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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up February 14th

J.D. Lloyd - Thursday, February 14, 2019

 


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

 

- This past Monday, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office announced formal charges against a Bremen man, 36-year-old Matthew Eli Aaron, who allegedly threatened firefighters and tried to assault numerous lawmen during a weekend investigation. When deputies responded to a call Friday night regarding a field that was on fire, Aaron was said to have refused firefighters the opportunity to extinguish the fire while simultaneously threatening the firefighters. Deputies also reported that Aaron fled the scene and had begun to break into several nearby residencies as well as starting a fire in one of the homes. After capturing Aaron after he tried to resist arrest, police took him to a nearby hospital to be treated for drug-related issues and smoke inhalation. Once he is released, he will be held without bond and charged with second-degree arson, two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree burglary and resisting arrest.

 

 

 

- A 19-year-old Marion Junction man, Tyre Webster, surrendered to police late Monday night. He is allegedly part of a trio of suspects (including Tamica Hall and Rayford Mitchell, who both were arrested last week) that allegedly participated in a spree of violent crimes on February 5th. The crime in question was a carjacking of an individual of a local Winn-Dixie that was supposedly carried out with an AK-47. Police were able to arrest Hall and Mitchell that night. However, while Hall was arrested without incident, the officer who pursued and confronted an armed Mitchell fired one shot after the suspect refused to acknowledge verbal commands to surrender or show his hands. Police recovered a 9 mm pistol with a 25-round extended magazine that Mitchell was brandishing. They later recovered an AK-47 in the stolen vehicle. Webster had made several promises to surrender, but kept backing out. At one point on Monday, police deemed him a threat to public safety. He eventually surrendered after being convinced to do so by his family. He is being held in the Dallas County Jail without bond and was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree receiving stolen property, second-degree receiving stolen property and eluding police. Mitchell is also being held in Dallas County Jail with no bond and is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree receiving stolen property, second-degree receiving stolen property, and attempting to elude. Finally, Hall was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree receiving stolen property, and second-degree receiving stolen property.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 31, 2019

J.D. Lloyd - Thursday, January 31, 2019

 


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

 

 

 

- A teen daughter is severely injured after her mother allegedly attacked her with a machete at their Pinson home on Monday afternoon. When Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene, they discovered the 18-year-old victim with severe wounds to her arms, hands and skull; authorities reported that her hand was almost severed. The deputies say the incident occurred over money that the mother, 49-year -old Corina D’Andrea, believed the daughter had taken from her. The victim was taken to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center and is in critical, but stable condition. D'Andrea is charged with first-degree domestic violence and attempted murder; she is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $90,000 bond.

 

 

- Tuscaloosa police have charged five suspects with a robbery that occurred a Chuy's on Monday night. The suspects allegedly entered the restaurant, fired shots in the air and proceeded to take the cash register, which held about $2,000. The suspects then fled the scene with four being captured immediately and the fifth turning himself in the next afternoon. Officers were able to recover the money as well as a shotgun. The suspects include Senica Francis Harris, 34, of Cottondale; Kardell Varshae Doss, 25, of Tuscaloosa; and Michael Terrell Martin, also 25 and of Tuscaloosa; 21-year-old Jamarcus Kacey Woodard, of Tuscaloosa and an unnamed juvenile. All five suspects are charged with first-degree robbery. 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 18th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, January 18, 2019

 


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

 

 

- This past Wednesday afternoon, police took an intoxicated Bessemer man into custody after he allegedly broke into a Center Point home and then fled into a wooded area behind Center Point Elementary School. An off-duty officer called the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and said he witnessed Whitney Williams trying to break into a home. When the suspect realized he had been noticed, he ran into the woods carrying items with him. The school was placed on lockdown, and several deputies and the school resource officer helped bring Williams into custody. They did not see any of the items he had allegedly been carrying, but Williams, a "known drug user and suspect in other crimes" according to police, was visibly intoxicated. Williams was charged with public intoxication and criminal trespassing. 

 

- Selma police are currently looking for a male suspect they say accidentally discharged his firearm while trying to rob a local store. The man had a skull cap covering his face as he entered the store, grabbed some beer from the alcohol section and brandished his gun in front of the clerk. According to police, the gun went off and fired into the beer cases, though no injuries were reported. The suspect has been compared to a "bumbling Barney Fife" by Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson. 

