Teen shot at recreation center

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 23, 2016

One teen is recovering from being shot in the leg at the Griggs Recreation Center at 716 Glenn Robertson St. around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The 17 year old was allegedly shot by Justin Marquez Dallas, 18, of LaGrange, stated LaGrange Police.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police stated.

LPD investigators obtained arrest warrants for Dallas. He is being charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said investigators.

Officers attempted to serve the warrants to Dallas on Saturday, but were unable to locate him, investigators added.

Anyone with information on the shooting or the whereabouts of Justin Dallas are asked to contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Aggravated battery

One man remains in a Columbus hospital after he was severely beaten by two people at a home in the 100 block of Grady Street around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The victim suffered several facial fractures and was unable to communicate with LaGrange Police officers, a report stated. The man was flown out for treatment.

Witnesses told LPD investigators they saw a man and woman assaulting the victim, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact LaGrange Police Department 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Man arrested with crack pipe

A man suspected of entering an auto was discovered by a LaGrange Police officer walking on Whitesville Street near Mulberry Street about 1:20 a.m. on Saturday.

When officers detained and searched the man, identified as Ricky Wells, 53, of LaGrange, they found a crack pipe in one of his pockets, the report stated.

LPD officers also found a woman’s wallet and I.D. in another of Wells’ pockets that was allegedly taken from another crime scene, according to the police report.

Wells was arrested and charged with felony possession of cocaine.

Drug busts

The LaGrange Police Department Special Investigation Unit arrested two people in two separate drug busts last week.

Wayne Hallinquest, of LaGrange, was taken into custody Thursday night after running from investigators on Greenville Street, said Sgt. Mark Cavender, head of SIU.

The unit received a tip Hallinquest was at the Budget Inn at 100 Hill St. with a large quantity of cocaine, Cavender said.

Investigators smelled marijuana coming from his room. When officers attempted to talk to Hallinquest, he jumped over the second story balcony of the motel and took off, stated Cavender.

Two SIU investigators traveling down Greenville Street saw the suspect throw a plastic baggie over a fence. They were able to capture Hallinquest and recover the baggie from the back yard of a home, Cavender said.

The bag allegedly held roughly 60 grams of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, plus five or six grams of marijuana, said Cavender.

Hallinquest was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and obstruction of an officer.

SIU investigators also arrested Kengi Moses, 38, of LaGrange on Oct. 19, after receiving a tip he was allegedly selling marijuana and a variety of prescription medications out of his car near a home in the 100 block of Gallant Street.

Investigators intercepted Moses’ car and followed it to a home on Colquitt Street, said Cavender.

A LaGrange Police K9 unit conducted a preliminary search of the vehicle and alerted officers to the presence of drugs, Cavender stated.

After a thorough search of the car, investigators discovered 113 one milligram Xanax bars, 74 Hydrocodone and Oxycodone pills and five grams of marijuana, according to Cavender.

The SIU investigators also found prescription pills bottles with several different names on them, Cavender said. None of the bottles had the name of Kengi Moses.

Moses was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of schedule 2 with the intent to distribute, possession of schedule 4 with the intent to distribute, possession of a schedule 2 drug with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a drug free-zone, possession of a schedule 4 drug with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone.

Moses was allegedly selling the drugs near the CAFI Headstart building on McGregor Street, said Cavender.


Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti


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.

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