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Enterprise High football coach Kevin Collins remembers a conversation earlier this year with former Wildcat head coach Kenneth Hand about his son, Andrew.
Andrew Hand, a 2004 Enterprise High graduate and wide receiver on the football team, had already served one stint in the Army, including two terms in Iraq. Coach Hand told Collins that Andrew had put his job as an insurance salesman on hold and decided to re-enlist in the Army.
“He’s just good at being a soldier,” Hand told Collins.
There are two things about the high school football career of Andrew Hand that back his father’s assessment, according to those who coached him.
First, he volunteered for everything.
“You never had to ask him to do anything,” said Matt Rogers, an assistant coach at Enterprise. “He was always around the fieldhouse.”
Second, he was fearless.
“He was a little bit undersized, but he returned punts for us and I reckon he didn’t believe in fair-catching a punt,” Rogers said. “He had the heart of a lion.”
Pfc. Andrew Hand, 25, was on his first tour in Qalat, Afghanistan, Saturday when he was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. Three other soldiers died in the explosion. Hand’s body was scheduled to be returned to Dover Air Force Base either late Sunday or early Monday. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Teachers, coaches and administrators described Hand as a quiet student who stayed out of trouble.
“He came by the school just to visit some people about a year ago,” assistant principal Steven Graves said. “He was a gutsy kid.”
“He was quiet and assuming, but you could see a character behind the quiet front,” said Dr. Jim Reese, superintendent of Enterprise City Schools. “He was the kind of a person you knew would represent our country well. Every time I saw him, he would speak to me and we would carry on a good conversation.”
Hand was assigned to 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He grew up in the Brookwood area near Tuscaloosa but moved to Enterprise for high school when Kenneth Hand became head coach at Enterprise in 2001.
Hand is the second soldier from Enterprise killed in just more than a month. Spc. Brendan Neenan, 21, died June 7 from the detonation of an IED.
“Our city has lost a lot of young people,” Reese said, referring to the loss of the soldiers, eight students in a 2007 tornado that struck the high school, and others due to illness and accidents. “Any time you lose young people, it’s just devastating. It’s another example of just how fragile life is.”
Hand entered active service Nov. 15, 2005. Following his initial term of active service, he re-enlisted Oct. 17, 2008. He reported to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and was assigned to the 657th Fire Support Company, 17th Fires Brigade. The battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October of 2009.
Hand's civilian and military education includes a high school diploma, and the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Crewmember Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.
A Henry County Sheriff's deputy injured in a shooting last year has been terminated due to his arrest during a recent police chase.
Sheriff William Maddox said he fired Deputy Ted Yost on Friday after he failed to resign from his position as a deputy when asked to do so by the sheriff. Yost, 39, of Abbeville, has two pending misdemeanor charges against him in Houston County -- reckless endangerment and attempting to elude law enforcement.
Maddox said he gave Yost an opportunity to turn in his resignation after he was arrested by Houston County Sheriff's deputies earlier this month following a high-speed chase. Houston County Sheriff's Capt. Antonio Gonzalez said shortly after the arrest that Yost led deputies on a six-mile pursuit exceeding speeds of 100 mph in Dothan.
"I gave him a week to turn in his resignation, and he didn't contact me or anything," Maddox said. "I can't condone that type of behavior, running from police and endangering lives, his own included."
Maddox said he personally delivered Yost his letter of termination to his Abbeville home.
Maddox said Yost had been on workman's compensation for more than a year after he suffered an injury in a shooting on April 24, 2009. He said he had not returned to active duty since the shooting that also left Headland Police Officer Dexter Hammond dead. Yost was critically injured after Fred Davis opened fire on officers in the Granberry Crossing community. Yost suffered wounds to his neck and face during the 2009 shooting.
Maddox originally called the situation complicated because of Yost being on workman's compensation. Maddox said he recalled hiring Yost shortly after he became sheriff three or four years ago.