 

- A 26-year-old Mobile man was arrested this past Thursday after allegedly making more than 20 false calls reporting apartment fires and mass shootings to a local apartment complex. David Kass faces two counts of terroristic threats and seven misdemeanor charges of rendering false calls.
 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 11th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, January 11, 2019

 


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

 

 

 

- According to authorities, four masked men allegedly stole $135,000 worth of jewelry from Huntsville's Loring & Co. in less than a minute last Saturday afternoon. The suspects (25-year-old Tre Michael Smith, 22-year-old Tyrus Rashad Ray, 25-year-old Alexander Langford and 33-year-old Nakeel Darrel Davis) walked into the store half an hour before close with one suspect carrying a gun and another carrying a hammer. The men fled with multiple Rolex watches and were caught later that day outside of Atlanta. The suspects are all being charged with first-degree robbery - a Felony A charge which could mean up to life in prison if convicted - and the police expect the four men will face federal charges as well.

 

 

- An argument last weekend has left one north Alabama man dead and another being held on a murder charge in the Franklin County jail. According to police, 63-year-old Jerry Ronald Mills and 39-year-old Jason Floyd Baker were roommates in the Blue Springs Community. Around 10:30 a.m. last Sunday, Baker was fatally shot. Police believe an argument between the two regarding money led to the morning's deadly events. 

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 4th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, January 04, 2019

 

 


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

 

 

- A 33-year-old man who allegedly shot multiple rounds from an AK-47 outside a Huntsville nightclub was recently released from Madison County Jail. According to a police report, the suspect, Samuel Demario Williams, had been at the 3208 nightclub this past Monday and had been sent away from the club after getting in an altercation with another patron. He then retrieved the weapon from a nearby vehicle and began firing as he walked back to the club. Police say a security guard shot Williams in the thigh, but no other injuries were reported. Rapper Boosie had been set to perform at the club and described the scene of patrons fleeing for safety as the "Wild Wild West" in a video posted to his Instagram feed. Williams has been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and menacing, plus felony charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

 

- Police are looking for two suspects who were allegedly wearing Scream masks when they shot a man in North Huntsville on Thursday morning. The 33-year-old man, who received gunshot injuries not considered life-threatening, said he did not know his attackers. According to the victim, the two gunmen walked up to him, shouted obscenities at him and then shot him before walking away. The masks are similar to the "Ghostface" disguise found in the 1996 film.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up December 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, December 24, 2018

 


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

 

 

- Sylacauga police recently arrested a 28-year-old North Carolina man, Donald Christopher Crawford, in an alleged connection with a fire that occurred at Knollwood Presbyterian Church last Tuesday. The fire happened in the basement at the same time that a group of parishioners were still in the building, but they were fortunately able to exit safely. Crawford was described by officers as a "transient" with a bond set at $25,000. He has been charged with first-degree arson.
 

 

- Last Wednesday, a grand jury issued two felony indictments against a a former Hale County city official for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the municipal court system. The missing funds were discovered during a partial audit of the city that was requested by Moundville Police Chief Toby Banks in early March. On March 12th, police initially arrested former Moundville municipal court, 37-year-old Rhonda Jean Wilson, on charges of first-degree theft of property and using an official position for personal gain. The investigation determined that the final total taken between Feb. 14, 2012 through Feb. 14, 2018 was $135,449.

 

 

- Sheriff's deputies responded to a call last Wednesday that a pair of Mulga men in a black, four-door Ford Focus was allegedly taking mail from mailboxes in western Jefferson County. While searching for that black Ford, they found video surveillance of the vehicle stopping in the parking lot of a nearby business and picking up one of the suspects from a blue Ford pickup. The suspects later returned to the parking lot, where the authorities arrested 33-year-old Eric Chase Watson and 22-year-old Phillip Ryan Graham. Watson was identified as the driver of the blue pickup and had drug paraphernalia, an outstanding warrant and a revoked driver’s license.Graham was identified as the driver of the Focus, had drug paraphernalia and also had an outstanding warrant and a revoked driver’s license. Along with the drug paraphernalia, the authorities found mail from different mailboxes in the area, none of which belonged to the suspects. The two both were charged on drug paraphernalia possession and are expected to receive more charges as the investigation continues.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up December 14th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, December 14, 2018


 

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

 

- Four Mobile postal workers face federal charges of stealing and embezzling packages with one of the workers facing distribution of marijuana and firearm offenses. That suspect, 33-year-old Unterria J. Rogers, was indicted last month in two cases for allegedly "conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute quantities of marijuana, distribution and possession with intent marijuana, use of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and embezzlement of packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to him for delivery." He had already had a previous marijuana trafficking charge from earlier this year that had been dismissed after the arresting agent failed to show up to court. The other three postal workers are 26-year-old Devin Donald, 25-year-old Shambria Hill and 26-year-old Sade Martin, who all face charges of "conspiring to embezzle packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to them for delivery and embezzlement of packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to them for delivery."

