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A 24-year-old Dothan man has been arrested in connection with a phoned in threat on Monday which led to the evacuation of the Houston County Courthouse. Jeffery Lee Dozier, 24, is charged with making a terrorist threat. According to court records, a threat was made during a call to 9-1-1, which led authorities to evacuate the courthouse. Dozier has been ordered to be held without bond by Circuit Court Judge Brad Mendheim.
Court records also show deputies charged Dozier Wednesday with burglarizing a woman's home on Wallace Buie Road in Dothan earlier this year on May 12.
A 24-year-old Dothan man has been arrested in connection with a phoned in threat on Monday which led to the evacuation of the Houston County Courthouse.
Jeffery Lee Dozier, 24, is charged with making a terrorist threat.
According to court records, a threat was made during a call to 9-1-1, which led authorities to evacuate the courthouse.
Dozier has been ordered to be held without bond by Circuit Court Judge Brad Mendheim.
A man who was found dead in a pool in the Garden District in Dothan on Thursday morning has been identified as David Pierce Patton, 52, of 106 Camelia Dr. Police and fire crews responded to a house on Camelia Drive around 10:30 a.m. Thursday where a man's body was discovered in a pool. Dothan Fire Capt. Chris Etheredge said he appears to have drowned sometime Wednesday night.
Etheredge said the home owner apparently called the authorities about the drowning. Several Dothan policeinvestigators were at the home.
Byrd said preliminarily there appears to be no foul play involved, and that Patton drowned in the pool. He said Patton's body would be taken to the state Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy to determine the specific cause of death.
"He was found in the swimming pool face down," Byrd said.
A man who was found dead in a pool in the Garden District in Dothan on Thursday morning has been identified as David Pierce Patton, 52, of 106 Camelia Dr.
Police and fire crews responded to a house on Camelia Drive around 10:30 a.m. Thursday where a man's body was discovered in a pool.
Dothan Fire Capt. Chris Etheredge said he appears to have drowned sometime Wednesday night.
On July 28th, 2010, an employee with the Covington County Engineer Department reported to the Sheriff's Office that someone had cut steel I - beams of of the historic Hart's Bridge next to the new cement bridge on Hart's Bridge Road in the Mobley Creek Community. Deputy Mike Vigor went to the scene to document the damage and to look for any recoverable evidence. Deputy Vigor caught several men using a welders torch to cut steel beams from the old bridge structure. One man, Eric Wayne Haskew, 21, of Brewton, fled on foot. Deputy Vigor detained the other three men until C. C. S. O. Investigators could arrive. Cody Brian Grantham, 20, of Brewton, Joshua Allen Gradeless, 19, of East Brewton, and a third man from Brewton were interviewed. Grantham and Gradeless confessed to taking the steel from the bridge and the third man had nothing to do with the thefts and damage. The third man was released without charges. C. C. S. O. Investigator Greg Jackson is the lead Investigator on this case and was able to work quickly to identify the fourth suspect, Haskew who had fled on foot. Haskew is wanted by the Covington County Sheriff's Office for his part in the thefts. Grantham and Gradeless are both charged with Theft of Property 1st Degree, a class B felony ($20,000 bond) and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, a class C felony ($10,000 bond). Sheriff Meeks said, "It is sad to see an important piece of Covington County history violated like this. Their behavior is absolutely unacceptable and we intend to hold them to the fullest accountability under the law."
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Technically, the prison term handed down this afternoon to a local man who committed a string of carjackings in December 2008 was not a life sentence.
But it might as well have been.
Frank Thomas Hicks' punishment: 1,119 months. That works out to 93 years and 3 months.
"This two-week period in your life resulted in your throwing away the rest of your life," U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade told Hicks.
Granade had little choice. In addition to for carjackings, Hicks also had pleaded guilty to four counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The first one carried a mandatory seven-year consecutive sentence. Each subsequent one carried a 25-year mandatory consecutive prison term.
There is no possibility of parole in the federal prison system.
Granade said she had "little compunction" about imposing such a long sentence because of the nature of the crimes.
Hicks, 27, was fresh off a stint in state prison for a first-degree assault when he began holding up motorists at gunpoint on Dec. 6, 2008. He apologized today to the victims and his family.
His only hope is that he offers law enforcement officials enough valuable information about criminal activity that prosecutors ask the judge to reduce the sentence at a later date. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cherry told Granade that Hicks gave Mobile police information about an unsolved homicide but that it so far has not led to anything substantial.
