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Wednesday 03 19
66 Total Calls
13 Medical Emergency
23 Police Calls
4 Fire Calls
Booked In 7
Total in Custody: 203
Andalusia –1 Arrest on Warrant
Opp: 1 DUI
Archell M. Ball 23 FTA $370.
Jonathan G. Cowart 27 Writ of Arrest -0-
Dustin S. Lowery 37 FTA -0-
Michael D. Davis 37 Back for Court -0-
Otis R. Curry 59 Unlawful Dist. X2 $200,00
Ruby L. Gay 21 FTA $500. Cash
Jason R. Curry 34 Dist. Of Cont. Sub./
MOBILE POST – A driver has succumbed to injuries received in a single-vehicle crash.
The March 13 crash occurred at 9 p.m. on Kushla McLeod Road one mile west of Prichard.
Freddie Weaver, 70, of Eight Mile was injured when the 1999 Dodge Dakota he was driving
left the roadway and struck a tree. Seat belts were not in use at the time of the crash.
Weaver passed away March 18 at USA Medical Center. Nothing further is available as
Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.
Tuesday 03 18
59 Total Calls
6 Medical Emergency
28 Police Calls
1 Fire Calls
Booked In 9
Total in Custody: 205
Opp: 1 Arrest Ped. Under Influence
Brandon Bobo 25 POM 2nd/PODP $10,500
Corneshia Berry 25 Mun. Court Order -0-
Taylor A. Stinson 19 POM 1st/PODP $13,000
Michael C. Dunn 19 POM 1st/PODP $13,000
Robert A. Gafford 18 POM 1st/PODP $13,000
Faith Dantzler 19 POM 1st/PODP $13,000
Jimmy Bulger 39 Failure to Comply
Court Order $33,000
Justin R. Seaman 24 Dom. Viol. 3rd/
Disorderly Conduct $63,000
Erika S. Powers 32 GJI-Fraud. Use of
Credit /Debit Card $15,000
John David Hughes, 44, of Wing, was convicted by a jury for the 2012 burglary and attempted murder of David Reynolds. The jury deliberated for 18 minutes before returning their verdict. The State was represented at trial by District Attorney, Walt Merrell, who stated that he “appreciates the jury’s verdict and the patience they put into sifting through all of the evidence.” Circuit Court Judge Charles “Lex” Short presided over the trial.
Hughes was arrested on May 15, 2012 by Covington County Sheriff’s Deputies for a home invasion at a residence on Red Oak Road. Hughes was apprehended by the home owner’s 16 year old son and the victim, David Reynolds. According to Reynolds’ testimony at trial, he was awakened around 2:30 a.m. by an unknown noise. Reynolds stated that he opened his bedroom door and found John David Hughes standing just a few feet from him. According to Reynolds, Hughes then raised a 12 gauge shotgun and fired one round of buckshot at point blank range. Reynolds, seeing the barrel coming up, pushed it away and retreated back into the bedroom. Hughes pursued and then shot Reynolds in the left shoulder with a second round of buckshot.
The homeowner, Ellen Weed, testified that Reynolds then escaped out of the bedroom. Hughes followed and Reynolds ambushed Hughes in the hall way. Weed stated her son then assisted Reynolds in subduing Hughes until law enforcement arrived.
In an unusual turn of events, Hughes absented himself from the Court proceedings. “A defendant has a right to be present in Court, “ Merrell noted, “but, if he doesn’t want to be present, he can waive that right. Mr. Hughes made it clear to the Court that he did not want to be present during the trial.” Merrell added, “that was a first for me. Hughes was represented by Bill Alverson, Jr. and William Alverson, III, at trial. Though Mr. Hughes was not there, his lawyers conducted the trial just as if he were, and fought until the bitter end.”
When asked if drugs or alcohol were involved in the case, Merrell answered in the affirmative, adding that Hughes told investigators during an interview that he had been drinking beer “all night long” and, in addition to the beer, Hughes stated he took four Lortabs. “Yet again, we have a case that has a direct link to drugs or alcohol,” Merrell noted. “I’d say that this started out as a drug crime of sorts, and ended up with someone nearly dying – who knows whether Mr. Hughes would have made these criminal decisions if he wasn’t impaired?”
Merrell stated that Hughes has “at least one prior felony conviction. At sentencing for these two felonies, he faces up to life in prison.” Merrell added he intends to ask the Court to sentence Hughes to consecutive life sentences for his crimes. Sentencing has not yet been set.
Merrell also thanked the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, specifically Investigator Jerry Fields, Sgt. Jeff Daniels and Sgt. Lamar Stokes, for their work on the case.
