Suspect escapes Police Custody; Search Underway

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.

Storm causes major water outage in Lineville

Lineville Water Dept. worked 12 hours straight, from 7 PM last night to 7 AM this morning to get water restored to its citizens.

The outage occurred when lightning from last night’s storm hit a tree and ran several feet deep, hitting a water main. As a result,  one of the reservoir tanks drained/leaked out and blew the pipe out.

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Folks, I know this is their job to take care of problems like this, but the next time you see one of these workers be sure to thank them for the excellent job they do. It is rare that we think about where the water comes from when we turn on the faucet, but we should. water 1

Black Panther 9/11 threat likely a hoax

I had this sent to me in a message this morning, and I have also had concerned parents contacting me about the potential for attacks on kids at school tomorrow. I was even told that a Carroll County, GA.  school was calling parents and telling them to keep their kids at home tomorrow.


Let me just say that I have spent some time researching this today and I believe this to be a false rumor. As a matter of fact, has already debunked this “threat” calling it a hoax. Click here to view what they had to say about it:

If you Google “School threat 9/11” you will see how many media outlets are also calling this a hoax.

Folks, we go through this every 9/11 anniversary as homeland security heightens our potential terrorist attack level and we hold our breath until the day is over.  The problem is when you start talking about threats against our children, then you get our attention. And it is a scary thing, because we as parents, always put our child’s safety ahead of our own.

Let me just say that I have been on the phone with both Ashland and Lineville Police Chiefs’ today and both of them tell me that they have checked into this potential threat and can find no credible source either, even though there has been NO DIRECT THREAT made towards any Clay County school. But both would like to pass along that they are adding extra patrol and walk-throughs in and  around the school campuses to closely monitor any suspicious activity that may occur, because our childrens’ safety is their top priority.

With that being said, I would like to Thank ALL of our law enforcement organizations for always staying on top of things like this. It’s just one of the things that makes Clay County such a great place to live.


Robbery at Lynnie Bo’s; two arrested

The following information was verified by restaurant owner, Amanda Holcombe. There has been no information released on this crime by law enforcement at this time.

A robbery at Lynnie Bo’s on Hwy 48 on Tuesday, Sept. 7th led to the arrest of two Clay County females, Katie Griffin and Nicole Payne. Payne and Griffin were caught on surveillance cameras, even though they had cut all the camera and phone wires in an attempt to carry out the crime unnoticed.

The following items were taken from the establishment: $300.00 in rolled change, an Apple Laptop, Liquor, and five (5) bags of Shrimp valued at $150.00 per bag.

Both females confessed to the crime and were taken to the Randolph County Jail. It is believed that both Griffin and Payne are out on bail at this time.




Sheriff’s Office Investigate Murder on the Mountain; Make Arrests in other cases 


Below is an official 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.  Several agencies were on the scene due to the uncertainty of the location of the crime. Further investigation and the location of the crime scene showed that the crime had taken place in Clay County just off the Pinhoti Trail near the State Park. Investigators have charged Loren Daniel Bunner age 20 of Vincent, Alabama with Murder. Bunner is currently in the Clay County Detention Center on $150,000.00 bond.


Due to the on-going investigation, no further information is available at this time. Sheriff Latham extends  special thanks to the Oxford Police Department, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville State University Forensics, U.S. Forestry Agents, Cleburne County Search & Rescue and the Clay County Search & Rescue for their assistance during this investigation.



Loren Daniel Bunner
Loren Daniel Bunner

On August 14, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations of sexual misconduct of a minor. Charged in that investigation was Richard Walter Logan age 65 of Cragford, Alabama, charged with Sexual Abuse 2nd. Further investigation brought additional charges against Logan. On August 24, 2015, Investigators charged Logan with 2 counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child under 12. Logan remains in the Clay County Detention Center with bonds totaling $30,000.00.

On August 29, 2015 at approximately 1am, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a location of stolen items taken in a burglary that had occurred recently in Clay County. Investigators were able to recover some of those items in the Ashland area which resulted in the following persons being charged.  Christopher Shawn Spivey age 18 of Cragford is charged with Burglary 3rd and Theft of Property 2nd with bonds set totaling $10,000.00. Also as a result of that investigation, charged was Heflin Wayne Spivey, age 39 and Kisha Marie Logan Spivey, age 35, both of Cragford. Each has been charged with Receiving Stolen Property with bonds set at $5000.00 each.  All remain in the Clay County Detention Center.

CCSO investigates possible Homicide on Cheaha Mountain

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 Bunner of 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.   

More to come later. Stay tuned…

APD, LPD issue statements, name suspect in Lewd Behavior Incidents

Below is a press release issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford on Saturday’s lewd incident arrest.

On August 21, 2015, the Ashland Police department received a call about a man involved in lewd behavior in the Dollar General parking lot. Officers responded and searched for the suspect but was unable to locate the person responsible. Officers from the Lineville Police Department advised our officers of a similar incident that had occurred in their jurisdiction, who the suspect was.

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On August 22, 2015, the Ashland Police Department received two separate calls about similar behavior at two locations. The witnesses were able to identify the male involved was identified as Adam Waldrop, age 30, of Lineville. Warrants were obtained for his arrest in the cases, and the other agencies in the County were notified of the charges.


At approximately 5:30 PM, Mr. Waldrop was located in Lineville’s police jurisdiction and officers attempted to apprehend him. The suspect was able to evade capture for a short time before being apprehended by law enforcement. He was captured a short time after, and was taken into custody by an Ashland Officer and was transported to the department for processing.

The suspect was charged with Indecent Exposure and Harassment, and transported to the Clay County Detention Center, where he is currently being held on $2000 bond.


Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford would like to extend appreciation to the departments that assisted in the apprehension of the suspect. Any further questions regarding this should be forwarded through his office. He can be reached at 256-354-2122.

The following press release was issued by Lineville Police Department Chief Monty Giddens involving this same individual 

On August 19, 2015 Lineville Police Department received complaints of Indecent Behavior in Fred’s parking lot about 8:30am and another Incident of the same nature in Dollar General parking lot about 2:35pm the same day.

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Lineville Police Dept.

Later that day, approximately 3:47pm, Lineville Police made contact with the person they believe to have committed these acts at the intersection of Highway 49 and East College Street in Lineville.  Officers arrested Edward Adam Waldrop for Public Lewdness and Indecent Exposure in relations to the two earlier incidents.  Mr. Waldrop was transported to Lineville Police Department where he later made bond and was released.


On August 22, 2015, Ashland Police Department contacted Lineville Police Department and advised they had warrants for Edward Adam Waldrop for similar acts that had occurred in their city earlier.  Lineville and Ashland Police went to Mr. Waldrop’s residence at 64974 Highway 49 where he was taken into custody and transported to Ashland Police Department.