The Ashland Council met Tuesday September 3, 2019 or their first bi-monthly meeting. Council members Joe Smith, Bobbie Steed, and Anne Gaither was present, along with Mayor Larry Fetner. Council member Kim Cain and Tommy Cantrell were absent.
Update: The second suspect, Marquee Devon Lollar,, wanted for the robbery of the Marathon Convenience Store is no longer at large. Lollar was taken into custody by the Lineville Police Department earlier today.
The following press release was issued by Lineville Police Chief Monty Giddens:
On December 29, 2015 at approximately 9:42 PM, two black males, both wearing face covering, entered Lineville Food Shop, located at 89395 Hwy 9, Lineville, Alabama. One of these men was armed with a handgun. One of the males jumped the counter and assaulted the cashier while the other male went around behind the counter. The two males stole money out of the cash register and other items behind the counter and exited the store.
Lineville Police Department responded to the scene, along with Clay County Rescue Squad, who transported the cashier to Clay County Hospital. Once the cashier was taken care of and clear of the scene, the police department began their investigation. Ashland Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department both assisted Lineville Police Department at the scene.
Over the course of the next few days, Lineville Police Department continued their investigation and on January 4, 2016, secured a warrant for a residence at 60 McCrary Street Apt E7 and arrest warrants for Marquee Devon Lollar, a 20 year old male, for Robbery 1st Degree and Dequarrius Earl Lollar, a 21 year old male.
The morning of January 5, 2016, Lineville Police Department served the search warrant at 60 McCrary Street E7. Several items of evidence were seized at that time.
Dequarrius Earl Lollar was arrested the morning of January 5, 2016 by Hoover Police Department and arrangements were being made to transport him to Lineville Police Department, where bond was set at $100,000.00. Lineville Police Department have been unable to locate Marquee Devon Lollar at this time. The arrest warrants for him have been entered into the National Crime Investigation Center and all surrounding agencies have been notified.
Chief Giddens wanted to thank all agencies that assisted them in the investigation, but went on to explain this is a crime that should have never taken place because Marquee Devon Lollar was charged in Jefferson County in 2013 for Robbery 1st, Burglary 1st, and Theft of Property 1st. State Probation filed to have his probation revoked, but he was released and in June 2015, plead guilty to those charges and was released pending sentencing. October of 2015, he was arrested for Domestic Violence 2nd degree, which is a felony also, by Ashland Police Department and was released and ordered to re-appear in January 2016 and be drug tested again. Again, I emphasis, we should not be looking for this suspect, he should be in jail.
I understand this is not the only example of a person who should be in jail committing another crime and someone getting hurt. At some point, people have got to have enough and put pressure on our politicians and make them do something about the problem. It is the Police’s responsibility to protect the public, but it makes it really hard when there are no longer consequences to criminal behavior.
All of this information is still unconfirmed at this time and I will update it when I get the official info.
It is my understanding that a suspect taken in custody sometime around 1:00 AM this morning escaped from the back seat of the police car in front of the Randolph County Jail.
The suspect in question, last name Smith is all I have at this time, was being transported to the Randolph County Jail, when the escape occurred. Smith was not going quietly and had already had to be tased three times, but still somehow managed to get his handcuffs from behind him to the front and kicked out the back door window of the car. Smith was then re-handcuffed behind his back and had his feet tied up, but still somehow managed to pull off the escape.
Smith ran toward the 1st Avenue area and a search ensued. A thermal imagery chopper was brought in, as well as tracking dogs, but there was no sign of him. The last word I got was that Smith’s whereabouts are still unknown at this time.
It is unknown why Smith was taken into custody at this time, but he is a convicted felon, after given a 15 year sentence, for assault and attempting to elude approximately 15 years ago. Randolph County Schools are still on lockdown at this time. More updates to follow. Again, this is all unconfirmed information and I am waiting on official word from Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.
Press release issued by Clay County Sheriff, Ray Latham
On Sunday afternoon at approximately 6pm, Clay County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible homicide on Pinhoti Trail in the Cheaha Mountain area near the State Park in Clay County. Sheriff’s Investigators have charged 20 year old Loren Daniel Bunnerof Vincent, Alabama with Murder. Sheriff Latham states that this investigation is currently on-going and a more informative press release will be provided once the investigation is completed. Bunner is currently in the Clay County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond.
The search for this hispanic male is still ongoing in Randolph County. This was the scene on County Rd 88 around the Traylor Park area in Randolph County this morning as U.S. Marshals, along with local law enforcement, combed the area with bloodhounds tried to sniff out any sign of the wanted individual, but he was not found.
I have received information that the suspect had been spotted not even an hour ago just north of the Lee’s Bridge area and is still at large. Please pass this information along to anyone you feel could use it. The suspect is wanted on three counts of Kidnapping in Georgia and is a person of interest in a homicide in North Carolina. If anyone has any information or sees the suspect contact 911.
