Inmate who escaped in Harris County taken into custody

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 26, 2015


The Georgia Department of Corrections reported this morning that officers had captured an escaped work-release inmate without incident.

GDC officials said they caught Donald Castleberry, 47, after following leads by GDC fugitive agents and Harris County Police Department.

As of press time, law enforcement had not announced where Castleberry was caught or specific circumstances of his arrest.

The 47 year old escaped in May while on site at a work-release program at a poultry plant in Pine Mountain. According to officials, Castleberry did not return back to the Charles D. Hudson Transitional Center in LaGrange and has been on the run since.

Castleberry was convicted of child molestation in Colquitt County in 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the Georgia Department of Correction’s website.

He was set to be released in November.

Woman robbed in parking lot

LaGrange police responded to Hamilton Road and Cannon Street about 2:30 Friday morning for the report of a robbery.

The victim said she was in a parking lot in the 500 block of Hamilton Road when she was approached by an unknown man who said he wanted to walk her home. According to the report, when she declined and started walking away, she fell to the ground and the male then took her purse and walked away.

The victim got up and used her cell phone to call 911, but the man came back, took her cell phone and left toward Wright Street, she told police.

Officers began searching the area for the suspect, which the victim described at a light-skinned African-American man, thin, about 5-foot-11 in his early 30s, carrying a red shirt and wearing light-colored shorts. Police did not locate the suspect.

The victim complained of a headache and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police were investigating this morning.

Woman arrested while driving after alleged trip to dentist

LaGrange Police Department officers responded to a call of a blue Hyundai Elantra swerving and weaving on Cameron Mill Road near Whitaker Road around 6 p.m. Thursday. When officers reached the area, the driver of the Elantra had pulled to the side of the road, and according to police, she was incoherent, extremely lethargic, confused and had blood-shot eyes.

A Troup County deputy also arrived on scene and helped the officer unlock the passenger door so they could place the car in park and take the keys out of the ignition.

According to the report, when the officer and deputy would ask the driver questions, she would respond that she went to the dentist earlier and her teeth hurt. She told officers she had several teeth pulled and had a prescription for Lortab 10.

Police said she initially told them she only took one of the pills. She failed a field sobriety test and when her fiance showed up with the bottle of prescribed pills, seven out of 15 were missing. Officers said she just had the medicine filled that same day.

The woman was arrested and charged with DUI.


• A woman told LPD officers about 8:30 a.m. Thursday that someone stole her patio furniture from the backyard of her home in the 200 block of East Mulberry Street. The victim said the thief took two black iron chairs and one black iron table valued at $300.

• Officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Brown Street about 7:30 Thursday night in reference to a theft. A woman said someone stole her silver ladder from her back porch. She estimated the ladder was worth $300.