FORT MORGAN, Alabama – Monday marks the 4th anniversary of the death of William Allen “Rookie” Kruse, a charter boat captain who killed himself shortly after the BP oil spill. The 2010 spill fouled something Rookie loved so much: the Gulf. Then, Rookie was hired by BP to help clean it up.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – A Captain with the Daphne Police Department has been fired, according to the city’s Mayor, Dane Haygood. Haygood confirmed Monday, June 23, that Captain Danny Bell had been terminated after he was arrested Thursday, June 5, for allegedly harassing a woman with phone calls and texts.
Days after she was sent flying through the air by a robber’s vicious punch, Jessica Smith isn’t bitter. The soon-to-be mother is still very much in recovery from the knockout blow to the face she received Wednesday while working behind the counter at the Boost Mobile store on Bayou Boulevard.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — A 43-year-old Laurel, Mississippi man is being held in Baldwin County jail on a slew of charges after allegedly abandoning his 13-year-old stepson during a vacation fishing trip. Christopher Deloit Katzes was booked into Baldwin lockup at midnight Thursday on multiple counts of property theft, credit card fraud and identity theft, as well as endangerment of a child and abandonment of a child.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s oil spill response organization is working to remove a tar mat in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Fort Pickens.
via Tar mat found at Fort Pickens – WEAR ABC Channel 3 – Top Stories.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A teenager who was charged in an April 16 shooting at the beach in Gulf Shores has reached an agreement with prosecutors and plans to enter a plea under the youthful offender act. Jermaine Cungious, 18, of Bay Minnete, will enter his plea July 18 at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette, Cungious’ attorney, Rachel Powell, said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have been granted additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer accused of deleting texts about the amount of oil flowing from a blown-out well during the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval granted the prosecutors’ motion Thursday.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Officers with the Fairhope Police Department told FOX10 News they chased a woman through the Quail Creek Neighborhood after she allegedly stole $300 worth of merchandise from the Walmart on Highway 181. Police say 23-year-old Braquette Blair of Loxley is that woman responsible.
via FPD: Shoplifter leads high-speed chase through neighborhood | FOX10 News – Mobile.
June 18, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – On Tuesday, June 17 at approximately 6 a.m., Gulf Shores Police Department Communications Center received and in turn broadcast a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) for a reported stolen vehicle from Satsuma. The BOLO described the stolen vehicle as a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with two canines inside a kennel in the truck bed and some firearms inside. The BOLO also provided a description of the suspect and his clothing.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — On the heels of a recent traffic stop that resulted in an arrest for possession of “spice” the Fairhope Police Department issued a warning last week about the synthetic drug. According to police records Danielle Zaneta Kennedy was arrested for possession of “spice” during a routine traffic stop near Gayfer Avenue and Maple Street on June 8.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) -Two brothers are now at home recovering from wounds they received when police said they were stabbed at a Fairhope nightclub early Sunday morning, June 15, 2014. Investigators said it happened after a fight broke out in the Double Deuce Saloon and now police are trying to track down a suspect. Fairhope Police say 22 year old Maurice Rupert and 29 year old Ray Ray Kyles were stabbed during the brawl at the nightclub on Highway 98 around 1:30 Sunday morning. Police say a single suspect stabbed Kyles in the back twice and cut rupert’s throat.
via Family: Brothers recovering after stabbing at Fairhope nightclub | FOX10 News – Mobile.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) Members of the Baldwin County Drug Task Force found crack cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, scales, $2,200 in cash, a firearm an a short shot barreled shotgun during a bust at a home on County Road 138 in Bay Minette June 12.
A Baldwin County Judge has bound the cases against Steven Little over to a Grand Jury. Little is accused of killing a Foley resident after police say he ran a red light at the end of a high speed chase in April Of 2014. In a Baldwin County courtroom Thursday, June 12, 2014 an investigator with the Baldwin County Major Crimes Task Force told a judge what their investigation showed. Suspect, Steven Little sat with his attorney and listened as the investigator described what played out on April 16.
via Alcohol, marijuana found in manslaughter suspect’s system | FOX10 News – Mobile.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) With new trends come new challenges for police officers and sheriff’s deputies who are battling synthetic marijuana. “Our police officers in the past two years have encountered approximately 30 cases of persons possessing and using spice,” said Fairhope Police Dept. Sgt. Craig Sawyer.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama – In an attempt to educate the public, specifically parents, about the growing dangers of the synthetic drug “spice” and new ways of concealing it, the Fairhope Police Department issued a warning Wednesday. ”In an effort to conceal ‘spice’ possession to avoid arrest, users are now hiding the drug seemingly in plain view,” Fairhope police spokesman Sgt. Craig Sawyer said in a news release.
