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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 31st

J.D. Lloyd - Thursday, August 31, 2017

 


 

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

 
- A Helena school cafeteria worker found traces of meth on a child's lunch money, leading to the arrest of the mother by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force over the past weekend. The child had taken the money from the purse of his mother, 44-year-old Heather Brooke Isaacs of Alabaster. When authorities went to her home, they discovered other evidence of synthetic drug use. Isaacs has been charged with chemical endangerment of a child where a controlled substance was produced, possession of imitation drugs and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. She is in the Shelby County Jail on a $17,000 bond; the child has been taken into custody by the Shelby County Department of Human Resources.

 

 

- Instead using the vehicle to deliver children to their usual morning destination, a Kentucky drove a stolen Blount County school bus through Jefferson and Blount Counties around 1 a.m. this past Monday morning, prompting a police car pursuit from exit 110 on I-59 south to the Acton Road exit on I-459 north. During the chase, the suspect hit one state trooper vehicle and attempted to hit several others. After being stopped by police and before being arrested, the suspect, 24-year-old Brandon Peckinpaugh, threw a stolen handgun out one of the bus windows. Saying that he stole the bus because his friends left him, Peckinpaugh is charged with first-degree theft of property, two counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle and two counts of theft of second-degree theft of property (the stolen handguns). Police also plan to get an attempted murder for Peckinpaugh's collision with the state trooper.

 

 

A Birmingham man was shot while playing videos games on his front porch this past Monday. Witnesses said they heard an argument between the victim and the suspect followed by 15-20 shots fired into the victim's home and BMW. The gunfire shattered the vehicle's windows and flattened one tire while the victim suffered a non life-threatening shot in the leg. The suspect is believed to live nearby, but Birmingham police have not announced any arrests.


 

 

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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 April 17th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, April 17, 2017

 


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

 

 

- An Easter week carnival turned violent Saturday night after an argument amongst a group of teenagers led to one male pulling out a gun and shooting six attendees of the Cathedral of the Cross event in Center Point, including a pregnant woman. Though two of the victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, none of the reported injuries were life-threatening. The Jefferson County Sheriff's office is currently searching for the suspect. The community is grateful that the situation was not worse, considering the 900-person crowd in attendance that evening. 

 

- A Florence couple, Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon, face nearly 700 charges of sexual and physical abuse related to the children they fostered between September 2008 and July 2015, the month the family moved to Florida. An adult daughter reported to police that Daniel Spurgeon threatened the lives of the children if they ever reported him to anyone, which allowed the abuse to go on for several years. The incident finally came to light in the summer of 2016 when the Cape Coral police picked up two of the daughters, aged 13 and 16, at a local KFC restaurant. The 13-year-old was allegedly forced into severe intoxication by Daniel Spurgeon and was soon rushed to the hospital after emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Jenise Spurgeon is currently being held without bail at the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Daniel Spurgeon is being held in a Florida jail, though Florence authorities are trying to extradite him to Alabama.

 

 

- After being evicted from his home by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office the morning of April 10th, local man Larry Macon Moore Jr. returned to the property later that day, attempted to remove items from the residence and then allegedly set the house on fire. Police later pulled Moore over. After officers learned of the fire from the owner of the property, the suspect was charged with second-degree arson. The man in the car with Moore was arrested on three counts of failure to appear in court on traffic violations.

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up February 11th

J.D. Lloyd - Thursday, February 11, 2016


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

 

 

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