On July 9th, 2018 Dothan Police Investigators arrested Gayla McMullen White and charged her with Theft of Property 1st degree. These charges stemmed from an event planning business, Windmill Station, where Mrs. White was an employee.
Since those charges were filed another victim has come forward and Mrs. White has been charged with a second charge of Theft of Property 1st degree. The victims stated that between the months of February and June 2018 payments totaling $3,000.00 were made to Mrs. White for a wedding at Windmill Station. The business never received these payments and additional charges were filed.
Mrs. White surrendered herself to the Dothan Police Department and has a bond amount of $30,000.00.
On July 17, 2018 patrol officers recognized a man wanted in connection with several burglaries of local businesses. Patrol officers were able to capture 20 year old Brandon Lashun Pearson of Liberty Ct. Dothan.
From June 18, 2018 to July 17, 2018 several local businesses were burglarized by breaking out the front glass doors. Pearson was charged with seven counts of Burglary 3rd degree. The businesses he was charged with are the Dollar General and Hop-In on Cottonwood Highway, Italian Express and People Ready on Ross Clark Circle, Styles Unlimited Barber Shop on South Oates St., Wiregrass Recreation Center on Sixth Ave., and the Family Dollar on Palm Jean Road. Pearson was also charged with one count of Robbery 1st degree for the Robbery of a person in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue.
Pearson was booked into the Dothan City Jail and has bonds totaling $161,000.00.
On July 16, 2018 Dothan Police responded to the 900 block of Sixth Ave. in reference to a firearm assault. When patrol officers arrived they found 24 year old Vantavius Dishon McKay laying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers were able to quickly get Mr. McKay to an ambulance and he was transported to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Unfortunately Mr. McKay was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Officers on scene were unsure if the person who shot McKay was still inside the residence in the 900 block of Sixth Ave. and the decision was made to hold the scene and let the Dothan SRT Team make entry in an attempt to locate him. Once the SRT Team cleared the residence and no one was found inside Investigators began processing the scene.
Shortly after the residence was cleared 36-year-old Dennis Allen Jackson Jr. turned himself in at the Police Department and stated that he was the person involved in the shooting on Sixth Avenue. Multiple witness interviews were conducted as well as an interview with Mr. Jackson. Once those interviews were completed it was determined that this was an ongoing conflict that happened over a period of a few days. Mr. Jackson called and reported the threats against him on the day of the shooting.
After interviews were completed it was determined that Mr. Jackson was acting in self defense and no charges were filed at that time. Investigators consulted with the District Attorney’s Office and the case will be presented to the Grand Jury at a later date.
On July 9, 2018 Dothan Police Investigators arrested Gayla White and charged her with theft of property 1st degree. Dothan police received a report of the theft on June 26, 2018 and began an investigation immediately.
Owners of the company, Windmill Station, reported that while Mrs. White was employee she stole $2,700.00 worth of deposits from November 2017 to June 2018. After the investigation was complete Gayla J. McMullen White was charged with one count of theft of property 1st degree. She has a bond amount of $30,000.00.
On July 5th at 7:31 AM, Dothan Police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles in the 2400 block of E. Saunders Rd. The two vehicles were both travelling in opposite directions on Saunders Rd. when they collided head-on. Samuel Arthur Armstrong, 70 of Cottonwood, was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other injuries. The vehicle crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Traffic Division.
The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Armstrong family.