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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 27th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, July 27, 2018

 


 

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

 

 

- This past Sunday in Mobile, a boat carrying four people crashed into a concrete pylon supporting the I-10 Bayway. A woman's body, identified as 28-year-old Brittany Ann Lell, was recovered at the scene, while another passenger, 60-year-old Bobby Daryl Lambert, died while being transported to the hospital. A third passenger, Erica Lynn Arenal-Mullen of Dothan, was reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the boat, Mobile resident Steven Lee Angle, was charged with boating under the influence (his reported blood alcohol content was 0.15) and a misdemeanor count of operating a vessel without an emergency shutoff. Though he was released on Sunday, Angle faces two charges of manslaughter for recklessly causing the deaths of two others, plus a charge of first-degree assault with no bond currently set.

 

 

- A 38-year-old Bessemer man, Christopher Moton, is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a band set at over $2 million after authorities discovered a kilogram over heroin during a search of his home. According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, sheriff's narcotics investigators had been developing information a large amount of heroin was being held at a home in the 1800 block of 11th Street North in Bessemer. After surveying the house and seeing Moton drive away, they caught him at a traffic stop a short distance away. They discovered a handgun in Moton's possession during the stop, which he was prohibited from having because of a previous conviction. He was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail. After returning Moton's home, the investigators conducted a search and discovered the aforementioned kilogram of heroin and 224 grams of methamphetamine, all of which added up to a street value of $218,000. The charges against Moton include trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine, certain person forbidden to possess a firearm, carrying a pistol without license, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 17th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, November 17, 2017

 


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. 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 6th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, November 06, 2017


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

 

 

- According to the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, three teens have been arrested after six Alma-Bryant High School students were hospitalized this past Thursday. After responding to calls from the school that some students were behaving strangely (mood swings that made the teens both "loopy and lethargic"), narcotics officers conducted field tests and discovered that several of the students had ingested gummy bears laced with methamphetamine. These students also registered increased heart rates of 130-160 beats per minute. The three unidentified juvenile suspects face charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and three other juveniles are being investigated in connection with the incident. The six hospitalized students are expected to make a full recovery. 

 

- Birmingham police are on the lookout for local woman Faith Jones who faces first-degree theft of property charges for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from a church daycare. In less than a year, Jones had deposited more than $21,000 of payments from the State of Alabama Childcare Resources meant for the daycare into her personal account. Because of the actions of Jones (who is the director of the daycare), the facility has been forced to close down. 

 

 

- A 41-year-old Birmingham man was identified on Thursday as the third Birmingham homicide victim in less than eight hours. The three victims (Jeffery Tubbs, 51-year-old Grady Isam Jenkins and 54-year-old Sylvester Poole) were all found dead of gunshot wounds. According to authorities, several of these shootings including Tubbs seem to have nebulous motives at the time, though Birmingham police are currently investigating each incident to determine clear motives.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up October 20th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, October 20, 2017

 


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

 

 

- A Mobile County hit-and-run on Highway 43 involving a car and a motorcycle led to the arrest of suspect Charles Smith. After the crash, Smith fled the scene with his car pushing the motorcycle with him for two miles. Smith was booked into the Mobile County Jail on a Class C felony charge of leaving the scene. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. The motorcyclist, Ashley Sanderson, was treated USA Medical Center.

 

 

- Two Birmingham men and one Jasper man are in the Jefferson County Jail after allegedly "borrowing" two trucks from a local business. Police were alerted to the theft after the GPS had been activated on one of the vehicles. The business was closed at the time of the theft and no worker had permission to use the trucks after hours. The caller informed authorities of the GPS location and officers eventually found one truck by a pond near Coalburg Road. Though two men tried to flee, officers arrested all three suspects, who said they "borrowed" the trucks to help get theirs out of the mud and planned to return the vehicles to the business. The police did not believe the men, charging Ronnie Dale Pruitt, Michael Lewis and Roy Pollock with two counts of first-degree theft of property each.

 

 

 

- A campsite argument during last weekend's Talladega Superspeedway race led to one man being shot and the other questioned by police. The wounded man had gotten the suspect into a headlock. The man responded by allegedly pulling out a small handgun and shooting the victim in the abdomen. The wounded man was treated at UAB Hospital and the other was questioned by police, who are still trying to determine the reason for the fight.


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up October 13th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, October 13, 2017

 


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

 

 

- Three of the men charged with the August shooting death of a two-year-old child at an Avondale (Birmingham) gas station have been denied youthful offender status. Four suspects (Tyrone Smith Jr., 18, D'Marcco Harris, 21, Mykayl Harris, 20, and Joshua Carpenter, 21) all face capital murder charges for shooting two-year-old Ron'Narius "Duke" Austin in the head while he was in the car with his parents and Donta Terrell. Terrell and Duke's mother, Toshima "Shay" Rembert, sustained injuries from the incident. Three counts of capital murder (one for Duke, one for shooting from a vehicle and one for Duke's death in a vehicle) as well as two counts of attempted murder for Terrell and Rembert have been charged to cousins D'Marcco and Mykayl Harris and two counts of attempted murder and two counts of capital murder have been charged to Smith and Carpenter. The Harris cousins and Smith were denied youthful offender status. 

 

 

- A Jefferson County grand jury recently issued eight-count indictments for a security fraud scheme against 65-year-old Steven Clyde Reed Brown of Vestavia Hills and 76-year-old Edward Malcolm Portman of Atlanta. The two men are charged with "multiple violations of the Alabama Securities Act including one count each of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, sale of unregistered securities and sale of securities by an unregistered agent" as well as five counts of fraud in connection with the sale of securities. All charges are either Class C or Class B felonies. Brown and Portman were arrested within a week of each other in late September and were both released from Jefferson County Jail after each posted $195,000.

