This morning, a little after 8:30 a.m. an alert DPD patrolman performed a traffic stop in the 800 block of Chickasaw Street. The driver led officers to a backyard where another person was found sitting in a parked car. Additional officers arrived and conducted an investigation which led to the discovery of an assortment of illegal drugs.
The original driver had a warrant for his arrest and the second subject was found in possession of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Crack-Cocaine, Marijuana packaged for sale, and an assortment of pills. He was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Unlawful Possession of four other Controlled Substances.
On Saturday, September 28, 2019, members of our local deaf community presented our own Lieutenant Rachel David with an appreciation award. The presentation was made at the Deaf Awareness Picnic held at Eastgate Park in conjunction with Deaf Awareness Month. The event was attended by approximately 100 people.
Ms. Gwen, a member of Dothan’s deaf community, cited Lt. David’s passionate involvement in helping bridge communication barriers faced by the deaf when dealing with law enforcement. Lt. David’s commitment in attending American Sign Language classes offered at the Dothan, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) was recognized.
Ms. Gwen pointed out that Lt. David regularly helps members of the deaf community even when she is off duty.
A Dothan Police Officer traveling on East Burdeshaw Street witnessed a vehicle coming towards him lose control and crash entrapping the driver and catching on fire. Within seconds two additional officers arrived to assist and were able to extinguish the fire. Dothan fire department responded and the patient was able to be taken to a local hospital for further treatment. The extent of the driver’s injuries are unknown but a preliminary investigation reveals the driver may have been under the influence at the time of the crash. Further charges may be pending following the investigation.
The chest in this photograph was located on Ross Clark Circle by patrol. It contains photographs and family documents we believe are sentimental to someone. If you recognize this chest please come to the front desk of the Dothan Police Department Monday through Friday to claim. You will need to be able to identify the names on documents contained within as proof of rightful ownership. Thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to DPD K-9 teams. All teams successfully completed in NNDDA certification today. Top Notch training to ensure Top Notch Public Safety Services to our citizens! Thank you to all handlers who put in such hard work. Way to go Toto, Kazan, Alex, Xander, Dex, Bobo, Bella, Bert and Paul.
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!)
DPD responded to the report of a possible gunman armed with a rifle at the rear of Harvest Church. Officers quickly formed two teams that responded to the unknown. We have finished the call and are happy to report there is NO problem at the church and everything is fine. A few things to take away from this, first thanks as always to our citizens who are aware of their surroundings and are quick to report something that seems to present danger to others. We are grateful for the call we received today. Second DPD is second-to-none in public safety! How quickly officers responded, formulated a plan and selflessly encountered the unknown is an example of what they do without recognition day in and day out. Third as a reminder Firearms may not be used in the city of limits of Dothan for birds, squirrels or any other animals. Shooting within city limits particularly in residential areas creates danger and commonly causes understandable alarm for anyone passing by! Good job to all involved.