On September 21, 2021 Dothan Police performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Reeves St. and Grey Hodges Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 32 year old Travis Welks Miller of Box Springs, Georgia. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle, Kimberly Garrett of Anniston, Alabama.
During the course of the traffic stop approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered inside the vehicle.
Travis Welks Miller was charged with one count of Drug Trafficking. His bond was set at $100,000.00
Kimberly Garret was charged with one count of Drug Trafficking. Her bond was set at $100,000.00.
On September 23, 2021 officers with the Dothan Police Department came into contact with a white female and a white male at a local motel. They were identified as 39 year old April Sangster and 49 year old Freddie Cooley, both of Moultrie Georgia. During the course of an investigation they were found to be in possession of narcotics.
Investigators served a search warrant at the motel room and discovered nine pounds of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
April Sangster was charged with Drug Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She has bonds totaling $758,100.00.
Freddie Cooley was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute. His bond was set at $7,500.00.
On September 14, 2021, Dothan Police Officers responded to a gas station in the 1100 block of Ross Clark Circle for reports of a man with a firearm. Before officers arrived on scene, reports were updated that shots had been fired and a vehicle had been stolen from the scene. Investigators arrived on scene to begin the investigation. According to victims and witnesses, the suspect, Steven Smalley (48) of Alto, GA, approached the victim, armed with a handgun, and demanding the victim’s vehicle. When the victim refused, Smalley fired one round towards the victim but did not strike him. Smalley was able to obtain the vehicle keys from the victim and drove off with the vehicle.
A BOLO was issued for the vehicle as investigators worked the crime scene. Shortly after the BOLO was issued, Smalley was located on Ross Clark Circle driving towards the crime scene. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and took Smalley into custody.
Steven John Smalley (48) of Alto, GA was charged with one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Robbery 1st degree and is being held without bail.
On August 11, 2021 at about 10:00 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 2300 block of Huskey Road for a person down call. The 911 caller told police they had found what appeared to be a human body in a grassy area off the roadway. Officers responded, confirmed the presence of a body, and secured the crime scene for further investigation. Investigators from Criminal Investigations Division Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene to start the death investigation.
After investigation, the victim has been identified and family members have been notified of her death. The victim was identified by fingerprints as Dorothy Diane Sims (66) of Dothan. The investigation into the events surrounding Ms. Sims’ death is still under investigation. If anyone has any information about this incident or if anyone saw Ms. Sims on August 10 or 11, we are asking they contact Investigator M. Owens or Sergeant R. Hall at 334-615-3632, or they can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.
Our deepest condolences are with Ms. Sims’ family during this time.
On July 12, 2021, the Dothan Police Department Communications Center was notified by a local hospital that two victims entered the emergency room. Each victim was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and one victim in critical condition. After interviews, police learned the shooting occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of Fountain Street and responded to the scene. As the first officer arrived on scene, a man was detained exiting the residence who was in possession of a firearm, and he was taken into custody. The man was identified as Joshua George. There were several other individuals on the scene who witnessed the incident.
After interviews with witnesses on scene, investigators learned that the suspect, Joshua George, became involved in an altercation with a male family member at the residence on Fountain Street. After the altercation escalated from verbal to physical, George left briefly but returned a short time later. George, armed with a handgun, began firing his weapon in the residence. The multiple gunshots struck both victims, who were transported to the hospital in a private vehicle. One victim was treated and released from the hospital the same night. The other victim received a gunshot wound to the upper torso and is in critical but stable condition. George was arrested and charged in connection with the crime as the shooter.
Joshua Roshun George (21) of Dothan was charged with two counts of Assault 1st degree, one count of Attempted Assault 1st degree, and one count of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling with bonds totaling $105,000.
On June 14, 2021, the Dothan Police Department was made aware by a contractor doing renovations to a business in the 100 block of Hidden Glen Way that a camera was located hidden on the property. Investigators were immediately put on the case and identified the source of the camera. The investigation revealed that Paul Meadows, the owner of a massage business, was secretly recording massage sessions with female clients. Only one video was found stored on the camera after forensic analysis. On June 21, 2021, Investigators obtained a felony warrant for Meadows’ arrest and he was arrested the same day. Due to the privacy and sensitive nature of the case, no other details will be released.
Paul J. Meadows (50) was charged with Aggravated Criminal Surveillance with a bond of $15,000.
On June 8, 2021, the Dothan patrol officers responded to reports of a shooting at a residence in the 1900 block of South Oates Street. Officers found a victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound after a verbal altercation with the suspect. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division began the investigation and quickly developed a suspect. On June 9, 2021, the suspect was taken into custody. Investigators charged Demarques Ward with attempted murder in relation to the shooting.
Demarques Antonio Ward (19) has been charged with Attempted Murder with a bond of $60,000.
On April 29, 2021, Criminal Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit and Forensic Services Unit began the investigation into the murder of Johnnie Settle in the 700 block of Alabama Avenue. In the evening hours of May 4, 2021, the suspect in the murder was taken into custody. Investigators were able to make contact with multiple witnesses who were able to identify the shooter. The suspect was identified as a 14 year old juvenile. The juvenile was charged with murder in juvenile court and placed in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center. Due to the age of the suspect, no other information about the juvenile will be released.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the many members of the community who came forward to assist us in bringing this case to a close. The relationship with the community is a valued relationship to the Dothan Police Department.
On April 28, 2021, Dothan Police Officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Scott Road for a medical call for service. When officers arrived on scene, they found a male victim in the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, Ricky Turner, was identified by family members and was pronounced dead on scene.
While officers and investigators were on scene, a subject arrived at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper Post on Montgomery Highway with information about the crime. After a lengthy interview and investigation on scene, investigators had enough probable cause to charge the individual that showed at the Trooper Post with the crime. Dexter Elliott Marsh Jr. was charged with one count of Capital Murder. The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000 or the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215.
Dexter Marsh Jr (27) of Dothan- Charged with Capital Murder and is being held without bond.
On April 12, 2021, the Dothan Police Department was made aware of a sexual assault that took place at Dothan High School, 3209 Reeves Street, in Dothan. The offenses occurred between March 8, 2021 and March 12, 2021. As a result of the investigation, investigators arrested and charged Donovan Franklin as an adult with Rape 1st degree and two counts of Sodomy 1st Degree. Due to the sensitive nature of the case, no further details will be released. Additional arrests are possible.
Donovan Jamirr Franklin (17)- Rape 1st Degree and Two Counts of Sodomy 1st Degree.