Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office stated that a 29-year-old Trinity man was taken into custody last weekend after allegedly selling a stolen guardrail as scrap metal. Road crews responded to reports that a guard rail and its hardware had been taken from a bridge on Lawrence County 319 between Lawrence County 460 and Highway 24. After calling local scrapyards, a county engineer traced the missing guard rail to a Moulton recycling business. The company’s records revealed that Brian James Colby sold the guard rail to the recycling business. Colby is charged with second-degree receiving stolen property and is being held in the Lawrence County Jail on a $3,000 bond.
- A black male disguising himself as a woman in a striped dress and a wig covered with a baseball cap has been identified as a suspect in multiple robberies, including several CVS stores in the Birmingham area and a Rite Aid on Ensley Avenue. He was captured on camera in a Clarmont Avenue CVS on July 14th calmly walking into the store and handing the clerk a note demanding money. No injuries have been reported during these robberies.
- Authorities recently recaptured a suspect who had been on the run for two weeks after escaping the Franklin County Courthouse and injuring a deputy. The suspect, 47-year-old Troy Eugene Dawson, was at a home in the Mountain Star community when deputies arrested him. Sheriff Shannon Oliver credited anonymous tips and other messages to the police department for aiding in the capture. On July 18th, Dawson, a parolee, was at the courthouse for a routine drug screening, but reportedly failed the test and was being held at the courthouse until he could be transferred to the jail. Dawson started running and jumped into a vehicle driven by 68-year-old Melanie Sherrill, knocking down the deputy who was chasing him. According to Oliver, the deputy was holding onto the vehicle and injured her arm as it drove away. Sherrill was later taken into custody later that day on on charges of assault, hindering prosecution and possession of a controlled substance. Dawson is now being held in the Franklin County jail on charges of escape, assault, burglary and theft.
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