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Daphne Man Indicted on Sex Abuse Charge

Investigators in Baldwin County say Thomas Pinion abused a five-year old relative at a home in the Lake Forest Subdivision. A grand jury indicted Pinion earlier this week on one count of 1st degree sexual abuse. But authorities can’t find him.

“We believe he’s somewhere in South Carolina,” says Major Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. “We were told by his family that he moved up there to work at a cabinet shop, but we can’t confirm that.”

Thomas Pinion’s wife is the former director of Care House, a Baldwin County organization that helps sexually abused children.

Daphne Man Indicted on Sex Abuse Charge

Plan for pretrial services in works

The newly established five-member Baldwin County Community Corrections Board asked its director Monday for plans to launch a program that would allow certain inmates to remain free on bond and work while awaiting trial.

In their inaugural meeting, which lasted more than two hours at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette, board members postponed much of the action they faced, but still said they wanted to move quickly with the program.

Two months ago, the County Commission hired Howard Eddy, a former law enforcement veteran from California, as director. On Monday, he asked for computer access to criminal background search programs and said he wants arrest powers. That may be granted eventually, but board members said they first want Eddy to determine what it takes to do the bare minimum.

Plan for pretrial services in works

Community Corrections? If these people need to be “corrected,” do you want them in your community?

Suspect flees from deputy after stop

Baldwin County authorities said they were still looking Friday for a Loxley man who fled from a deputy after the officer found cocaine during a traffic stop this week.

Gene Edward Muggins was stopped in the Mills community of Foley at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday for having an expired license tag. The deputy received permission to search Muggins’ vehicle after giving him a ticket, according to a statement issued by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

When the deputy found cocaine residue and crack cocaine, police said, Muggins ran before the deputy could arrest him.

Suspect flees from deputy after stop

Baldwin county sheriff’s office announces three arrests

Bay Minette man pleads guilty in standoff with police

A Bay Minette man pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder in connection with a standoff and shootout with law enforcement officers last year at a trailer park.

Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge James H. Reid sentenced Christopher Wiggins to 20 years.

Wiggins will have to serve five years in prison, after which he must serve five years’ of probation, according to the judge. If he violates his probation, he could be ordered to complete the remainder of the 20-year sentence.

Man pleads guilty in standoff with police

Bail $2 million for trucker charged with kidnapping

Baldwin County judge ordered a truck driver accused of kidnapping a woman and keeping her bound and naked in his rig for days held on $2 million bail this afternoon.

Authorities said Roy Scott Stillwell, 47, an over-the-road trucker from Missouri, kidnapped the woman in Montgomery at least three days ago and held her inside his truck as he drove around the Southeast.

He was arrested Tuesday at the Love’s Travel Stop in Loxley after the victim freed herself from his cab and cried for help.

Bail $2 million for trucker charged with kidnapping

Sunglasses help Foley police break teen burglary ring

A teen selling sunglasses at school was the lead that police say broke a juvenile burglary ring that stole items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in and around Baldwin County.

Items stolen included a large bucket truck taken from a Fairhope construction site in June and then sold on the eBay Web site, said Eric Waldrep, Foley police investigator.

Two teens, one from Silverhill and one from Molino, Fla., are believed to have been stealing items around the region for about a year, Waldrep said. Another Baldwin teen is believed to have taken part in two recent break-ins as part of the group.

Sunglasses help Foley police break teen burglary ring

Poker Game Robbery: New Arrest

A third man has been arrested in a violent armed robbery at an after-hours poker party in Foley last month. Investigators have charged Sebron Byrd with 1st degree armed robbery. Byrd and two other men are accused of breaking into a late-night poker game at a Foley business, robbing the players and taking money from the pot. Detectives say the three men were armed with shotguns.

Byrd, along with Marcus Weaver and Charles Taylor, Junior, face six counts of armed robbery. Investigators say the Foley business owner who held the poker game could face gambling charges.

Poker Game Robbery: New Arrest

400 missing sex offenders: Now Alabama pools it’s resources to find them

State investigators say more than 400 faces don’t appear on the registry, even though law requires they provide a current address. Alabama Governor Bob Riley Tuesday announced a statewide effort to find them. “Of all of the crimes that can be committed, ones that we know have a tendancy to recommit are child predators, sex offenders,” said Riley at a Montgomery news conference.

The statewide sex offender crackdown started on Monday.

400 missing sex offenders: Now Alabama pools it’s resources to find them

Driver charged with kidnapping at Loxley truck stop

Law officers say a truck driver from Hartville, Missouri, driving a rig out of Iowa, is being held in a jail in Baldwin County after police found an Alabama woman tied-up inside the tractor-trailer rig he had been driving.

The driver, Ray Scott Stillwell, 47, apparently got into an altercation with the woman Tuesday afternoon at a truck stop at the Loxley exit off Interstate 10. That drew attention of others and Loxley Police officers who checked Stillwell’s truck and received quite a shock. Inside the cab of the truck they found the woman who had been bound and apparently beaten.

Big Rig truck driver charged with kidnapping woman found tied-up inside the truck

Baldwin County: Frontline of growing sex trade

Sex slaves and human trafficking along the Gulf Coast. It’s a story you may have seen in national headlines, but the FBI says it’s happening right here in south Alabama.

Once illegal immigrants are smuggled into the country, many of them are forced to work-off the high cost of bringing them here. This practice is essentially, modern-day slave trade. According to the State Department, 15,000-to-18,000 people become victims every year in the United States.

Baldwin County: Frontline of growing sex trade

Arrests made in Foley armed robbery

The last of three suspects in the armed robbery of men playing poker in Foley turned himself in to police today, an investigator said.

Sebron Anthony Byrd, 19, of Mount Vernon, was charged with first-degree robbery, according to Foley Police Lt. David White. The arrest comes a week after two other men were charged with stealing more than $4,000 from a group playing poker at Game Room Designs in November.

Marcus Dewayne Weaver, 19, of Foley, and Charles McCoy Taylor Jr, 18, of Mount Vernon, were charged with first-degree robbery last week, investigators said.

Arrests made in Foley armed robbery

Auction Scammer Arrested

Investigators say 34-year-old Donnie Wright was a man people trusted, but they also say he’s a career criminal, who cheated innocent people. Deputies say Wright was telling his victims he had “Impounded, Government Seized Cars” and “Auction Leftovers” for sale.

Wright collected almost $30,000 from at least 15 different people in the Baldwin County and Pensacola areas. Wright’s stepfather, Eddie Pugh, is standing by his son, he explained, “I think there’s a lot of people that need to be hemmed up in this, because he ain’t the only one and I don’t see where he’d done a whole lot wrong.”

Donnie Wright was charged with three counts of theft of property by deception.

Auction Scammer Arrested

Foley Cheerleading Sponsor Arrested

The president of the Foley Youth Cheerleading Assocation has been arrested on fraud charges. Investigators tell News 5′s Pat Peterson they have charged Brandy Flowers with one count of first-degree theft and six counts of credit card fraud.

Cheerleading Sponsor Arrested

Jury finds couple guilty in bankruptcy fraud case

A federal jury in Mobile found a Baldwin County couple guilty of bankruptcy fraud today, and a judge ordered the two jailed immediately.

U.S. District Judge William Steele scheduled Michael Laird Hyatt, 50, and Pamela Lynn Ganey Hyatt, 48, to be sentenced in March.

Jurors convicted the Hyatts on seven counts of bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit that offense. They convicted Michael Hyatt of an additional bankruptcy fraud count and Pamela Hyatt of falsification of records.

Jury finds couple guilty in bankruptcy fraud case