Category Archives: Crime

“Clyde” Used “Bonnie” As Shield in Police Shootout, Authorities Say

February 06, 2016

Authorities have revealed a shocking twist to the end of “Bonnie and Clyde” crime-spree across Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

According to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, Blake Fitzgerald used his supposed girlfriend Brittany Nicole Harper as a human shield during the shootout with sheriff’s deputies outside a home in Milton.

via “Clyde” Used “Bonnie” As Shield in Police Shootout, Authorities Say.

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple: He’s dead, she’s wounded after chase, gunfire in Florida | AL.com

February 05, 2016

A Missouri couple sought for crimes in four states was shot in a hail of gunfire in the Florida Panhandle early today. Blake Fitzgerald was killed; Brittany Harper was wounded, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The shooting followed a massive manhunt that started in Escambia County and ended in Santa Rosa County. There was a car chase, then a foot chase, and another car chase. A barrage of gunfire erupted near the intersection of Garcon Point Road and Hammock Trace in Milton just before 1:30 a.m.

via ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple: He’s dead, she’s wounded after chase, gunfire in Florida | AL.com.

Baldwin County teacher who robbed, burglarized pharmacies facing pot charges | AL.com

February 03, 2016

A Robertsdale High School special education teacher who robbed one pharmacy and burglarized another in his late 20s is facing new misdemeanor marijuana charges.

Keith Michael Grace, 44, turned himself in on Jan. 11 for marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department said.

via Baldwin County teacher who robbed, burglarized pharmacies facing pot charges | AL.com.

Baldwin Co. schools superintendent reacts to kids stealing schoo – FOX10 News | WALA

February 02, 2016

BAY MINETTE, AL (WALA) - The recent, three hour school bus joy ride by three juveniles in Pensacola is still fresh on the minds of many.  How they were able to steel the bus has been a concern for not only the director of the school where the bus was stolen, but for school officials in Alabama as well.

via Baldwin Co. schools superintendent reacts to kids stealing schoo – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Human trafficking problem along the Gulf Coast – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

January 29, 2016

Human trafficking expert Marina Anderson told Channel Three News the majority of human trafficking in Northwest Florida is sex trafficking, with most of the victims being transported right along I-10.

Anderson knows this reality all too well. She was a Florida Child Protective Investigator for thirteen years before joining the Office of Child Welfare in 2015.

Anderson said sex trafficking peaks during big events like concerts, political rallies and sporting events.

via Human trafficking problem along the Gulf Coast – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Pair arrested on drug charges in Bear Point neighborhood of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 25, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A Bear Point woman and a man with a Fairhope address were arrested on Jan. 22 at home on North Bayshore Avenue and jailed on drug charges.

Tonya Thompson McGuff, 49, listed the home as her address in jail records while Robby Todd McGuff, also 49, is listed as having a Fairhope address.

via Pair arrested on drug charges in Bear Point neighborhood of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘Shootout’ threat at Robertsdale High School not credible, police say | AL.com

January 25, 2016

Robertsdale Police Department posted to Facebook Monday morning to clarify their current approach to a social media threat of a “shootout” at Robertsdale High School.

“We have no reason at this time to deem this threat credible, but we are taking it very seriously,” the post reads, “and will take the necessary steps regarding security at the school.”

The posts addresses rumors that police are advising students not to attend school. “This is not true,” the post says.

via ‘Shootout’ threat at Robertsdale High School not credible, police say | AL.com.

Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing | AL.com

January 24, 2016

A little-known federal program has turned dozens of Gulf of Mexico fishermen into the lords of the sea — able to earn millions annually without even going fishing — and transformed dozens more into modern-day serfs who must pay the lords for the right to harvest red snapper.

A four-month probe by AL.com has found that roughly $60 million has been earned since 2007 by this small number of fishermen whose boats never left port. That money was collected from the labor of fishermen who have no choice but to hand over more than half of the price that their catch brings at the dock.

As it stands today, the right to catch 77 percent of the annual red snapper harvest is controlled by just 55 people, according to an AL.com analysis of hundreds of pages of federal documents, reports and websites.

via Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing | AL.com.

Baldwin County School Board Member Under Investigation – WPMI – LOCAL 15

January 21, 2016

Baldwin County school board member Angie Swiger is under investigation after an anonymous complaint was filed to the state Ethics Commission.

She said the complaint relates to her real estate business.

Swiger tells us she has not used her position with the school to profit for real estate and said her success has been built over the years.

via Baldwin County School Board Member Under Investigation – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

O.B. Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping – WPMI – LOCAL 15

January 21, 2016

Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 10 year old boy. The incident happened over the past weekend and the child’s mother took to social media today to alert other parents to be on the look out.

“He came in and he was screaming mom,mom,mom somebody just chased me, somebody just chased me,” said Katie Holden. 10 year old John Carter Holden says he was on his way home from a neighbor’s house here in the Cypress Village subdivision when a woman started chasing him.

via O.B. Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Attempted Child Abduction in Orange Beach

January 21, 2016

“I almost lost my kid today.”  Life can change in an instant and it did for Katie Holder over the weekend. “He busted through the door and he was like, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom this lady, she just chased me! She just chased me!”

Her 10-year-old son had been playing with some other kids Saturday afternoon when an SUV circled the area a couple of times. “He didn’t think too much about it because he’s a ten-year-old,” says Holder. “He’s just like I’m playing, I’m having a good time.”

via Attempted Child Abduction in Orange Beach.

