February 7, 2017- On Saturday, February 4, 2017, The Ashland Police Department received a call over in the Pine View/Clark Road area about someone egging a car. Officer Franklin Few responded and found the victim that had called in. In following up on his investigation he was able to find several more cars in the area that had egg on the car.
According to the victims the incidents had to have occurred between the hours of eight o’clock and ten o’clock p.m. the night before.
Officer Few then responded to another victim on 3rd Ave. N that also had egg on her car. Officer Few left the scene and continued his investigation into the crimes. He stopped at the Dollar General and spoke with a manager that provided video of several juveniles purchasing eggs from the Dollar General. Officer Few was able to identify the juvenile suspects, and followed up by contacting each of them, and their parents to let them know what had taken place.
On Monday, Chief Joseph Stanford pursued issuing juvenile petitions for each of the five (5) juvenile suspects. In total, there were 11 cars that were hit by eggs the night of the incident. Because of it being a juvenile related event, no suspects can be named.
February 7, 2017- Ashland Fun Days, a committee that has put on events such as the Trunk or Treat and part of the Christmas Parade, is proud to announce the upcoming event to kick off 2017’s year of Ashland Fun Days. Starting on February 11, 2017, and running each month on the second Saturday, there will be fun and exciting events that we will host either on the square, or at the City Park. We have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashlandfundays/ where you can be kept updated on the happenings, and when and where.
For February 11, we will be having our event on the square, in Ashland, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We will have the Ashland Elementary, and Central Junior High School archery teams doing a Cupid Shoot on the square. The cost of this game will be $5 for 3 shots at targets at a designated distance. This will be located in the alley way between old City Hall, and the Old Post Office. On the West side of the square the Clay County Extension Services will be having a bike rodeo for kids to go through a bicycle course and try their skills in it. There will be no charge for this.
Inside the Courthouse the Clay County Health Authority will be conducting Health Screenings, since it is Heart Health month. At the Court Square Café, the Ashland Nursing Home will be hosting bingo, and will be charging $1 per card to play. We will have other people on the square, like Girl Scouts selling their cookies, another group doing a bake sale, and Stephanie Freeman, the Ashland Little League Sports Coordinator, will be taking baseball/softball/t-ball registrations.
The restaurants on the square will be offering specials during the event, and other businesses will be open for shopping. Finally, every hour on the East Side of the Square there will be people dancing in the streets to the Cupid shuffle. We invite everyone to come out and attend, and follow us on Facebook, so that you can see the exciting events we have planned for the rest of the year.
Below is a comment from Ashland Police Chief joseph Stanford regarding several overnight vehicle vandalism reports from an apartment complex in the Westside Community in Ashland.
February 4, 2017
The Ashland Police Department received several calls about cars being egged within the city limits of Ashland.
Officers responded and discovered approximately 11 cars that had been damaged by eggs, and one vehicle that had its tires punctured.
At the time of this release, no arrests have been made but officers were still investigating the incidents.
More information will be released when it becomes available.
(Heflin, Al) January 27, 2017 —- The Talladega National Forest – Shoal Creek Ranger District is planning to burn 155 acres just north of Coleman Lake today. Forest Service roads 500, and portions of the Blue Horse Trail form the burn boundaries. These roads should be traveled with caution due to smoke and Forest Service fire crews and equipment in the area. Smoke may visible from Forest Service road 553, US Highway 78 and county roads 49, 55 and 65.
The wind is expected to be west and carry the smoke to the east towards the Forest Service roads 500, and 548. As the temperatures cool later today, the smoke may begin to settle down Shoal Creek drainage. Some settling may also occur around the general area of the burns. Signs will be posted if needed. If encountering smoke on roadways, please slow down, turn on your low-beam headlights and use caution when encountering prescribed burning operations and smoke.
Remember, a prescribed burn is a controlled fire ignited by professionally trained and experienced Forest Service personnel. A prescribed burn is carefully planned to improve the health of your national forest. If you have any questions, please contact the Talladega Fire Dispatch at 256-362-7000.