 

- Police are searching for two masked gunmen who invaded an Irondale home and tied up the homeowner with electrical cord. Police said that the two men kicked open the front door, entered the home and asked for a person by name. When they realized that person did not live there, they bound the 55-year-old male victim, stole a 32-inch television and $32 and then fled in a silver SUV. The victim freed himself 20 minutes later and called the police. He informed authorities that the suspects were wearing blue hoodies and masks and also described one of their weapons as a .38-caliber stainless steel handgun.
 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up December 7th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, December 07, 2018

 


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


 

- A 60-year-old led police officers from two cities on a 15-mile chase throughout the city of Birmingham this past Tuesday, all the while waving a BB gun out of the window of his green Toyota pickup truck. The Tarrant police had been receiving reports of the suspect, Robert Reddick, driving on Highway 79 and pointing the gun at people. When a marked patrol tried to pull over Reddick, he refused and officers started pursuing him. The chase traveled along Interstate 59/20 to Interstate 65 with top speeds reaching around 60 mph and Reddick continuing to wave his gun out the window. Reddick eventually got off the interstate, stopped in his driveway off Center Point Parkway and got out of the car, gun still in hand. When the officers took him into custody, the gun was discovered to be a BB gun. Reddick was also suspected to have been intoxicated during the incident. He was taken to Tarrant City Jail to await formal charges.

 

 

- Former chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40, Mark Prater, is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on charges of second-degree domestic violence/stalking and a bail of $100,000. He was booked on Wednesday morning after Moody and Trussville police arrested him at his Moody home following the issuance of a warrant on December 4th. Tuesday also marked the day that a protection from abuse (PFA) request was filed against Prater by a woman who said Prater had threatened to take her daughter away multiple times during this past November and had made an appearance at her house, leaving a note on the door when she called the police. The morning of December 4th, Prater allegedly sent the woman 37 emails and called her 17 times. If convicted of second-degree domestic violence, Prater could serve a minimum of six months in jail or prison without probation, parole, good time credits, or any reduction in time for any second or subsequent conviction. A hearing regarding the PFA has been set for January.


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 30th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, November 30, 2018

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

 

 

- This past Thursday, Julia Hollis Meyers, a 53-year-old Pell City woman and former Hibbett Sports employee, received a 17-count indictment from a federal grand jury for wire fraud and bank fraud. Authorities stated that during her tenure as a senior lease administrator for Hibbett Sports, Meyers obtained checks for vendor lease payments from the company and deposited the checks into her personal bank account. She also allegedly directed ACH payments from Hibbett Sports to her account with the total amounting to over $200,000. If Meyers is convicted, she could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of wire fraud as well as a maximum penalty of 30 years and a $1 million fine for each count of bank fraud.


 

 

 

- Two men from Texas, German Eduardo Barahoma and Jaime Enrique Cortez, recently were granted bonds of $750,000 each after they had been accused of trafficking $2 million worth of meth through lower Alabama. Initially pulled over for a traffic violation, a drug dog picked up the scent of approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle. According to a Mobile County prosecutor, the two suspects held jobs in Texas and had no connection to Alabama. Barahoma and Cortez will be arraigned on December 4th.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 21st

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

- A mother (57-year-old Vera James) and her daughter (36-year-old Victoria) face charges of distribution of a controlled substance and selling drugs near to a school. The alleged operation occurred in a home near Foley's The Magnolia School. Police arrested Vera James on Saturday with Victoria being taken into custody on Monday. They are both being held in the Baldwin County Jail with Vera on a $140,000 bond and Victoria on a $60,000 bond.

 

 

- A Spanish Fort woman was allegedly murdered on a Royal Princess cruise to Aruba last week. The ship had just left the Everglades when 52-year-old Almarosa Tenorio was allegedly pushed from the 16th floor and then hit a life raft. She had been seen struggling earlier in the evening with an unidentified man. Her husband, Leo, was taken in for questioning in Aruba, but is no longer a suspect. The victim's children appeared on Good Morning America recently and spoke about their mother's odd behavior before she left their home to go on the cruise. Investigators hope to find clues on the ship's CCTV as to what happened.

 

 

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