One small police force in Baldwin County is looking to beef up its arsenal, but money is a big issue. The Silverhill Police Chief is asking the city to purchase tactical rifles for patrol officers. This comes after a recent standoff with a heavily armed suspect who allegedly shot at an officer.
It would be a scary situation for even the best equipped police force. A gunman accused of shooting at an officer and then barricades himself in his home with an arsenal of weapons. That was just the case last Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Silverhill when police responded to a call of shots fired on Bohemian Hall Road. Nearly six hours later and with the assistance of Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies, Daniel Hails was arrested for attempted murder.
Correction Services had a contract with Clanton for the past six years that allowed the firm to collect a $10 set-up fee and a $40 monthly fee from every debtor the Clanton Municipal Court steered to the firm, according to the lawsuit the SPLC filed against the city in March.
The SPLC sent out letters on Wednesday to nearly 100 municipalities that use JCS, warning that the contracts are illegal and the tactics used by the firms can amount to extortion.
A Silverhill man is in custody facing attempted murder charges after police say he shot at an officer Tuesday night.
Daniel Wade Hails, 56, of 21348 Bohemian Hall Road was arrested Wednesday morning following a 6-hour standoff at his residence, said Silverhill Police Chief Kim Wasdin.
An officer with the Silverhill Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the residence.
“The officer turned on his lights in the driveway to identify himself and approached the privacy fence leading to the residence which was locked,” Wasdin said. “He saw a man inside the residence and identified himself to the man. The man waved at him, then turned, picked up a rifle, aimed it at him and fired.”
A man reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and armed with multiple firearms surrendered to negotiators with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night after firing several shots at a home in Silverhill, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.
Around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday officers with the Silverhill and Summerdale police departments responded to a report of an apparently intoxicated man firing weapons in and around a home on Camellia Road. Silverhill Police Chief Kim Wasden requested the help of the sheriff’s office to talk the man down.
“Mr. Thibodeau expressed some anger toward failed attempts to get his girlfriend to leave his residence,” Arthur said. “After a short negotiation Mr. Thibodeau surrendered to authorities without incident.”
WTF? Why was he arrested if the problem started because the “girlfriend” wouldn’t leave HIS residence?
About 10 hours before four teens allegedly executed a plot to rob, kill and burn a Silverhill man, Amen Lee Robert Wellock held what appeared to be a gun to the chest of one of his co-defendants and asked if he “would accept this mission,” according to court testimony.
Danny “Chubbs” Weaver responded, “I accept the mission” during ceremony, said Baldwin County Sheriff’s Investigator Bret Lankford.
Lankford, who testified at Wellock’s preliminary hearing Thursday, was describing some of the evidence that resulted in the 17-year-old Robertsdale teen being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the Jan. 28 slaying of 51-year-old Robert “Bob” Aitcheson
The current economic crisis has many individuals and government entities feeling the pinch and the Town of Silverhill is no different.
The Silverhill Town Council voted unanimously to pass its 2009 budget on Monday, showing a nearly $100,000 budget deficit.
With expenditures totalling $943,225 and revenues of a projected $845,817, the town has a projected budget deficit of $97,408 for the coming year.
The town’s general fund is operating with a $18,758 deficit, with expenditures of $553,375 and $534,617 in revenue, while the town’s water and gas department has a budget deficit of $78,650 with expenses of $389,850 to revenues and $311,200.
They also adopted Ordinance No. 386 to provide for an increase in garbage rates as approved at the council’s Feb. 16 meeting.
The town of Silverhill, Baldwin County’s smallest municipality, is considering annexation plans that could increase the size of the town to several times larger than its 1890s boundaries. Town officials will hold a meeting on the annexation proposal at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at Little Hall in Silverhill.
A map of the proposed annexation area is available at Town Hall. If town officials decide to go forward with the proposal, the Alabama Legislature would be asked to pass a local act to schedule a vote on the issue.
A Silverhill woman was killed Sunday in a crash near Fairhope.
State troopers say Krystal Jowers Keown, 32, was ejected from her 2002 Lexus after she lost control of the vehicle while traveling east on County Road 48, near County Road 9. Her car left the road and hit a mailbox in the area around 2 a.m.
When three teenagers entered Robert “Bob” Aitcheson’s Silverhill trailer last month, one climbed on top of the sleeping man, while another slipped a plastic bag over his head, according to court testimony.
After a struggle, Ian Aitcheson, the victim’s 16-year-old son, picked up a large butcher-type knife in the kitchen, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Susan Gross testified Thursday. He handed it to Danny “Chubbs” Weaver “and tells him to make sure my dad is dead,” Gross said.
That is one of the scenarios investigators put together based on evolving and conflicting statements made by the four teenagers charged with capital murder and first-degree arson, Gross said.
Citing increased costs from the Baldwin County Landfill, the Silverhill Town Council voted Monday night to approve a 30 percent hike in garbage pickup rates for the town
This is something we have to take care of right away,” said Mayor Tim Wilson before Monday night’s vote.
County landfill costs rose 25 percent over the last year and council members were given prices to raise rates 25 percent or 30 percent. Council member Bert Jones moved to increase rates 30 percent, which was passed unanimously with all council members present.
Controversy continues in the town of Silverhill over the vacation of a right of way
The town council, at its meeting on Monday, sought to correct a mistake made over six years ago with the property, located on the west side of Fourth Street, between Second Avenue and North Avenue.
In order to vacate property, a petition must be signed by adjacent property owners seeking a public hearing. After being published in a local newspaper for a period of 30 days, a public hearing is held before the town council on the issue before a decision is made at a public meeting
Investigators call 17 year old Amen Wellock the brains behind a gang of teenagers now accused of murder.
“Did you do what they say you did?” “No I did not,” says Wellock. Prosecutors say it was Wellock who made Danny Weaver, also known as ‘Chubs’, swear an oath to kill Bob Aitcheson as part of a ritual in a self appointed gang.
“How did you get mixed up in all this?” “People talking,” says Wellock on his way back to the county jail. “Do you know Danny and all those guys? “Yes ma’am.” “Y’all friends?” “Yes ma’am. We used to be.” “Did you know Mr. Aitcheson? What did you think of him?” “A very nice man,” Wellock says of the victim.