State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Wednesday in a release that James Maitland Jones was convicted Tuesday by an Escambia County Jury of robbery with a deadly weapon while wearing a mask and false imprisonment.
On Jan. 26, Jones entered Mojo’s Coffee Shop in Perdido Key armed with a black-handled kitchen knife and equipped with a black ski mask, black gloves and a length of rope. He grabbed the employee by her throat, held the knife to her and forced her to lock the front door, according to the release.
via Man convicted in Perdido Key robbery.
Authorities are searching for 40-year old Jeremy Martin, who escaped from Loxley Work Release Center Sunday.
Martin was listed as escaped just after 8 p.m. while on an assignment in Foley.
The inmate is serving a sentence after a manufacturing of a controlled substance conviction.
via Inmate escapes from work release site in Baldwin County | AL.com.
Have you ever gotten a friend request on Facebook from someone you thought you were already friends with? Chances are, it’s a fake account. Scammers steal a person’s online identity and then friend all of their friends in order to get their personal information. There’s a lot you can find out.
“Just being their friend on Facebook, you can find out their date of birth, you can find out where they work, you can find out phone numbers, email addresses, family names,” says Kristina Barrett with the Computer Crew in Mobile.
via Scam Buster: Facebook Imposters.
The State Attorney’s Office has been saying it has a lot of evidence in this case and it was enough for a grand jury to indict Rodgers for premeditated murder.
The Milton man is accused of killing 62-year-old Brad Gunther last month. Gunther had been missing for two weeks after leaving on his sailboat from Gulf Shores. Investigators found his body, bound with rope and buried on the shoreline of NAS Pensacola. The cause of death was drowning.
via Milton man indicted for Gulf Shores boater’s death – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott is back at work and not saying much. Over the weekend, he was arrested in Fairhope and charged with DUI and would only issue a written statement. This morning, before the County Commission meeting, News 5’s Chad Petri tried to talk to him about the arrest.
via Commissioner Elliott Back At Work, Not Talking DUI Arrest.
Escambia County (Fla.) District Attorney Bill Eddins announced that a Florida grand jury indicted Michael Rodgers with the murder of 62-year old Gulf Shores boater Brad Gunther on Tuesday.
Gunther’s body was found on a beach near the Pensacola Naval Air Station in mid-April, days after Gunther had been reported missing on April 5.
via Florida man indicted for murder of Gulf Shores boater | AL.com.
A Baldwin County Commissioner was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend in Fairhope.
Sources tell News 5 that Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott was taken into custody and charged with DUI early Sunday morning. Elliott, a Daphne resident, was pulled over by a Fairhope Police Officer after leaving the Fairhope Rotary Steak Cook-off.
via Baldwin County Commissioner Charged with DUI in Fairhope.
BAY MINETTE, AL – Former Orange Beach police officer Timothy Andrew Gavin was found guilty on six counts relating child sex abuse on May 11 in Bay Minette.
Gavin was convicted on two counts of sex abuse, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of enticing a child. He faces 71 years on imprisonment at his sentencing hearing on June 16.
via Former Orange Beach police officer convicted on child sex charges – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
SPANISH FORT, AL- Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon says one of Cameron Harrison’s friends or a possibly a group of the former football star’s supporters threw a rock or a brick at his alleged victim’s bedroom window.
Dixon says the teen has been harassed and intimidated since Harrison’s arrest last October on first degree rape charges.
via Alleged Rape Victim Intimidated By Friends Of Accused.
A new development in the case of a Spanish Fort high school football player accused of rape.
The judge has ordered the alleged victim to turn over her phone.
At the D.A.’s request, the court recently re-instated Cam Harrison’s house arrest and ordered he return to wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
via New development in Cam Harrison rape allegation case | WPMI.
A judge set bond for a local mother accused of kidnapping her children’s father and step-mother after losing custody of her kids.
Baldwin County Judge J. Clark Stankoski set a total bond of $140,000 dollars each both Elizabeth Swistok-Boyd and Aubrey Griffin.
The two suspects are accused of taking three kids out of a Foley home and kidnapping the father and step-mother at gunpoint. Swistok-Boyd is the biological mother of the kids but lost custody of them last week, according to police.
via Bond set for woman accused of kidnapping in Foley – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - A Baldwin County jury of 12 has found former Orange Beach Police Officer Timothy Gavin guilty on six counts, including three charges of child sex abuse.
Gavin was arrested in August of 2014 on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child less than 12.
The jury began hearing testimony on Monday from the victims, some of whom are now adults, as well as the victims’ family members. Testimony concluded on Tuesday with Gavin taking the stand in his own defense. He was the only witness called by the defense.
via Jury finds former Orange Beach cop guilty in child sex abuse cas – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Foley Police say a man, his wife and three kids were kidnapped early Monday morning and the father and step-mom were kidnapped at gunpoint.
Police arrested Elizabeth Swistok-Boyd and Aubrey Griffin Monday for the crime. Swistok-Boyd is the biological mother of the children, but police say she does not have custody of them.
via Foley family of 5 kidnapped at gunpoint – FOX10 News | WALA.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WEAR) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Foley Police Department tracked down two suspects involved in an armed kidnapping of three juveniles and two adults in Baldwin County.
Elizabeth Swistok-Boyd and Aubrey Griffin face burglary, kidnapping and interference with custody charges for the brazen armed invasion.
via Child helps parent orchestrate burglary, kidnapping | WEAR.