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Angie Swiger

January 21, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL- An anonymous complaint against Baldwin County School Board Vice-President Angie Swiger has been filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission.

The complaint alleges Swiger, who owns a Gulf Shores real estate company with her husband, has used her influence as an elected school board member over the years to coerce school employees into buying property through her company.

via Ethics Complaint Filed Against Angie Swiger.

Baldwin County school board member hit with ethics complaint | AL.com

January 21, 2016

An Alabama Ethics Commission complaint has been filed against Baldwin County School Board Member Angie Swiger in connection with her Gulf Shores real estate business.

Swiger, the board vice-president, can be seen in an advertisement posted on her Facebook page proclaiming that she and her husband are the “Official Realtors of the Dolphin Family.” The dolphin refers to the Gulf Shores High School mascot.

Featured prominently in the ad are photographs of the two real estate agents posing with Gulf Shores High School principal Ernie Rosado and head football coach Jamie Williams outside their new houses.

via Baldwin County school board member hit with ethics complaint | AL.com.

Baldwin County School Board member under investigation by Alabam – FOX10 News | WALA

January 20, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - FOX10 News has learned a Baldwin County School Board member is being investigated by the Alabama Ethics Commission.

FOX10 News obtained a copy of a letter sent by the Alabama Ethics Commission to the person who filed a complaint against Baldwin County School Board Member Angie Swiger.

via Baldwin County School Board member under investigation by Alabam – FOX10 News | WALA.

Homeowner describes scary home invasion; 2 teens arrested – FOX10 News | WALA

January 20, 2016

FOLEY, AL (WALA) -

FOX10 News has learned more about a scary home invasion and robberies in Foley last week. The suspects were arrested a short time later with the help of a canine unit, but the victims are left shaken.

“The perpetrators walked in here, stood side by side, held the guns on everybody.  There were four or five people sitting at the table.  The rest were sitting on stools around,” explained homeowner, Bob Webb.

via Homeowner describes scary home invasion; 2 teens arrested – FOX10 News | WALA.

Foley Home Invasion Suspects On “Crime Spree”

January 19, 2016

FOLEY, AL- Two armed robbers forced their way inside a homeowners association meeting in Foley last week.

The crime happened at a home inside the Ashford Park subdivision near Foley High School. The accused robbers are teenagers.

After the botched home invasion, investigators say 18-year old Corey Jones and 18-year old Darius Prim went to the Foley Walgreens and robbed a customer in the parking lot.

via Foley Home Invasion Suspects On “Crime Spree”.

Teens out on bond on robbery charges arrested for ‘crime spree,’ planned to flee to Texas | AL.com

January 19, 2016

Two teenagers have been arrested after embarking on a crime spree to get enough money to flee to Texas, authorities said Monday.

Corey Jones, 18, of Gulf Shores, and Darius Prim, 18, of Foley, were out on bond for separate robbery charges when they were arrested on new charges.

via Teens out on bond on robbery charges arrested for ‘crime spree,’ planned to flee to Texas | AL.com.

Steve Nodine Back in Baldwin County Jail

January 14, 2016

When Steve Nodine arrived at the Baldwin County courthouse, he knew he wouldn’t be going home. Nodine was arrested just before Christmas for leaving the state without permission and failing a drug test.

“It’s probation versus Steve Nodine,” says the former county commissioner, “and I think through this whole thing we know who is going to win on that deal.”

via Steve Nodine Back in Baldwin County Jail.

Questions about death penalty ruling surfaces in Baldwin County murder and corpse abuse case | AL.com

January 14, 2016

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty in Florida started to make some ripple effects in Alabama on Wednesday after a Baldwin County judge cited it as something that needed to be reviewed before proceeding with the jury trial of a man accused of a grisly 2014 murder near Foley.

Legal teams on both sides of the murder and abuse of corpse case against William Minton differ on the ruling’s impact and how it might affect future legal proceedings leading up to an October jury trial.

via Questions about death penalty ruling surfaces in Baldwin County murder and corpse abuse case | AL.com.

Adult charged in house party rape case takes plea deal – FOX10 News | WALA

January 13, 2016

DAPHNE, AL (WALA) -

Cathy Roberts, the woman who was arrested for hosting an open house party which allowed the consumption of alcohol by minors received her sentence today.

Roberts was charged with a class B misdemeanor.

She was arrested on Nov. 9, 2015 after detectives executed a search warrant at 30394 Middle Creek Circle as a part of the rape investigation involving 18-year-old Spanish Fort football player Cameron Harrison.

via Adult charged in house party rape case takes plea deal – FOX10 News | WALA.

Scorned lover arrested for burning ex-boyfriend’s camper in Foley | AL.com

January 12, 2016

A Foley woman and her ex-boyfriend are in custody after a domestic dispute ended in flames early Monday morning.

At 3:30 a.m. Foley Police Department responded to reports of a fire on West 4th Avenue. Police and firefighters arrived at the scene to find a fully-involved blaze inside a camper, parked behind a residence.

According to Foley Police, an investigation determined that Keairra Presley, 21, intentionally burned the camper, which belonged to her ex-boyfriend, Felix Pickens, 30.

via Scorned lover arrested for burning ex-boyfriend’s camper in Foley | AL.com.

Foley Drug Arrests

January 06, 2016

FOLEY, AL- John Shoultz and Nicole Foulks were both charged with multiple, drug-related felonies after Foley Police stopped the couple outside the Hampton Inn New Year’s Day.

Officers seized methamphetamine, prescription pills, marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia from the couple’s car.

via Foley Drug Arrests.

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