Entries Tagged 'Crime' ↓
March 11th, 2008 — Crime, Fairhope
Balancing a Fairhope man’s military career and health problems against his less-than-full-throated acceptance of guilt, a federal judge in Mobile handed down a five-year prison sentence Friday for possession of child pornography.
Robert Arthur Marney told U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose that he started looking at child pornography on the Internet at a time when he had trouble sleeping because of medication that he was taking.
The 75-year-old Marney compared the activity to the baseball cards and marbles that he traded as a youth. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Murphy urged a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, pointing out that one of the video images Marney saved on his computer depicted an infant being raped during a diaper change.
Man sentenced for child porn
How is that anything like baseball cards and marbles? And why did the honorable DuBose not give him the maximum sentence? Someone’s lost their marbles.
March 7th, 2008 — Crime, Schools
BECAUSE OF Alabama’s education tenure law, Baldwin County taxpayers continue to support a teacher charged with soliciting a former student for sex.
The teacher, Andrew Neil Newton, was charged in October 2006 with solicitation of a child by computer, enticing a child for immoral purposes and interference with custody; a grand jury indicted him in December of that year. Mr. Newton taught at J. Larry Newton School.
Mr. Newton maintains his innocence, and the case has never gone to trial. He remains on paid administrative leave, receiving the annual salary of $65,413 he would have earned for teaching and driving a school bus.
Charged with crimes, still on teacher payroll
March 7th, 2008 — Bay Minette, Crime
The Baldwin County grand jury will review second-degree sexual abuse charges against a Bay Minette man who allegedly forcefully fondled a teenage female on two occasions since November, according to Baldwin County District Court records.
Wayde Frank Thompson, 54, of Daniels Road is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.
He was released Jan. 15 from Baldwin County Corrections Center in Bay Minette after posting $40,000 in bail.
Sexual abuse charges levied
March 5th, 2008 — Bay Minette, Crime
A professional boxer from Mobile pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and robbery in the box-cutter attack of a Spanish Fort car dealer.
Joseph Jerome Aikin, 25, faces the possibility of life in prison at his March 24 sentencing in Baldwin County Circuit Court.
In mid-2005, Aikin was unable to get into the boxing ring because of an injury, his lawyer said, so he couldn’t make the payments on a 1996 Ford Ranger that he bought from Impress Auto Sales.
Boxer guilty in razor assault
March 4th, 2008 — Crime, Lillian, Magnolia Springs
The suspects are
- 42-year-old Terry Hall of Atmore, loitering
- 62-year-old Randy Laney of Orange Beach faces loitering and indecent exposure charges, loitering
- 43-year-old Darryl Neal of Grand Bay faces charges of loitering and public intoxication
- 35-year-old Adrian Tannler of Magnolia Springs, loitering
- 57-year-old Richard Terry of Chickasaw, loitering
- 79-year-old Sherard Pierre of Mobile, loitering
- 49-year-old Stanley Smith of Pensacola was arrested at the Perdido Bay Recreation Park in Lillian
All six suspects were caught last week near the Pitcher Plant Bog’s parking area.
Officials say the undercover male officers were approached by each of the individuals for sexual intercourse. While managers of the park say they’ve had this problem in the past, they hope the sting will deter others from sexual activity in a place it doesn’t belong.
March 4th, 2008 — Bay Minette, Crime
A Bay Minette man must remain jailed until he is transferred to Virginia to face child pornography charges, a federal judge in Mobile ruled Monday.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents arrested Matthew Edward Tunnell, 32, last week on a charge that Tunnell received a DVD containing child pornography when he was living in Lynchburg, Va.
Investigators ensnared the restaurant dish washer in a sting in which they posed as child porn peddlers, according to authorities.
Bay Minette man jailed on child pornography charge
March 3rd, 2008 — Crime, Lillian, Magnolia Springs
Investigators say seven men were arrested this past Friday, February 29, as part of an undercover sting operation conducted by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies say the men were arrested at the Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog in Magnolia Springs and the Perdido Bay Recreation Park in Lillian. Officials say the men approached undercover officers for the purpose of deviate sexual intercourse. The seven men have been charged with loitering.
If convicted, each of the men could be sentenced to up to thirty days in jail and or receive a fine of up to $200.
The men ranged in age from 35 to 79, according to department reports.
Baldwin County officials carry out park sting
Seven men charged in park sex sting
March 3rd, 2008 — Crime
Law enforcement agents are working to return a 34-year-old Stockton man to Baldwin County after he was arrested last week in Philadelphia on local charges that include attempted murder, a county Sheriff’s Office official said today.
On Friday, authorities arrested Steve Edward Brown on Baldwin charges of attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and stalking, according to information released by the Sheriff’s Office.
