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Robber sought in Gulf Shores holdup

Gulf Shores police are looking for a slender white man in his 30s who robbed a small Hispanic grocery store at gunpoint midday today.

Shortly after opening Mercado La Gringa on E. 24th Street at noon, the store’s clerk was greeted by a man who struck up a casual conversation, Investigator Justin Clopton said. After a few minutes, the man brandished a black handgun and announced his intentions to rob the store.

After gathering money from the cash register and a safe, the robber made the female clerk and another employee lie face down on the floor while he fled on foot, according to a Gulf Shores Police Department news release. Police have yet to get a final tally on the amount of cash that was stolen, Clopton said.

Robber sought in Gulf Shores holdup

Buzbee charged in slaying of Wilson

A Spanish Fort man was arrested late Thursday on capital murder charges in the death of Arthur “Bobby” Wilson, an Eastern Shore business owner who died four months after suffering severe injuries during a robbery at his well-known service center.

Leslie Eric Buzbee, who is now charged with capital murder robbery and capital murder burglary, had been at the center of the investigation since shortly after last summer’s attack, according to Baldwin County District Attorney Judy Newcomb.

On Thursday night, a special grand jury issued the indictment, which was then signed by Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge Lang Floyd.

Buzbee charged in slaying of Wilson

Bay Minette bank manager charged with theft

Bay Minette police said they arrested George Lucas Price Jr., a manager at United Bank and former chairman of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, on theft charges today.

Price is accused of stealing several thousand dollars from a local Mardi Gras group he belonged to and using that money for his own personal gain, according to Police Chief Michael Rowland.

The Mystic Revelers association contacted police Monday after discovering the money missing from an account Price had overseen. The account was with United Bank, Rowland said.

Bay Minette bank manager charged with theft

Fugitive’s Aunt on Trial

Gordon Waller, the former head of the traffic school for Mobile and Baldwin Counties hasn’t been seen in the United States since 2006.

Now, his aunt is accused of helping him run from the law. Waller was convicted of extortion in 2006. His trial went on without him because he was believed to be on the run in the Philippines. Waller was accused of getting a man out of prison early and using threats to get that man to have sex with him. Authorities say that man murdered a father and daughter after Waller got him out of jail early.

Now Waller’s aunt, Melba Trehern, is on trial, accused of helping Waller by sending him money.

Fugitive’s Aunt on Trial

Short sentence for Foley gun violation

A federal judge in Mobile sentenced a Foley-area man to a year and a day in prison Tuesday for a gun violation, sparking disbelief and anger from the young men he shot nearly two years ago.

Terry Vaughn Styron’s sentence is three times less than the range set by advisory federal sentencing guidelines.

“I’m kind of shocked,” said Hollynn Vanderpool as he left the courtroom.

Short sentence for Foley gun violation

Fists Fly After A Stabbing In Foley

Investigators say a man was stabbed several times Monday night at the Bay Villa Apartments just before 8:00. News 5’s Debbie Williams and Brad Gunther were on the scene and witnessed two women yelling at each other.

The fight quickly turned physical. Police officers had to separate the women. Both were arrested.

Fists Fly After A Stabbing In Foley

Loxley store robbed Sunday

Loxley police were looking Monday for a man who held up the Daybreak convenience store Sunday, threatening the clerk with a pistol before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash, an officer said.

The man walked into the store, on Alabama 59 at the intersection of Chicago Avenue, at around 3:30 p.m., said Lt. Raymond Lovell of the Loxley Police Department.

He produced a black pistol and demanded money from the clerk, he said.

Loxley store robbed Sunday

Lake Forest robber gets 20 years in prison

A Daphne man who authorities said robbed a woman at knifepoint inside her home was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

In pleading guilty to first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment, Trentin Devangelo Ferguson admitted he stole the woman’s bank card, cell phone and 1998 Chrysler Sebring on Feb. 11, 2007.

Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge Charles C. Partin ordered Ferguson to serve 20 years in that case and 10 years for theft of property in a separate case that authorities tied to Ferguson after his arrest.

