Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- The 2017 Iron Bowl is eight days away, and some literal shots have already been shot over this well-documented rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Alabama. This past Monday, Mobile police responded to a call about a shooting at a local hotel. The unnamed victim - an Auburn fan - told authorities that 28-year-old Alabama fan, Rodney Alexander, pulled out a firearm when the victim said Auburn was better than Alabama. Police have charged Alexander with second-degree assault.
- A few days earlier in Mobile, a camera at Greer's CashSaver grocery store captured a burglar in "ninja attire" making off with prescription drugs, Jack Daniel's whiskey, wine and cigarettes. The video shows him climbing down from the ceiling, jumping over a counter and scurrying through the store, eventually running out of the frame. He returns to the view of the camera a few minutes later and escapes through the ceiling. Mobile County Sheriff's Office authorities took the video to Facebook, adding the "Mission Impossible" theme song and remarking that "everyone knows a "true ninja" would not complete his entire ninja outfit with a blue beanie."
- An Athens man is accused of impersonating a sheriff and stealing $9,000 from a 74-year-old, Limestone County resident. The suspect, 39-year-old Jerry DeWayne Long, called the victim and pretended to be Sheriff Mike Blakely and allegedly told the victim to deliver $220 in cash to a nearby residence (which turned out to be Long's house) and to leave the money in a grill. Long told the victim the money was needed for a drug sting and that they would receive the money back. With help from one of Long's associate, detectives found him at Athens Pharmacy preparing to purchase narcotics with the money. Authorities also discovered that Long had already fraudulently obtained $9,000 from the victim previously and had been using the funds to buy drugs. Long has been charged with financial exploitation of the elderly and impersonating an officer of the peace. He is in the Limestone County Jail on a $7,000 bond and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.