Crime

Brooks teacher indicted for sexual contact with student

FLORENCE – A Brooks High School teacher has been indicted on two counts of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 17.Ashton McCluskey, 24, was arrested and released on $50,000 bond, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said.Connolly said the charge is a Class B felony. That is punishable…

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10 ounces of cocaine, meth, pills found in Sheffield bust

SHEFFIELD – A drug bust netted two arrest and more than 10 ounces of cocaine and other drugs.Authorities arrested Willie Bernard Jones, 50, and Britney Howard Reaves, 36, said Curtis Burns, director of the Colbert County Drug Task Force.Burns said they both are charged with trafficking cocaine and first-degree possession of marijuana.In addition, Jones is…

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Possible homicide under investigation in Florence

FLORENCE – Police are at the scene of a possible homicide on Royal Avenue. Information on the victim’s identity or cause of death are unavailable at this time, as detectives still are at the scene collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said the incident occurred at 850 N. Royal Ave. He…

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Man charged with stabbing girlfriend in arm

FLORENCE – Police arrested a man involved in a domestic disturbance that resulted in a woman being stabbed in the arm.Authorities said Donnie White is charged with second-degree domestic violence, and the investigation is continuing. He is in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with bail set at $30,000.The victim was taken to North Alabama Medical…

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Florence man arrested with $50,000 in meth

FLORENCE – A Florence man faces trafficking charges after authorities found him with a large amount of methamphetamine at his apartment.Demarcus L. Robinson, 44, is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, according to a release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.Robinson is in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with bail set at $50,000, according to the…

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Meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana found in Killen drug bust

KILLEN – A man faces numerous drug charges after authorities found numerous drugs during a drug bust at a Killen hotel.Antwuan Goodloe is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, saisd Gaylon Phillips, with the Lauderdale County…

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Murder suspect arrested, 1 other at large

FLORENCE – One of two men charged with murder in the 2020 shooting death of a man at Carver Heights turned himself in to the Florence Police Department, authorities said.Jahleal Doshea Jarmon, 42, turned himself in on Monday night, Sgt. Jason Fort said.He was released from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on $210,000 bond Tuesday,…

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Police seek 2 suspects in Florence homicide

FLORENCE – Authorities are asking for assistance in finding two murder suspects police say should be considered armed and dangerous.The Florence Police Department is looking for Clifton Bernard Rowell, 39, and Jahleal Doshea Jarmon, 42, according to poice Sgt. Jason Fort.A Lauderdale County grand jury have indicted the men on murder and first-degree burglary charges…

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Florence man charged with abuse, torture of child

FLORENCE – Police have charged a man with torture and willful abuse of a child under 18.Stephen Purdy, 32, was arrested and taken to the Lauderdale County Detention Center, where he was released on a $2,500 bond, Florence police Sgt. Jason Fort said.Purdy is charged with “torture, willful abuse, etc., of child under 18 years…

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Parole denied for Colbert County murderer

Owen Laine Rea MONTGOMERY – A man serving for murder and another for securities and insurance fraud had parole requests denied this week, authorities said.Owen Laine Rea is serving a 25-year sentence for the Colbert County murder of Steven Gooch, authorities said.Ronald Warren Powell is serving a 7-year sentence after pleading guilty of securities and…

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