Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Man arrested after standoff with police

Donald Edward Reese

A 57 year old Anniston man is charged with domestic violence following an hours-long standoff in Oxford Monday morning.
A woman inside of a home located near Scott Lane and Jason Drive in the Trinity Heights neighborhood ran to a neighbor's house after Donald Edward Reese of Anniston barricaded himself inside of her home with a rifle, according to Capt. L.G. Owens of the Oxford Police Department.
Once she was at the neighbor's house, she called police at 12:46 a.m.saying she and Reese got into an argument and he refused to leave her house and made threats against her with the gun. The two are in a relationship.
Owens said the man surrendered without incident after police asked him to come out of the home using a robot.
The standoff lasted seven and a half hours..
Reese will be held for a mandatory 12 hours before he can post a $100,000 bond.
He is expected in court on Nov. 10.

Gaston found guilty in teachers murder

Javon Gaston

A Calhoun County man has been convicted of two counts capital murder in the slaying of a school teacher. It took a jury just less than three hours to find Jovon Gaston guilty of murder in the course of a robbery, and murder in the course of a kidnapping. He was convicted of killing Wellborn Elementary teacher Kevin Thompson, in 2011.
Gaston and two other men were charged with kidnapping Thompson from his Jacksonville home, killing him, stealing his car and ATM card and dumping Thompson's body in nearby Cherokee County.
Nicholas Smith was convicted and sentenced to die for his role in the case in 2013.
Tyrone Thompson, no relation to Kevin Thompson, is still awaiting trial.
Defense attorneys maintained there was no evidence linking Gaston to the murder. The sentencing phase of Gaston's trial starts today.

Gadsden man arrested on drug trafficking charge

Darius Cozar Ellis

Heflin police Tuesday morning charged a 42 year old Gadsden man with drug trafficking after finding 2.6 pounds of cocaine and $6,751 in a hidden compartment in his car.
Officers pulled over Darius Cozar Ellis, near mile marker 200 on westbound Interstate 20 about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning for failure to maintain his lane. When they approached the car, the officers smelled burned marijuana and searched the car where the recovered the drugs, cash and a handgun. Ellis is being held on a 1.5 million dollar bond.

Robber claiming to have explosives robs Gadsden business

A man robbed a business Tuesday in Etowah Crossing shopping center on Gilberts Ferry Road claiming to have an explosive device.
The robber fled the scene, but the Gadsden Police Department’s bomb squad responded as precaution and was on the scene for some time before an “all clear” was given.
According to Gadsden Police a light-skinned black male robbed the store about 10:50 a.m. His face was concealed with a gauze-like material and he had what appeared to be an injury to his face.
After he fled the scene with an undetermined amount of money, the bomb squad was called in. The suspect, described as 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 170 to 180 pounds, fled in a full-size red or maroon pickup heading toward Attalla.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Gadsden Police Department’s Detective Division at 256-549-4629.

Talladega elects new council and school board member

Residents of Talladega’s Ward 3 will have a new city councilman and a new Board of Education member following Tuesday’s runoff election.
In the council race, challenger David Street narrowly defeated incumbent Donnie Miller, 200 votes to 183.
In the school board race, Jake Montgomery won over Katrina Thomas, 263 votes to 119.
Street and Montgomery will both be sworn into office Nov. 2.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Suspicious Gadsden fires under investigation

Gadsden firefighters have called police into their investigation of a suspicious fire that damaged two vehicles being stored on Robinson Avenue.
The vehicles, a 1992 Cadillac and a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, were discovered burning between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Gadsden Fire Marshal Heath Smith reported discovering a new-looking package of “Mainstays” washcloths at the scene, soaked in gasoline. A couple of washcloths had been removed and appeared to have been pushed down into the gas tanks of both vehicles and set on fire.
That name brand of washcloths is sold only at one local vendor; Smith checked with the nearest location and found that a woman had purchased the package of washcloths and a pair of gloves about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

The investigation continues.