LBW Community College in Andalusia will welcome the Gadsden State Community College A Cappella Choir in a free public performance at 9:45 a.m. on April 3, 2014, in the Martha and Solon Dixon Center for the Performing Arts.
“Our students, faculty and staff are excited about welcoming these young vocalists to our campus,” said Diaon Cook, LBWCC director of student activities and cultural diversity.
The choir is comprised of students from all disciplines at Gadsden State, with many continuing their studies to pursue careers in performance or music education. Currently under the direction of J.T. Harrell, the choir has been representing the College since 1966.
Performances typically include a variety of music, including classical, sacred, spiritual, and contemporary selections. The choir sings in the St. Olaf Tradition, a technical type of sound that is clear with crisp diction giving an impression that the entire group is one voice.
Dr. William O. Blow, Gadsden State acting president, said he is proud to have the students visit Andalusia.
“We are always proud to have our students perform and share their talents in various venues. As representatives of our College, they continue to entertain audiences and uphold the professional tradition built over the past 48 years.”
For more information, contact Cook at 334-881-2256.
Thursday 03 13 through Monday 03 17
332 Total Calls
59 Medical Emergency
168 Police Calls
16 Fire Calls
Booked In 32
Total in Custody: 206
Hinton Short 42 VOP -0-
Desmond Young 25 POM 1st/POCS/PODP/
Resisting Arrest $330,000
Matthew Looney 29 DUI/Hold for Other Agency $1,000/-0-
Marcus Coffman 25 POM 2nd/PODP/POCS $20,500
Robert Brantley 22 POM 2nd/PODP/POCS $20,500
Jadon Mason 25 POM 2nd/PODP/POCS $20,500
Howard Thagard 69 POM 2nd/PODP $2000
Christin E. Gatewood 18 POM 2nd/PODP $1,500
Dominique K. Woods 21 POM 2nd/PODP $1,500
Jalon Z. Glass 21 POM 2nd/PODP $1,500
Xavier D. Robinson 26 POM 2nd $1,000
Marrick D. Anderson 21 POM 2nd/PODP/Crimn.
Michael W. Jaynes 40 Child Support -0-
Amiee Cooley 32 TOP 1st $20,000
Melissa D. Phillips 43 FTA -0-
Katie L. Tatum 19 Mun. Court Order -0-
Bobby Niron 29 Bond Revocation -0-
Terry L. Rhudy 44 Mun. Court Order -0-
Horace Peacock 64 Serving Weekends
James T. Bailey 34 Serving Weekends
Patrick Lucas 39 POCS/POM 2nd/PODP 1st $20,500
Steffanie S. Hendershot 40 Public Intox $3,000
Cayla M. Hughes 19 POM 2nd/PODP/POCS $20,500
James A. McDonald 26 Serving Weekends -0-
Ronald E. Brooks 3rd 27 Serving Weekends
Jared D. Kemp 26 POM 2nd/PODP $2,000
Ryan C. Koegler 21 POM 2nd/PODP $2,000
Christopher E. Lawson 41 POCS/PODP $13,000
Laurie J. Armendariz 49 DUI $7,500
Daisey L. Weaver 45 Dist. Of Cont.
Tina M. Carroll 47 Obst. Gov. Ops $500
Wednesday 03 12
72 Total Calls
15 Medical Emergency
32 Police Calls
4 Fire Calls
Booked In 6
Total in Custody: 209
Mary Everett 55 Bond Revocation -0-
Jasmunn Cobb 23 VOP -0-
Marcus E. Cassady 3rd 20 Bond Revocation -0-
James Stallworth 22 Mun. Court Order -0-
James Watley 63 Sentenced -0-
Patrick Malcom 47 Non-Support -0-
On Wednesday, March 19th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, The 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force will be holding it's Take Back Prescription Pill Program at Larry's Pharmacy in Opp, AL. We ask that if you have any unused, out dated, or just not needed any longer Prescriptions that you come by and drop them off that day so that they can be properly disposed of. The goal of this program is to be sure that these prescriptions do not end up in the wrong hands or disposed of improperly to cause harm to others or our water supply. There will be no questions asked and all bottles and labels will be burned.
Tuesday 03 11
72 Total Calls
16 Medical Emergency
34 Police Calls
1 Fire Calls
Booked In 8
Total in Custody: 211
Corneshia T. Berry 25 Mun. Court Order -0-
Jonathan M. White 28 NWNI x22 $66,000 cash
Daniel L. Stewart 52 POCS/PODP $13,000
Syndal F. Duncan 20 GJI $10,000
Russell D. Worley 38 Sentenced -0-
Jason W. Barth 33 FTA -0-
Mickey Upshaw 47 VOP/Att to Elude -0-/$3,000
Walton Solomon 37 FTA x2 -0-