Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Suspect in custody in Clay County murder



A 20-year-old Shelby County man has been charged with murder in a homicide that happened off of a trail in the Cheaha Mountain area near the state park.  The crime took place in Clay County just off the Pinhoti Trail near Cheaha State Park, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office was notified about the homicide around 6 p.m. Sunday. Several agencies responded to the scene because they were uncertain of the exact location.  Investigators say Loren Daniel Bunner, from Vincent, has been charged with murder in the case. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has not yet released any information about the victim. Bunner is being held on a $150,000 bond in the Clay County Detention Center.

Former Anniston restaurant owner sentenced in animal cruelty case


David Mogil

Anniston restaurant owner Dave Mogil has been sentenced in an animal cruelty case.  Mogil was sentenced to 10 years, with credit for 18 months in jail, plus 8.5 years of supervised probation.  Circuit Judge Debra Jones also ordered Mogil to attended AA meetings, anger management classes and several different counseling sessions.  Mogil was convicted during the summer of beating his girlfriend's Cocker Spaniel with a water hose until she jumped off a roof above his now-closed restaurant, Damn Yankees. The dog, "Coco Lilly," survived the attack.

Teen charged as adult in weekend chase that injured three



Authorities say A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult following a police chase that ended in a crash in Hokes Bluff that injured three people over the weekend.
Adam Kane Wright has been charged with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.  Wright was taken into custody after the crash Sunday afternoon on County Road 71, and taken to Coosa Valley Detention Center in Anniston. Etowah County Chief Deputy Michael Barton said after warrants were obtained against Wright, deputies went to the center and arrested him, bringing him back to Etowah County's jail.  Centre police were in pursuit of Wright from Cherokee County into Etowah County where the crash occurred. Centre police have said officers tried to stop the car Wright was driving and he fled. During the pursuit, officers saw him throw controlled substances from the vehicle.  Wright's vehicle rear-ended a truck driven by a Cherokee County woman, with her two daughters, ages 19 and 11, as passengers.  Two of the injured were airlifted to a Birmingham hospital, and the mother remains hospitalized there now. The 19-year-old suffered multiple fractures, mostly in her hands, and the 11-year-old had scratches, bruises and small fractures.

District Attorneys office recuses itself from case against Anniston Councilman


Councilman David Reddick

The Calhoun County District Attorney's Office has recused itself from prosecuting Anniston city Councilman David Reddick on harassment charges.
Assistant District Attorney Randy Moeller, previously assigned to the case, said his office sent a letter about two weeks ago to the Alabama Attorney General's office, requesting it assign an outside prosecutor for the trial. The request comes about a month after Reddick was arrested on a charge of harassment that stemmed from a dispute between him and the owner of Ford's Barber Shop on Bynum Leatherwood Road.

Etowah County Courthouse Security



The Etowah County Commission rejected a plan Tuesday to close and secure all courthouse entrances except the front door but then voted to hire two additional part-time deputies to provide security.  Several county employees clocked out from their jobs to support securing the courthouse and adding a checkpoint at the front door with a walk-through metal detector and an X-ray machine.  Sheriff Todd Entrekin and Revenue Commissioner Linda Barrett-Vaughan, who spoke at the commission meeting, drew applause from the employees.  Commissioners Joey Statum, Lewis Fuller and Larry Payne voted against closing and securing all courthouse entrances, while Jeff Overstreet, Carolyn Parker and Tim Choate voted to approve the move. With a split vote, the measure failed.  It was Overstreet’s vote on a second agenda item that led to hiring two part-time deputies. Statum, Fuller and Payne also voted for that option while Parker and Choate voted against it.  Parker has pushed for more security for several years, and in April organized a committee to study courthouse security and present a plan to the commission. It was that plan that split the commission’s votes Tuesday.

I-20 traffic stop leads tof orgery arrests



A Georgia man was in Cleburne County Jail on Tuesday afternoon after Heflin police found 180 debit and credit cards with various names, forged checks and driver’s licenses, laptops, a credit card embossing machine and a credit card encoder in the vehicle he was driving.
Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said officers stopped 24 year old Andrew Chase Terrell,  and his passenger, 28 year old Kavon Hosseinipour,  both of Buford Georgia,  for driving erratically on Interstate 20’s westbound lanes.