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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 16, 2019

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 16, 2019

 


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

 

 

 

An 18-year-old male suspect led police on a chase through east Jefferson County Friday morning. A sheriff's deputy had spotted a vehicle that had been stolen and used in a series of burglaries. Police followed the vehicle until the suspect crashed the car and continued fleeing on foot. Tracking dogs were brought in with one of the dogs finding the suspect, Nicholas Maurice Simmons, changing clothes in a car wash. Simmons was charged with attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property and unlawfully carrying a pistol. He is being in the county jail on bonds totaling $34,000. Two men were also charged with interfering with government operations for trying to help Simmons evade capture.

A Madison County grand jury recently indicted a 22-year-old male suspect who allegedly shot his boss to death in July 2018 at a south Huntsville Taco Bell restaurant. According to authorities, Pete McCullough and 41-year-old Shawn Bone were arguing about an work-related issue in the restaurant parking lot when McCullough shot Bone. McCullough is out of jail on bail pending trial with a date set for January 2020.

 

Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 2nd

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 02, 2019

 


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

 

- Sometimes real life is stranger than the movies. This Friday, authorities announced that a Mississippi woman had been arrested in connection with two North Alabama "wedding crasher" theft cases. The suspect, 52-year-old Sandra Lynn Henson, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of theft and one felony theft charge after allegedly showing up to weddings to which she was not invited and stealing gifts. Henson turned herself in after photos of her appeared on the Florence, Alabama Police Department Facebook page. She was released from the Lauderdale County jail on $2,500 bail.

 

 

- A 50-year-old Jefferson County man named Ira Glover allegedly stole possibly hundreds of rolls of toilet paper from a Trussville Fresh Value store. This incident was one of three heists that have occurred since March and Glover had even been captured and put on probation that first time; the second heist included an unidentified accomplice. This time around, authorities were ready with a high tech surveillance operation. As he exited the store, the authorities chased Glover until he crashed on US Highway 11. Glover owns a janitorial company and was allegedly stealing the paper products to replenish his stock. He has been charged with attempting to elude law enforcement and reckless endangerment and is currently in the Trussville City Jail.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 22nd

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, July 22, 2019

 


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

 

- Authorities booked a 26-year-old Mobile County man into the Metro Jail on Wednesday for allegedly being involved in two carjacking incidents within 15 minutes of each and then crashing a stolen vehicle into a cop car. For both incidents last Monday evening, Randal Nelson was said to have pulled a gun on the victims, causing them to flee. The next day, Nelson was arrested after hitting a police car as he was being pursued by law enforcement. He has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude police.

 

- A 27-year-old Hoover man was taken to the Hoover Jail for allegedly impersonating a police officer who tried to pull over a female motorist. The police had received multiple calls on Wednesday evening and midnight Thursday regarding someone in a black SUV activating flashing red and blue lights to try and pull over cars. The suspect, James Andrew Gray, was located on Greystone Way by responding officers and was found to have a red and blue dash light, three firearms, a D.E.A. hat, and three fake badges were located inside his vehicle. According to authorities, Gray said he was trying to pull over speeders because he was worried about kids playing in the neighborhood, though the officers pointed out that the kids most likely were not playing at midnight.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 8th

J.D. Lloyd - Sunday, July 07, 2019


 

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


 
- A Cullman woman is currently being held without bond in the Cullman County Detention Center after police said she accidentally shot her husband while trying to shoot someone else. The injury was the result of a road rage episode that began 6:45 p.m. Saturday on Alabama 69 in Dodge City and ended at a home on County Road 160 in Bremen. While trying to shoot the other party, Erica Cole shot her husband and the bullet struck him in the head, though he is now in stable condition. Cole was arrested on charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

 

 

