Dothan Woman Arrested for Arson 1st Degree

On June 22, 2018 Dothan Police responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Woodleigh Road. The fire was extinguished quickly and minimal damage was received to the residence.

The fire was believed to be intentionally set and the residence was occupied at the time the fire was started. A small pouch was set on fire that also burned a fence and the siding on the residence. During the investigation Dana Kay Payne was identified as a suspect in the Arson. Payne and the resident of the apartment were reported to have a history of domestic incidents.

On June 28, 2018 Dothan Police Investigators charged Dana Kay Payne, 46, of Barbara Ct. , Dothan with one count of Arson 1st Degree. She has a no bond at this time.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Drug Trafficking Arrest

On 06/21/2018 Investigators with the Vice Division executed a search warrant in the 3100 block of Montgomery Highway as part of three week narcotics investigation. Investigators recovered approximately one pound of synthetic marijuana (analog) as well as marijuana packaged for sale.

Investigators have arrested and charged 39 year old Dwight Thomas, of S. Park Ave, with Drug Trafficking and Possession of Marijuana 1st degree. Bonds total $30,000. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Dothan Man Arrested for Burglaries and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card

Dothan Police Investigators arrested Jared Michael Manuel, 35, of Camelot Court, Dothan and charged him with two counts of Burglary 3rd degree, one count of Burglary 2nd degree, and four counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

Investigators say Manuel was charged with the Burglary of a home in the 800 block of Liveoak Trail in April of 2018. He was charged with another Burglary of a home in the 200 block of Glenn Eagles Road in May 2018. In June of 2018 the Carmike Cinema located on Executive Park Dr. was burglarized and Manuel was charged with that crime as well. His has bonds totaling $42,500.00.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.


Arrest for Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12 Years Old

On June 20th 2018 Dothan Police responded to the 700 block of N. Range St. for a report of Sexual Abuse of a Child. Officers made contact with the reporting persons and discovered that the victim was an 8 year old child. The victim was subjected to sexual contact by Joseph Earl Poke, 53, of Poyner St., Dothan.

Officers made contact with Poke and he was transported to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After all interviews were complete Joseph Earl Poke was charged with one count of Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12 Years Old. He has a bond amount of $30,000.00.

All Persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Suspicious Vehicle Leads to Drug Trafficking Charge

On June 19 2018 two Patrol Officers made contact with a suspicious vehicle in the 800 block of Tuskegee Avenue. While investigating the suspicious vehicle and speaking with the only occupant of the vehicle, Officers detected the odor of narcotics emitting from the vehicle. The driver exited the vehicle and the Officers searched the vehicle.

Officers recovered approximately three pounds of marijuana, a large amount of currency and three firearms inside the vehicle.

A Vice Investigator responded to the scene and concluded the investigation. Investigators have arrested and charged 32 year old Shayla Berry, of Chevette St Kinsey, with Drug Trafficking. Bond has been set at $30,000.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.




Murder Warrants Obtained in Infant Found in Freezer

On June 4th 2018 Dothan Police began an investigation into the death of an infant child found in the freezer at a motel in the 2800 block of Ross Clark Circle. Amanda Gail Oakes and Carlton James Mathis were wanted for questioning in the death and located in Levy County Florida. Mathis was shot while being apprehended and was taken to a hospital in Florida. He was later released from the hospital and taken to the Levy County Jail where he faces charges relating to the shooting.

On June 8th 2018 Dothan Police charged Amanda Gail Oakes with manslaughter for her involvement in the death of the infant. She was placed in the Houston County Jail.

On June 19th 2018 Dothan Police obtained a murder warrant for Carlton James Mathis for his involvement in the infants death. Mathis has a no bond on the warrant. He is currently in the Levy County Jail facing his charges in Florida. It is unknown when he will be extradited to Alabama.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

One Arrested in Convenience Store Robbery

On June 11th 2018 Dothan Police responded to an Armed Robbery of a business in the 3400 block of Denton Road. Two suspects entered the business armed with handguns and demanded money from the employee. The employee attempted to flee from the store and was involved in an altercation with the suspects.

The employee was eventually able to escape from the business with minor injuries. The suspects fled the store with a small amount of cash, cigarettes, and a laptop computer. Investigators were able to obtain video surveillance from the store and released the video to the public.

On June 14th investigators were able to identify one of the suspects involved in the robbery. Kenneth Lamont Davis, 30, of Sherwood Dr. in Dothan was arrested for one count of Robbery 1st Degree and one count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree. A search warrant was served at his residence on Sherwood Dr. where investigators recovered a handgun and marijuana. Davis has bonds totaling $255,000.00.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Armed Robbery of Business (Updated)

During the evening  of June 11th 2018 Dothan Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery  in the 3400 block of Denton Road. When officers arrived they were informed that two suspects entered the business and demanded money. Both suspects were armed with hand guns and were last seen fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and property.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Community members who wish to assist in an anonymous capacity, please call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000 or visit The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

Updated on June 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM to include the video released of the robbery. The video includes audio of the robbery as well.

Additional Charges Filed in Baby Death

As a result of an ongoing investigation, Amanda Gail Oakes has now been charged with manslaughter as a result of the death of her infant son. She has a “No Bond” for this charge.  On 6-1-18 Oakes’ infant son was found in a freezer in the 2800 block of Ross Clark Circle.  The manslaughter charge is in addition to her previous charge of abuse of a corpse.