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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 31st

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

 

- A traffic stop of a 2007 GMC Yukon by Baldwin County deputies last Thursday led to the arrest of three suspects and the seizure of 160 pounds of marijuana.Victor Ivan Flores-Vasquez, Jose Ramone Guevara-Lopez and Adrian Francisco-Lopez told police they had been on an 18-hour trip to Florida from Houston, Texas, but could not name their destination city or provide driver's licenses. Officers at the scene had already witnessed Guevara-Lopez toss a loaded Walther CCP handgun out of the vehicle's window during the stop. After detaining the three men and noting the smell of marijuana, the officers found 160 pounds of "high-grade" marijuana, wrapped in in tape, cellophane, and trash bags, obscured by a pile of clothing and luggage. The three suspects face drug trafficking charges and are being held at the Baldwin County Correctional Facility with a $300,000 bond.

 

 

- Birmingham police charged three men and one juvenile with stealing six high-end cars from the CSX railyard in north Birmingham on January 24th. The stolen cars included a GMC Yukon, Dodge Hellcat Charger, Dodge Challenger and a Ford Mustang and cost between $60,000 and $80,000 each. Branden Johnson, 20, Lomax Phillips, 21 and Keyshawn Paige, 21, were each arrested and charged with with theft of a motor vehicle and criminal trespassing. The 17-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle and criminal trespassing. All four suspects are being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $100,000. Two other suspects are still at large.
 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

- The new currency of Bitcoin has recently been used to fund some illegal activity in Alabama. According to authorities, a Trussville veterinarian, 46-year-old David Ray Wallace of Alabaster, purchased 18 grams (nearly 36,000 fatal doses) of fentanyl with Bitcoin on the dark web. New York law enforcement had intercepted a package of fentanyl (shipped in a teddy bear) at the JFK Airport, and they immediately let the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency that its intended destination was Shelby County. The ALEA, postal inspectors, and Shelby County task force investigators identified Wallace and his accomplice, Dana Marie Leslie of Pelham, as the intended recipients. They took the suspects into custody on Monday and charged them with conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime. They are being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.

 

- A 20-year-old Decatur man faces a felony abuse charge in connection with abuses inflicted upon a six-month-old infant girl, according to police. The suspect, Alexis Isidor, was visiting his girlfriend, the babysitter of the victim and three other children. When the girlfriend left to go shopping on the morning of January 11th, Isidor stayed behind. According to detectives, hen the girlfriend returned, she saw "bruises on the infant's face, a bite mark on the child's leg and busted blood vessels in her eyes." A later examination at Decatur Morgan Hospital's Parkway Campus confirmed that the bruises and bite marks had been caused by an adult. Isidor was being held on a $30,000 bond in the Morgan County Jail. If convicted of child abuse, a class C felony, he could serve up to ten years in prison.
 

- Police took a Lowndes County man into custody on Monday following a double homicide in Dallas County this past weekend. The shooting occurred on a secluded road between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. this past Saturday. The victims, Antonio Lamar Green and Corey Terill Hardy of the Sardis area, had allegedly gotten into some argument with the suspect, Christopher Gordon, who then started firing multiple times. One victim was still inside the vehicle and the other was outside. Gordon then took something from the car, torched the vehicle and fled the scene. Several hunters saw Gordon running away and provided a description of the vehicle to police, who tracked it to Lowndes County and arrested the suspect. Gordon was taken to Lowndes County Jail on Monday afternoon.

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 16th

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 


 

Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

 

- The mother of a 16-year-old Birmingham murder suspect says she does not plan to make any excuses for her son's behavior. This past Thursday, Jordan Johnson was charged with the shooting death of his friend, 14-year-old high school freshman, Reynold "Ray Ray" Bonner III. Johnson's mother states that she had tried to raise her son in a safe, but strict household, but he had left two years earlier. According to Birmingham police, the two friends were attempting to rob a man outside of a convenience two days before Christmas when that man pulled out a gun and shot Bonner. Under the federal murder statute, Johnson can be criminally charged if they are "participating in a felony crime that results in death, whether or not that person actually pulled the trigger." Both families are also looking for the man who drove the teens to the robbery site to be prosecuted as well.

 

 

- Another shooting involving Birmingham best friends occurred just a few days ago. In the early hours of Monday morning, 28-year-old Eric Cotton, a female friend and another male (a 24-year-old suspect whose name is being withheld at this time) were hanging out and drinking inside a home in the 3500 block of 42nd Avenue North. According to police, the suspect began acting erratic and bizarre, pulled out two guns and just started firing and fatally hit Cotton in the back while the female friend fled out of the house and hid in some bushes. The suspect went looking for the woman and ended up breaking into a neighboring home with two children and their grandparents. The suspect continued firing, but there were no further injuries. Officers were dispatched the scene and soon took the suspect into custody as he tried to escape out of a back window. According to the police, Cotton and the suspect were best friends. Narcotics are suspected to have been consumed prior to the incident, but there is currently no clear motivation.

 

- A major federal drug and money-laundering probe in southeast Alabama took 21 suspects into custody this past Friday. Middle District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. said the long-term federal investigation led to the seizure of heroin and multiple kilograms of meth along with numerous guns and a vehicle that was outfitted with a device to conceal narcotics. Five individuals face federal charges following two federal grand jury indictments charging them with a variety of drug trafficking crimes including conspiracy, distribution, and possession of meth and heroin. The other sixteen were arrested on state charges of criminal conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 5th, 2018

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, January 05, 2018

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

 

- A 16-year-old Rainbow City male robbed a Minitman gas station in Boaz at gunpoint last Friday night. According to police, the suspect, Rickey Ethan Powell, claimed he held up the store as part of a gang initiation but did not comment with further details. Surveillance footage shared on the Boaz Police Department's Facebook page showed Powell walking into the store, going to the bathroom and grabbing two bags of Cheetos. After placing the snacks on the counter and the clerk told him the total, Powell pulled out his gun and demanded from the drawer. After grabbing a handful of cash, Powell fled. With over 250,000 views of the video as well as numerous shares, the department was able to apprehend Powell and the weapon late Tuesday night. He has been charged with felony first-degree robbery and a misdemeanor theft. His bail is set at $100,000 and he is being held in Marshall County Jail. 

 

 

 

- On December 28th, three agencies (the Walker County Sheriff's Office, the Jasper Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency) took over two dozen people into custody on a variety of drug-related charges. The suspects, whose ages ranged from 18 to 55, were charged with either distribution of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, criminal trespass, domestic violence, theft of property or assault. The agencies are still on the lookout for 12 other suspects. 

 

- Around midnight on Monday, shots rang out during a New Year's Eve party at the Palladium Event Center in northwest Huntsville. The shooting left four victims hospitalized. Police are currently looking for suspects and information on the incident. As of Monday, two victims were in serious condition and the other two were in stable condition. 

 

 

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