Below is a press release issued by Lineville Police Chief Shane Dunnagan:
The Clay County Board of Education met Thursday, April 27, 2016 for the regular monthly session with a relatively short agenda.
All financial statements from the month of March 2017 were approved, as well as the previous monthly minutes.
The Career Tech Students from Central High School gave presentations at the Board meeting on the current curriculum and course offerings. The students did an outstanding job of presenting and explaining the value of these courses. Afterward they served refreshments that had been prepared by the Family and Consumer Science students. A Special Thanks to Ann Thompson, the Career Tech Teachers, and the Students for this presentation.
Board members approved a resolution requesting that the state of Alabama sign the deed returning the Vocational School property back to the Clay County Board of Education.
There were 40 personnel action items approved, which included some of the following:
Below is a press release issued by Lineville Police Chief Shane Dunnagan on the missing one year old child that took place on Thursday, April 20, 2017.
On April 20th Lineville Police Department began a search for a missing 1 year old. At approximately 10:28 am, the mother walked in the Police Department and stated that she and her 1yr old son were with her cousin, Tiarra Ingram, when they pulled up at the Lineville Post Office. The mother went in the Post Office and when she returned, her cousin ( Tiarra) and child were gone.
A month ago, Police were looking for this same subject for three days before she was found near Cheaha State Park. A nationwide broadcast was put out along with other media outlets, to locate these individuals. Lineville Police, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and state choppers were all trying to locate Tiarra using the tracking device she received after the last incident.
At 1:50pm, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Dept. advised they found video of the vehicle turning left on Hwy 431 off Hwy 9 around 11:34am.
At 2:28pm Lineville Police received a call from Atlanta PD stating they found Tiarra and the baby walking down Joseph Lowery Blvd. in Atlanta.
Tiarra and the baby were transported to the hospital for precautions, and were both in good health. The baby was released to his mother and Tiarra is undergoing mental evaluations.
Picture, if you will, a beautiful church sitting up on a hill. At the doorway of the church sits a green tractor tricycle, with lovely flowers adorning the back. A colorful array of flowers fill the pulpit, where people stand, some sitting, who are present to pay their final respects to the bravest little boy they have ever known. Some are sniffling quietly, while others allow the tears to flow freely, and some just struggled to keep their composure.
And in the center of the pulpit sits a small white casket, with a green tractor embroidered on the back. And there inside the sea of white lie Eli Sims, the smallest cancer warrior many had ever known. No one would ever guess by looking at his sweet, angelic face that this child had fought more battles in his short three years on this Earth than most men had seen in a lifetime. There are no marks on the outside of his thin little frame, yet if we could see on the inside, it would confirm the battle scars of his brief Earthly presence.
At Eli’s feet, lie two handmade cards from his older brothers, Noah and Colin, along with two rubber bracelets that read “Prayers for Eli”. Standing beside the casket are two of the strongest people you will ever meet, and not by choice, I assure you. Throughout the last 16 months, Kelcey and Jason Sims have clung to their undying faith in God to get them through the nightmare that cancer put their son through, and their family. If one had never met these wonderful people, they would not be able to see the tiredness in their eyes or the pain in their hearts, but I could and it was all I could do to get through our brief condolences without breaking down like a baby.
Behind Kelcey was a recliner, which had to be brought in since she was still recovering from her second surgery, after complications from a hernia repair several weeks ago. She will still undergo more surgeries too in the near future. What these parents have went through will change their lives, and the lives of their children forever, for the loss of a child is something that cannot be explained…at any age.
And of course, nearby as always was their family, close friends, and their church family. What a support system this family had! It was nothing short of inspirational the way this tight-knit congregation had enveloped the Sims’ family with love, prayers, and faith. I’m quite certain this family could not have made it without them. That’s what a difference a devoted church family can make in your life and Barfield Baptist has an amazing one, without question.
When Eli was diagnosed with Stage 4 Liver cancer in late December 2015, the very first thing this church did was hold a huge prayer rally. They coordinated fundraisers, helped with the children, and was never far away if the Sims’ needed a helping hand, physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
For sixteen months, Eli fought a courageous, valiant battle. He was given every type of chemo out there to rid his body of this wretched disease. And nearing the end, when Jason and Kelcey were told there was nothing more they could do medically, they set out on another path to search for alternate means to save their son’s life. This journey took them to different states for clinical studies, but sadly, the end result was same….so they brought Eli home to spend his last days with his family. They watched as his little body grew weaker and weaker, until finally it could take no more. Eli passed on April 10, 2017, and even though it was expected to eventually happen, it still didn’t make it any easier.
Tomorrow, Kelcey and Jason will lay their sweet baby to rest. I can’t even imagine their pain. I don’t think anyone can unless you’ve been through it and my heart goes out to them. Losing a child is not how the natural order of life is supposed to go, but we really never know what hand life is going to deal us.