- A 48-year-old man named Shay Michael Thome was arrested by Huntsville police and charged with first-degree assault after allegedly biting off a woman’s finger during a fight. According to authorities, the victim may have been a friend of the suspect's wife. After the incident, other men at the scene "jumped on" Thome to subdue him. He was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail around 3 a.m. Saturday. Court records revealed that Thome has been arrested twice for driving under the influence and once for carrying a pistol without a license.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 28th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, June 28, 2019


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

 

- Police in Gardendale recently filed more charges against a 65-year-old man who allegedly carried out two heists at Jefferson County banks. Authorities obtained and executed robbery warrants against Jackie Wayne Balentine for robberies at SouthPointe bank this past Monday and in 2016. Homewood police also announced a warrant against Balentine for a robbery at that city's Regions. With bonds totaling $600,000, the suspect faces a third-degree charge in the 2016 Gardendale robbery, and first-degree robbery in this week’s holdup. His white Chevrolet truck, seen at multiple robberies including a 2017 robbery in Tupelo, was discovered at his Florence residence on Thursday when police executed the warrant. Balentine was then taken into custody.

 

- Police have finally captured the owner of the infamous "attack squirrel" Thursday night in Limestone County. After a brief pursuit, Mickey Paulk is set to be booked into the Limestone County Jail on drug and gun charges. He is also being charged with attempting to elude, criminal mischief and felon in possession with a firearm stemming from his capture. Paulk has denied that he fed the squirrel meth. 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 21st

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, June 21, 2019


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

 

 

 

- An "attack squirrel" that was seized during a recent methamphetamine bust has become a viral internet sensation within the last week. Sheriff's deputies had discovered the animal in a cage while executing a search warrant at the home of an Athens drug suspect. The authorities arrested 37-year-old Ronnie Reynolds while seizing meth, drug paraphernalia and body armor. Reynolds was charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering in a drug house and was released from the Limestone County jail on $4,000 bail. The squirrel's alleged owner, 35-year-old Mickey Paulk, was not home at the time of the search and is wanted on warrants charging him with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a firearms possession charge. A tip had been given to authorities that Paulk fed the squirrel meth in order to make it more unhinged. The squirrel was released into the wild as police determined there was no way to safely test it for meth. The animal has since become the topic of memes, social media posts and news stories on Fox, CNN and more.

 

- A West Mobile couple has been arrested and charged with murder earlier this morning in connection with a burned body. The suspects, 37-year-old Amber Joleen Kuta and 35-year-old Timothy Montgomery Buford, were charged with the murder of 57-year-old Tracy Griffin after the victim's corpse was found on a burn pile in her own backyard. A family member had called the police and asked them to check the property after not hearing from Griffin for several days. According to Mobile Police Department, Kuta was allegedly engaged in a fight with Griffin that turned deadly. Though cause of death is unknown right now, Kuta allegedly called Buford to help her dispose of the body. Buford had also been charged in an unrelated domestic violence incident on Wednesday. The couple was booked in to the Mobile Metro Jail charged with murder and the abuse of a corpse.
 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 7th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, June 07, 2019

 


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


- Police recently arrested a 19-year-old-year suspect a few days after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a Waffle House in Arab. Somerville resident, Rebekah Paige Monk, has been charged with driving under the influence and being a minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, both misdemeanor charges. The crash occurred around 7:30 this past Saturday morning with the restaurant sustaining damage, though no injuries were reported. Authorities also found a bottle of vodka in the suspect's car. She turned herself in the following Thursday.

 

- Authorities recently announced the capture of the seventh suspect of eight involved in a deadly stabbing that happened during a burglary in north Alabama on May 6th. Federal officers arrested 19-year-old Kenneth Harvey in Florida. Harvey and the seven other suspects (Hunter Moore, Austin Holmes, Caeleb Kegley, Hunter DuBois, Larry Watts, Logan Cypret [the eighth suspect who is expected to turn himself in] and Lucas Kemp) went to a Madison home to rob its two occupants and allegedly killed 21-year-old Luke Pratt and shot another 26-year-old male. Planning allegedly occurred at a friend's apartment in Athens, and Moore is suspected to be the "mastermind" according to authorities. Each suspect faces charges ranging from burglary to felony murder to capital murder.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 31st, 2019

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 31, 2019


 

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


 

- Citizens and authorities were baffled recently when over $1 million in narcotics washed up on the shore over a two-day period in Orange Beach. Investigators say that the first day yielded 21 pounds marijuana and a kilo of cocaine while they discovered an additional 38 kilos of cocaine the following day. Officers believe the drugs came from a vessel because of the watertight packaging.