"He just hadn't been himself lately is what he was saying," Maddox said. "It's something I did not want to do. An officer that gets injured in the line of duty, and 15 months later he does something to violate the law and has to be terminated. I hate it as far as that goes, but it's something that needs to be done. If there are officers out there caught violating the law they have to know the same thing could happen to them."
Sgt Raymon Dixon
Andalusia Police Department
On 07/23/2010 Tiffany Ann Riley age 20 of Andalusia and Jermaine Pate age 24 of Butler County were arrested and placed in the Covington County Jail for Torture/Willful Abuse of a Child which is a class B felony. Their bonds are set at $20,000 each. Jermaine Pate also has a hold for Butler County for Violation of Probation. Tiffany Riley who has a history of domestic incidents allowed Jermaine Pate who is on probation for domestic violence to move into her apartment with her and her 1 year old child. According to witnesses since Jermaine Pate moved into the apartment both Him and the child’s mother have verbally abused the child and gave repeated spankings for crying, On Wednesday 07/14/2010 the child fell and bruised her face on the tracks for a sliding glass door and was treated and released by the Andalusia Hospital, it was also noted at that time the child had an infection in both ears. On Thursday 07/15/2010 Tiffany Riley snatched the child up by her left arm breaking it in 3 places and dragged her up a flight of stairs to lock her in a upstairs bedroom so her and Jermaine Pate could eat lunch. Over the following weekend they would lock the baby in a downstairs half bathroom so they could not hear the crying from the upstairs bedroom. On Monday 07/19/2010, 4 days after the arm was broken the baby was taken to a local Physician and later transported to sacred Heart Hospital where Florida Officials discovered the abuse and placed the child in protective custody and notified the Andalusia Department of Human Resources who reported the offense to the Andalusia Police Department.
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This morning the Dothan Fire and Dothan Police responded to a three vehicle crash in the 500 block of Campbellton Hwy. This section of the road had to be shut down from Taylor Road to Southgate due to the wreckage blocking both lanes. No one was seriously injured in the wreck but two of the three vehicles had to be towed due to the damage. Dothan Police Traffic Division is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash. Pilchers Ambulance did respond but didn’t transport.
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The Enterprise Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred shortly after midnight at WalGreen Pharmacy located at 900 Rucker Blvd. At 12:08 A.M. a white male approximately 5’8” – 5’10” tall, wearing a black and white full faced motorcycle helmet, black gloves, a dark colored long sleeved shirt and white cargo pants, entered WalGreen and went directly to the pharmacy. He climbed over the counter and demanded the pharmacist to place narcotics in a greenish blue back pack. The suspect was armed with a small chrome pistol. He was last seen leaving the area on a black motorcycle
Oxford police officer William Hancock laughed as he told a reporter, earlier this month, about his chubby 8-month-old son Logan.
Patrolling restaurant parking lots and roads near the Oxford Exchange, he talked at length with an Anniston Star reporter about being a new father and how much he loved his job. He said he wasn't looking forward to the 45 minutes it would take to get to his Wedowee home from Oxford.
It was in that home on U.S. Highway 431 that Randolph County deputies found Hancock, his wife Tabatha, also 28, and their son shot to death Tuesday morning, Randolph County Chief Deputy William Dillard said.
A relative, who did not wish to be identified, said Tabatha Hancock's family members had spent most of the day together grieving. Members of William Hancock's family declined to speak with The Star.
Dillard said that around 7:15 a.m., Randolph County dispatchers received a call from a resident concerned about the Hancocks because they had not been seen recently. Dillard said he did not know the caller's identity.
Wedowee resident Larry Laney, who lives in the Hancocks' neighborhood but didn't know the family well, said he didn't hear any gunshots Tuesday morning.
At 7:30 a.m., a deputy arrived at the Hancocks' home and forced his way into the house after finding all the doors locked, according to a press release from the Randolph County Sheriff's Office. The deputy found all three Hancocks in the living room, dead of gunshot wounds, according to the release.
