Category Archives: Crime

73-year-old Daphne man jailed on drug trafficking charge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 04, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. — A 73-year-old resident of Daphne remained in Baldwin County jail Monday evening, reportedly accused of selling crack cocaine. The charge carries Alabama’s mandatory bond amount for drug trafficking: one million dollars. He was arrested last week by Baldwin Sheriff’s Department drug task force officers.

via 73-year-old Daphne man jailed on drug trafficking charge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

How did the child sex ring surrounding Brittney Wood’s disappearance go unnoticed for so long? | AL.com

November 02, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — By most accounts, 19-year-old Brittney Wood was with uncle Donnie Holland the night of May 30, 2012, the last time anyone saw her. Holland — who was under investigation for horrific sex crimes at the time — died from a bullet within days in what was ruled a suicide.  The investigation that followed has publicly unraveled what authorities describe as a dark, twisted tale of perversion in the working-class neighborhoods and piney backwoods of coastal Alabama.

via How did the child sex ring surrounding Brittney Wood’s disappearance go unnoticed for so long? | AL.com.

One Suspect ID’d, Police Search for 2nd Shoplifting Suspect – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

October 31, 2014

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) Spanish Fort Police hope to make another arrest after two women lead officers on a chase down Highway 181. It happened Wednesday night when police attempted to stop a car with no lights. Chief David Edgar tells Local 15 News Dora Marie Loftin, 42, is one of those suspects.

via One Suspect ID’d, Police Search for 2nd Shoplifting Suspect – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Texas man gets 70-month sentence in trafficking case – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 30, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. – A Texas man was sentenced in federal court to 70 months imprisonment for his role in driving a load of cocaine and heroin from Texas through Baldwin County in route to Florida. Jose Mauricio Lopez, 46, of Houston, was arrested in November 2013, charged with trafficking cocaine and trafficking heroin.

via Texas man gets 70-month sentence in trafficking case – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Spanish Fort Police Search for Shoplifting Suspect – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

October 30, 2014

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) Police officials tell Local 15 News one woman is in custody and another is on the run after leading police on a chase. Police say their vehicle was full of stolen items from a local shopping mall. Police Chief Edgar said the incident began innocently. An officer attempted to pull over a vehicle that didn’t have its lights on.

via Spanish Fort Police Search for Shoplifting Suspect – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Sex-with-student, harassment charges lead to arrest and suspension of Baldwin teacher – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 28, 2014

DAPHNE, Ala. — A 22-year-old Baldwin County (AL) school teacher was booked and shortly thereafter released on bond Monday morning on seven separate misdemeanor charges apparently involving sex with a student or students. Isaac Willis Evans of Daphne was booked into Baldwin County jail at 9:40 am October 27th, according to BCSO corrections records.

via Sex-with-student, harassment charges lead to arrest and suspension of Baldwin teacher – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

BP Spill Left Big Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ on Seafloor – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) New research shows that the BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig. Valentine said the spill left other splotches containing even more oil.

via BP Spill Left Big Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ on Seafloor – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

GPS monitoring, drug testing no longer required for former Mobile officer charged with manslaughter | AL.com

October 24, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A former Mobile police officer charged with manslaughter and DUI in a fatal accident no longer has to wear GPS and alcohol monitors and submit to random drug tests. Vicky Johnston, 53, of Satsuma, is charged in the July 5 death of Linda Rutherford, 65, of Calera.

via GPS monitoring, drug testing no longer required for former Mobile officer charged with manslaughter | AL.com.

Citing a hardship, former Mobile police officer charged with manslaughter wants judge to lift bond conditions | AL.com

October 21, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A former Mobile police officer who was arrested on a manslaughter charge last month wants a judge to lift three conditions of her release on bond because they are creating a hardship for her, according to a court motion.  Vicky Johnston, 53, of Satsuma, was indicted in August in the July 5 death of of Linda Rutherford, 65, of Calera. Johnston was driving a Ford Mustang in the 500 block of East Boulevard in Gulf Shores when it hit Rutherford, who was trying to walk across the road, according to an accident report.

via Citing a hardship, former Mobile police officer charged with manslaughter wants judge to lift bond conditions | AL.com.

