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Dothan Officer Pleads Guilty to Having Sex with Student

Lanice Clifton Bonds, a Dothan police resource officer accused of having sexual relations with a 17 year old high school student, pleaded guilty to a charge of “School employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19” on Monday June 9th.

Bonds, 31, of Drexel Court, was arrested on September 24th of last year after Dothan City School officials forwarded a complaint to the Dothan Police Department alleging that an inappropriate relationship involving a high school student and a school resource officer had taken place.  An internal affairs investigation was launched which led to a criminal probe by the Dothan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.  Officers interviewed Bonds about the facts of the case where he confessed to his involvement in the incident.  Bonds was later terminated from his position as the school resource officer at Dothan High School where he had … Read the rest

Dothan Man Arrested for Burglary and Domestic Violence

Anthony Jermaine Jackson, 35, was arrested by Dothan Police on June 3rd after officers responded to a burglary in the 500 block of East Selma Street.  Upon arriving at the scene, police learned that Jackson had attempted to enter the home, which belonged to his ex-girlfriend, by breaking out one of the windows.  After being confronted by an occupant of the residence, Jackson fled the scene prior to officers arriving.

Investigators say that Jackson and the victim were involved in a relationship that had recently ended.  During the attempted entry into the home, Jackson also allegedly threatened to kill the victim.

Anthony Jackson was later spotted by officers several blocks from the homeand was taken into custody immediately after.  He has been charged with second degree burglary and second degree domestic violence.  Jackson is currently being held without bond.

Second-degree burglary and second-degree domestic violence are both Class Read the rest

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

The Ever Eroding 4th Amendment

In an opinion released by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 22, 2014, the Court furthered the erosion of the 4th Amendment.  In Prado Navarette v. California, the Court essentially said that it’s “OK” to pull over a vehicle based upon an anonymous tip and little else.  The Petitioner was pulled over after an anonymous 911 caller stated that Petitioner ran her off the road five minutes earlier and gave an accurate description of the truck, which was found driving roughly in the area reported.  California Highway Patrol responded and followed the Petitioner’s vehicle for five minutes without any evidence of dangerous driving.

The Court stretched and stretched until it found the call was reliable, largely because it was a 911 call, based on a supposed eyewitness event.  The Court surmised that the 911 call was recorded and would prevent false reports, although absolutely nothing was gleaned about … Read the rest

Two Men Charged in State Trooper Shooting

Police have officially charged two men with attempted murder after an Alabama Highway Patrol officer was wounded in a shootout on Saturday evening.  Zachary Taylor Wood, 23, and Dillon Scott Rafsky, 21, are in custody at Geneva County jail after shooting State Trooper Lee Phillips during a routine traffic stop at around 5:30 p.m.

Authorities say Phillips pulled over a Toyota for a traffic violation when the vehicle suddenly came to an abrupt stop and a suspect opened fire on Phillips.  One of the suspects was taken into custody while the other suspect fled into the woods before being captured a short time later.  Trooper Phillips suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Flowers Hospital where he is in stable condition.

The two suspects were also taken to local hospitals where they were treated for gunshot wounds.  The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is still investigating this matter.

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Dothan Woman Charged with Robbery

The Dothan Police Department made a felony arrest after responding after responding to an assault complaint on April 8th at 900 Commons Drive.  Officers arrived at the scene to find that a loss prevention employee at Belk’s department store had attempted to stop an unknown female who left the store with merchandise that had not been paid for.  The store employee told investigators that the suspect hit her with a bag and then fled the scene in a silver passenger vehicle.

An alert officer spotted a vehicle fitting the description and pulled over Donna Lynn Simmons, 65, of Pinetree Drive.  Simmons was arrested and taken into custody on third-degree robbery charges.  A bond has been set at $15,000.

Third-degree robbery, also referred to as “Strong Arm Robbery”, is a Class “C” felony in the state of Alabama and is punishable by a minimum of one year in prison.  This … Read the rest

Headland Man Charged with Animal Cruelty

Jerry Michael Summers, 46, has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after beating two puppies with a baseball bat.  Summers was taken into custody over the weekend and is being held at the Henry County jail on $1,000 bail.

Deputies arrested Summers after his girlfriend reported the crime to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday.  Summers told the deputies that he believed the dogs to be coyote puppies and Henry County Sheriff William Maddox believes alcohol was likely involved.  The two puppies had to be euthanized due to the injuries suffered during the incident.

Cruelty to animals is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama and on the first conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars ($3,000) or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or both fine and imprisonment.  Repeat offenses are punished … Read the rest