These days, it is rare to find business owners who are more interested in helping people with their product rather than just selling the product itself. But this is exactly what Jason and Cynthia at The Kitchen are all about…making a difference…
Last month, they opened a quaint little café on the Ashland Square (formerly High Points) that specializes in making tasty meals, smoothies, and juices with organic fruits and vegetables and people are quickly taking notice! Since opening, The Kitchen has seen a steady increase in business as more and more news circulates that healthy eating is not always about having to deprive your taste buds of a delicious meal.
They couldn’t be happier with how well their business is going and will tell you that their café is only the foundation of what they wish to accomplish here in this county. As community oriented people, both Jason and Cynthia are passionate about teaching their knowledge of adapting a healthy lifestyle to the citizens of this county. In fact, Jason is volunteering with the Ashland Housing Development
Corporation (AHDC) to develop Clay County’s first community garden. The Ashland Community Garden will offer an opportunity for anyone interested, especially those in need. “It’s about getting back to the basics”, says Jason smiling. (More about the Community Garden in the next article)
Cynthia, who you will find behind the counter usually always busy with food preparations will tell you that this is a lifelong passion she has dedicated herself to. Cynthia, who grew up in Michigan, found herself dealing with a health problems of her own coming up. But her life would change after a move to the California Red Woods and met a woman who cured herself of cancer by eating and juicing only fresh, raw vegetables. This would have a tremendous impact on Cynthia and unknowingly, it lead her to her life’s path.
Once Cynthia adapted this lifestyle and over time, she found herself more energetic and eventually cured of all of her ailments. Her only problem was she got bored with her meals because there was only so many ways to make a salad. Until one day, when she was given an vegan brownie and found it to be delicious. She grabbed the wrapper and saw it was made from an organic farm in Miami, FL and immediately said “That’s where I’m going”, and she did just that. In 2001 Cynthia moved to Miami and would go to Glaser Farms every day and beg them until they relented and gave her a job. It was here that Cynthia began to learn the proper collaboration of herbs, vegetables and fruit to make tasty meals.
And she was good at it too…
She opened up a restaurant called Om Garden in Miami’s Brickell District, which was very successful. After a few years, her client list began to show it too, working with a very-high end clientele as a chef/nutritionist. Cynthia has been the personal chef to many wealthy people, including Bob Marley’s mother, Mama B and she continues to private chef in Miami for his brother and his family. And that’s how she met Jason. In 2010, Cynthia was working with a client in Lakeland, FL when she met Jason at the local farmers market. It was immediately clear that they both held the same passions and the rest was history.
Jason, who had grown a “military brat” as he professes, was ready to put permanent roots down and somewhere to call home, something he had never had. So he began researching little towns with a strong community ethic and when he ran across Ashland, AL, his decision was made. Cynthia and Jason moved her a year ago and they love living in Clay County. “You don’t find people like this anywhere else”, he says with a smile, “just good people.”
With their strong community sense, their ultimate goal is just to help the people become more healthy and they are taking every step towards that goal. In addition to the community garden, they feed needy elderly people, in a “Meals on Wheels” type of program. Their Thursday nights are committed to bringing the community together and show-casing local musical talent with Jason’s Pizza n’ Music night plus they serve fresh baked pies and vegan desserts in Thee Dessert Room on Friday nights. Cynthia hopes to begin offering a Food Prep Classes once a month so that people can learn how to easily prepare healthy meals in their own homes.
Next week, The Kitchen will extend their business hours and offer lunch deliveries as far as Lineville. They also hope to open a small all-natural grocery store in the future as well.
God said, “I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food”–Genesis 1:29. This is a Bible scripture you will read on every menu at The Kitchen, which concludes everything the Knights are trying to teach to the public about your food intake, which, in turn, is linked to your health. “Even if you feel your health has declined so badly that you can’t change it, just know that it is never too late to make this change” says Cynthia, “the right foods are the cure to everything. Food is medicine. Not only do we want to feed people, we also hope to show them the truth.”
At the age of 38, Cynthia’s acquired knowledge of the healing quality of herbs, fruits and vegetables, attained over the last two decades could easily earn her a permanent spot as a personal chef in Hollywood, but that’s not a route she or Jason wish to follow. They are perfectly happy right here where they are, living the small town life and showing people that food can hopefully be the cure for all that ails ‘em, to give a better quality of life to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
The Kitchen will hold their Ribbon Cutting ceremony this Thursday night at 6:00pm. After the opening, pizzas will go in the oven, the music will start up and the fun will begin when you show up.
You are looking at a photo of the pontoon boat struck from behind by a bass boat last night on Lake Martin that claimed the life of an Alex City man, Stanley Sides, age 66.
There were two other injuries from passengers of the pontoon boat, one of which is Side’s wife, who reportedly suffered a brain bleed from the impact and was transported to UAB, where she remains at this time. I have no other information on the other injury other than they were treated at Russell Medical Center.
The crash occurred at 8:45 p.m. in the Tallapoosa River channel of Lake Martin, Kowaliga Bay, between Dennis Creek and Mallard Point in Tallapoosa County. Alabama State Troopers from the Marine Patrol Division are actively investigating the collision.
I was told by several people who knew Stanley Sides that he was a great man and also the successful business owner of Sides Drywall, Inc of Auburn, AL.Please remember this family in your prayers.