Emergency health rules have force of law

The Dothan Police Department’s Patrol Division has responded to a number of party complaints over the weekend which violate the rules regarding gatherings promulgated by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) in the past week.

All non-work-related gatherings of 25 or more persons, or non-work-related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited.
State Health Officer Order as Amended

These responses not only divert resources from our regular duties, but they put both the participants of the gatherings and the law enforcement officers and their families at risk of contracting coronavirus via a completely preventable route of infection.

We want to remind everyone that our community is under orders from the ADPH to refrain from participating in non-work related gatherings of 25 or more people in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

These rules have the effect of state law under Title 22-2-14 of the Code of Alabama 1975. The Dothan Police Department will enforce these rules as they are promulgated by ADPH.

Any person who knowingly violates or fails or refuses to obey or comply with any rule or regulation adopted and promulgated by the State Board of Health of this state shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00 and, if the violation or failure or refusal to obey or comply with such rule or regulation is a continuing one, each day’s violation, or failure or refusal shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punished accordingly.
§ 22-2-14 Code of Alabama, 1975

Your cooperation is appreciated in this matter.

Mugshots of the Day 03/19/2020

All Persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

Online crime reporting is now available

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are temporarily offering on-line reporting for individuals who wish to file a report with the Dothan Police Department.

You may go to dothanpd.org/crime/reporting and make a police report with our agency. Fill out the form and hit submit. An officer will receive the information and file the report for you. This should only be used for non-violent crimes.

If an officer’s presence is needed and it is not an emergency, please call us at (334) 792-0215.

If you have an emergency, please dial 911.

Man Shoots Wife Then Himself

The Dothan Police responded to 100 blk of Due West in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived they found a female victim that had been shot multiple times. The female was conscious and alert and told officers that she had been shot by her husband as she ran out the door and the victim advised the husband was still in side the residence.  The victim was transported to South East Health for treatment and is currently being evaluated.

The Dothan police tried to make contact with the husband via telephone and loud speaker. There was no response and the Dothan Police Special Response Team (SRT) made entry into the house where they found the husband deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mugshots of the Day 3/11/2020

All Persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

Dothan Police Officer Dragged By An Impaired Driver

On the evening of March 5, 2020, the Dothan Police Department received multiple calls reporting a possible impaired driver traveling on Ross Clark Circle dragging the rear bumper with no headlights on.  An officer made contact with the vehicle and driver in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Ross Clark Circle.  The officer observed the driver passed out in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  The officer woke the driver up and obtained her identification.  She was identified as 37 year old female, Jennifer Linsey Viveiros.  When the officer obtained the identification, Viveiros attempted to leave the parking lot by starting the vehicle and putting it in drive.  The officer attempted to stop her by trying to take the key from the vehicle and putting it into park.  During this time, Viveiros was able to get the vehicle in drive and accelerated forward dragging the officer and almost striking other vehicles in the parking lot.  Viveiros then put the vehicle in reverse and drug the officer backwards before putting the vehicle in drive and accelerating forward a second time, still dragging the officer.  Viveiros then struck a buggy corral in the parking lot, ejecting the officer from the vehicle.

Viveiros got back on Ross Clark Circle and continued to travel south, sill with no headlights on.  A concerned citizen who witnessed this incident followed Viveiros’ vehicle and continued to update the communication center on her location until  other officers were able to get Viveiros stopped in the 2200 block of Ross Clark Circle.  Viveiros then refused to get out of her vehicle again.  A K9 was utilized to apprehend Viveiros and she was taken into custody.  Viveiros and the officer were both taken to Southeast Health.  Viveiros was treated for a K9 bite and evaluated for impairment.  The officer was treated for minor injuries and released.

Viveiros was charged with one count of assault second degree with more charges pending as the investigation continues. Her bond for the assault second degree is $15,000.00.

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

Updated on 3/6/2020 at 7:33 am — an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the location of the incident as the 2900 block of Ross Clark Cir it should be the 2600 block.

Drug Investigation Ends With Two Arrests

On March 5, 2020 Dothan Police Department Vice Investigators concluded a week long drug investigation that ended with the arrest of two individuals.

On March 3, 2020 Vice investigators attempted to take 28 year old Javon Antonio James into custody at Executive Inn and Suites on Ross Clark Cir. in Dothan, Alabama, when he fled from officers in a vehicle. One of the occupants in the vehicle with James exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended and identified as 21 year old Cadarius Lashawn Tyson. Tyson was found in possession of illegally-possessed Alprazolam pills.  While fleeing from officers James struck two vehicles, causing minor injuries to one of he drivers, and was able to elude officers.

A search warrant of the room at the Executive Inn James was staying in was conducted and officers located drugs and firearms inside of the room. The evidence was seized and felony warrants were obtained for the arrest of Javon James.

On March 5, 2020 Vice investigators and the Dothan Police SRT Team conducted a search warrant at the Howard Johnson Motel in the 2200 block of Ross Clark Circle. James was found in possession of more drugs and firearms and taken into custody.

During the search warrants officers recovered Methamphetamine, Synthetic Marijuana, Prescription Pills, and Ecstasy Pills and two firearms.

Cadarius Lashawn Tyson was charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Attempting to Elude a Police Officers. He has bonds totaling $16,000.00.

Javon Antonio James was charged with 1 count of Drug Trafficking, 6 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance,  2 counts of Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Firearm, 1 count of Reckless Endangerment, 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 1 count of Attempting to Elude a Police Officer with injuries. James has bonds totaling $617,000.00.