And even if it does, Furman later acknowledged outside court, Hicks will not be leaving prison anytime soon.
"Even if she cuts it in half, it's still close to a life sentence," Furman said.
Furman told the judge that he wished he could have done more for his client, who already had made a full confession by the time the attorney was appointed.
"He confessed early. He confessed often," he said. "He's never attempted to avoid responsibility. ... He knows he has to be punished."
According to the plea agreement, the sequence went as follows:
- On Dec. 6, Hicks held up a woman at 11:55 p.m. in a Walmart parking lot, then drove her away before releasing her at a motel.
- On Dec. 7, Hicks abducted a woman at 8:16 p.m. in a Walmart parking lot. She was able to escape a few minutes later.
- Later on Dec. 7, Hicks abducted a woman in her car at 3:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Club Illusions in the 3600 block of Airport Boulevard. She was driven a short distance and released.
- On Dec. 13, Hicks abducted a woman at 1:45 a.m. outside Breaker's Billiards in the 3600 block of Airport Boulevard.
Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton said the two men riding in a car with a Georgia man who was killed last week during a police shooting now face felony drug charges.
Benton said police investigators have arrested both men for their involvement in the drug-related incident last week that resulted in the death of 39-year-old Ashley Wright. Benton said police took one of the men traveling in the vehicle with Wright into custody shortly after the incident Thursday evening. He also said investigators arrested the second man on Tuesday after he was released from a local hospital.
Wright suffered a fatal gunshot wound during a police-involved shooting in the parking lot of the Hop-In convenience store at the corner of West Main Street and Honeysuckle Road. Police and prosecutors said Wright was shot after he appeared to have been reaching for a gun inside his vehicle. The gunfire started after Wright apparently tried to escape two narcotics officers who had tried to question him in the parking lot.
Police said the two narcotics officers were both taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center for treatment. Police said both officers were injured after they were struck by the vehicle driven by Wright as he tried to escape.
Benton said the officers' names would likely be released after investigators with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation complete their inquiry into the shooting. He said Tuesday that one of the officers had returned to duty at the police department after suffering abrasions to his arm. He said the second officer has not returned to duty after he suffered injuries to his shoulder and knee.
Benton said both of the men inside the vehicle with Wright have been charged with felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance. But Benton said the identity of the two men was not available Tuesday. He did say one of the men had been hospitalized for injuries he suffered in the crash with Wright.
After the vehicle driven by Wright had been shot the car crashed into a tree near a home on West Main Street. It's unclear how many shots were fired at the car, or whether any of the suspects returned fire at police.
District Attorney Doug Valeska has said police found two guns inside the car driven by Wright, along with some methamphetamine and prescription medication.
Valeska said he would review the inquiry turned into him by agents with the ABI, and would make a determination on whether it was a legitimate, justified police shooting. Valeska said Tuesday he had not received any updates about by the ABI inquiry.
DeFuniak Springs, FL (July 28, 2010) – A Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested this morning and is facing charges of aggravated battery on a child and child neglect.
Sunday, July 25 Deputy Jerid Day’s three month old baby was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a fractured skull and femur. The infant was initially treated at an Okaloosa County Hospital and later transferred to an Escambia County Hospital. The infant has been released from the hospital and is now in the custody of the Grandparents. The infant and other siblings will remain in the custody of the Grandparent’s until a court hearing later today. The Department of Children and Family and the Children’s Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation.
In October of 2004 Day was hired by the Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher in the communications center, he was transferred to the patrol division as a deputy in July of 2007.
Day’s employment with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated.
HOUSTON -- An Alabama man sentenced to die in Alabama for the murder of another man, and was facing the death penalty for allegedly Murdering an east Texas rancher after an Alabama jailbreak has agreed to a life sentence in another murder that also could have put him on death row in Texas.
Thirty-five-year-old Oscar Roy Doster took a plea deal Tuesday during jury selection for his capital murder trial in Fairfield, about 140 miles north of Houston in Freestone County.
Doster's attorney, John Wright, says sentencing is scheduled for later this week.
Doster was accused of fatally shooting rancher Dennis Courtney in April 2005 and stealing a pickup truck and other items from
Courtney's ranch. At the time, Doster and a companion, James Harnage, were escapees from a jail in Andalusia, Ala.
Doster was arrested in California four weeks later. Harnage was arrested in Las Vegas.