Category Archives: Crime

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.

Businesses won’t have to return BP spill payouts – WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

September 25, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that BP must stand by the agreement made with the companies it compensated for losses after the 2010 Gulf oil spill despite the oil giant saying some claims were overestimated. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled nearly 800 businesses to overestimate their spill-related claims.

via Businesses won’t have to return BP spill payouts – WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco.

Teenager charged as adult in robbery | FOX10 News

September 25, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. WALA – Police in Bay Minette have arrested a 17-year-old Baldwin County High School student and charged him as an adult with armed robbery. The robbery happened last Tuesday at the Dollar General store on the south side of town.They were terrifying and tense moments for two clerks at the Dollar General store on Highway 59 in Bay Minette last Tuesday night.   That’s when two men, disguised and with a gun came in near closing time and demanded money from the register and safe.


via Teenager charged as adult in robbery | FOX10 News.

Judge denies motion that accused Baldwin County DA of sexual misconduct | AL.com

September 24, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A judge on Tuesday denied a motion that sought to have Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon and her office barred from prosecuting a Foley man. Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Norton denied the motion because a deadline that he set for filing legal paperwork was not met.

via Judge denies motion that accused Baldwin County DA of sexual misconduct | AL.com.

Wendy Holland facing four new sex abuse charges | FOX10 News

September 23, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WALA) -Wendy Wood Holland, aunt to missing single mother, Brittney Wood was back in a Baldwin County courtroom Monday.  This time she was arraigned on four new sex abuse charges against a minor.  Holland and nearly a dozen other relatives of Brittney Wood are suspects in a child sex ring in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.


via Wendy Holland facing four new sex abuse charges | FOX10 News.

Satsuma woman indicted on manslaughter, DUI charges | AL.com

September 20, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama —  A Satsuma woman who was involved in a July 5 fatal accident in Gulf Shores has been indicted on manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol charges. Vicky Johnston, 53, of the 5400 block of Ryan Street, is charged in the death of Linda Rutherford, 65, of Calera. Johnston was booked into the Baldwin County Corrections Center on Thursday and released the same day on a $50,000 bond.

via Satsuma woman indicted on manslaughter, DUI charges | AL.com.

Fairhope Police arrest pair for stolen firearms, marijuana possession – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 19, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Fairhope Police arrested two men on charges of possession of two stolen firearms and marijuana on Tuesday. On Tuesday at approximately 12:40 p.m., the Fairhope Police Department responded to a report of an alleged theft 198 Autumn Drive, Lot 16.

via Fairhope Police arrest pair for stolen firearms, marijuana possession – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Orange Beach police say ‘go-to’ drug dealer arrested

September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) -The Orange Beach Police Department began conducted a seven-month investigation into the sale of Cocaine and Marijuana. Early into the investigation, Salvador Cortez became the main focus as a go to dealer in the area. On Sept.16 members of the Orange Beach Police Department arrested Salvador Cortez a 27-year-old Hispanic Male.

via Orange Beach police say ‘go-to’ drug dealer arrested.

Gulf Shores Police testing new tag recognition technology

September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – The Gulf Shores Police Department is currently testing License Plate Recognition technology. On Tuesday, Aug/ 26 a License Plate Recognition reader was attached to a GSPD police car to conduct a thirty day demonstration. Vigilant Solutions met with Chief Delmore during the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs conference recently and explained how the system works.

via Gulf Shores Police testing new tag recognition technology.

Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – Halliburton agrees $1.1bn Gulf oil spill settlement

September 15, 2014

Halliburton Corporation said it has reached a $1.1 billion (£0.7bn) settlement for claims related to its role in BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company, said to be North America’s major oil services provider, was contracted by BP to cement the Mocando oil well in the event of a disaster.

via Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – Halliburton agrees $1.1bn Gulf oil spill settlement.

Hooters burglary suspect sought by Gulf Shores police

September 13, 2014

September 12, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Gulf Shores Police Department needs help identifying a burglary suspect. The image at right was recovered from a burglary that occurred at Hooters in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 11. We would like to point out a couple of identifiers to help identify the suspect. He has longer blonde hair, a large ring on his right hand and was wearing flip flops.

via Hooters burglary suspect sought by Gulf Shores police.

Gulf Shores Man Fights Harassment Conviction After Cursing Neigh

September 13, 2014

GULF SHORES, Alabama - A year-long dispute between two Gulf Shores neighbors has turned ugly. Shawn Grow admits his language was a little salty when he cursed his neighbor after her dog defalcated in his yard. Grow says he used the f-word three times and directed it at 67-year old neighbor Kathy Matter.


via Gulf Shores Man Fights Harassment Conviction After Cursing Neigh.

Man accused in Gulf Shores wreck that killed student doesn’t want to wear GPS, alcohol monitors | AL.com

September 12, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A Montgomery man charged in the March 21 death of a college student in Gulf Shores no longer wants to wear GPS and alcohol monitors. The Gulf Shores Police Department has accused Justin Lott, 30, of being the driver of a truck that hit Oklahoma State University student Kasey Waychoff, 19, of Flower Mound, Texas.

via Man accused in Gulf Shores wreck that killed student doesn’t want to wear GPS, alcohol monitors | AL.com.

Man charged in Gulf Shores robbery agrees to pay restitution in exchange for charge being dropped | AL.com

September 12, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A felony charge filed against a man suspected in a July 22 hotel robbery will be dropped after he pays restitution, according to court records.  Joshua Thomas, 20, of Foley, was charged with second-degree property theft in connection with a robbery at the Courtyard Marriott in Gulf Shores.

via Man charged in Gulf Shores robbery agrees to pay restitution in exchange for charge being dropped | AL.com.

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