Eli’s battle has touched more people than one can count and Clay County has rallied behind the Sims. I think I can safely say that hearts are breaking all over this county tonight for the loss of this little hero
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 13th, those who wish to are welcome, and encouraged to join in forming a line along Hwy 9 from Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville to Barfield Baptist Church ( the route of the procession) beginning at 9:30 am.
The procession will begin at approximately 10:00 and will be led by two big green tractors, that Eli loved so much, fire trucks, and a police escort. So, please come join us and show love for our fallen hero and his dear family. But remember to be safe. Please stay out of intersections and watch for traffic. This event has not been approved, nor will they be responsible, by law enforcement, Benefield Funeral Home, or Barfield Baptist. We invite you to pay your respects, but we don’t want to see anyone hurt.
On March 18, 2017, Sheriff’s Investigators received a complaint of possible sexual abuse of underage children. The investigation began with an allegation of sexual misconduct in late 2016 and early 2017. That investigation led to more possible sexual abuse dating back to 1997.
Sheriff’s Investigators were able to piece together time frames associated with the alleged victims. In the early morning of March 30th, 2017, Sheriff’s Investigators and Deputies executed a search warrant at 631 Hayes Road, Ashland, Alabama and seized several electronic devices possibly associated with storage of child pornography.
Arrested was Christopher Kendal Smith, age 39 of Ashland, and Phillip Mills, age 32 of Ashland. Smith has been charged with 3 counts of Rape 2nd and remains in the Clay County Detention Center with bonds totaling $300,000.00.
Mills was charged with possession of marijuana 2nd. Mills was committed to the Clay County Detention Center and later released on $12000.00 bond. This investigation is continuing with deputies following leads and collecting evidence of other possible victims, stated Sheriff Latham.
Investigators are urging persons with any knowledge of this or any other sexual misconduct activity to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division at 256 354 2176, Investigator Shannon House or Jason Freeman, as there is no statute of limitations on most sex crimes.
Former Clay County E-911 Director, Marsha Spurlin, was late to be added to the list of indictments handed down by the Grand Jury on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Spurlin has been charged with Theft of Services 1st and Theft of Property 1st.
Spurlin was terminated from Clay County E-911 in January 2016, and although the reason for her termination was never specified, there were allegations of misconduct, misappropriation of funds, and abuse of authority. Shortly after her termination, an investigation was launched into alleged wrongful activity of the former Director by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
According to the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts State Audit for this time frame, this wrongful activity is confirmed in great detail. The report names Spurlin doctoring her time card for overpayment of hours, and giving herself a raise without consulting district, among several other issues . Below is a description of a charge made by Chief Examiner on audit report:
The Director was responsible for communicating to an outside payroll service the approved amounts of compensation to be paid for each employee. The Director instructed the payroll service to pay her additional amounts which were not authorized or approved by the District. These unauthorized amounts include an additional 13.33 hours in addition to her normal salary, 10.42 hours of overtime, 65.33 hours of holiday pay, 20 hours of leave sold and an excess amount received from a one-time salary increase. Additionally, the Director increased her base salary without authorization or approval of the District.
The report can be read in its entirety at: http://www.examiners.state.al.us/ReportSearch.aspx
Spurlin’s bond has been set at $20,000 for these felony charges. Her arraignment will take place on April 26, 2017.
The Grand Jury report for April 2017 is as follows:
- JESSIE DEE WATERS – Burglary, 3rd Degree
- EDWARD CRAIG ATCHLEY – Paraphernalia Misdemeanor, Possession Controlled Substance
- SHONTONIO QUINTAVI BATTLE– Theft of Property 1st
- MICHAEL AARON BOYD – Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Pistol-Carrying without License, Possession of Controlled Substance
- CHARLES JAVORIS BROWN-Escape 3rd Degree
- DONALD DAKOTA CAMPBELL – Possession Forged Instrument
- AMANDA SUE CAMPBELL – Identity Theft
- JOSHUA CODY CULLARS – Theft of Property 1st, Burglary 3rd Degree
- BRANDI LYNN DELANEY – Driving while Revoked, Switched Tag, Paraphernalia Misdemeanor, 2 Counts Possession of Controlled Substance
- WOODROW DOUGHERTY– 10 Counts Possession Forged Instrument
- JADARIUS DEONTE DRUMMONDS – Strangulation/Suffocation, Domestic Violence 3rd-Assault 3rd, Violation Domestic Violence Protection Order
- GAVIN JENNINGS EAST – Discharge Gun OCC Building-Vehicle
- JOHN WILLIAM EDMONDSON -Theft of Property 2nd, Possession Marijuana 1st, Del/Sale Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance
