Deputies went to the courthouse at 100 Ridley Ave. to pick up the man, who was wanted for failure to appear in superior court. When they arrested the suspect on the warrant, they found a red Marlboro cigarette box on him, which contained a bag of suspected marijuana.
The 47-year-old suspect was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
LaGrange police charged Willie Render Jr., 48, of Finley Street with cocaine possession after he was found with a pipe with suspected cocaine residue. Police said Render admitted to smoking cocaine the night before his arrest.
A Greenville Street woman said someone entered her house and damaged furniture, electronics and clothing by pouring bleach onto the items, and painting a computer and monitor. “You Over With” was painted on a wall of the house, and the living room and kitchen area were ransacked. The couch was valued at $1,000, the TV at $25, the computer at $200 and kitchen table at $300, along with an estimated $400 in clothing.
• Employees of Newberry Industrial Services at 707 Whitesville Street told LaGrange police they believe a former bookkeeper had stolen from the company. The woman allegedly gave herself a $1 pay raise that was not approved. When confronted, she quit. After her departure, they learned she had allegedly quit paying certain payroll taxes and took $6,500 from an employee savings account when she had only deposited $2,350. Another year she took $11,000 but only put in $2,250, according to a police report. The woman also held on to a $85,000 tax refund check for months before it finally was deposited, the report said. Police had not filed charges or identified the suspect this morning. The investigation was ongoing.
• West Point police say $400 in items were taken from a vehicle in the parking lot of Kia Motors Manufacturing on Kia Parkway.
• A $150 cell phone was taken from a woman in the 1000 block of Mooty Bridge Road.
• A Wisteria Ridge Terrace man said a company called WMV Match Com had taken $69.98 from his bank account without his authorization. Police said a check on the Internet found several victims around the country who also had money taken from their bank accounts without consent.
• A LaGrange woman said she found out someone in Miami, Fla., had filed a tax return with the victim’s name, date of birth and Social Security number.
• A LaGrange man said someone fraudulently filed taxes using his son’s name and social security number.
Youth caught with BB gun
A 16-year-old was detained by police after he was found shooting a BB gun, hitting a building in the first block of Habersham Drive. The youth had been issued a criminal trespass warning from the area.
– It is the policy of LaGrange News to print the names of those charged with felonies.