 

- Two male suspects who already state face charges in connection with alleged corruption at the Birmingham Water Works Board now have been federally indicted wire fraud charges for allegedly perpetrating a fake invoice scheme against the water works in which they acquired nearly $250,000. The two suspects are Jerry Jones, a former vice president of Birmingham engineering and consulting firm Arcadis, and Mount Vernon Mayor Terry L. Williams. According to authorities, created nine Global Systems International (Williams's company) invoices that falsely states that the company performed work at the Shades Mountain Filter Plant Project as an Arcadis subcontractor. The state charges the two suspect face are in relation to the allegation that the men offered bribes to then-Water Works Board Chairwoman Sherry Lewis in exchange for influencing board actions. While Lewis is still on the board, the charges got Jones fired from his position at Arcadis.
 
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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 24, 2019

 


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

 

 

 

- Three men, including one dubbed one of "Walker County's Most Wanted", were arrested in a recent raid carried out by the sheriff's office at the home of Bobby and Cheryl Tucker on Crest Avenue in Parrish. Authorities had executed a search at the residence once before. During the raid (which also included Parrish Police Department, the Jasper Police Department Narcotics Division, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit, and the Alabama Department of Corrections Prison K9 team), police arrested Robert Deangelo Tucker on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. Robert Tucker had evaded captured during the May 15 raid of the home, and had outstanding warrants for first-degree escape, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon, distribution of methamphetamines, distribution of marijuana, and distribution of Suboxone. The two others arrested included Bobby J. Tucker, 64, who was charged with hindering prosecution, possession of methamphetamine, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Andre Bernard Tucker, 28, who is charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.

 

- Authorities are currently investigating a 29-year-old Hoover woman who allegedly stole jewelry while pet sitting. Police responded to a call at a local residence from which several pieces of jewelry were taken, even though no burglary seemed to have taken place. The victim accused her pet sitter, Jordan Elizabeth Rodgers. Rodgers had sold jewelry matching the description of those pieces to a store in Birmingham. Once the victim identified the jewelry (worth over $12,000), police obtained warrants against Rodgers for two counts of first-degree receiving stolen property and one count of second-degree receiving stolen property. Rodgers turned herself in to the Jefferson County Jail this past Monday and was released after posting the $30,000 bond.


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 10th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 10, 2019

 


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

 

- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office recently took an alleged "porch pirate" into custody earlier this week. A resident from a Morgan Road subdivision provided deputies with a video of a woman, later identified as 34-year-old Amanda Nicole Ramos, stealing a package from a Bessemer residence. After issuing a lookout bulletin for Ramos's arrest, deputies found her in possession of several items of stolen property as well as drugs, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and the drivers’ licenses of other victims. Saying that stealing made her "feel good", Ramos soon admitted to stealing packages off porches as well as selling drugs. Ramos faces charges of first-degree receiving stolen property, third-degree receiving stolen property, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, trafficking in stolen identities and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held in the Jefferson County jail on bonds totaling $46,000 and could face additional charges.

 

- A group of federal and state lawmen against a group of 29 people in north Alabama this past week. The suspects were charged with federal indictments ranging from possession of a pipe bomb to possession of machine guns and drug trafficking. The criminal activity involved areas such as the city of Huntsville as well as Madison, Morgan, Jackson and DeKalb counties. Combined, the seizure include more than 45 guns (including pistols and machine guns) and the suspects had more than 60 prior felony convictions and 358 prior arrests.

 

 

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