious because Hadenfeldt was wearing a seatbelt and they had already determined McKee’s driver’s license was suspended.
Officers then reviewed security video of the parking lot that showed that McKee was actually the driver of the van, so she was arrested and taken into custody for driving unlicensed.
The van was then searched with consent and officers located a glass smoking pipe containing suspected methamphetamine and a bag containing plastic straws, Q-tips, and a broken glass tube, which police say are commonly used with illegal narcotics. Both females initially denied possession of these items and stated they didn’t know they were in the van, but McKee later claimed the items.
Police later confirmed that Hadenfeldt is a convicted felon out of the State of Minnesota, so she was also placed under arrest.
As a result, both females were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail on various charges.
Handefeldt, age 46, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
McKee, age 35, was charged with Driving while License Suspended and Possession of Methamphetamine.
• Sunday afternoon about 4:30 p.m., LaGrange Police were in the area of Lincoln Street near Garfield Street when officers observed red and white dirt bike traveling at dangerous, excessive speeds. The rider also wasn’t wearing a helmet, so officers attempted to stop the vehicle.
Police say the dirt bike continued on at speeds reaching 76 mph, running stop signs, and nearly crashing into a child on bicycle and other vehicles. The dirt bike traveled in a recklessly through the streets of LaGrange weaving in and out of lanes and speeding at more than double the posted speed limit.
The rider ignored police attempts to stop the bike and officers ultimately lost it on Murphy Avenue near Fourth Avenue.
The dirt bike rider was described as a black male in his late teens to early twenties, wearing a red tee shirt and black shorts, with long dreads tied up in a bun.
When identified the driver will be charged with Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving, and numerous other traffic charges.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Saturday night about 7:20 p.m., LaGrange Police were traveling on Colquitt Street when officers observed a Hyundai Sonata that was repeatedly crossing over the white line on the right edge of the roadway.
After the vehicle did so on at least three occasions, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. Police then made contact with the driver, Michael Austin Cannady, and passenger, Griffin Wayne Bartley.
Upon making contact with the subjects, officers began to observe an overwhelming odor of suspected marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Police then confronted the subjects about the odor and Cannady insisted there was not any marijuana in the vehicle.
Both subjects were then removed and the vehicle was searched. During the search, officers found a glass mason jar containing two separate bags of suspected marijuana in the dash compartment of the vehicle.
As a result, Bartley, age 20, and Cannady, age 20, were both arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.
• Saturday evening about 6:54 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Exxon fuel station on Hamilton Street in reference to a disturbance.
Officers arrived and spoke to the complainant, who stated she was working at the store when Melissa Clark approached the counter and began calling out lottery numbers for her to enter and print a ticket. The cashier stated that she was too busy at the time to manually enter the number, so she asked Clark to fill out a lottery slip and she would enter them when she was finished helping the other customers in line.
The cashier stated Clark then became irritated and began arguing with her and told her she was going to call the store owner. The clerk stated she got frustrated and called Clark a b****, at which point Clark started getting loud and threw a 16 ounce can of Clubtails Sunny Margarita at her, striking her on the shoulder.
The cashier stated she then told Clark she was calling the police and Clark continued to cause a disturbance, yelling at her as she walked outside and sat in her car.
Police then spoke with Clark, who was sitting in the parking lot talking to someone on the phone. Clark stated she was in the store attempting to purchase some lottery tickets and told the clerk the numbers she wanted. She stated the casher told her they were too busy to take the numbers verbally, so she needed fill out the slip. Clark claimed she stepped out of the line to write the numbers down and the clerk kept arguing with her about the tickets and called her a b****, so she threw the can of alcohol at her. She stated she then left the store to wait in the parking lot.
The clerk advised she did not want to press any charges against Clark, but stated she had become upset by Clark’s behavior in front of the other customers in the store.
Due to extenuating circumstances, officers elected to cite and release Clark for Disorderly Conduct in lieu of posting bond.