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Domestic Call Turns into Drug Bust for Ashland Officer

On February , 2019, Sgt. Micheal Harris responded to a domestic disturbance call on 3rd Ave. N in Ashland. Upon arrival he spoke to the resident at a house who said she had asked her boyfriend to leave and he would not. She said shortly before the officer go there that the boyfriend had left and that she wanted the officer to tell him not to come back. She described the vehicle and her boyfriend, and Sgt. Harris began patrolling the area to attempt to make contact with the driver.

At the intersection of Ellis Ct. and 6th St. W, Sgt. Harris found a vehicle matching the description, with a male at the driver’s seat. He made contact with the driver and could tell that the driver was under the influence of some substance. Sgt. Harris asked the driver to perform standardized field sobriety tests to determine if he was safe to drive the vehicle. After the tests, the driver Mr. Joshua Williams, of Talladega, was placed in custody, and advised he was being charged with Driving Under The Influence, and was placed in Sgt. Harris’s patrol unit.

After searching the car Sgt. Harris found 17 ounces of Marijuana, and other paraphernalia, and two pistols. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana, 1st Degree, Felony Possession Drug Paraphernalia, DUI, Possession of Pistol w/o a permit. He was also found to be in possession of several counterfeit bills, but was not charged for the possession.

Inmate charged with animal cruelty

Source-ABC 33/40

A man already in jail for a probation violation faces a new felony charge after he allegedly put a cat into a dryer.

Court records show Harley Newman is now being charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Charging documents show Newman is accused of taking a cat and putting it in a dryer at the Clay County jail February 2nd and then turning the dryer on for a few seconds.

Sheriff Jim Studdard said the cat could often be found around the jail sally port.

Newman had his initial appearance on the animal cruelty charge Thursday.

Recently Burglarized Property Owner Makes Irate Outburst at Ashland Council Meeting

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.

This vehicle would not be used to patrol or used in high pursuit, but yet as a functional admin vehicle to be used as needed. This purchase would also take one of the chargers out of  fleet circulation. Chief Stanford explained that the chargers were eating up their  expense budget with vehicle repairs. Continue reading Recently Burglarized Property Owner Makes Irate Outburst at Ashland Council Meeting

Arrest Made for Possible Embezzlement from Ashland Motel


January 30, 2019 

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.

Arrests made in Stolen Guns Cases

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.

Home Owner Loses Everything in Fire

January 21, 2019- On Monday, just past the noon hour, Ashland Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at 81185 Hwy 9 in Ashland.Heavy smoke coming from the house belonging to Terri Hammonds was discovered by workers who were installing a fence around the house, and they quickly took action. These workers knew that Terri, who was a huge animal lover, had pets inside and she was not at home. They were able to rescue the dogs, but were unable to save her guinea pig. Continue reading Home Owner Loses Everything in Fire

Mr. Thomas Wayne Hershel Shaddix Obituary

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.

High Speed Chase w/ Shots Fired Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

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. Dustin Hugh McDonald, age 29 of Lineville was charged with Attempted Murder, Attempting to Elude, Criminal Mischief 1st, Carrying a  pistol without a permit, possession of a altered firearm, possession of controlled substance(3counts), possession of drug paraphernalia(3counts) and possession of marijuana 2nd. McDonald remains in the Clay County Detention Center with bonds totaling $213,000.00.  

Also in a unrelated incident, Clay County Deputies recovered a vehicle on Saturday, December 22, 2018 that had been reported stolen on August 1st, 2018. That vehicle was recovered in a nearby county and additional details will be released at a later date.