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Grand Jury Indictments- Sept. 27, 2018

Michael William Baird – SORNA Violation

Angel Nicole Baker – Possession Controlled Substance, Use/ Possession Drug Paraphernalia 

Jennifer Rene Ballard – Theft of property 1st, Theft of Property 2nd, Burglary 3rd degree, Computer Tampering, Identity Theft, Theft of Property 3rd (2 counts)

Christopher Basham – Domestic Violence 3rd-harassment (2 counts), Assault 2nd degree, Resisting arrest, Interfering w/ Domestic Violence Emergency 

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Sept. 27 Clay County BOE Highlights

The Clay County Board of Education met Thursday, September 27, 2018 for the monthly session, during which the following agenda items were approved:

  • September 6, 2018 meeting minutes
  • All Financial and cash balances for August 2018
  • The selection of Shane Davidson as delegate and Bruce Sims as alternate to represent the CCBOE during the Delegate Assembly AASB’s annual business meeting.
  • Approval of the resolution to establish a credit line for borrowing the sum of $1,999,000.00 from First State Bank of Clay County at a rate not exceeding 6% per annum. These funds will be repaid no later that September 30, 2019 and will be used to pay employees before Christmas holidays if and when needed.
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Town Hall Meeting to be held on Courthouse Amendment

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, a community forum/town hall meeting will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Clay County Farmer’s Market to discuss the amendment that will be on the November 5th ballot. 

This amendment states to vote yes or no to holding state court in the courthouse for as long as it is habitable.

The amendment has been the subject of much controversy due to lack of knowledge on this matter. Hopefully, this meeting will shed some light for the citizens so they can vote with knowledge.

The meeting will be conducted by a guest moderator and security will be provided. All citizens are encouraged to attend. 

Body found at High Falls Trail Head

UPDATE- This death has been confirmed to be a suicide of a middle-aged female. No names will be listed. Please say a prayer for this family.

September 10, 2018- Some type of death has occurred late this afternoon at the High Falls trailhead in the Lineville/Clairmont Springs area. Details are unknown at this time, but it is believed to not be a homicide. Investigators still on the scene. This is a developing story. Details to follow as they become available.

Family Still Seeking Answers in Brother’s Murder

Today is a symbolic, yet very sad day for Ruby Crawford Fuller. Her younger brother, Doug Crawford would have celebrated his 61st birthday today if his life had not been cut short seven years ago. Doug was 54 years old when he was murdered in a violent manner.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, Clay County dispatchers received a call in the early morning of a fire at a mobile home off Mack Crawford Road in Ashland. The homeowner was having work done on the front porch, and workers arrived that morning to find a fire. When the workers looked through the window, they said they saw someone inside, who appeared unresponsive.

Once authorities arrived and the fire was extinguished, the body of 54-year-old James Douglas Crawford, was found in the living room. It was soon discovered in addition to being burned, Doug also had a bullet wound, most likely occurring before the fire started. It is unknown what the actual cause of death was, whether it was the bullet wound, the smoke inhalation, or a combination of both, but his murder has never been solved.

Doug Crawford

Ruby and siblings have done everything in their power to find the person(s) responsible for their brother’s murder over the course of the past seven years. They have kept in close contact with the authorities throughout the years as to how the investigation has been going. Ruby can tell you every piece of information released to them involving the case.

Sheriff Latham reported that this was still a very active case, and as in any case, as time passes, investigative matters become a more difficult task. But nonetheless, Sheriff Ray Latham still presses on trying to solve Doug’s murder and give this family closure.

Through the combined efforts of the Crawford family, the state of Alabama, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, a substantial reward of $25,000 is still being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Doug’s death. The Crawford family is hopeful that this reward will help keep the case from going too cold.

The lack of closure has been very hard for Ruby. Doug was part of a family of seven children, and now there are only four of them are left. Ruby stated that she and Doug used to be very close,” He drove all the way across the United States to give me away at my wedding, but time had separated us”, says Ruby, “I think about him every single day.”

The Crawford family tries not to get discouraged about the length of time that has passed with no answers. “It was hard enough having to bury our mother without her being able to know who was responsible. We know whoever did this will eventually have to pay for it, whether it be in this world or not, but we wanted to see them pay for it while still here on Earth.”

If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, 256-354-2176. You can also visit their website, and submit an anonymous tip. 

The Silent Casualties of War; Johnny’s Story

By: Tammy Andrews

Every year, we give thanks, show our appreciation, and pay our respects for Veterans everywhere, past and present.  This one day a year seems like such a meager gesture for their honorable service to our country.

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Break-In Reported in Barfield area

Heads up in the Barfield area! A break-in occurred at a residence on Barfield Fire Department Rd in Lineville on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 sometime between the hours of 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Several items were taken and the house was ransacked.

The burglar(s) gained entry to the house by breaking a window pane. There are no suspects yet, although resident owners confirm there is evidence that may hopefully provide identity.

So, if you live in that area or traveling through and see any suspicious activity, please be sure to do your best to get to an accurate description and most of all, a tag number.  Please call Clay County Sheriff’s Office with any information, 256-354-2176.


Multiple Units Respond to Woods Fire

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018- Millerville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a woods fire on Gilpin Rd around 1:00 pm. Millerville soon requested mutual aid from Tri-Community and Forestry. Approximately 6 to 8 acres burned before containment.

Possible Murder in Hunter Bend area

Randolph County experienced their first suspected homicide on Sunday, August 26, 2018. 

Tammy Louise Desjardin, age 38, of 115 Holland Drive, Wedowee, was arrested and charged in connection with the murder of her father, Melvin Reni Desjardin, age 77, who died as a result of a gunshot wound. 

This is all the details we have at this time, as Mr. Desjardin’s body has been sent off for autopsy. 

Please remember that all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

Ashland Elementary Placed On Brief Lockdown

UPDATED INFO: Second Release Regarding Lockdown at School

On August 30, Officers from the Ashland Police Department along with deputies from the Clay County Sheriff’s department responded to a hang up call going into 911, that was reportedly made from some where near the Ashland Elementary School. Officers were unable to prove anything was actually credible, and the school was taken off of lockdown before the school was scheduled to be dismissed.

After further investigation, it was determined that a watch was used from within the school to call 911 several times and raised the alarm. The watch was confiscated by the Ashland Police Department, and the child in question was to be sought on Friday, August 31, for questioning.
Because there was never a threat made, and no persons were in danger the school was released back to administrators and will reopen on Friday morning at regular time.

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