Ian Aitcheson’s mother said that when she arrived at her ex-husband’s smoldering mobile home about 2 a.m. Jan. 28, she recognized her tall, lanky, 16-year-old son at the scene. But he wasn’t the son she knew, she said, and he hadn’t been for weeks.
“He was so drawn back into himself. When he hugged me, it was obviously forced,” she said. “The look in his eyes, you could tell he was on something.”
She said that he later told her that he had smoked crack cocaine the day before
A Baldwin County judge set a $1 million bail today for a fifth person charged in association with the death of a Silverhill man stabbed and burned in his mobile home last week.
Amen Lee Robert Wellock, 17, of Robertsdale, was arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder because of his involvement in the planning that led to the robbery and murder of Robert Paul Aitcheson, 51, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Officials have said.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Jan. 30 the arrest of three suspects in the death of Robert Paul Aitcheson
The body of Robert Paul Aitcheson, 51, was found Wednesday morning when his mobile home on Holston Street near Silverhill caught fire.
Ian Aitcheson, 16, the victim’s son, and Danny O’Neil Weaver, 19, both of Robertsdale were arrested and charged with capital murder and arson in the first degree the morning of Jan. 30. Another man, Keshjuan Betts, also from Robertsdale according to the Sheriff’s office, was arrested Friday at 1 p.m. on the same charges.
Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s office sift through what’s left of Robert Aitcheson home.The 51 year old Silverhill man died in this fire. His body found among the ash and debris.
“His body has been take to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for autopsy. We’ll investigate this along with the state fire marshal until we know exactly what happened,” says Baldwin County Sheriff’s Major Anthony Lowery.
The fire was called in at one o’clock this morning. By three o’clock, it was out and their worse fear confirmed.
Walk in to Summerdale Town Hall and right away you see it. Bullet proof glass now separates the public from the ladies that work here. “We felt pretty safe here in a small town,” says Court Clerk Jenny Gipson, “but something like that happens and makes you think and start to worry a bit.”
A threatening phone message greeted employees when they got to work one day. “I had a message on the phone that was very intimidating, scary, threatening to kill us,” says Gipson.
The caller was later identified as Marcus Brown and he was pretty easy to find. His phone number showed up on Caller ID and he left his name on the message.
“He said that he was bored and wanted to call somebody,” says Gipson.
According to police, Brown picked up the phone, deliberately dialed Summerdale Town Hall and left profanity-laden messages threatening murder and other violence.
Council members voted 4-1 to pass Resolution 415 which would provide for the assessment of fees on all new development within the town’s planning jurisdiction.
For residential property within town limits, the town will collect a 1 percent impact fee, provided that the fee does not exceed $4,881.25 per unit. For non-residental property within the town’s planning jurisdiction, the town will collect $99.57 per 1,000 square feet on homes up to 100,000 square feet.
Council member Bert Jones voted against the measure. Mayor Tim Wilson abstained from voting with council members Steve Brooks, Jared Lyles, Rodney Criswell and Shirley Stephens voting for the measure. All council members were present at Monday’s meeting.
The Silverhill Town Council split on several issues coming before the council’s regular meeting on Monday at Town Hall.
First, the council narrowly voted to approve an impact fee ordinance for the town. The ordinance will allow the town to impose a 1 percent fee on all new construction in the town.
Then they voted for council members and other town officials to have their fee to attend the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet paid and to give $300 to Silverhill Elementary School in support of the school’s honors program. The measure passed unanimously with Criswell and Wilson abstaining.
A large black suitcase full of clothes and personal effects caused Silverhill Elementary School to go into lockdown today, authorities said. Students were bought into classrooms and all doors at the school were closed for an hour and a half until the case was deemed harmless.
The suitcase had been found at the Silverhill Post Office, which is near the school.
A new facility to help troubled teens will be on display to the public today with an open house for the Baldwin County Youth Services Girls Group Home in Silverhill.
The home, at 22280 Ninth St., will be open for the dedication from 4 to 6 p.m., said Janice Hendrickson, Youth Services coordinator-counselor. The home will replace a smaller facility in Silverhill that opened in 1985.
The center, like the Youth Services facility for boys in Robertsdale, provides a place where teens can receive counseling and a home environment, Hendrickson said