The Ashland Council met Monday, February 4, 2019 for the regular scheduled meeting to conduct city business. Discussion in the planning session prior to the meeting included the process of attaining a new truck for the police department.
Yesterday morning, around 4:45 am, Wednesday January 30, a Clay County native lost his life in a two-vehicle head-on collision on Hwy 9 in Millerville, near Jackson’s Grocery. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and is under investigation. Continue reading Head-on collision claims one life→
Press Release Issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford
Over the last couple of weeks the Ashland Police Department received word from the executor of the estate of Mr. Scott Young, which someone was taking money from the hotel, and had done so since the executor had received the order giving authority over the estate. A report was made and Investigator Corey Dickinson began working with the executor to go through the books and receipts.
On Friday, January 25, 2019, officers from the Ashland Police Department, Lineville Police Department, and Clay County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant for the property, looking for any and all financial records. At the time that the operation concluded, no persons were arrested.
On January 28, 2019, Inv. Corey Dickinson and the executor met and went over the receipts and paperwork. It was determined that someone had been taking money from the motel, and the person managing it was responsible.
On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Inv. Dickinson obtained warrants for the arrest of Mr. Ben Parsons, and officers from the Ashland Police Department located Mr. Parsons at the motel and took him into custody. Mr. Parsons was charged with Theft of Property 3rd Degree, which is a Class D Felony, and could face up to 1 year in prison.
CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Over the past several weeks there have been multiple burglaries and thefts that have occurred in the Clay County area. Investigators with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office along with investigators from the Lineville Police Department have been working diligently on these crimes.
As a result of their investigation, information was developed that led to the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Randolph County. A stolen AR-15 rifle was recovered at that residence and other evidence was recovered that led investigators back to the Cragford area of Clay County, where they recovered several stolen firearms that had been taken in the burglaries.
Some of the items recovered was a 12 gauge pump shotgun and a Desert Eagle 50 caliber handgun. Arrested in the investigation was B/M Jaedon Smith and W/M Garret Meek of Clay County and B/M Detrick Parker of Randolph County. This investigation is still ongoing.
Smith was also arrested prior to this on January 11th by Talladega County Police for resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude on a $1500 bond. Smith was then extradited to Clay County for the above charges. He was bonded out from both facilities.
On 01/11/19, Clay County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting a traffic safety check point in the Hollins area when deputies made contact with a vehicle that was had the strong odor of marihuana emitting from inside the vehicle.
After deputies removed the occupants from the vehicle a B/M passenger fled on foot and after brief foot pursuit deputies recovered a loaded 9mm pistol that had been dropped by the passenger. The pistol had been reported stolen from Etowah County. Also recovered during the traffic stop was a set of digital scales and a suspected controlled substance that will be sent off for testing.
An investigation is ongoing to identify the passenger who fled and warrants will be issued for his arrest pending positive identification.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Wayne Hershel Shaddix, age 38 of Ashland will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Clay County Funeral Home with Rev. Ryan Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight, January 4, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Shaddix passed away January 1, 2019. He was born in Aurora, Illinois, but had been a resident of Clay County most of his life. He was presently employed as a welder at M W Industrial Service in Sylacauga.
He is survived by his parents, Rickey and Denise Shaddix of Ashland; two daughters, Amber Shaddix, and Jade Shaddix; three sons, Thomas Shaddix, Jr.,Bralin Snyder, and Dawson Shaddix; two sisters, Tessa Shaddix, and Amy (Ryan) Mitchell; two brothers, Rickey (Pam)Shaddix and Adam (Tiffany) Shaddix.
Serving as pallbearers for Mr. Shaddix will be Bruce Dunnagan, Shane Dunnagan, Larry Lett, Terry Pegg, Adam Shaddix, Jimmy Shaddix, and Rickey Shaddix.
Clay County Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
On November 06th, 2018, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a report of illegal entry on property and theft of items just off Mountain View Road north of Ashland. Sheriff’s Investigators began looking into the thefts and found evidence that the thieves would most likely be returning.
On November 15th, 2018, Investigators were alerted, via electronic devices, that thieves had returned to the property. Investigators responded and were able to take 3 persons into custody. Charged was Darrin Marcellus Leister, age 28 of Lineville, Jaylin Shamar Ellis, age 22 of Ashland and Jasmine Megan Bell, age 26 of Lineville. Leister and Ellis remain in the Clay County Detention Center on Bonds totaling $16000.00.
On November 06th, 2018, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a report of illegal entry on property and theft of items just off Mountain View Road north of Ashland.
Sheriff’s Investigators began looking into the thefts and found evidence that the thieves would most likely be returning.
On November 15th, 2018, Investigators were alerted, via electronic devices, that thieves had returned to the property.
Investigators responded and were able to take 3 persons into custody. That investigation continues and a more though report will be provided in the near future.
On December 6, 2018, a Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling highway 9, just north of Delta when an unidentified vehicle was observed traveling north driving from one lane to the other.
When the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop to identify the driver, the driver abruptly turned around on the highway and began traveling south. The driver was stopped at the intersection of Haynes Mountain Road were a verbal altercation directed at the deputy by the driver began.
Moments later, the driver sped off traveling down Haynes Mountain Road with the deputy in pursuit. During the pursuit the driver fired shots directed at the pursuing deputy. That chase eventually ended in Randolph County on County Road 313.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Detention Center where they remain at the time of this report. That investigation is continuing with additional information provided at a later date.
We live in an era where almost anything is possible. A world made more of convenience as the days pass us by. Seems just about anything is possible. We’ve come leaps and bounds with medical technology, give voice commands to our phone to our bidding, and even drive electric cars. But even with all the technology, we can’t seem to solve our tied elections without a coin toss.
After the November 6th election, Republican James “Jim” Studdard led the Clay County Sheriff race with 2675 votes over Democrat Henry Lambert’s 2668 votes, a difference of only 7 votes. Not many times in election history has the few provisional votes ever really made a difference, but this would be the case with 23 provisionals hanging in the balance determining the fate of our new Sheriff.
At 12 noon today, Sheriff Ray Latham, Revenue Commissioner Ronald Robertson, Investigator Shanon House and Probate Judge Dianne Branch unsealed the 23 provisional votes and counted them before a small crowd inside the courtroom inside the Clay County Courthouse. Six of these votes were thrown out because the voter wasn’t registered to vote in Clay County. And then, the unthinkable happened…a tie. Each candidate had 2680 votes.
After a call to the Secretary of State and his attorney, the standard protocol to determine a winner came down to a coin toss. Lambert offered the use of his quarter stating with a nervous joke that he had never been any good at gambling. For a second, neither of the candidates would call anything. Finally Studdard called heads. And with a flip of this historic coin by Sheriff Latham, heads it was as the coin dropped to the floor. Studdard was declared the unofficial winner.
Now, with an election this close, a recount will take place. It will begin at 9:00 am on Friday, Nov. 16 for an official winner. If, and only if, there was a runoff election between the two candidates, it would carry a price tag of approximately $50,000, but that is not even a factor in this contest. I’ll be there Friday as the recount takes place to bring you late breaking results.
And just like that, our historic Clay County Courthouse becomes even more historic. This is the first election to ever end with a coin toss in our little county…