CRIME & SAFETY
Weekly Safety Report: Fatal Crash and Cold Case Investigation in Opelika, Alabama
Two incidents occurred in Opelika, Alabama this week. In the first incident, a car crash on Veterans Parkway resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries. The crash involved a Toyota 4Runner and a Hyundai Sonata. The second incident is a cold case from 2009, where the body of 18-year-old Martez Latrell White was found with a gunshot wound in the roadway on South Long Street.
Thomasville man dies in murder-suicide in Georgia, investigators say
WEST POINT, Ga. (WGHP) — A Thomasville man is dead after a murder-suicide in Georgia on Sunday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Jesus Mena Lopez, 43, of Thomasville, and Kylie Ashlyn Womack, 26, of West Point, Georgia, were found dead inside a home in West Point following a welfare check. On Sunday, the […]
Smoke detectors save lives of Beulah family
The residents had just changed out the batteries of their smoke detectors the day before. Beulah Fire responded to a residential fire in the early hours of Saturday morning to find light smoke emitting from the kitchen of a double-wide mobile home. The flames had been extinguished, damage contained, and the family safely outside. No […] The post Smoke detectors save lives of Beulah family appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Weekly Safety Report: Vehicle Crashes, Missing Funds, and High-Speed Chase Impact LaGrange, Georgia
This week in LaGrange, Georgia, several incidents occurred that impacted the safety of the community. A woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a building on the LaGrange College campus. Over $100,000 is missing from Troup County State Court speeding funds, prompting a police investigation. Additionally, a high-speed chase in Troup County resulted in one suspect being killed and two others being hospitalized. These incidents highlight the need for increased safety measures and awareness in the area.
GBI conducts death investigation after welfare check
TROUP, CO. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting a death investigation after a welfare check on residents of a Georgia home. The GBI is conducting a death investigation after Jesus Mena Lopez, age 43, of Thomasville, NC, and Kylie Ashlyn Womack, age 26, of West Point, GA, were found dead inside a home on Avenue B, West Point, GA, following a welfare check. On December 3, 2023, the West Point Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an investigation into the deaths.
Troup County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Reports for period ending Dec. 7
Jonathan Scott Pruitt, 33, 125 Wares Cross Rd., LaGrange, GA, battery (FVA), 2 counts simple battery (FVA), 2 counts cruelty to child 3rd degree, cruelty to child 1st degree: excessive physical/mental pain Jeanne Antionette Barber, 48, no known address, failure to appear (LaGrange) Sonya Elaine Potts, 49, 40 Barnard Ave., GA, theft-other Clyde Edward Brown, […] The post Troup County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Reports for period ending Dec. 7 appeared first on LaGrange Daily News.
Traffic: OPD on scene of multi-vehicle crash on Veterans Parkway; one dead
OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – The Opelika Police Department said that first responders are currently on the scene of a multi-vehicle crash with injuries and a fatality on Veterans Parkway in Opelika. According to OPD, Veterans Parkway is closed to traffic from Academy Drive to Birmingham Highway 280 while law enforcement investigates the crash and is […]
LaFayette man dead in Chambers County crash
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) — A LaFayette man died on Sunday after his SUV overturned multiple times, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). The single-vehicle crash happened at about 5 p.m. on Chambers County 83 — around 10 miles south of LaFayette. ALEA says Oscar Y. Lopez, 19, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet […]
Commissioners approve grants that will provide increased law enforcement officer pay and increased drug court testing
The Troup County Board of Commissioners has approved the acceptance of a pair of grants for Accountability Courts but not without a bit of trepidation. On Tuesday the commissioners signed off on accepting a law enforcement supplement grant for DUI/Drug Court as well as an enhancement grant for Adult Drug Court. Troup County DUI/Drug Court […] The post Commissioners approve grants that will provide increased law enforcement officer pay and increased drug court testing appeared first on LaGrange Daily News.
