Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- Hoover police have put behind bars a Kansas man who allegedly possessed more than 100 stolen checks worth more than $700,000. Police started investigating 32-year-old Justin Edward Fink in mid-January when officers responded to a report of a suspicious incident at Days Inn on Riverchase Drive. According to a police report, hotel staff found a printer and several pieces of paper with counterfeit checks printed on them believed to be left by a hotel guest. After confiscating the items and discovering the identity of the guest, officers also found out that Fink was wanted out of Kansas for burglary of a vehicle. The authorities soon confirmed Fink had gotten the check from several local businesses as well as a few out-of-state individuals. After a similar incident at the Hyatt Place hotel on January 25th, police arrested Fink near the Riverchase Galleria. He was in possession of a forged check from a car dealership in Clanton. After telling police he was staying at the Hampton Inn on John Hawkins Parkway, they got a warrant for his room where they found another printer, driver’s licenses, and tax documents as well as 117 stolen checks with a face value totaling more than $760,000. Fink faces charges of trafficking in stolen identities and possession of a forged instrument and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $1.075 million bond.
- Alabama lawmen had to shoot a Kentucky fugitive Wednesday after he tried multiple times to run over those who were tracking him. The U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force had been searching for 31-year-old Tyler Hayes at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of Kentucky as he was wanted on multiple violent crime warrants out of Kentucky, including felony possession of a firearm. After initially coming into contact with Hayes at a grocery store in Heflin, the suspect tried to flee the scene and run over the officers. Shots were fired, but no one was struck. A pursuit of Hayes that lasted several miles down Highway 9 in which four law enforcement and one civilian vehicles were struck, Hayes tried once again to run over the officers. Shots were fired again, and Hayes was hit this time. According to State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Jon Riley, Hayes had a .38 revolver and $700 worth of crystal methamphetamine in his pocket, and is believed to have been driving a stolen vehicle.
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