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Alabama Criminal Law Round Up March 7th, 2018

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, March 07, 2018

 


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

 

 

 

- A Lauderdale County man has recently been arrested for the third time on charges of animal cruelty. This time the suspect, David Wilson Coffman Jr., was arrested this past Friday and charged with 16 counts of felony animal cruelty, 16 counts of improperly disposing of an animal carcass and 150 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after Lauderdale County sheriff's deputies removed nearly 300 malnourished cows from his 12 acres of farmland off of County Road 95 in Rogersville. The sheriff's office reported that nearly all of the animals had been neglected and many were discovered to be near death. The animals that had died were determined to be malnourished. According to deputies, Coffman could face additional charges, but is being held in Lauderdale County Jail with no bail set.

 

 

- A task force composed of investigators from the U.S. Secret Service, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Homewood and Birmingham police and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office recently announced the arrests of five Birmingham women accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from area Walmart stores. The women (Ariel Mack, 26, Daricka Mack, 25, Andrea McCracklin, 32, Zipporah Davis, 20, and Denise Gamble, 24) worked together in a "Cash Cash Scam," a scheme that has been replicated throughout various Walmarts across the country and has cost the company significant losses. By befriending the cashier at a store and often saying they were a previous employee, the suspect then tricks the cashier into fraudulently loading pre-paid gift cards. According to police, the suspects "either knows what buttons to push to open the register and will distract the clerk while doing so or will give the cashier a code to put in that will trigger the register opening." The credit card used to load the gift card and open the register is false, but will trigger a real transaction. The five suspects in this particular group hit up stores in both Jefferson and Shelby Counties. They all face felony charges, were released on bonds ranging from $10,000 to $60,000 and will have their first scheduled court appearances this month or next.

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 6th

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

 


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

 

 

- To celebrate her son's recent high graduation, a Fort Payne mother and business owner hosted an underage drinking party for about 100 attendees. In addition to the mother, TOY Store Customs LLC owner Veronica Meija, several minors aged 15-20 were taken into custody. Though Meija is out on bail, she faces Class B misdemeanors for hosting an illegal house party and allowing minors to consume alcohol; if convicted, she could serve six months in jail. 

 

- An Alabama U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was suspended following allegations that she had fed meatballs containing nails to at least one dog in the New Hope community. The 47-year-old suspect, Susanna Dawn Burhans, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a Class C felony. Though she was released on a $2500 bail, if convicted, Burhans could face up to a 10-year prison sentence. 

 

- A 34-year-old, four-time convicted felon with more than 15 arrests in Shelby County was recently taken into custody after a raid at a Sylacauga home. During this raid, the Talladega County Narcotics Task Force discovered and confiscated 36 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of heroin, 24 grams of ICE, 30 grams of Spice, 68 grams of marijuana, and assorted pills and drug paraphernalia along with $10,778 in cash. The suspect, Clifford William Brown, had been convicted of several other charges such as first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. He is being held on a $150,000 in the Shelby County Jail and could face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison if convicted. 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 19th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 19, 2017

 


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

 

 

- An investigation by the Anderson Fire Department into a Lauderdale County house fire revealed that the fire had been intentional. The owner of the two-story dwelling, 47-year-old Georgeanna Rickard, has been accused of sending her boyfriend, 51-year-old Kenneth Hudson, to burn down the house while she was away on vacation. The duo eventually stated that they had planned to collect $100,000 from the insurance company for the damage. Hudson is charged with first-degree insurance fraud and first-degree arson; he could face up to life in prison if convicted. Rickard also faces the first-degree insurance fraud charge along with second-degree arson; if convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison. 

 

- A Hoover man has received his third financial institution robbery charge since the end of January. The first robbery occurred at APCO Employees Credit Union at Chelsea Crossroads on January 30th, the second incident was at Covenant Bank in Leeds on March 21st and the final holdup occurred at the Northport BB&T bank on April 13th. 