- AUDREY BRANDY FOWLER – 5 Counts Possession of Forged Instrument
- GLENN ADRAIN – Burglary 1st Degree, Domestic Violence 2nd Degree
- BRANDON CORTEZ GLENN – False Reporting to Law Enforcement
- LAMAR GLENN – Assault 2nd Degree
- SKYLAR CHRISTIAN GLENN -Discharge Gun OCC Building/Vehicle
- NATHAN ALEXANDER GODWIN – Paraphernalia Misdemeanor, Possession of Controlled Substance
- THOMAS RAY GRAVETTE – Possession of Controlled Substance, Use/ Possession Drug Paraphernalia
- CHRISTOPHER WAYNE GRIFFIN – Pistol-Certain Persons for, Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia
- RICHARD MATTHEW HALL – Possession/Receive Control SU
- CECIL STEPHEN HAYES – Use/ Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Controlled Substance, Pistol in Vehicle
- CINDY MARIE HICKS HAYNES -Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft of Property 1st
- AUDREY ANDRETTE HEARD – 3 Counts Possession Forged Instrument
- STEVEN RAY HUBBARD – Domestic Violence 3rd- Harassment, Throw Deadly/Danger/Missle, Possession Controlled Substance
- GLORIA ELIZABETH HUNT – Identity Theft
- JAMES MELVIN JENKINS JR – Break/Enter Vehicle, Theft of Property 2nd
- JONATHAN LEE JONES – 2 Counts Sex Abuse- Child Less 12 year old
- RICHARD ALLEN KENT – Possession Marijuana 2nd, Possession Controlled Substance
- AARON MICHAEL MAPLES – Pistol-Certain Persons For, Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft of Property 2nd Degree
- TANNER BLADE MARTIN – Theft of Property 1st, DUI-Controlled Substance
- ROBERT NEIL MASHBURN – Theft of Property 3rd Degree
- ASHTON CAIN MCARTHUR– Sorna Violation
- STEVEN LEWIS MITCHELL – Discharge Gun OCC Building/Vehicle
- LARMIE CASEY MIZE – Possession Controlled Substance, Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Marijuana 2nd
- DECARLTON LYNN NELSON– Theft of Property 1st, Burglary 3rd Degree, Possession Controlled Substance, Drive w/ Suspended, Open Container Violation
- TERESA LYNN SAPP– Possession Marijuana 1st, Possession Controlled Substance
- MARSHALL LARRY SPATES– Theft/Deception 2nd
- MARSHA LUKER SPURLIN – Theft of Services 1st, Theft of Property 1st
- TERRY FERNANDO TAYLOR– Theft of Property 3rd Degree
- JOSHUA RAY THORTON– Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia, 3 Counts Possession Controlled Substance
- NICHOLAS WESTON TURLEY– Possession of Controlled Substance
- MATTHEW DYLON WATTS– Discharge Gun OCC Building/Vehicle
- WILLIAM MORRIS WHATLEY II – Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Marijuana 2nd, Possession Controlled Substance
- JANNY BUTLER WHITE– Sorna Violation
- JOSEPH COREY WILBANKS– Paraphernalia Misdemeanor, Possession Controlled Substance
- KEVIN WAYNE WILLIAMS – Three (3) Counts Sorna Violation
The Talladega National Forest – Talladega Ranger District is planning to burn 825 acres today, 4 miles east of Sylacauga, AL and the Shoal Creek Ranger District is planning to burn 100 acres today, 4 miles northwest of Coleman Lake and 1 mile south of Co. Rd. 55. For further details, please see the attached News Release.
(Heflin, Al) March 22, 2017—- The Talladega National Forest – Shoal Creek Ranger District is planning to burn 100 acres today, 4 miles northwest of Coleman Lake and 1 mile south of Co. Rd. 55. Forest Service roads 540, and 540C form portions of this burn boundary. FSR 540 should be traveled with caution due to fire personnel usage. During today’s burn, the public will notice Forest Service fire crews and equipment. Smoke may also be visible on County Road 55.
The wind is expected to be out of the North and carry the smoke to the South over the forest towards the Coleman/Horse Camp area. As the temperatures cool later today, the smoke may begin to settle down in the Shoal Creek or Choccolocco drainages. Some settling may also occur around the general area of the burn. Signs will be posted if needed. If encountering smoke on roadways, please slow down, turn on your low-beam headlights and use caution when encountering prescribed burning operations and smoke.
Remember, a prescribed burn is a controlled fire ignited by professionally trained and experienced Forest Service personnel. A prescribed burn is carefully planned to improve the health of your national forest. If you have any questions, please contact the Talladega Fire Dispatch at 256-362-7000
Below is a press release issued by Lineville Police Chief Shane Dunnagan:
Just after 3:00 am on the morning of March 18th, Lineville Officers responded to a break- in on Evans Ave. Officers were able to get pictures of the subject and because of recent contact, were familiar with him.
Lineville Officers, assisted by Ashland Police and Clay County Sheriff Deputies, located the subject at his residence and placed him under arrest. 23- year- old William Trammell was arrested on charges of Burglary, Theft of Property 1st, and Possession of Burglary Tools. Lineville Investigator has also obtained evidence to charge Trammell for the Burglaries at the Dial Apartments and several vehicle break-ins in the same area.
Chief Dunnagan states “This has been an ongoing investigation, and thanks to the community for their help in closing these cases. I would also like to thank Ashland Police and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance”.