The charges stem from a Feb. 2 incident in which investigators allege that Brown shot two people in the north Baldwin community following a domestic dispute, the Sheriff’s Office information states.
Baldwin fugitive caught in Philadelphia
March 2nd, 2008 — Crime, Daphne, Schools
Police say they expect to make arrests on Monday.
Police say what some kids at Daphne Middle School are involved in goes beyond experiments. Lieutenant Jud Beedy says its a crime. “This very well could easily turn into possession of child pornography.”
In 2 separate incidents police say students used their cell phones to take and share nude pictures.
Arrests expected in Daphne Middle porn case
February 29th, 2008 — Crime, Daphne, Schools
Daphne Police say they are investigating two cases involving students at Daphne Middle School where young girls and boys have used their cell phone cameras to take nude pictures of themselves and disseminate those pictures.
In one case a girl and a boy took nude photographs of themselves and sent the photographs to each other. In a second case, a girl was given a cell phone by a boy, the girl took the cell phone into the girl’s bathroom at school, took nude photographs of herself and gave the cell phone back to the boy.
Daphne Police are still investigating both cases. The range of offenses could range from: Dissemination or Display of Child Pornography, which is a class B felony, to Material Harmful to Minors, which is a misdemeanor.
Three students involved have been suspended by Daphne Middle School administrators, Baldwin County Public Schools spokesman Terry Wilhite said today. No arrests have been made, Beedy said, but the investigation continues.
Middle school students busted for graphic cell phone pix
Police: Students exchanged nude cell phone photos
Wow. I bet there are some proud parents in Daphne tonight. Unbelievable.
February 21st, 2008 — Crime, Daphne
Congressional candidate Ben Lodmell of Mobile faces an April 10 court date on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute, according to newly released filings in Baldwin County District Court.
Lodmell, 36, was arrested Jan. 31 in Daphne for allegedly offering a female undercover agent $100 for sex.
If found guilty in the bench trial before District Judge Michelle Hart, he faces up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine. Currently free on $5,000 bail, Lodmell intends to plead innocent, according to his attorney, Dennis Knizley of Mobile.
Lodmell, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, said almost two weeks ago that he planned to stay in the race but would soon issue a news release “clarifying my approach.” As of late Wednesday afternoon, he had not done so and could not be reached for comment.
Candidate faces April court date
Lodmell and others’ mugshots
February 21st, 2008 — Crime, Robertsdale
On Wednesday afternoon, a Baldwin County jury took about two hours to find 25-year-old Tyler Richard Chapman of Robertsdale guilty of attempted criminal surveillance and third-degree burglary.
In court Wednesday, Circuit Judge James H. Reid ordered Chapman held on $10,000 bail and set a sentencing hearing for March 27.
Prosecutors said Chapman climbed into his apartment’s attic, knocked a hole in the common wall, crawled across the insulation and ripped the duct from the ceiling so he could peer into his neighbors’ bathroom.
Neighbor accused of spying on couple is convicted
February 21st, 2008 — Crime, Elberta
Investigators say a night of partying at the Flora-Bama Lounge ended badly for an Elberta police officer. Officer Robby Morrow was arrested Sunday morning and charged with D.U.I.
“A subject left the bar and they felt he had too much to drink so they call us,” says Asst. Chief Greg Duck with the Orange Beach Police Department. “One of our officers conducted a traffic stop and gave him a field sobriety test.”
Duck says Morrow failed the sobriety test and was booked into the city jail.
Read the arrest report
Elberta Police Officer Arrested For Drunk Driving
February 14th, 2008 — Crime
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Steve Edward Brown of Stapleton. Brown, 34, is a black male who has a listed address of 9541 Stevens Place in Stockton.
The sheriff’s office is searching for Steve Edward Brown of Stapleton. Brown is wanted for attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and stalking.
According to a news release, Brown is wanted for attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and stalking. These charges stem from an altercation that occurred Feb. 2 around 10 p.m. on Judges Circle in Stockton, sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Anthony Lowery said. Investigators believe that Brown used a small caliber weapon to shoot two victims inside a residence on Judges Circle.
The two victims were taken to area hospital and treated for gun shot wounds. The female victim was shot numerous times. Both victims have been released from the hospital, a news release said.
Officers searching for dangerous man
February 14th, 2008 — Crime, Robertsdale
22-year-old Randi Bonnell of Baldwin County was arrested on Wednesday and charged with Theft of Property in the first degree.
Robertsdale Police investigators say Bonnell used her position as an employee with the Pen Air Federal Credit Union in Robertsdale to steal thousands of dollars from the credit union. Upon her arrest, Bonnell was transported to the Baldwin County Correction Center in Bay Minette where she will await a bond hearing.
Police say more charges in this case could follow.
Robertsdale arrest made in theft case