Laney said he didn't know anything was wrong until police showed up.
"Hearing about that baby is what hurt me," Laney said.
Earlier in July, during that conversation with a reporter who was riding along on William Hancock's shift, he spoke of convincing his father Thomas to join the police department, too. Hancock said he'd worked as an Oxford police officer for four years and was still the man who volunteered to start shifts early. In fact, Hancock had come to work early that night, even though he was fighting a sinus infection.
The Hancocks lived in a small house with a freshly cut yard and well-groomed bushes. A car was parked in the garage Tuesday. Other neighbors told The Star they knew the family but didn't want to comment further.
Dillard said the Alabama Bureau of Investigations has taken over the case. He said he did not know whether this was a double murder-suicide situation or if someone else was involved.
Randolph County Deputy Coroner Terry Sparks said he pronounced William Hancock, his wife and his child dead at 7:30 a.m. Sparks said the official cause of death is still under investigation by the state Department of Forensic Sciences. Dillard said the case is still under investigation.
Read more:Anniston Star - Officer family found dead Randolph County turns investigation over to ABI
The Prichard Fire Department discovered the body of a 79-year-old woman inside a burning home this morning, and authorities suspect foul play.
Firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 200 block of Grant Circle at 8:10 a.m. After extinguishing the flames, they found the woman's body inside the house.
The woman's identity was not released.
Police and fire investigators were called to the scene, and after an initial investigation, authorities said they suspected foul play in both the fire and death.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call Prichard Police at 251-452-2211.
Walton County, FL (July 22, 2010) –Sunday evening, Walton County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators seized two methamphetamine laboratories while assisting the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Walton County Sheriff’s investigators responded to a residence in Mossy Head to assist Okaloosa County with recovering stolen property.
Patrick Smith was arrested at his residence after a search of his residence and a camper on the property. While performing the search two clandestine methamphetamine laboratories were found, along with listed chemicals such as Pseudoephedrine, Acetone, and Iodine. Investigators also found finished methamphetamine, marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and drug paraphernalia.
Patrick Smith was booked into the Walton County Jail and is facing numerous charges such as Possession of a controlled substance and producing methamphetamine. His bond has been set at $100,000.
On Thursday July 22 at approximately 8:30 pm, Dothan Police Narcotics Officers conducted a traffic stop at the Hop In Store located in the 100 block of Honeysuckle Road. During the stop there was an altercation between a suspect and the officers which resulted in the suspect being shot and two officers being injured. The suspect was pronounced dead and the officers were taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries. The investigation is being investigated by the Alabama Bureau of Investigations and all information regarding this case will be released from that agency. Gregory J. Benton Chief of Police
On Thursday July 22 at approximately 8:30 pm, Dothan Police Narcotics Officers conducted a traffic stop at the Hop In Store located in the 100 block of Honeysuckle Road. During the stop there was an altercation between a suspect and the officers which resulted in the suspect being shot and two officers being injured. The suspect was pronounced dead and the officers were taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries. The investigation is being investigated by the Alabama Bureau of Investigations and all information regarding this case will be released from that agency.
Gregory J. Benton
Chief of Police
Dothan - On July 22 at approximately 8:50 p.m., the Alabama Bureau of Investigation was contacted by Dothan Police officials requesting assistance in an officer-involved shooting at the Hop-In gas station at the corner of U.S. 84 and Westgate.
The shooting involved Dothan Police narcotics officers and suspects of a narcotics investigation being conducted by the Dothan Police Department. During the incident one suspect was killed and two Dothan officers were struck by the suspect’s vehicle. Two other suspects were taken into custody.
No additional information is available for public release in this ongoing investigation. When concluded, the investigative report will be provided to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for review.
As an independent investigative source, the ABI routinely investigates officer-involved shootings upon request of law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama.