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Two Shot In Home Invasion

December 17, 2014

A Daphne man and his uncle were shot Monday night in an apparently home invasion robbery on Friendship Road outside Daphne.  John Hill was dragged from his bed around 10:00pm and ordered by three armed men, who had kicked the door in, to give them money.


via Two Shot In Home Invasion.

Murder victim’s friend: “I’m happy to know he didn’t get away with this”

December 15, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Gina Walders, a friend and coworker of Melea Ponder-White, a Fairhope woman who was tragically found dead Thursday, December 11, that she is happy to see her friend’s alleged killer behind bars. “I’m happy to know that he didn’t get away with this,” said Walders. Ponder-White., 31, had been missing for nearly two weeks, when her body was found in her car on private property behind a locked gate.

via Murder victim’s friend: “I’m happy to know he didn’t get away with this”.

Fairhope man charged with murder of Melea White – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 14, 2014

FAIRHOPE. Ala. —A Fairhope man is in Baldwin County Jail on a murder charge in connection with the death of 31-year-old Melea Ponder White. The woman’s body was discovered in her vehicle this week outside of Fairhope (Ala.). She had been reported missing since December 1st. Fairhope Police arrested Kenneth Morgan Styron, 37, on Saturday.

via Fairhope man charged with murder of Melea White – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bay Minette bank robbery suspect quickly apprehended – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Local News

December 14, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. — A career criminal is in jail once again, following a Friday afternoon bank robbery in Bay Minette. Bay Minette police made fast work of apprehending 38-year-old Montez Lesha Bishop in connection with the alleged robbery. He is now in county jail, additionally suspected for a string of recent robberies in north Baldwin county.

via Bay Minette bank robbery suspect quickly apprehended – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Local News.

Two meth suspects jailed in separate arrests | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

December 14, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. WALA – Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies say two people are being held on more than $1-million dollars bond on two separate charges of cooking meth.50 year-old Susan Amacker of Bay Minette was booked into the Baldwin County Adult Detention Center Satuday afternoon.  About an hour later, deputies say 31 year-old Patrick Milstead, also of Bay Minette,  was booked into jail about an hour later on the same charges.

via Two meth suspects jailed in separate arrests | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Prosecutors react to the convicton of Wendy Holland on sex crimes to a child: ‘There are no winners in this case’ | AL.com

December 11, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama – A 12-person jury took two hours Wednesday to convict Wendy Holland on four counts of sex crimes against a child, and the 35-year-old key figure of a incestuous sex ring faces up to life in prison when she is sentenced Jan. 15.

via Prosecutors react to the convicton of Wendy Holland on sex crimes to a child: ‘There are no winners in this case’ | AL.com.

Homicide suspect moved from Mobile County jail to Baldwin County jail | AL.com

December 11, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama – A 19-year-old homicide suspect who was arrested and taken to Mobile County Metro Jail in connection to the death of a 16-year-old has been moved to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Correction Center because a relative of the victim works at Metro, according to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

via Homicide suspect moved from Mobile County jail to Baldwin County jail | AL.com.

Reward offered for information on slain dolphin in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 10, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The City of Orange Beach and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber are considering offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the killing of a dolphin with a hunting arrow. A dead bottlenose dolphin was found in Terry Cove in Orange Beach during the weekend.

via Reward offered for information on slain dolphin in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Brittney Wood’s stepmother says family sex ring and ‘horrible crimes’ have one positive: They keep the missing teen’s name in the public | AL.com

December 10, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama – While the sex crimes involving family members “have been horrible,” they have at least done one positive thing: Brittney Wood’s name remains in the public spotlight because of them, according to the missing teen’s stepmother.

via Brittney Wood’s stepmother says family sex ring and ‘horrible crimes’ have one positive: They keep the missing teen’s name in the public | AL.com.

Locals hope Supreme Court decision means battle with BP is winding down | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

December 09, 2014

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – The sign on the door by Phillip Colquette’s work shed is the last remains of his publishing company. There was a time not too long ago that you would’ve seen that on the cover of your local yellow pages. Now, not so much.


via Locals hope Supreme Court decision means battle with BP is winding down | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Court rejects BP’s settlement appeal – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

December 09, 2014

PENSACOLA, FLA. – Judges on the nation’s highest court has decided not to open their ears to BP’s appeal.  The oil giant, one of the companies responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, has been fighting polices in the settlement process. BP argued that some people who want money did not suffer any direct losses because of the oil spill.

via Court rejects BP’s settlement appeal – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Elsanor ranch owner facing new charges of sexual abuse – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 06, 2014

Thomas Tucker, 66, of Ronie Foley Road in Robertsdale, was reportedly indicted on Thursday by a Baldwin County grand jury after he was booked Tuesday, Dec. 2, charged with two counts of felony sexual abuse, second degree. According to jail records he has been released on a $40,000 bond.

via Elsanor ranch owner facing new charges of sexual abuse – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Authorities seeking suspects in Foley shooting – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Local News

December 06, 2014

FOLEY, Ala. — One suspect is in jail today, with a manhunt underway for two others, in connection with an alleged shooting late Thursday afternoon in Foley, according to law enforcement reports. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office reported the department received a call for a shooting where the victim was located at South Baldwin Hospital.

via Authorities seeking suspects in Foley shooting – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Local News.