High-Speed Pursuit Turns Fatal: Troup County Deputies' PIT Maneuver Results in Death
Troup County, GA – A high-speed chase involving the Troup County Sheriff’s deputies ended in a tragic accident on Monday afternoon, resulting in the death of a man following a PIT maneuver by law enforcement officers.
Deputies say other motorist’s safety, not shoplifting led to fatal PIT maneuver
Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies are standing by a decision to end a high-speed chase with a PIT maneuver that ended up with a suspect’s death. On Monday, TCSO deputies became involved in a high-speed pursuit after being notified by West Point Police that they were in pursuit of a vehicle fleeing north on Interstate 85. […] The post Deputies say other motorist’s safety, not shoplifting led to fatal PIT maneuver appeared first on LaGrange Daily News.
LaFayette police officer was arrested in November on harassment charges, as was second man
LaFayette Police Department (LPD) Sgt. Derrick Coley turned himself into the Chambers County Jail on Nov. 15, after warrants for harassment and harassing communication were filed against him. The two warrants were filed by private citizen, Jeremy Loftin, at the county clerk’s office. Coley also filed a warrant on Loftin on the charge of harassment, […] The post LaFayette police officer was arrested in November on harassment charges, as was second man appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Two found dead in West Point home identified, GBI investigating death
WEST POINT, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now involved after two people were found dead in a home in Troup County on Sunday night. West Point Police said in a Facebook post on Monday that a man and a woman were found shot to death in the home located at 614 Avenue B. Officers were called to the home just around 8:15 p.m. for a welfare check which then turned into the death investigation.
GBI Investigating Double Homicide in Troup County Home
WEST POINT, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has taken over the investigation of a double homicide in Troup County, following the discovery of two deceased individuals in a West Point home.
11 arrested after multi-city drug investigation leads to kilos of meth, guns, thousands in cash
HARALSON COUNTY, Ga. — Multiple people were arrested following a multi-city drug investigation. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the investigation began in September. Agents identified members of a drug trafficking organization living in Haralson, Carroll, Heard, and Troup counties and Cleburne County, Alabama. After a months-long joint investigation, authorities conducted search warrants at Daniel Lee Provo’s home in Temple, Clarissa Carla King’s home in Buchanan, and Matthew Wilson Strickland’s home in Lagrange. On Nov. 9, the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office along with other agencies sized five kilos of methamphetamine, two pounds of marijuana, fentanyl, and psilocybin mushrooms.
51-year-old inmate found dead in Lee County Jail cell
An inmate in the Lee County Jail was found dead Wednesday morning in his cell. Sheriff’s officials identified the inmate as Kevin Bradley Winslett. He was 51 and lived in the Salem community. Spokeswoman Amanda Ingram said Winslett was suffering a life-threatening medical condition prior to his arrest on...
ACTION 8 UPDATE: Reward increased in hopes of solving cold case murder in Opelika
ACTION 8 UPDATE: Central Alabama CrimeStoppers has now raised a reward to $5,000 in the hopes of solving a cold case murder in Opelika. On September 12, 2009, Opelika police were called to the 1300 Block of South Long Street where they found the body of 18-year-old Martez Latrell White laying in a shallow ditch with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.
Law enforcement investigating 'serious crash' on I-85 in Troup
West Point Police said they were involved in a chase, but did not release any other details about it.
LPD investigating threat call
Springwood School went into lockdown on Wednesday after a threat was called in to school around 3:15 p.m. The Lanett Police Department was notified of the threat, and officers secured the campus. The post LPD investigating threat call appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Springwood School lockdown lifts following threat: Lanett Police
LANETT, Ala. (WRBL) — A private school in Chambers County went into lockdown on Wednesday afternoon after authorities say a threat was called into the campus, according to the Lanett Police Department. Lanett police officers were notified of the phone threat at about 3:15 p.m. Police say the campus was locked down and officers secured […]