 

- This past Tuesday, Mobile police arrested a 39-year-old father for entering the campus of Scarborough Middle School and allegedly making threats against a student who had been teasing his daughter. Gabriel Lawson allegedly opened several classroom doors threatening to choke the student that he was looking for. The school went into lockdown, and the man was eventually arrested and taken to jail for 24 hours. Lawson was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and making criminal threats. 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 19th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:

 

 

- A trio of suspects (including one teenager) have been arrested and charged for the murder of a Tuscaloosa County mother. The cause of death for Jennifer Nevin and any possible motives have not been released by authorities. Her family spoke to authorities and press about the victim's previous mental illness and substance abuse problems. Her body was discovered on a dirt road by a gas worker this past Monday. All three suspects are undergoing the booking process at the Tuscaloosa County jail. 

 

- A Huntsville college student, who has been under investigation since January for making alleged statements involving ISIS, will soon have his case presented to a grand jury for consideration of an indictment. The suspect, Aziz Sayyed, is charged with "obtaining bomb making materials to set off an explosion at a Madison County police or military building." His June 15th arrest at a downtown traffic stop came after police investigated his apartment that day and seized the materials needed to make a TATP (triacetone triperoxide) bomb, the same explosives used at the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester. A few months before his arrest, Sayyed's friends had reported that Sayyed had shown them an ISIS flag and had them view videos of ISIS attacks. At Sayyed's preliminary hearing, Huntsville police investigator Brandon Snipes testified that Sayyed did not plan on conducting a suicide bombing; instead he wanted to live and carry out additional attacks for which ISIS would claim credit.

 

- A Farmers Insurance agency manager in Mobile recently received charges of first-degree theft by deception after Mobile Police Department arrested him at his office this past Tuesday. The police said that 35-year-old Thomas Burns had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from an unidentified local business in Mobile. Burns has been the manager of the Farmers Insurance agency for five years. 
 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 26th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, June 26, 2017

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:

 

 

- Charges have been brought against a Vestavia Hills woman involved in a March 4th DUI crash resulting in critical injuries for a 24-year-old Hoover resident. The head-on collision occurred when Steven Edmondson was traveling northbound on US 31 in Homewood and subsequently struck by Karen Pridgen Stafford, who was driving on the wrong side of the road. Edmonson was rushed to emergency surgery at UAB, where doctors amputated a portion of his left leg. Both legs were also shattered from the femur down. After receiving test results back from Alabama Department of Forensics Sciences, Homewood police wrote an affidavit against Stafford that said she was "driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or a combination of both." Though she posted a $15,000 bond after being taken into custody this past Thursday, Stafford faces charges of first-degree assault and will make her first court appearance in July. 

 

 

- Earlier this month, Birmingham police and firefighters responded to an early morning call about a burning car in Ensley. After extinguishing the fire, authorities discovered a body in the trunk of the four-door sedan. Though initially unrecognizable, police recently identified the body (through dental records as well as contact from concerned family and friends) as local rapper, 32-year-old Paul Matthew "Bam Bam" Carter. No arrests have been announced. 

 

- On Friday, a Mobile District Court Judge denied bond for two out of four suspects connected to the June 22nd home invasion of a 62-year-old US Marine Corps veteran, who shot three of the suspects during the incident. Though 29-year-old Casey Ray Gann and 19-year-old Joseph Heathcock were hospitalized the night of the incident, they appeared in court the next day. The third apprehended suspect, 24-year-old Chasatie Dulabhan, is still hospitalized. The three suspects, as well as a possible fourth suspect, had allegedly robbed the veteran of his medication two weeks before the June 22nd incident and threatened to hurt him if reported the incident. The man then received an unidentified, threatening phone call the next week. After he reported the burglary and phone call to authorities, an investigation was launched. The suspects then returned with the veteran waiting to defend himself. Gann and Dulabhan were each charged with one count of first-degree robbery. Heathcock was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, discharging a gun into an occupied building and felony probation violation. 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up October 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, October 24, 2016

 

Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:

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  • - Authorities in Shelby and Jefferson counties conducted simultaneous raids on 12 Birmingham pawn shops last week. The raids on these shops (owned by Steve Scott of Pelham) seized over $600,000 cash and items such as stolen Fitbits, Nest Learning Thermostats and more. After the stolen items were sold to Scott’s stores, they were put up for sale on eBay and Craigslist. Scott and 15 of his employees were arrested; police are still looking for a 17th suspect.
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  • - Following the homicide of Mobile resident Delauna Anderson, 25, last Tuesday night, Mobile Police Chief James Barber spoke to the Wednesday morning meeting of the City Council about the surge of homicides in the city this past month. Barber informed the crowd that Anderson’s death is Mobile’s 33rd homicide in 2016. Ten homicides have been reported between October 2nd and 18th.
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  • - An Anniston man experienced a failed escape attempt after robbing Betty’s Barbecue last Friday night. After entering the back entrance of the restaurant during their closing procedures, Malachi Hicks took the night’s proceeds at gunpoint and attempted to flee the establishment. He was shot by an employee’s father, who had arrived to pick up their child. Hicks is in stable condition at a Birmingham hospital; no charges have been filed yet.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up October 7th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, October 07, 2016

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:

 

 

 


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