Family arrested for altercation, knife attack

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Four family members are in jail on various charges stemming from an attack with a knife police described as a machete, a Dougherty County Police Department report stated.

An argument turned physical in the 3617 Radial Ave. home of Sandrika Redding, the report stated. The fight between Redding and Lashawna Powell escalated when three other Powell family members joined the fray, the report stated.

"The argument turned physical and Powell struck Redding with her open hand," said

police Capt. Jimmy Sexton. "Powell left with her brother and came back with him, her mother and sister. The mother, Mary Powell, had a 23-inch, machete-type knife. Montavious Davis, who was already at the house, tried to disarm Powell and suffered a minor injury from the knife to his hand that did not require medical attention."

Mary Lou Powell, 42, was charged with aggravated assault and burglary; Lashawna Powell, 20, was charged with battery; Tiffany Powell, 23, and Ricky Powell, 19, were charged with criminal trespass.

The Powells remained in Dougherty County jail in lieu of bail at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a jail spokeswoman said.

County police also made two traffic stops that led to drug arrests, a police report stated.

Observing a broken taillight, an officer stopped a green 1997 Ford Explorer on the 1500 block of South Mock Road, a police report stated.

Smelling a marijuana odor coming from the truck the officers searched the truck, the police report added.

"Officer Irving recovered several bags of marijuana, baggies and scales," the police report stated. "ADDU came to the scene and took over the drug portion of the case."

That cooperation is standard for drug cases, Sexton said.

"We generally refer more significant cases to ADDU (Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit) so that they do not miss out on important information about those individuals that may be involved in the drug trade," Sexton said. "The drug unit is better equipped to fully analyze the total picture as it relates to the persons arrested and their link to others in the drug trade. We always let them know about any arrests we make that involves drugs."

The drug unit investigated and driver Jamiko Courtney Cochran, 24 , and Lanoris Pernell Mingo, 31, were charged with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana with intent to distribute, said drug unit Major Bill Berry.

"They had more than an ounce but not a lot," Berry said. "This way we get information on them and we can keep an eye out. They could lead to bigger dealers. They have to buy their drugs from somebody."