Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:
- This past Wednesday, Etowah County authorities arrested 49 people on over 100 drug-related charges. With Operation Clean Sweep, the various police organizations compiled a list of 147 people wanted for 257 total charges. Though most of the charges were for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, police said several warrants were for distribution and trafficking of various drugs including methamphetamine, synthetic drugs, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
- After she had initially been arrested in November 2016, a Jefferson County grand jury has recently indicted 47-year-old Angela Hontzas on attempted murder charges after she had allegedly stabbed her elderly parents at their Mountain Brook home. She surrendered to the police when they responded to a 911 call from the residence. According to reports, Hontzas’ attorney said “that Hontzas suffered from mental illness and her parents were supportive of her release to receive mental health treatment.” She is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
- Decatur police recently arrested and charged 45-year-old Sharon Reedus of operating an illegal gambling operation. The scheme (described as Decatur Police spokesperson Lt. Proncey Robertson as “playing numbers” or “numbers house”) ran similar to a lottery with Reedus taking cash bets. According to Robertson, the scheme was “very profitable.”
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