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Robertsdale High student arrested for making threats

A Robertsdale High School student was arrested Thursday and accused of making terrorist threats, a day after he allegedly told classmates he had brought a gun to school.

Robertsdale Police Sgt. Rex Bishop stressed that the investigation found no gun on campus, and Baldwin County schools spokesman Terry Wilhite said a search of the student’s lockers at Robertsdale High and the South Baldwin Center of Technology revealed no weapon.

“He did not have a weapon, but you can’t say that kind of thing in this day and age,” Bishop said.

The student, whose name was not released, was taken to the county jail, Bishop said.

Robertsdale High student arrested for making threats

Fairhope Burglars Busted

Fairhope Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with a string of burglaries. Randy Lee Crocker & Christopher Darwin Higginbotham are accused of breaking into businesses and construction sites.

Investigators think the two stolen items and equipment over the past month. They are accused of burglarizing Battles Wharf Mini- Mart on Highway 89, Buffet Enhancements as well as a home construction site and the construction site at the new Fairhope Middle School.

Police say they were taking everything from cigarettes to copper wire and even a cutting torch officers believe they used in other crimes.

Burglars Busted

Foley Man Gets Life Sentence

27-year-old Labarron McDonald was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole today in a Baldwin County courtroom. McDonald was found guilty for shooting and killing Marlin Lashane Phipps. Phipps, 33, was sitting in a sport utility vehicle in a Foley parking lot.

The case has drawn lots of attention because Foley High School football star and University of Alabama signee Julio Jones was a key witness. While on the stand, Jones testified that he heard 3 quick gun shots, and saw McDonald put the gun to Phipps’ head and fire another round.

Foley Man Gets Life Sentence

Daphne bank robbed

Police agencies on both sides of Mobile Bay are looking for two men considered “armed and dangerous.” Investigators in Daphne say two men used a stolen pick-up truck as a getaway car in a Wednesday morning bank robbery. The Wachovia Bank on Highway 98 in Daphne was hit around 11-am. Detectives say the men, both carrying guns, got away with cash.

“The pick-up truck was stolen out of Saraland,” says Capt. Danny Bell of the Daphne Police Department. “We’re running down some leads to try and track it down.”

Employees at the United States Sports Academy, which is next to the bank, say they saw the robbery go down.

Stolen Car Used In Bank Robbery

Cops: Suspect Armed And Dangerous

Bay Minette Police Captain Clarence Crook is looking for a man he says is armed and dangerous. Crook says if he can catch him, he’ll charge 20-year Chaney Thomas with aggravated assault.

I’m assuming he still has a weapon,” says Crook. “I consider him very dangerous, we want to get him off the streets as soon as possible.”

Investigators believe Thomas shot Lasay Mason in the stomach outside a Bay Minette nightclub early Sunday morning. Mason was airlifted to U-S-A Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. People living near the shooting scene are concerned about the shooting.

Cops: “Suspect Armed And Dangerous”

14 Arrested in Drug Sweep

Bay Minette Police arrested 14 people on drug charges over the past two weekends.

The arrests are part of a citywide crackdown on crime called Project Safe Neighborhoods. Chief Michael Rowland says his officers conducted the sweeps after receiving tips from residents who are tired of seeing drugs in their neighborhood.

14 Arrested in Drug Sweep

Fairhope camera store robbed

A man wearing a black “hoodie” style sweatshirt robbed a Fairhope photography store Monday morning, but a police spokesman said there’s no evidence that it’s linked to the “hoodie holdups” in Mobile.

“We have no reason to believe this is linked to any other crimes in the area,” said Fairhope police spokesman Sgt. Craig Sawyer. “All we know is he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.”

In the Mobile robberies, suspects used the hoods to conceal their identities, but the hood was not worn during Monday’s incident, according to Fairhope police.

Fairhope camera store robbed

Fairhope man sentenced for child porn

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.

Charged with crimes, still on teacher payroll

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

Sexual abuse charges levied

thompson.jpgThe 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

Boxer guilty in razor assault

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

Mug Shots of 7 Men Arrested for Soliciting Sex

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.

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Terry Hall

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Randy Laney

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Darryl Neal

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Adrian Tannler

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Richard Terry

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Sherard Pierre

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Stanley Smith

Bay Minette man jailed on child pornography charge

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

Baldwin County officials carry out park sex sting

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

Mugshots, anyone?

Baldwin fugitive caught in Philadelphia

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