Judge denies request to dismiss charges against key member of child-sex ring | AL.com

December 06, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama – A Baldwin County judge has denied a request to dismiss the charges against a key figure in a family sex ring. An attorney for Wendy Wood Holland, 35, requested Monday that charges of sodomy, child sexual abuse, sexual torture and endangering child welfare, be dropped because not enough facts were given by the District Attorney’s Office to support the charges and that the statute of limitations had run out on them.

via Judge denies request to dismiss charges against key member of child-sex ring | AL.com.

Suspect indicted in Waychoff case – ocolly.com : News

December 05, 2014

Baldwin County grand jury indicted a Montgomery man Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, which occurred last spring in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and resulted in the death of an OSU student. Justin Lott, 30, was indicted on one count of manslaughter and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, according to al.com. All charges are considered felonies.

via Suspect indicted in Waychoff case – ocolly.com : News.

Daphne woman warns of fake U.S. Treasury scam | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

December 05, 2014

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – It was a normal evening for Daphne resident Lindsay Williams, until she got a call from someone saying they were from the U.S. Treasury’s Department of Legal Affairs and that she owed them money from their 2012 tax returns. “They threatened with an attorney, they stated that we have been notified by mail three times. And I knew that that was a red flag because if it’s the IRS, they’re going to give you a certified letter before they arrest you,” Lindsay Williams said.


via Daphne woman warns of fake U.S. Treasury scam | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Suspect sells stolen tools with owner’s phone number | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

December 03, 2014

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – Daphne Police have arrested a man they said stole two gas powered leaf blowers from a Lake Forest home.  What’s unique about this story is how a set of circumstances fell into place to reunite the victim with his tools, which then led police to the suspect.  Police said it was all thanks to the act of a good Samaritan who got a deal that was too good to be true.

via Suspect sells stolen tools with owner’s phone number | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Oil Still In Sand Four Years Later

December 02, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. –  A new study says oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is still trapped in Alabama’s beaches four years later. The report was released recently by Auburn University researchers who’ve been studying the BP oil spill since shortly after it occurred. A team from Auburn collected oil on Alabama’s coast as recently as August. The research found that oil is still trapped in the sand, mostly as tar balls.

via Oil Still In Sand Four Years Later.

Hostage situation in Foley ends with two arrests, no injuries | AL.com

November 28, 2014

FOLEY, Alabama – Police arrested two men Thursday who are accused of holding a female tenant hostage for about three hours at the Park Place Apartments in Foley. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. when officers observed Maurice Sanford and Jonathan Minor, both of Foley, at an apartment complex close to Foley High School and Tanger Outlets.

via Hostage situation in Foley ends with two arrests, no injuries | AL.com.

Robbery, Chase, Crash in Baldwin County

November 27, 2014

“They went all through this field out here. You can see the tire marks out there.” Jacob Yanish was slow getting up this morning until he heard, “I heard the police siren and a car pulled up. A police car.” It was almost the end of a chase that started with a robbery at this Chevron station in Loxley and involved Caleb Rainwater, Jessica Anderson and their dog.


via Robbery, Chase, Crash in Baldwin County.

Audit: Vast majority of BP oil spill claims payments are correct | NOLA.com

November 26, 2014

Results of a third-party audit of the oil spill settlement program released Tuesday (Nov. 25) by claims administrator Patrick Juneau show the settlement program has correctly processed 99.5 percent of claims. The audit concluded the program is “well-designed and appropriate” and made no major recommendations for improvement.

via Audit: Vast majority of BP oil spill claims payments are correct | NOLA.com.

Lillian Pharmacy robbery suspect arrested after high-speed chase, armed robbery in Mississippi | AL.com

November 26, 2014

A Bay Minette man linked to an armed robbery at Lillian Pharmacy and a theft at Tanger Outlets in Foley last week was arrested in Montgomery County, Mississippi, after a high-speed chase on Monday afternoon. According to U.S. Marshals Service inspector Hugh McClendon with the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, William “Jake” McMillan, 27, committed an armed robbery in Choctaw County and a high-speed chase ensued.

via Lillian Pharmacy robbery suspect arrested after high-speed chase, armed robbery in Mississippi | AL.com.

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