BCSO: Man admits to setting fire, destroys home and two pets | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

October 18, 2014

STOCKTON, Ala. (WALA) – Sam is the family beagle belonging to Stockton resident, Eve Pearson. In a matter of hours Thursday night, he went from being one of three family dogs to the lone survivor after Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputies say William Scott Petty set fire to the home he shared with Pearson. “When I pull up, they’d always come to me, jump in the truck. They’re just big babies, you know, that’s it. And they didn’t come, so I knew that they was inside,” Pearson said.


via BCSO: Man admits to setting fire, destroys home and two pets | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Sutton arrested on domestic violence strangulation charge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 17, 2014

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Four months after George Bennett “Bubba” Sutton was arrested by Gulf Shores Police for an alleged shooting, he has been jailed again. This time it is felony charge of domestic violence strangulation. According to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department, Gulf Shores Police arrested the 53-year-old Monday, and he was transferred to the Baldwin County Corrections Facility in Bay Minette Wednesday.

via Sutton arrested on domestic violence strangulation charge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Mail Tampering Incidents Reported in Perdido Beach – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

October 16, 2014

PERDIDO BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) It’s easy to believe that our mail is safe inside the mailbox until we pick it up, but residents of Perdido Beach say that their mail has been getting in the wrong hands. Lynn Thompson, Town Clerk of Perdido Beach, put out an official warning on Wednesday, October 15th.

via Mail Tampering Incidents Reported in Perdido Beach – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Gulf Coast region can now receive restore act funding from U.S. Treasury – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that eligible states and local governments can now apply for and receive grants to support the recovery of communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

via Gulf Coast region can now receive restore act funding from U.S. Treasury – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Prosecutor: Child sex abuse victim was pimped out | AL.com

October 15, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A 16-year-old girl who was a longtime sex abuse victim will testify Wednesday about a horrific childhood that included being pimped out by a relative, a prosecutor said.Assistant District Attorney Teresa Heinz said among the people the girl will say she was made to have sex with was William “Billy” Brownlee, 50, of Eight Mile.

via Prosecutor: Child sex abuse victim was pimped out | AL.com.

Steve Nodine Background | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

October 14, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – There is no doubt that former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine was having an affair with Angel Downs, but there are only two people who know what led up to her death and one of them, Angel Downs, will be forever silent. On Mother’s Day, May 9th, 2010 Nodine’s longtime girlfriend, Angel Downs, was found shot to death outside her condo in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Neighbors say they saw Nodine’s truck drive away from the scene. Nodine’s attorney at the time, Dennis Knizley said Nodine had nothing to do with the death.


via Steve Nodine Background | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

After two years in jail, former Mobile Commissioner Stephen Nodine set to be released Monday | AL.com

October 10, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine will be released from the Baldwin County Corrections Center on Monday after serving two years on charges of perjury, harassment and an ethics violation. The charges came about after Nodine, 51, was investigated in connection with the death of his mistress, Angel Downs, 45, of Gulf Shores. Downs died May 9, 2010, in the driveway of her Gulf Shores home from a gunshot wound to the head.

via After two years in jail, former Mobile Commissioner Stephen Nodine set to be released Monday | AL.com.

Freeh Says Theodore Man Should Return Gulf Claim Money – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

October 09, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The former FBI chief appointed to investigate the BP oil spill claims process is seeking the return of nearly $240,000 from an Alabama man and his maritime business. Louis Freeh, in a federal court filing this week, says the man claimed to have made the bulk of his 2009 income for himself and his business from shrimping — revenue that was shut off by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

via Freeh Says Theodore Man Should Return Gulf Claim Money – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

$627M in Gulf oil spill recovery projects approved | eaglefordtexas.com

October 05, 2014

Environmentalists remain unhappy about Alabama’s plans to spend $85.5 million at its Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores. Some of that money will help restore 50 acres of dunes at the park. But $58 million will go toward replacing a beachfront hotel that was destroyed by 2004’s Hurricane Ivan and building a conference center. State officials have long sought such a development to encourage more convention business.

via $627M in Gulf oil spill recovery projects approved | eaglefordtexas.com.

Oct. 14 trial set for man charged in Wood family child sex investigation | AL.com

October 04, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — The trial of an Eight Mile man who turned down a plea deal in a high profile child sex investigation is set to start Oct. 14 at the Baldwin County Courthouse. William Brownlee, 50, is charged with second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse. A grand jury indicted him in 2012.

via Oct. 14 trial set for man charged in Wood family child sex investigation | AL.com.

Gulf Coast states spending 627 million of BP oil spill money – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

October 04, 2014

A board made up of representatives from the five Gulf Coast states and the Federal Government signed off, October 3rd, on plans to spend 627 million dollars of BP oil spill money. The cash comes from a 1-billion dollar down payment BP has already paid for environmental restoration.

via Gulf Coast states spending 627 million of BP oil spill money – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Four-year-old tests positive for meth, 4 drug arrests made

October 01, 2014

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies said a welfare concern investigation found a 4-year-old child with meth in its system, and put four adults behind bars. Authorities said they were called to 15737 Highway 98 Lot E for the tip, which said there was a possible meth lab at the location. They said the residents, Eric and Amanda Wells, granted consent fo rthe search. Officials said they found a recently active meth lab.

via Four-year-old tests positive for meth, 4 drug arrests made.

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