Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bayliss Ruling Creates Questions

Since the Supreme Court of Alabama has reversed the holding in Bayliss,it has raised some issues that the Court will most likely have to address in the near future.  The most obvious being how to deal with the fact that in Alabama the age of majority is 19.  This age is more than is required for most any adult dealings. For instance, at 18 a male must register for the draft and both sexes are able to register to vote.

By the age of majority being 19 in Alabama, it obligates non-custodial parents to continue child support payments until then or the minor child becomes self-supporting.  It raises the interesting question of: now that a noncustodial parent cannot be forced to pay post minority support, why would they have to continue to pay support to  a custodial parent in a situation where the 18 year old child is … Read the rest

Houston County Investigators Arrest Three for Child Solicitation

According to the Houston County Sheriff’s Department, three men have been arrested and charged with the solicitation of children online for unlawful sex acts as part of an ongoing investigation by local investigators.  The most recent to be taken into custody was Douglas Scott Griffith, 38, of Pensacola Florida, who was charged with two felony counts of transmitting obscene material and one felony count of electronic solicitation of a child.

Investigator Aaron Kincaid reports that deputies with the Escambia County Sherrif’s Office served the warrants filed against Griffith and arrested him on Friday morning.  Kincaid picked up Griffith on Monday afternoon to bring him back to the Houston County Jail.

Also arrested in this investigation was 24-year-old Trenton Isaac Driver.  He was taken into custody last week and charged with two felony counts of transmitting obscene material and a single count of electronic solicitation of a child.  Driver had recently … Read the rest

Healthcare Executive Arrested for Child Solicitation

Michael Lee Graue, a top healthcare executive in Atlanta, was arrested by police in Geneva County on charges of child solicitation on May 2, 2014.  Officers apprehended Graue in Hartford late Friday night where police say he came to have sex with a 14-year-old girl that he met through an online dating website.  Graue has since been terminated from his duties as the senior vice president of Tenant Healthcare.

The arrest occurred at a Hartford restaurant where Graue arranged to meet the 14-year-old girl.  He has been charged with soliciting child sex through the use of a computer and traveling to meet an underage child for the purpose of engaging in an illegal sexual activity.  Both of these charges are felonies and punishable by up to 20 years in prison under Alabama law. Police Chief Annie Ward says the investigation involving Graue remains open and more charges remain a possibility … Read the rest

Dothan Police Make Arrest for Burglary

Jeremy Cordarel McKenzie, 27, of Melondy Lane, was arrested by the Dothan Police department on May 2nd after officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of State Avenue.

Investigators say that McKenzie forced his way into a relative’s home after the victim refused to let him in.  Once inside the home, McKenzie allegedly assaulted the family member and took several items before leaving the residence.  Officers located McKenzie a short period later at another relative’s home where he was taken into custody and charged with felony first-degree burglary.

McKenzie was taken to the Houston County Jail where he is currently being held on $250,000 bail.

First-degree robbery is a Class A felony and is punishable by no less than 10 years and no more than life or 99 years in prison.

In the state of Alabama, a person commits the crime of robbery in the … Read the rest