Clay County Sheriff’s Office/ United States Marshals launch Operation Frozen Clay

Several months ago, Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies and the United States Marshals, Northern District of Alabama began an investigation into persons who were listed on the Clay County Sex Offender Register.

The investigation was aimed at compliance with registry requirements as stated by the Sex Offender Laws and their individual reporting requirements.  The Clay County Sheriff’s Office currently has 71 Sex Offenders that require monitoring by Sheriff’s Deputies.

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, that investigation was completed. Of the 71 sex offenders investigated, 68 were found to be in compliance and 4 were not.

Coy Lee Ingram

Arrested and charged with Sex Offender Registry Community Notification Act (SORNA) violations were: Casey Glenn, age 27 of Ashland; Coy Lee Ingram, age 52 of Ashland and Donald Hunter, age 51 of Lineville.

Casey Glenn
Donald Hunter

Additionally Fernando Rojas Hernandez remains a Clay County Fugitive on SORNA violations. Although Hernandez has ties to the Clay County area, he is believed to have fled to Cuba.  Should anyone have any information concerning the whereabouts of Hernandez, please call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office @ 256 354 2176.

Hernandez

During the investigation, United States Marshals and Sheriff’s Deputies obtained information that a fugitive sex offender from Florida had been seen in the central Alabama area, with possible sightings in Clay County.

On Friday afternoon, January 19th, Investigator Shanon House received information as to a location of the fugitive. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence at 1969 County Road 7 were the fugitive, James Patrick Ostrander age 54 of Broward County Florida was located and arrested on local SORNA violations.

James Patrick Ostrander

Also charged was 66 year old George Willard Vix of Talladega. Vix was arrested on charges associated in the harboring, concealing or withholding information of a fugitive from justice. Ostrander had been on the lam since November 30, 2015, with several jurisdictions obtaining warrants since that time on Ostrander. Both Vix and Ostrander remain in the Detention Center with bonds totaling $45,000.00.

George Williard Vix

Sheriff Latham would like to commend Deputy Johnny Hamlin, Deputy Rick Shaddix, Investigative Supervisor Shanon House and the United States Marshal Service personnel on their work associated with the sex offender compliance registry in Clay County.

Traffic Stop in Ashland Leads to Drug Bust

 Below is a press release issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford:

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Sgt. Corey Dickinson noticed a vehicle driving on AL-9 N, and traveling at a high rate of speed. Sgt. Dickinson pulled the vehicle over and made contact with the driver.

Once at the window, Sgt. Dickinson detected a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sgt. Dickinson got the driver and three passengers out of the vehicle, and conducted a search of the vehicle.

Sgt. Dickinson was able to find four (4) bags of marijuana, one (1) hydrocodone pill (a controlled substance), two (2) pistols, and over $10k dollars in money. The subjects were identified as Jaleen Freeman-Jenkins, 24 of Clarksville, TN; Keshun Hester, 24, Clarksville, TN; Dorris Acree, 20, Clarksville, TN; Kamren Bennett, 19, Clarksville, TN.  

One of the pistols came back as stolen from Clarksville, TN, and all four subjects were charged with the following charges: 

  • 1 count each of Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree 
  • 1 count each of Receiving stolen Property 3rd Degree 
  • Freeman was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 
  • Bennett was charged with Possession of a Pistol without a permit 

Warrants were obtained and the subjects were still in the Clay County Jail at the time of release.  

Arson Suspected in Multiple Fires In Roanoke to Create Distraction for Attempted Bank Robbery

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018- According to a reliable source, there have been multiple fires in Roanoke over the past few hours, all within a few miles radius.

Since around 3:00 am this morning, a mobile home, a house, and a business on Roanoke called Relentless have burned to the ground. Also, fire depts were called to Roanoke Walmart, where upon investigation, a strong burnt rubber smell was present, but no fire was found.

It is believed all of these fires were set to created a distraction for someone to rob the Ft. McClellan Credit Union.  Some of the windows were found to be broken at the Credit Union, but nothing has been stolen at this point.

Multiple fire departments from in and around the surrounding area have been called in to assist and the suspects are still at large. This is a breaking story and I will update you as the information comes in.

Couple Loses Everything to House Fire

A early morning fire on Cragford Rd destroyed the home and all the belongings of  Stephen and Danielle Denney.  The cause of the fire was a small electrical heater that shorted out.

The Denneys were using the space heater to keep their three dogs warm in one of the interior rooms of the older house. Sadly, the beloved pets perished in the fire.

The Denneys lost everything in the fire, including their vehicles. There was no insurance on the home and only liability insurance on the vehicles lost.

If anyone is interested in making a donation to the Denneys, you can do so here on their gofundme page, https://www.gofundme.com/stephen-danielle-denney or dropping off at Cheaha Music on the Ashland Square between the hours of 12-6 Monday-Friday and 9-12 Saturday.

Stephen wears a XL in shirt and 40/30 in pants. Danielle wears an XL shirt in Juniors and a size 9/11 pants, also in Juniors. Any help would be much appreciated.