Below is a press release issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford issued regarding a domestic dispute that occurred over the weekend:
On January 27, 2017, the Ashland Police Department received a call about a domestic violence that had occurred at the Briarwood Apartment complex in Ashland.
An officer responded from Ashland, and found the victim in her apartment with apparent injuries that she had sustained from the attack.
Officer Otwell found that the back sliding glass door had been shattered with a brick, and the victim was able to identify her attacker.
The assailant was identified as Adrian Glenn, of Ashland. Officer Otwell, along with officers from Lineville Police Department went to Mr. Glenn’s last known address and found Mr. Glenn.
Mr. Glenn was arrested and charged with two (2) counts of Domestic Violence 2nd Degree, and was being held on $40,000 bond at the Clay County Detention Center.
The victim was transported to the Clay County Emergency Room, where she was treated and released.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017- Multiple agencies within Randolph County, including Randolph County and Clay County Rescue Squads, responded to a missing persons call around 5:00 PM Tuesday night at the New Harmony Boat Ramp on Lake Wedowee near Flat Rock.
After a couple of hours of searching, it was discovered the missing person was presumed to be a victim of accidental drowning. The victim has been recovered. Our prayers go out to this family.
The Board of Education met Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for a special called session. Prior to this meeting, newly appointed District 4 Board member, Lorri Allen and re-elected Superintendent Billy Walker were sworn in by Judge Jim Malone.
All personnel action items were approved on the Agenda, which included the following:
Richard Coleman – Assistant Principal at Central High School
Deanna Graben – Teacher at Ashland Elementary School
Ivan Roman-Ocasio – English Language Learner (ELL) Adjunct Instructor – Clay Co. Schools
The next regular board meeting will be January 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
Below is a statement issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford on the Texaco burglary located on Hwy 77N in the city of Ashland that occurred in the early AM hours:
In the early morning hours of January 12, 2017, the A and I Food Mart (formerly known as Texaco) was burglarized after the store was closed. Officers responded, and an investigation ensued.
The suspects stole several items and some cash. The incident is being investigated, and as my policy has been, we will not be able to provide more information on an open case. When information does come available, we will make this available to the public.
Prior to the Ashland Council meeting on January 3, 2017, a planning session was held to hear from several Architectual firms who were making their presentations with their input on the design and renovation on the Police Department, which will be housed in the basement of the new City Hall. No decisions were made on choosing an architect for this job at this session.
Council member Kim Cain thanked Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown and the maintenance crew for the installation of the new swing set at the park.
Police Chief Joseph Stanford reported the new patrol vehicles were ordered and they were expecting a 10 week production time, which should put them arriving around mid February.
Agenda items approved for this meeting included the following:
- Approval of current bills.
- Set Public Hearing for Abatement of Nuisance Property of January 18 at 4:00 PM.
- Approval to make Acting Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown permanent as Maintenance Supervisor.
- Approval to open and advertise for two weeks for Patrol Officer position.
- Approval to give City Hall Assistant Sarah McKemie one-step merit raise (R7-S2).
- Add to Mark Heard Cleaning Service to clean office, bathroom and kitchen at fire station for an additional $25-30 a month to his contract.
The meeting was then adjourned.
On December 21, 2016, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported recovery of several items taken from a January 2016 burglary on Clairmont Springs Road. Sheriff Latham indicated at that time Investigators were aggressively taking steps to locate other items.
On Friday January 6, 2017 Sheriff’s Investigators were able to locate and recover several other items taken in the 2016 burglary. Saddles, saddle blankets, leather gear and halters, valued at over $1500.00 were recovered as a result of the ongoing investigation.
Investigators followed information that led to White Plains, Alabama, where the above described items were located and recovered. Sheriff Latham commends our investigators on their consistence efforts in this case.
The investigation is continuing with a few other items still be sought.