Dothan Police Department Investigate Traffic Fatality on Ross Clark Circle

On August 27th, 2019, at 6:05 PM, Dothan Police responded to a vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer and a 2001 Honda Accord in the 2300 block of the Ross Clark Circle. The tractor trailer was travelling North bound on Ross Clark Circle and had stopped for traffic due to the traffic light being red at South Park. The Honda Accord struck the tractor trailer in the rear. The driver of the Honda Accord was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver has been identified as white male, Steven William Troutman 48 of Slocomb, Alabama. The driver of the tractor trailer received minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest condolences to the Troutman family and all parties involved.

The crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Traffic Division.

Steven L. Parrish

Chief of Police


Message for WestGate park runners from DPD

Dpd would like to take just a moment to give a few tips for our Westgate runners! We are so glad you have such a beautiful park to enjoy. Remember as you are running the trail is marked in zones for your safety so please carry a cellular phone and be aware of your zone you in the event that emergency services are needed. Stay hydrated be mindful of the heat! Watch for cyclists on shared portions of the trail and please avoid cyclist only portions of the trail that are not suited for pedestrian traffic! Please keep all pets on leashes.

Lastly, don’t forget to get your tennis shoes off of your car before you drive away (but if you didn’t follow that tip this morning and these are your tennis shoes we turned then into the tennis complex, they didn’t like being left alone on Whatley Drive!)

Search Warrant Leads to Drugs and Stolen Guns

On 08/14/2019 Vice Investigators executed a search warrant in the 400 block of S. College Street concluding a month long investigation into narcotics being sold on the south side of Dothan.

Vice Investigators recovered ice (methamphetamine), crack cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a stolen firearm, and US currency from the residence.

Investigators have arrested and charged 32 year old Donnie Rafeal Smith, of S. College Street, with Drug Trafficking (methamphetamine), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine), Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Receiving Stolen Property 4th degree.

Bonds have been set at a total of $169,000. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Dothan Police Makes Arrest in Burglary

On Aug. 5th 2019 Performance Machine Works, located in the 300 block of Southgate Rd. was a victim of an attempted burglary. The suspects were seen on video surveillance damaging the locks on the fronts doors in an attempt to gain entry into the business. When unsuccessful they went to the rear of the business and damaged the roll up doors before fleeing on foot.

On Aug. 6th 2019 the same two suspects went back to the business and were able to make entry at the rear of the building. Once inside the suspects stole five handguns from the business and damaged a glass case.

Patrol officers were able to identify a suspect in the burglary and made contact with them at Tanglewood Apartments on W. Inez Road. Investigators were called to the scene and a search warrant was conducted at the home of the suspects.

During the search warrant all five handguns were recovered  as well as clothing that was worn during the burglary.

Dothan Police arrested 18 year old Jamir Yasin Baxter of Dothan and charged him with one count of Burglary 3rd Degree and one count of Attempted Burglary 3rd degree. He has a $10,000.00 bond.

Dothan Police also arrested a juvenile for Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree and the juvenile was placed in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center.

All Persons are innocent until proven guilty.