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Captured: Police nab suspect in homicide case

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A week-long manhunt ended Friday when police said they captured a man suspected of killing a 20-year-old Callaway Avenue man.Devonte Cortez Thorpe was taken into custody Friday afternoon and is suspecting of slaying DeJerius Hardnett last Sunday. The assault occurred on Dawn Drive near Chip’s Way in LaGrange and the victim was flown to an Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died.Police aren’t releasing details about the murder as they build a case against Thorpe, but LaGrange police detective Jason Duncan said they’re glad to have found Thorpe.“We’re excited that we could get him into custody,” said Duncan. “We’re glad we can begin to give the family a little bit of closure.”


In our community: Aug. 30-31, 2014

SaturdayEvents: Market on Main farmer’s market for locally grown produce is 8 to 10 a.m in the parking lot next to Carmike Cinema, at the corner of Main and East Depot streets. 706-298-4534Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. for women, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.Churches: Pastor Janice Willoughby and On A Mission for Christ Church on Wallace Street host a Motivational Se...

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Police announce arrest of murder suspect

LaGrange police have announced that the suspect in the stabbing murder of a 20-year-old Callaway Avenue man has been arrested.A notice released by LaGrange Police Department about 2 p.m. states that Devonte Cortez Thorpe was arrested on a warrant for murder. He was sought in the death of DeJerius Hardnett, who was stabbed on Dawn Drive and later died of his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.Police believe the incident is gang related, an officer earlier told...

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Feds: LaGrange man trafficked firearms

A LaGrange man faces federal gun trafficking charges after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided a flea market in Dothan, Alabama.David R. Loftin, 64, of LaGrange, is charged with selling guns to convicted felons and dealing firearms without a license, according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in middle Alabama.Under federal law, it is illegal to sell guns to convicted felons. It is also illegal for convicted fel...

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GUILTY: Murderer to spend life in prison, no parole

The mother of 21-year-old murder victim Douglas Cameron wept in court Thursday as a judge read the jury’s guilty verdict and sentenced his killer to life in prison without the possibility of parole.Thomas E. Sessions, Jr., 55, of LaGrange, was convicted in Troup County Superior Court of murder, aggravated assault and gun charges in the shooting death of Cameron in LaGrange on Aug. 9, 2013.Sessions, represented by a public defender, asserted throughout the trial tha...

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Public safety

Burglary• A woman in the 100 block of Turner Street reported that the door frame of her apartment had been broken by suspect(s), who she said stole a gold Michael Kors watch valued at $365 and a Samsung Galaxy S4 valued at $467. The items were stolen from her bedroom, according to a report.Theft• A Lafayette Pkwy gas station employee is accused of stealing $202.06 worth of gas over the course of 12 days. A manager ...

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Motorcyclist serious injured in wreck

A LaGrange man was critically injured after a motorcycle collision Thursday evening.Police say at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, 57-year-old Ossie Cameron was driving on Greenville Street in a 2000 Ford F150 when he allegedly failed to yield while turning left onto Daugherty Street. Cameron’s failure to yield allegedly caused Chadwick Ransom, 39, who was traveling westbound on Greenville Street, to swerve his 2002 Kawasaki ZX9 off the roadway and crash.Ransom sustained ...

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City officials to visit sister city

A delegation of LaGrange officials will travel to sister city Craigavon, Northern Ireland, next week.The delegation will include Mayor Jim Thornton, Councilmen Nick Woodson, LeGree McCamey, and Tom Gore, and members of the city’s economic development staff.The civic relationship was created in 1994 to enhance cultural and economic exchange between the two cities, according to a city press release.“This 20-year relationship is the city’s only ...

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WP keeps millage, mulls state Main Street accreditation

West Point will not change its millage rate, collecting less in tax revenue.During a City Council work session Tuesday, City Clerk Richard McCoy said that the city’s net digest of taxable property has decreased from $147,579,902 last year to $143,149,542 this year. Much of the change is from real and personal property as well as motor vehicles, with property reassessments in both Troup and Harris counties leading to an overall decrease in values, McCoy said.The est...

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Search for murder suspect intensifies

Police have released more information about a murder Sunday that killed a 20-year-old Callaway Avenue man.Speaking on the background of the case, an officer told the Daily News that the victim, DeJerius Hardnett, was stabbed and later died of his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Police believe the incident is gang related, the officer said.Law enforcement has obtained a murder warrant against Devonte Cortez Thorpe for murder, as well as a warrant for steal...

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Golf tournament helps Boys and Girls Club see green

For the fifth consecutive year, golfers teed up to support children with the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia.It was the largest turnout the organization ever had for the Kia of LaGrange Back a Kid golf tournament, and this year there was more to celebrate. Chief Professional Officer, Bart McFadden, announced as of Wednesday, the club was a debt free organization.“The event is symbolic of the growth and support our club has experienced in the past couple years,&...

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In our community: Aug. 29, 2014

TodayMeetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.Churches: True Life Christian Ministries, 500 S. Lee St., hosts youth night from 7 to 9 p.m. Sylvia Cameron, 706-402-6670Springfield Baptist Church, 400 Poplar St. in Hogansville, hosts Revival services at 7 p.m. Pastor Tamarkus Cook of Saint Smyrna Baptist Church in Newnan is guest speaker for the revival.Today&...

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The GMO Hype: What is it all about?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are in the news and in the grocery stores.You can now buy cereal that is GMO-free. Some folks want to ban GMOs from the food supply. American agriculture has been receiving negative publicity for using genetically modified seed.There is not one person reading this column that hasn’t been genetically modified, unless you are the result of cloning. What does all the hype about GMOs mean and how does it affect you?Human...

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Red-hot Lady Tigers win again

ATLANTA - Make it six in a row.The Troup Lady Tigers put six runs on the board in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 10-4 Region 5-AAAA road win over Woodward Academy on Thursday.The Lady Tigers have not only won six in a row to improve to 6-2, but they’re in first place in the region with a 3-0 record.“I felt it was so fun to watch,” Troup head coach Blair Shimandle said. “We were talking about it the whole way home how excited we...

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Big inning powers LaGrange

The hits just kept on coming.The LaGrange High softball team was already sporting a 5-2 lead over Shaw when it came to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning.By the time the Lady Grangers were done hitting in the inning, they had a 10-run lead.After Shaw failed to score in the top of the fifth, the game ended because of the run rule, and LaGrange had a 12-2 victory.LaGrange (5-2 overall) improved to 2-1 in Region 1-AAAAA, and it bounced back n...

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LaGrange, Troup renew rivalry

It’s been more than a decade since LaGrange and Troup played this early in the season.In 2003, the county rivals met in the season opener, and Troup won 24-21.Beginning in 2004, Troup and LaGrange were in the same region, and for 10 straight years, they either played in the final game of the regular season, or late in the season.That will change today.Since the teams are no longer in the same region, or the same classification for that matter,...

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Defense stands tall for Callaway

The Callaway Cavaliers scored the final three times they touched the ball to beat LaGrange on opening night.The Cavaliers were trailing 14-0 in the fourth quarter, but they scored twice to tie it at the end of regulation, and they added another touchdown in overtime to win 20-14.The performance of the offense was a big part of the story.The Cavaliers would not have been able to win the game if not for some huge plays by the defense, though.A defense...

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GUILTY: Jury renders verdict in Sessions case

A jury today convicted 55-year-old Thomas E. Sessions Jr. of LaGrange of murder and aggravated assault in the 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Douglas Cameron.Troup County Superior Court Judge A. Quillian Baldwin sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.“I think justice was served, and the jury reached the right verdict,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Monique Kirby, who prosecuted the case.

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