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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 27th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, August 27, 2018

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

 

- A pair of suspects are in the Shelby County Jail after joggers in Hoover chased down one of them attempting to break into a vehicle early last Tuesday morning. The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. One of the joggers was actually the victim of the robbery and told police he and his two friends were on an early-morning run when he saw the suspect, a white male, rummaging through the trunk of his car. Though the suspect attempted to flee, the three joggers quickly captured and detained. The three friends called police and held the man, 43-year-old Gregory Alan Trott, until officers arrived. The suspect's car was parked in front of the victim's house, and the police also arrested the passenger and second suspect, 27-year-old Brianna Martinae Ross. According to Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba, officers recovered the stolen property taken from the jogger's vehicle as well as property from other car break-ins in the metro area. Both suspects face charges of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle (though additional charges could be filed), and each one is being held on a bond of $5,000. Court records also revealed Trott already had a decade-long history of breaking into cars, including an arrest in Hueytown and Pleasant Grove earlier this year.

 

 

- During a traffic stop last Wednesday, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies found Hydrocodone, crack cocaine, a handgun and cash in the vehicle of 50-year-old Larry Lee Wilson and 55-year-old Dara Lynn Wilson. Narcotics investigators were called to the scene, the Wilsons were taken into custody and deputies obtained a search warrant for the suspects' home as the discovery at the traffic stop was "consistent with possible drug distribution." The deputies found a vehicle guarded by three pit bulls in the backyard of the house. Inside the vehicle was Oxycodone, cocaine, Ecstasy and marijuana. The two face charges of drug trafficking and possession with the intent to distribute and are being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $115,000 each.


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 17th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 17, 2018

 


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

 

 

 

- An Alabama woman who led cops on a high-speed chase through two states that ultimately ended with an officer losing a leg in Georgia now faces even more charges, according to authorities. Leigh Wooten allegedly stole an air compressor from a home in Fort Payne and led the officers on the chase, which continued as she ran over Major Tommy Bradford in Trenton, Georgia, as the officer was trying to lay spike strips in the road to stop Wooten's vehicle. The Times Free newspaper confirmed that Bradford, who works for the Dade County sheriff's office in Georgia, lost his leg. In addition to multiple charges in Georgia, Wooten faces a dozen more charges in Alabama including five counts of attempted assault of an officer, burglary, attempt to elude law enforcement, tampering with physical evidence, criminal littering, reckless endangerment and numerous traffic violations. The chase finally ended at the Dade County Courthouse square, and Wooten was taken into custody there.

 

 

- A customer at a Shelby County Raceway gas station on Highway 280 was shocked to allegedly discover a card skimmer on a credit card terminal. This past Wednesday, Johnny Chergotakos went into the station and swiped his card at the counter terminal. He noticed the terminal was "loose" and upon tugging at it, the face fell off, much to the shock of both Chergotakos and the store employees. The employees and Chergotakoas immediately called police to investigate the instance while Chergotakos got a hold placed on his card and encouraged the workers at his company, who also frequent the Raceway, to do the same. A similar incident occurred at Marathon gas station in Madison County last month and seems to be a common crime spreading across the country known as "bluesnarfing."

 

 


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 10th, 2018

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 10, 2018

 


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

 

 

 

- Auburn police recently announced the arrest of 38-year-old Derrill Richard "Rick" Ennis, a male suspect who has been charged in the previously-unsolved 2006 slaying of 25-year-old Lori Ann Slesinski, a young Auburn University graduate whose body has never been found. This past Monday in Montgomery County, Virginia, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, Virginia State SWAT and Montgomery County Virginia SWAT teams arrested Ennis on outstanding grand jury indictments for capital murder during a burglary and capital murder during a kidnapping. Slesinski's family had filed a missing persons report with the Auburn police in June of 2006 when she had not communicated with them or reported to work in several days. The victim's 2005 Mazda Tribute was found on fire early the following morning, though later forensic evidence suggested that no one was in the car when the fire started. Ennis, an acquaintance of Slesinski, quickly left Auburn after being questioned by the police. Though they have yet to release information providing a motive for the slaying or the evidence linking Ennis to Slesinski's death, Auburn police, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Cold Case Unit and the Lee County District Attorney's Office reportedly initiated a joint effort in to the case in April 2017 that helped them determine that Slesinski was murdered by Ennis. A Lee County Grand Jury indicted him on the two capital murder charges last Thursday, August 2nd. Ennis is in custody without bond in the Montgomery County Virginia Jail while he awaits extradition to Auburn.

 

- Police have filed formal charges against Kenneth Wayne Watts, the Roebuck teen who allegedly carjacked a woman at gunpoint and led police on a high-speed chase through the cities of Homewood and Birmingham that eventually ended in three car crashes. The victim said the carjacking of her red Chevrolet Corvette happened around 2:55 p.m. on Oxmoor Road and St. Charles Street this past Thursday. After a lookout bulletin was issued, Homewood spotted the suspect and stolen vehicle and tried to stop him and the before the chase ensued. The suspect got on Interstate 65 North and hit the first car at the University Boulevard exit, got off at the Third Avenue North exit (where he hit a second car on 17th Street North) and then crashed into a third car on Carraway Boulevard. Watts then jumped out of the Corvette, ran into the woods and was captured by police. None of the crashes led to any of injuries. The 17-year-old Watt is charged with first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of marijuana, carrying a pistol without a permit and attempting to elude with the potential to face additional charges for the three wrecks in the Birmingham jurisdiction. His bond is set at $60,900, and according to Homewood police Sgt. John Carr, he will be charged as an adult.
 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 3rd, 2018

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 03, 2018

 


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

 

 

 

- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office stated that a 29-year-old Trinity man was taken into custody last weekend after allegedly selling a stolen guardrail as scrap metal. Road crews responded to reports that a guard rail and its hardware had been taken from a bridge on Lawrence County 319 between Lawrence County 460 and Highway 24. After calling local scrapyards, a county engineer traced the missing guard rail to a Moulton recycling business. The company's records revealed that Brian James Colby sold the guard rail to the recycling business. Colby is charged with second-degree receiving stolen property and is being held in the Lawrence County Jail on a $3,000 bond.

 

- A black male disguising himself as a woman in a striped dress and a wig covered with a baseball cap has been identified as a suspect in multiple robberies, including several CVS stores in the Birmingham area and a Rite Aid on Ensley Avenue. He was captured on camera in a Clarmont Avenue CVS on July 14th calmly walking into the store and handing the clerk a note demanding money. No injuries have been reported during these robberies.

 

 

- Authorities recently recaptured a suspect who had been on the run for two weeks after escaping the Franklin County Courthouse and injuring a deputy. The suspect, 47-year-old Troy Eugene Dawson, was at a home in the Mountain Star community when deputies arrested him. Sheriff Shannon Oliver credited anonymous tips and other messages to the police department for aiding in the capture. On July 18th, Dawson, a parolee, was at the courthouse for a routine drug screening, but reportedly failed the test and was being held at the courthouse until he could be transferred to the jail. Dawson started running and jumped into a vehicle driven by 68-year-old Melanie Sherrill, knocking down the deputy who was chasing him. According to Oliver, the deputy was holding onto the vehicle and injured her arm as it drove away. Sherrill was later taken into custody later that day on on charges of assault, hindering prosecution and possession of a controlled substance. Dawson is now being held in the Franklin County jail on charges of escape, assault, burglary and theft.

 

 

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