140 animals seized from home on West Point Road

Published 12:05 am Saturday, October 21, 2017

More than 140 animals were taken from a house after it was determined a man was hoarding them at the 2600 block of West Point Road Tuesday.

According to the police report, officers were called to the house about animals being hoarded. Officers noticed a strong odor of animal feces and marijuana when they entered the house.

Officers found multiple reptiles, bird cages, fish tanks and an egg incubator inside the house. Outside the house were about 40 chickens and pigs, goats and dogs were chained, according to the police report.

According to the report, the homeowner told police that he had too many animals and could not care for them. After agreeing to surrender all the animals, it took officers about six hours to remove most of them. The dogs and cats were taken to the LaGrange Animal Shelter.

While inside the house, an officer found a jar of marijuana in the residence. According to the police report, the item was seized.

Family safe after house fire

Five children and one adult are safe after a structure fire occurred at their house at the 100 block of Sunset Street Wednesday night, according to the LaGrange Police Department report.

The adult said she was returning home when she opened the door and noticed smoke and fire inside. According to a LaGrange Fire Department press release, firefighters responded to the scene around 8:40 p.m. and put the fire under control by 9:07 p.m. Damages were estimated at $11,000.

According to the news release there were no working smoke alarms in the residence. The power had been turned off since Oct. 2 and because of such, the resident said she had a battery powered Coleman lantern hanging inside the residence, according to the police report.

The cause of the fire was determined to be from the lantern heating up a diaper bag that was hanging by it, catching on fire, resulting in the structure fire.

Man found by police, arrested

Roy Turner Jr. was arrested by the LaGrange Police Department Thursday morning for allegedly shooting at a vehicle on Union Street Saturday. One of the victims of the shooting was a juvenile who was transported to WellStar West Georgia Medical Center after receiving a gunshot wound to the leg. Turner is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during certain crimes and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a LaGrange Police Department press release.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. Reach the LaGrange Daily News at (706) 884-7311.