Wednesday January 20th

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.

• Friday morning about 11:06 a.m., officers took a walk-in report at the LaGrange Police Department in reference to Identity Theft.

Officers spoke to the complainant, who advised he had recently received a letter via mail from Bank of America congratulating him on opening an account with them.

The complainant stated the does not have an account with Bank of America, nor did he recently open one. According to the bank, the accounts were opened on January 6 of this year on the internet. The bank also advised a checking account and savings account were opened in the complainant’s name and they both have a zero balance.

Both accounts have since been closed by Bank of America and they are looking into the incident.

This case is still investigation.

• Friday morning about 11:30 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 1600 block of Jackson Street in reference to an Entering Auto.

Officers arrived and spoke to the female complainant, who stated unknown person( s) illegally entered her vehicle.

The complainant stated she initially didn’t notice anything wrong with the vehicle until she went to turn her windshield wipers on and discovered the wiper control was broken and barely hanging on to the steering column. She then exited the vehicle and saw that the passenger side doors were both open. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle, which was last seen unaltered the previous day at about 4:30 p.m.

There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle, indicating it may have been left unlocked. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at about $200.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Friday night about 10:35 p.m., LaGrange Police conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of East Depot Street on a white Jeep Cherokee for an Expired Tag.

While explaining the reason for the stop, officers observed a strong odor of green marijuana from the interior of the vehicle. Due to the odor, additional officers were called to the scene to assist with the search.

Upon returning to the vehicle, officers noticed the passenger, Japolo Kentris Laye, had lit a cigarette and then blew smoke inside the vehicle in what was believed to be an attempt to cover the odor of suspected marijuana.

Laye then gave permission to search his person and no drugs were found on him at the time. Police then searched the vehicle and found evidence such as plastic bags and small marijuana particles, indicating marijuana was inside of the vehicle, but not in significant measurable quantities.

Both the driver and passenger were then checked through Troup 911 and Laye was found to have an active warrant from West Point for Failure to Appear on a traffic violation.

The driver was issued a warning for the Expired Tag Violation and released at the scene and Laye was then placed under arrest.

Laye was then transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, during which time he advised officers that he had a small amount of marijuana hidden in his crotch and wanted to tell inform them about it before entering the jail. Once at the jail, officers retrieved a clear plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana that was hidden on Laye’s person as he said.

Laye, age 25, was then booked into the Troup County Jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce and the warrant for Failure to Appear.

As of press time, Laye is being held at the Troup County Jail without bond.

• Saturday morning about 10:43 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Old Airport Road in regards to an Entering Auto.

Officers arrived and spoke with the complainant, who stated that sometime during the night unknown person(s) entered his vehicle and stole several items.

Missing from the vehicle was a 9mm handgun, valued at $364, and a Playstation 4 video game system, valued at $399.

The victim stated he was returning the game system was in the vehicle because he was returning it to Game Stop due to it no longer working.

Officers processed the vehicle for fingerprints and this incident remains under investigation.

• Jontavious Ridgeway, age 27, of Lanett, Alabama, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving While Unlicensed.

• An incident of Identity Theft and Theft by Deception were reported to the West Point Police Department.

• West Point Police responded to an Entering Auto which was reported on Avenue C.

• West Point Police took a report of Entering Auto which was reported on O. G. Skinner Drive.

• Kendall Nashon Young, age 39, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

• Kesherra Star-Shae Boone, age 20, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police