 

- In April, grand jury indicted a Shelby County couple on felony charges for keeping their adoptive teen in "forced isolation" for 23 hours a day over the course of several years. When the teen was rescued from the house and later hospitalized, it was revealed that he only weighed 47 pounds. The couple are each being held on a $1 million bond. The husband's attorney has asked several times (including a request this past Monday) for the bond to be reduced to a "reasonable amount" but the judge has either denied the request, or in this most recent, not responded. 

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 12th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 12, 2017

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

 

 

- Recently, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested a 47-year-old suspect after a complaint led the authorities to a large hydroponic marijuana grow system. After seizing and harvesting the marijuana and marijuana oil, the task force destroyed the grow site. The estimate of product seized is around $320,000. The suspect, Jason Patrick Center, is being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $1 million bond. 

 

- When confronted by authorities, a Lee County man wanted on charges of first-degree and second-degree assault escaped through his Auburn residence window with nothing more than a pair of shoes. Authorities captured and arrested the still-naked suspect a few hours later on Shug Jordan Parkway. The suspect, 22-year-old Jamal Aikeem Hutchinson, and his accomplice, 21-year-old Malik Marquis Williams of Salem, were wanted in connection with an April 17th robbery and assault of an acquaintance. 

 

 

- A 22-year-old woman is in custody and is awaiting formal murder charges after allegedly shooting her 58-year-old grandmother on the way to another family member's funeral. Though the subject of the altercation that led to the shooting is still unknown, the two were headed to the funeral for the mother of the grandmother's live-in boyfriend. Police said the boyfriend witnessed the entire incident. 

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 5th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 05, 2017


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

 

- The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force recently announced the arrest of Jemison man in connection with a 14.5-pound methamphetamine shipment (worth $240,000) that was being transferred from California to Shelby County. The task force seized the drugs in Columbiana. The suspect is currently being held on a $1 million bond. 

 

- Here's an event that sounds like it came straight out of a horror movie. A father and daughter were stabbed and cut with machete in the Forestdale home this past Tuesday, though fortunately they survived their injuries. The male suspect had lived with the family for several years, and according to police, had been upset by the family's request that he move out. He is currently being held awaiting charges of attempted murder and second-degree assault. 

 

- Two Montgomery juveniles have been charged in connection with a shooting that occurred near McKey Middle School this past Monday morning. They began shooting after they were denied entrance into the middle school. Police charged the pair with making terrorist threats, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm in the city limits and carrying without a permit. 
 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up March 15th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up December 20th

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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

 

 

 

  • - A 23-year-old Morris man, Callin Craig Curlette, recently arrested by Oneonta police is facing his second drunk driving charge in three years, with his blood alcohol content registering as .16 (twice the legal limit). However, his first charge of driving under the influence in 2013 (this time in Locus Fork with a BAC of .219) also indicted him in the death of James Edward Gill with charges of reckless manslaughter and vehicular homicide. His trial for this incident has been scheduled and rescheduled multiple times throughout 2016. This past Tuesday, a Blount County judge revoked Curlette’s 2013 bond.
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  • - A 37-year-old Chelsea man, Adam Michael Burrus, has been charged with murder in the December 14th shooting death of his friend and business partner, Connie Overstreet Woolweaver, a mother of two. Woolweaver was reportedly shot multiple times with a 9 mm handgun, including at least one shot to the head, leading police to describe the act as a “crime of passion”. Though there were rumors of Woolweaver loaning Burrus a large sum of money, but Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego dismissed the theories as “hearsay”. Burrus is currently being held on $500,000 bond.
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  • - The Birmingham yearly homicide count reached 100 for the first time since 2006 after a man and woman were found shot to death inside their burning home in Ensley early Sunday. Police are currently looking for suspects and a determination of motive. Of the 2016 homicides, “eight have been ruled justifiable and two others were officer-involved shootings by outside law enforcement agencies.”

 

 

 

 

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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 July 8th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, July 08, 2016


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

 

 

 


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 13th

J.D. Lloyd - Saturday, May 14, 2016


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

 

 

 

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