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.
• Thursday morning, just before noon, LaGrange Police Student Resource Officers at Troup High School were called to the front office in reference to a female student found in possession of marijuana.
School administrators stated the student was removed from a classroom after her teacher notified them that she smelled an odor of what appeared to be burnt marijuana on her person. The student was then escorted to front conference room and confronted by administrators.
An assistant principal asked the female if she had anything in her possession that she shouldn’t have, but she initially denied having any contraband. Administrators then checked the student’s book bag and located a mason jar containing a small amount of suspected green marijuana.
Police were then called to the office and the student immediately admitted the marijuana was hers.
The student was then placed under arrest and a female officer was called to the scene to search the her to arrest.
The student, age 17, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.
• Thursday afternoon about 1:56 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Sun Park Apartments on Hogansville Road in reference to an Entering Auto.
Officers arrived and met with the female victim, who stated that sometime around 12:30 p.m., she briefly went inside her apartment in order to use the bathroom. She stated that she was only in the apartment for about five minutes before she came back out to her vehicle and discovered it had been broken into.
Once back inside of her burgundy Crown Victoria, she noticed that her wallet and a .22 caliber pistol were missing from underneath the driver’s seat.
The victim stated that she did not lock her doors and didn’t roll the windows up prior to her going inside of the apartment, so there was no need for forced entry.
The female stated she had been sitting in the vehicle for about 30 minutes before entering her apartment and did not see anyone else in the area.
There were other vehicles in the area that were also unlocked, including some with the windows down, but officers were unable to determine if they had been tampered with.
Police later uncovered evidence indicating two juveniles were responsible for the incident.
The undisclosed juveniles, ages 14 and 15, were charged with Felony Entering Auto.
• Thursday night about 10:51 p.m., officers were patrolling the area of Granger Park when police spotted a Kia Optima parked in the far back corner of one of the nearby parking lots.
The vehicle was had no active lights and there were no other vehicles in the same lot due to park closing at 9 p.m., so officers then went to check the vehicle for occupants and found two females and a male in the vehicle.
Upon approaching the vehicle, officers observed an odor of marijuana coming from the Kia, so police continued to investigate the suspicious activity.
Police made contact with female driver, who stated they were just hanging out in the park, but they were about to leave and were unaware of the hours of the park. Officers then identified the male seated in the front passenger seat and the female seated in the rear, who was determined to be a juvenile.
The driver denied having anything illegal in the vehicle and consented to a search of the Kia.
The occupants were then removed from the vehicle and officers spoke with the driver separately, confronting her about the odor of marijuana. The driver stated they hadn’t smoked any marijuana in the vehicle and advised that she just came from picking up the juvenile and male from work.
Police then searched the vehicle and found loose pieces of suspected marijuana in the driver’s seat as well as clear plastic bag in the rear floorboard that also contained suspected marijuana. Police also found an empty package of a “blunt wrap” in the vehicle.
As officers were searching the front passenger seat, police noticed a rolled “blunt” under the vehicle, which was also found to contain suspected marijuana.
Officers then confronted all three subjects separately.
The driver insisted the marijuana and other items were not hers. The male stated he does not smoke weed and he just came from work. When officers asked the juvenile about the suspected marijuana, she stated it was hers.
Officers later confronted all three subjects about the suspected marijuana again, and the juvenile again stated the marijuana was hers.
Due to the juvenile claiming the marijuana, officers contacted a guardian who responded and took custody of the teen.
The juvenile, age 16, was issued a citation for Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.
• Friday morning about 1 a.m., LaGrange Police were working a traffic safety checkpoint on Whitesville Street near Swift Street, when a red Nissan drove through the checkpoint ignoring officer’s signals to stop.
Police then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the JR Food Mart on the corner of Whitesville Street and Lukken Industrial Boulevard and officers made contact with the driver, Devonte Antonio Smith.
Smith was then determined to have an expired license and a warrant through the Troup County Sheriff’s Office for Probation Violation.
As a result, Smith, age 23, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Obstruction of Officers, Driving with an Expired License, and Probation Violation.