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Wanted man allegedly bites LaGrange police officer

Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

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A man wanted by LaGrange police decided not to go quietly when officers arrested him on a warrant at Pawn Express, 400 Hines St., around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the police report, two officers approached Tracey Lowery, 46, whose address was unavailable, inside the shop and told him to put his hands behind his back. One officer said Lowery attempted to walk past them at which time both policemen stepped up to force the man’s hands behind his back.

Lowery tensed up, tried to snatch his hands away from the officers and was struggling against them, stated one officer.

After the officers handcuffed the man, Lowery then allegedly bit one of them in the knee cap but did not break the skin, the report stated.

According to the report, Lowery was charged with felony obstruction for attempting to bite the officer and felony reckless conduct because he later stated that he has a contagious illness, and with that knowledge, choosing to bite the officer could have exposed him to that disease.

Shots fired

A LaGrange police officer heard gunshots fired in the area of Jackson and Freeman streets around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. The officer reported about five shots rang out. Troup County 911 also received several calls about the incident.

The police report states officers found no shell casings, victims or witnesses to any shooting in that area.

Juvenile charged for shoving teacher

A student’s disruptive behavior at school got him into trouble with police.

The director of the Burwell School at 307 Fort Drive spoke with a LaGrange officer about 1 p.m. Wednesday about a student who acted unruly toward his teacher Tuesday afternoon.

The student allegedly was being disrespectful toward the teacher and not doing what was asked of him. The report stated that, at one point, the juvenile pushed and shoved the teacher multiple times and cursed at her.

The juvenile was charged with simple battery and suspended from school.

Shoplifting

LaGrange police are investigating how a man walked out of Walmart with $385 worth of goods without paying a dime.

Loss prevention managers with Walmart showed officers a video dated Sept. 11 that shows a male grab a buggy, place some boys’ clothing into the basket, then walks over to the food and grocery section to buy food and beer. The man then exits the store and drives off in an older-model SUV.

The total value of items stolen was estimated at $385.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.