Thursday, July 24, 2014

Authorities investigate Locust Fork Homocide



The Blount County Sheriff's Department is investigating a homicide after one person was found dead in a home on Tawbush Road.
Deputies say a 34-year-old man was found dead inside of a bedroom in the home, suffering from a single gunshot wound.
deputies are not releasing the name of the victim pending family notifications.
They did say that the victim does not appear to live at the home.
Investigators say there were two calls made to authorities from the home on Wednesday. Captain Pat Thomas said the first call was about a domestic situation.
Then, around 3 p.m., a second call was made to report a shooting.
Deputies say there were three to four people at the home, one of those being the victim's significant other. Authorities have been told conflicting stories about how the woman and the victim are involved.
All of those people have been questioned, including a juvenile related to the woman romantically involved with the victim.
Captain Thomas said "It could possibly be self-defense. We've got to put all the pieces together and look at it and see what we've got. But right now it is just too early to say," ..
The juvenile has obtained a lawyer but no arrests have been made.

Prowler found passed out after breaking into Gadsden building



Gadsden police responded to a call about a possible prowler Tuesday night and found a man passed out, bleeding heavily from a cut on his hand.
Officers were dispatched at about 11:30 p.m. to a residence in the 1400 block of Centre Avenue, where a man reported a possible prowler. The first officer on the scene found the alleged prowler inside a small utility shed.
The suspect apparently had broken out a window to enter the shed, and must have cut his hand during the break-in. Officers found the suspect passed out on a small bed inside the building. He had a severe cut on his left hand, according to the police report, and had bled all over the bed’s mattress, ruining it for future use.
When medics arrived, they had to make entry through a locked door, damaging it.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Dekalb authorities searching for missing teen


Stephanie Nicole Hamilton

DeKalb County authorities are looking for a 15-year-old girl who was seen leaving the Grove Oak area Sunday.
Stephanie Nicole Hamilton was seen leaving in a black Jeep with two white females. A report was filed with the department Sunday.
Hamilton is 4 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 105 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Authorities say  several sightings of Hamilton have been reported near Geraldine and Fyffe, but she was gone by the time officers arrived.
The most recent sighting was Tuesday afternoon in Fyffe.
Anyone with information about Hamilton is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 256-845-3801.

Anniston man sentenced for attempted murder



Brandon Omar WIlliams

An Anniston man was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on charges that he attempted to murder a Hobson City man in 2013.
Calhoun County Circuit Judge Bud Turner on Wednesday read his decision to 27 year old Brandon Omar Williams.
Williams on May 14 was found guilty by a Calhoun County jury for attempting to murder Kendrell Damon Williams on May 20, 2013.
Williams and 27 year old Terrell Montez Batchelor Sr.,  were indicted Aug. 16 on charges of attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied building, according to court records.
Deputies with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office on May 20, 2013 responded to a shooting on the 300 block of Wilkerson Drive in Hobson City. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Batchelor knocked on the door of the victim’s home while Williams hid. The victim opened the door and was shot in the eye by Williams.
Batchelor’s cell phone was found at the crime scene, which led investigators to the suspects.
Calhoun County assistant district attorney Randy Moeller asked Turner to sentence Williams to life without parole because of Williams’ numerous previous convictions, which include charges of drug possession and third-degree burglary.
The victim was blinded in one eye as a result of the shooting, Moeller said.
Williams’ attorney, Christopher Albert, responded that none of those earlier convictions were for violent crimes, and asked that Turner to give his client life with the possibility of parole.
Batchelor was released from jail on bond on Feb. 24, and his case is to go to trial Aug. 18.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Suspect in Jacksonville Shooting surrenders


Jeremee Bernard Griffin

Jacksonville police say the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators said 21-year-old Jeremee Bernard Griffin, of Douglasville, Georgia, came to the police station with his attorney and surrendered.

Officers arrested Griffin for attempted murder and robbery with a weapon.  Police said Griffin shot Vilas Patel outside a house on Mountain Street on June 16. 

Griffin is currently held in the Calhoun County Jail on $100,000 bond.  His preliminary hearing is set for August 11.

Jacksonville man arrested on child porn charges


William Franklin Harper

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.
ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper.  Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.
He is currently in custody at the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $100,000 bond.
During the search, investigators found methamphetamine.  Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun County Drug Task Force arrested 27-year-old Daniel Franklin Harper at the same home for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Calhoun County Drug Task Force also arrested Marissa Leann Green, Jacqueline Leslie Reaves, and Jacqueline Michael Snellen on Tuesday for the same drug charges as Daniel Harper.