STOCKTON, AL- Sheriff’s investigators in Baldwin County had been looking for Devin Pinckard for more than a year.
Detectives wanted to question the long-haul trucker about a child pornography investigation, but Pinckard stayed on the road. Pinckard lived in his truck and rarely returned to Baldwin County.
via Pistol Permit Application Leads To Child Porn Arrest.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s arrested Devin Kent Pinckard, 49, for charges related to child pornography. Deputies located Pinckard after he applied for a gun permit at the Sheriff’s Office.
Pinckard was a suspect in a 2015 child pornography investigation, but investigators had a hard time tracking him down, as he works as a commercial trucker.
via Alabama man charged for child porn after applying for pistol permit | AL.com.
He appeared in a Pensacola courtroom via video conference. He wore a green jumpsuit and was seated in a wheelchair.
“My understanding is there was some kind of disturbance in the jail in which he received some physical injuries,” says prosecutor John Molchan.
via Accused Killer Back in Florida, Back in Court.
We’re learning new details about the murder of a Gulf Shores boater. His alleged killer is behind bars tonight and denied bond. Michael Rodgers is accused of killing Brad Gunther last month.
via Arrest report describes boater’s body “bound with rope” and buri – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A 36-year-old man could face the death penalty in the death of a boater who went missing while traveling from Gulf Shores to the Florida Panhandle.
via Florida man may face execution in death of missing Alabama boater | AL.com.
On April 20, the Foley Police Department and the Foley Fire Department responded to a suspicious fire at 17929 Little Rock Road in Foley. The fire was contained in a bedroom closet. A dog was located in the residence and had suffered burns. The dog was taken to a local veterinarian by police. After the dog was released by the veterinarian, it was brought to the kennels at the Foley Police Department. On Tuesday, April 26, the dog was taken back to the veterinarian. The dog was later euthanized.
via Jabari Stots charged with animal abuse and criminal trespass – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) - Authorities say 19-year-old Jabari Maliek Stots of Foley is responsible for the setting a dog on fire which led to the animal being euthanized. Stots was arrested for first-degree Criminal Trespass and Aggravated Cruelty to an animal, which is a Class C felony.
via Teen accused of setting dog on fire arrested; vet speaks out – FOX10 News | WALA.
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FOLEY, AL (WALA) - Police in Foley say a dog was euthanized Tuesday because of injuries suffered when the animal was set on fire last week.
Authorities say three teenagers are involved, and two of them have been arrested.
Officials found the dog on fire in a bedroom closet inside an abandoned trailer on Little Rock Road Wednesday, April 20. They also say at least one of the suspects poured an accelerant on the dog before lighting it on fire.
via Teens arrested after dog set on fire in Foley – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Foley police are investigating an animal cruelty case in which a dog was set on fire, according to a report by Fox10.
Investigators were not available for comment Wednesday night, but the TV station reports the dog was set on fire in an abandoned trailer on Little Rock Road on April 20.
via 3 teens implicated after dog set on fire in Foley, report says | AL.com.
A Florida man is now charged with murder in the death of a Gulf Shores man who went missing on April 2 while sailing to Port St. Joe, Fla.
Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, is currently being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, La. after allegedly being caught using the missing man’s credit cards and passport, NOLA.com reported.
via Florida man charged with murder in death of missing Gulf Shores boater | AL.com.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of a missing east Alabama teenager.
Myra Alissia Freeman, now 18, disappeared from her Highland Home residence on the evening of Dec. 13, 2015 after taking out the garbage from her bedroom.
via FBI offering $10,000 reward for information leading to missing Alabama teen | AL.com.
Local officials announced Friday that a Milton man will be charged with murder in the death and disappearance of an Alabama boater.
In a press conference, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that investigators would be serving a homicide warrant to 36-year-old Michael Paul Rodgers, who is jailed in Louisiana on fraud and theft charges. Rodgers was arrested in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, after allegedly trying to assume the identity of a missing Gulf Shores man, 62-year-old James Gunther.
via Death penalty sought in boater’s murder.
WEAR — The state attorney says he will go after the death penalty for a Milton man now accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater.
Michael Rogers is currently in a Louisiana jail charged with fraud.
Police there say he tried to use 62-year-old James Gunther’s passport and credit cards to get a Lousiana ID.
via Milton man accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater | WEAR.
PENSACOLA, FL – A body found on April 15 on Naval Air Station Pensacola has been positively identified as missing boater Bradley Gunther from Gulf Shores.
via Murder charges filed in death of missing sailor – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Escambia County, Fla. Sheriff’s office says the the death of 62-year-old missing boater James Bradley Gunther of Gulf Shores is now a homicide investigation.
That means more answers for a Gulf Shores community, mourning the loss of a fellow boater. Investigators say Brad Gunther was killed after he left this dock on his sailboat. Gunther had been missing for nearly three weeks.
via Missing boater’s death now a homicide investigation, suspect nam – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The body of 62-year-old Brad Gunther was discovered by family members a week ago. Now investigators in Florida are calling it a homicide and have a warrant for the arrest of Michael Paul Rodgers.
“Our office working with the sheriff’s office has obtained a warrant for homicide and has put a detainer on Mr. Rodgers.”
via Missing Sailor Case Now A Murder Investigation.