A random vehicle-registration check led Grandview Heights police to arrest a Columbus man on felony gun and drug-trafficking charges last week.
An officer performed the random check July 3 after observing the car heading northbound on Grandview Avenue near Goodale Boulevard.
The check revealed the car had been reported stolen out of Woodlawn. Police stopped the driver, George M. Latham, 36, of Seymour Avenue, in the 1500 block of West Third Avenue.
As officers approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana, reports said. They searched the car and found several bags of marijuana and other paraphernalia that suggested drug trafficking, along with a loaded handgun, according to reports.
Police arrested Latham and charged him with felony counts of having weapons while under disability, improper handling of firearms in a vehicle and drug trafficking. He was taken to the Franklin County jail.
In other recent Grandview Heights police reports:
* A resident of the 1100 block of Willard Avenue reported June 28 his bicycle and several other items, including bike tires and equipment, were stolen from his unlocked garage.
* Several tools were reported stolen June 28 from a vehicle belonging to a man who was working at a construction site at Yard Street and Junction Way. The man told police someone asked him if there was another person working with him and he noticed someone was in his truck, which was parked across the street. He said he tried to confront the suspect, but the person drove off in another truck heading northbound on Yard Street.
* A resident of the 900 block of Oxley Road reported June 30 his weed trimmer was stolen overnight. The tool had been left outside at the rear of the residence, reports said.
* A man reported July 8 that several checks he had placed June 17 in a mailbox in the 1500 block of West First Avenue had been stolen, altered and cashed by two unknown people. The man said he became suspicious when he realized his bills had not been paid but that money had been withdrawn from his checking account. He said he noticed the checks had been cashed by two people when he received his bank statement. Police are investigating, reports said.