“It was found with evidence and witness testimony that he had violated the criminal code of Alabama. We cannot treat him any differently than any other person that’s accused of a crime. And it’s unfortunate that we had to make an arrest in this case,” Captain Steve Arthur, an investigator with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, said.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. WALA – In just the last two months, two different business managers on the Eastern Shore have been robbed at gunpoint at the close of business, according to store owners and police.Market by the Bay in Fairhope was robbed May 17, and Mellow Mushroom in Daphne was robbed June 1.
via Robberies increase on the Eastern Shore | FOX10 News – Mobile.
MOBILE, Ala. – A Pensacola (FL) woman whose company, prosecutors believe, operated a call center in Robertsdale for the distribution of synthetic designer drugs, pled guilty in federal court on Thursday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by interfering with the lawful governmental regulatory and enforcement functions of the FDA and DEA.
DAPHNE, Ala. —Daphne Police Captain Danny Bell — one of the city’s senior command officers — was booked into the Baldwin County Jail Thursday afternoon, arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence third degree harrassment.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal investigative board concludes that the last-ditch safety device that didn’t stop the 2010 BP oil spill had multiple failures, wasn’t tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today. The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board zeroes in on what went wrong with the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations. And that, they said, led to the dumping of 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
ELBERTA, Ala. — An Elberta man is jailed on drug trafficking charges, after a Sheriff’s Office bust of his alleged marijuana growing operation. Here’s the report issued Wednesday afternoon by BCSO: On June 3, 2014 the Baldwin County Drug Task Force conducted an investigation in the 10000 block of county road 83 in Elberta, AL. During the course of the investigation, investigators located an indoor marijuana grow (operation) inside the residence and outside in a shed.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest Tuesday, May 27, of Michael A. Wohlschlaeger, 62, for capital murder in the death of his wife, Shirley Seitz-Wohlschlaeger, who was killed at their home in Loxley on March 1, 2010. The victim was a former resident of Blount County prior to moving to Baldwin County with her husband.
Lead investigators working on missing mother Brittney Wood’s case say they are waiting for forensics results on possible evidence found in a vehicle. Detectives are not revealing who the vehicle belonged to. Only saying they found the vehicle a few months ago, took samples and sent possible evidence to a forensics lab.
GULF SHORES, Ala. – On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 7:35 p.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to South Baldwin Urgent Care located at 101 E.15th Ave in reference to a man being brought in suffering from a gunshot wound. When the officers arrived they were able to determine that the incident occurred at a residence in the 1300 block of Yupon Drive.
A federal judge on Wednesday lifted a hold on BP’s oil spill settlement payments to businesses that say the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster wrecked the coastal economy and inflicted big financial losses.
Daphne and Mobile Police are looking for the same suspect in a forgery and theft case. So far he’s made off with thousands of dollars from several branches of BB&T Bank. Investigators say the thefts started after a Fairhope man had his wallet stolen while visiting New Orleans. Police say the unassuming criminal has made off with thousands of dollars from branches of BB&T Bank by using a false identity.
A ‘caveman’ was arrested at a Alabama music festival earlier this month. Christopher Ray Woods, 29, was arrested for possession of marijuana and a controlled substance as he tried to enter the gate for Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Al.com reports.
MOBILE, Alabama – The man who avoided responsibility for his wife’s 2010 death in a civil suit now faces a capital murder charge, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Michael A. Wohlschlaeger, 61, has been indicted by a Baldwin County grand jury for allegedly killing his 59-year-old wife, Shirley Fay Seitz-Wohlschlaeger. She died of blunt-force trauma to the head on March 1, 2010, after her husband said he found her unconscious in their Loxley home, according to previous reports.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — Police have identified an 18-year-old from Daphne as the individual suspected of stealing a Medstar ambulance early Monday morning. Charges are pending against Chas K. Weaver, linking him to the theft of the ambulance from the Orange Beach fire station at The Wharf.
William Michael Ross, the man who shot a teen fleeing the Fairhope open house party on Mary Ann Beach Road has been arrested and charged with second degree assault.