Lake Forest robber gets 20 years in prison

Father Punches Infant Son In Face

 The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has charged a father with child abuse and domestic violence. Capt. Steve Arthur says Angel Bravo-Rivello punched his five-month old son in the face last night because the child wouldn’t stop crying. “During questioning, he admitted he hit the child in the face and head,” says Arthur. “Anyone that would strike an infant needs to be put in jail and we take this type of crime seriously.”

Bravo-Rivello could face even more charges. Investigators believe he could be in the U-S illegally. “The Border Patrol and ICE have both been notified,” says Arthur. “If he’s here illegally, the charges will be added and we’ll look at deportation once the criminal case is taken care of.” Bravo-Rivello is in the Baldwin County Corrections Center on a 10-thousand dollar bond. Sheriff’s deputies say the baby will be okay.

Father Punches Infant Son In Face

Supreme Court upholds death sentence in shooting of minister

The Alabama Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction and death sentence given a Bay Minette man for the 1999 kidnapping and shooting death of a Baldwin County minister.

In a 7-0 ruling, the high court upheld the death sentence given 42-year-old Donald Deardorff for the murder of the Rev. Ted Turner, 56, who was abducted in September 1999 from his Spanish Fort home. His body was found almost two years later near a remote logging trail in northern Baldwin County.

The Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals that affirmed Deardorff’s conviction and death sentence. The high court rejected Deardorff’s arguments that prosecutors used improper evidence to convict him and that the death sentence was improper because it was partly based on the determination that Turner’s death was “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel.”

Supreme Court upholds death sentence in shooting of minister

Daphne pastor accused of domestic violence

A Daphne pastor was arrested Wednesday after a quarrel at his home, police said.

The Rev. David C. Harrison faces a third-degree domestic violence charge, according to Daphne Police Capt. Daniel Bell.

The 45-year-old pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on Main Street was arrested about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday after his wife suffered an injury to her hand and called police, Bell said.

Harrison, who lives on Eagle Creek Drive, was taken to the Daphne Jail, where he remained until Wednesday evening

Pastor accused of domestic violence

Fairhope man charged with enticing, sodomy

A 33-year-old Fairhope man has been accused of giving alcohol to a 16-year-old girl and then sexually assaulting her in his car this past weekend.

James William Smith was arrested in the early-morning hours Saturday and charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing a child and providing alcohol to a minor, according to Fairhope Police.

Fairhope Police spokesman Sgt. Craig Sawyer said the incident began late Friday night, just before midnight, when Smith and the teen were at the same Fairhope residence. Smith is accused of convincing the girl to get into a car and giving her alcohol.

Fairhope man charged with enticing, sodomy

Daphne panhandler arrested on sex abuse charge

Responding to a routine complaint Wednesday about panhandlers at the Exxon station on U.S. 98 near Interstate 10, a Daphne patrolman found that one of the three apparently homeless men was wanted on a sexual abuse charge.

The officer arrested Donald Leslie Enfinger, 66, on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse involving a girl under the age of 12, said Daphne Sgt. Brian Gulsby. The crime occurred in Daphne, he said.

After a nearly yearlong investigation, Enfinger was indicted by a grand jury in November, according to the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office.

Daphne panhandler arrested on sex abuse charge

FBI details trucker arrest

An affidavit filed by the FBI offers new details of the events that led to the dramatic confrontation Dec. 11 between police and a trucker who is accused of kidnapping a woman and keeping her tied up in his rig for days.

When officers approached Roy Scott Stillwell after the naked and bound woman called for help, the criminal complaint states, he told them that sex between him and the woman was consensual.

FBI details trucker arrest

Parents arrested in multi-county theft ring

The parents of a juvenile arrested for burglaries across Alabama and Florida have been arrested, Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Bret and Rita Helton were arrested Tuesday and charged with receiving stolen property. Their child and two other juveniles were arrested earlier this month for stealing nearly a half a million dollars worth of stuff, deputies said.

Parents arrested in multi-county theft ring